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large gaming monitor titleWith the advent of 4K gaming, accessible graphics cards and beautifully rendered games, large gaming monitors have seen somewhat of a renaissance in the market with gamers looking to get more out of their rig.

Screens over 27”, once a high value item, have come to a far more accessible price with the influx of manufacturers like ACER, BENQ and Asus producing options for all types of users from gamers and editors to designers and creatives.

But how big should you go when it comes to large gaming monitors, what are the advantages of these mammoth screens, do you need 4K and most importantly how can you get the best kit for your money?

 

We spoke with monitor expert, Nick Walter from ACER to run us through the key considerations when looking for a big screen gaming monitor.

 

First off, let’s hit the basics; Why buy a monitor over 27?acer 27 gaming monitor

The first understanding for any consumer should be, “what’s my application, and how is it going to be used”.  Which monitor is going to serve you the best? Are you using it for general multimedia applications, video, CAD or gaming? Monitors can be better suited for different experiences so getting the best value isn’t always the only consideration

When you go over 27” you need to determine what panel type is key.  However in general with screen sizes over 27” you get more pixels in the screen, more pixels = better experience.

 

For gamers what are the advantages in performance of a large monitor?

Large screens have more pixels so resolution types such as 2K (e.g. 2560 x 1440) or 4K (e.g. 3840 x 2160) will provide much more detail than lower resolution / smaller screens.  The more detail you have the more accurate you will be with whatever game is being played.  You also have the ability to ‘see more’ in the detail which will only help identify enemies, hidden doorways, etc.

Predator gaming models for example, incorporate NVIDIA G-sync technology so a monitor with this technology will reduce tearing and blurring effects. The overall effect is better gameplay and a higher quality view.

 

Ok so I’m looking to buy a large gaming monitor, what are my key considerations?Guide to Gaming Monitors title

Consider the type of game you play and your gaming set-up (e.g. graphics card).  As such the type of game you play should influence the type of panel you buy.

If you need detail in abundance then you need a 4K panel.  If you want detail and colour accuracy then a 4K IPS panel is for you.

If you are playing action games such as shoot ‘em ups online it’s all about beating your competitor by a split second you should focus on response time and refresh rate so a panel that incorporates a 1ms response and 144Hz should be for you.

If you’re looking for full immersion, we can now go even further with curved-screen technology that will plunge the user into an immersive experience,

 

Got my size and format, how much is going to cost?

For large format monitors you can easily step up and down in value when it comes to features vs price. For a fantastic entry into 27” gaming with 1ms and 144Hz you should expect to pay circa £300 which would be a TN panel and a resolution of 1920×1080.

When you step up to 2K resolution (2560×1440) you can expect to pay a further £150 on top of that.

When you incorporate IPS technology which provides better colour accuracy with the 2K resolution, 1ms and 144Hz add about another £100.  When you also consider the graphics card you are using you should aim for the best match so its NVIDIA then buy a NVIDIA G-Sync enabled monitor and if its AMD then buy an AMD Freesync enabled monitor.

 

Any technical points I need to look out for like panel type, functions etc…?

Consider your requirements and your set-up.  Do you want 4K?  If yes, then you will need a display port connection for example.  There are many considerations when buying a large screen monitor so consider what you want.  Colour performance, speed, colour accuracy, graphics card.  Most important consider the game you play.  Action and motor sport games for example will benefit from immersive curved displays. Where as straight-up map or strategy games will benefit from a large single screen with ultra-high definition.

 

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16 COMMENTS

  1. how is there more detail on a larger screen? 4k is 4k. It doesnt matter if there are more pixels. a 30 inch pannel may have twice as many as a 15 inch panel but they will be showing the exact same each of the new pixels will be showing the exact same thing as the one next to them. So in fact less detail

  2. You also need to consider how far away from the screen you will be seated. I sit about 2 ft away, and find that a 24 inch screen is just about right. Any bigger, and I would be craning my neck and moving my head all over the place to see what’s going on other than right in front.

  3. I once purchased a 39″ Seki 4k tv that I thought I could use on my computer. My advice is don’t even think about using a hi-res tv for a computer. The response time is so slow it will give you a headache and make you want to throw the tv out the window.

  4. There clearly is a bit of confusion here, so to clarify: Like ‘a’ said above, your resolution is set, that is the number of pixels you get regardless of screen size. A 19 inch screen @ 1080p has the EXACT same number of pixels as a 50 inch screen @1080p. True though you may gain some visual clarity on a bigger screen at the same resolution as the pixels may appear more defined, but in the same vein you will loose some clarity if you go too big as the pixels will be ‘stretched’ across a greater area.
    I actually lolled at: monitor expert..from ACER. Ha! ACER make cheap rubbish monitors – nothing wrong with that per se as the market needs stuff on the cheap end too but you would hardly talk to a bloke from Hyundai about what to look for in a Supercar…..
    And to respond to ‘Anonymous’ about using a hi-res TV for a computer, no, your lesson there is don’t use a cheap crap TV and expect it to be good. Seiki are budget TVs so the awesome 4k comes at the cost of other specs like response time. Generally most TVs have worse response times than monitors but cheap ones are even worse, so you should look for one with decent specs to use

  5. Dave, anonymous is right to advise against a 4k monitor – low res looks awful and high res is more than most peoples graphics cards can handle – I have a dual card SLI setup and 4k was unusable. Even a GeForce GTX 1080 is only recommended for medium settings at 4k. So its not about response time, PC’s don’t have the horsepower to get the most out of 4k yet.

