One thing is for certain about 2020. You will have spent more of it in front of a TV or 4K monitor or laptop screen than you have in any other year of your life so far. The coronavirus pandemic has meant that many people have worked from home for prolonged periods of time.
Also, of course, due to lockdowns and restrictions people have been unable to socialise in quite the same way they would have usually done – and have spent a lot of time being entertained by their TV, or video games, instead. So, a monitor with superior 4K capability will change the quality of your experience, whatever that experience is – streaming TV, work, films, photography, gaming… And that’s why you need a 4K monitor. The increase in the value of your experience.
So I really do need a 4K monitor for gaming?
Well, it’s not strictly necessary – but, having said that, with more and more content on offer at the 4K resolution why on earth would you want to miss out on ultra-high definition visuals? If you have a 4K-capable gaming console, then getting a 4K display is an absolute must.
PC gamers, however, can opt for a lower resolution display with a higher refresh rate, a 4K monitor, or perhaps even an ultra-widescreen monitor (which you might class as somewhere in-between the other two). Ultimately, it comes down to your own preference and what type of games you decide you’re going to play.
So there are gaming requirements?
There can be, sure. If you tend to play competitive and ‘high octane’ paced games, you’d be better off going for a 1080p or 1440p gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate. A lower resolution means there are more frames per second, and this results in lower input lag and therefore smoother performance. If you prefer better quality visuals then you should definitely pick a 4K or ultra-wide monitor instead.
Check out the requirements of your particular console and the games you play on it or, if you are a PC gamer, check out the game’s requirements. For the very best results, you should purchase a 4K gaming monitor with variable refresh rate technology. And keep in mind that you’ll also require a powerful processor in order to run the 4K resolution at 60 FPS+ comfortably.
Hang on, can I recap? What’s so special about 4K?
Of course you can! Well, Full HD (otherwise known as 1080p) means the picture is comprised of 1920 pixels horizontally and 1080 pixels vertically. That means there are around two million pixels visible per frame. That is a lot of pixels. But 4K TV offers a massive 400% increase in quality because the picture is made up of 3840 x 2160 pixels. Just as you’d suspect from that information, the 4K specifications make for an absolutely cutting-edge visual experience.
So which are good ones to buy?
Try the BenQ EL2870UE 28″ HDR 4K Gaming Monitor
This one is great value. BenQ‘s Brightness Intelligence Plus technology offers a comfortable viewing experience by adjusting the brightness and colour temperature. Additionally, an elegant design, high connectivity and fast response will all enhance your video and gaming enjoyment.
Try the Philips 558M1RY/00 55″ 4K Ultra HD HDR Gaming Monitor with Ambiglow
Perhaps one for those who are not so mindful of their budget, this one is a spectacular choice. As well as high specs, the innovative Ambiglow technology enhances the content on the screen by creating a halo of light from the monitor. A fast processor analyses the incoming image content and continuously adapts the colour and brightness of the emitted light to match the image. Immersive!
Try the Iiyama GB2888UHSU-B1 28″ 4K Gaming Monitor
The Gold Phoenix features 4K and with 1ms response time and FreeSync™ technology, it ends choppy gameplay ensuring fluid and accurate transition between images. Black Tuner functionality means the brightness and dark shades can be adjusted, giving greater viewing performance in shadowed areas.
There’s a great choice of 4K monitors on the market these days, and once again it’s highly advisable to check all specifications. Also check compatibility (with your PC or your console). Ebuyer offers a great range of 4K monitors suitable for gaming, in addition to the ones we’ve mentioned above, and you can browse that range here. Once you’ve made your choice and invested your Christmas cash in the excellence of 4K, it’s a simple case of: Happy Gaming!