  6. I’ve owned a 4K monitor for about 4 months now and its such a vast difference in gaming. I have an Asus Predator XB281HK. Fantastic model and vibrance and smoothness. Theres more communication between the GPU & the monitor so the GPU isnt doing all the work.

    I have a 980Ti Matrix which works well with 4K. No matter how old the game is if it works in 4K is looks beautiful. Arkham Knight & Bioshock Infinite looks amazing in 4K and the FPS are acceptable too.

    Most games can be hard in full setting at 4K like Assassins Creed games & the new Tomb Raider. Doing UHD can sometimes leave you along low 30fps so you can see the jerkyness sometimes. Going down at least 1 or 2 res setting can get you back over 40fps for smooth gameplay. It slightly looses its crisp look as you have to upscale the image but none the less still looks nice

  7. Mark, no – Anonymous was not right as their point against the 4K TV for use with a computer was down to response times – I already pointed out this is due to the Seiki being a cheap set. If you buy a decent or even reasonable hi-res TV or monitor (as Rob has) it will look good as long as you have the power to run it. You either buy the system to run it or do without – don’t buy budget and expect the same level of performance!!
    I have a 980 ti which is plenty capable as Rob mentions but for now I am happy with 60 fps at a lower resolution on full settings.
    If your rig is unusable at 4K it is likely you’ll have something in there that isn’t quite good enough for it, care to share your specs?

  8. I currently have a iiyama Prolite G2773HS 27″ 1920 x 1080 gaming monitor which throws out 144MHz and 1ms refresh rate.
    I play a variety of games but the most recent being Tom Clancy`s The Division.
    Along with my previous graphic card a n Nvidia GTX970, i was getting some good gaming from it.
    Upgraded to the GTX 1070 and my gaming experience changed for the better.
    Better immerse for gaming as detail more defined.
    This monitor was not even in the shops when i got it as had problems with a previous iiyama monitor at 120Hz and they replaced with this one.
    Now for the best bit.
    I have tried and tested other monitors, some larger than 27″ and resolutions greater than i use at this time which is the one i have mentioned.
    It is not all about the monitor.
    You need to good combination of monitor and graphic card for an excellent gaming experience.
    You dont need to pay expensive prices to achieve a great gaming experience.
    I get over 100 FPS on The Division. The same goes for Battlefield, Black ops and other shooters.
    Some depend on servers for FPS which can be capped at 60 FPS.
    The sharpness and colours on this monitor are set out nice and the MSI GTX 1070 shows this off nicely in this monitor.
    Would i go for a bigger screen? Answer is No.
    Resolution greater than i have will not change my game play.
    Not even G-Sync would change my mind, as i get no tearing or blurring on my monitor at all in any game.
    The only thing we can all get when gaming online only is LAG.
    This is not due to the monitor or graphic card but the server of the gaming vendor or your own internet connection slowing down.
    Hope this helps when deciding do you really need to pay a high price and have things like 4K or G-Sync for your true gaming experience.

  9. get a 22in 1080/1920 screen and put the rest towards a VR headset which will out preform and screen size. you will never look back!………well errmmm might need a new line.

  10. Some of these comments, jeez, its 2016 if you have crap response time on your TV its because you are buying cheap crap, spend on a decent 40inch TV and youll have no problem, Ive seen the difference on TVs with crap response time and sure it pretty much unplayable, horrible latency, but seriously if you are gona spend £180+ on a monitor, just spend the extra £100 and buy a decent TV itll only set you back around £300 for a 40 inch so keep going lower sure to get a better price in your range, but monitors are becoming obsolete, doesnt mean they won’t keep churning them out for those that consider themselves to be hardcore gamers who are stuck in the early 2000s mindset still.

  11. lol daniel really? buy a VR headset…. despite most games being poor so far and almost 80% of testers getting motion sickness so bad that some games are even adding features like surround the player in a virtual cage to have something to focus on because it helps with the sickness when turning…. real immersive… being stuck in a virtual cage just to make it usable xD

  12. Sorry Shaun but the 80% of testers getting motion sickness just isn’t right. Not everything you read is accurate nor is everything your told, you should try it yourself before writing it off completely. PS4 has a good set out right now with a comfy guy that allows for glasses and blocks out all of the light for nearly everyone, I’m not keen on ps4 consoles but Sony got their act together for VR.

    As for ACER I had a couple of really bad experiences with a laptop I had to buy in an emergency as it was the only brand in the shop at the time…. I had never used one of their products before and now can understand why that’s all that was left. The other was a gift which spent more time being repaired than it did with me. ACER customer services is the worst I’ve ever experienced, a warranty repair had an invoice bill sent out before it was even collected on the laptop screen. After a month I ended up collecting it from Plymouth while I was passing still untouched as I refused to pay for a repair on a 4 month old screen that was faulty and not damaged. I even had to get 2 independent reports showing faulty manufacturing had twisted the mounting and stressed the screen causing internal fractures. To make matters worse when I had first gone to the store to have it sent back there was a massive queue all returning ACER products.

    It’s all personal choice plus your budget and not everyone will have the same experience, myself I won’t ever touch them again.

  13. 4k isn’t just 4k at all, you don’t really get the benefit of 4k unless you view a screen of around 48″ or larger. The only benefit on smaller screens is better close up images. Most of us sit closer to our monitors as we do say our TVs so to an extent 4k will stil produce a better image than 1080p. Here is a good article that explains it – https://www.cnet.com/uk/news/why-4k-tvs-are-stupid/

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