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What is a 240Hz monitor and why you need one…

Every gamer knows that having an edge over the opposition is the only way to win. Well, a truckload of skill is also pretty important, too! But there are various set-up tweaks you can make to raise your game, as well as various gameplay tips and tricks. In this article we’re focusing in on 240Hz gaming monitors – devices which can give you a serious advantage over your opponents. Though that advantage is probably fractions of a second (or even fractions of fractions!) that increase really can be enough to maximise your personal gameplay potential. A 240Hz monitor can be the difference between being shot – losing the game – and shooting first – winning!

Obviously, when you see Hz in product specifications – in this case 240Hz – the figure refers to a monitor’s refresh rate. That is to say, the number of times per second that the screen ‘refreshes’ the image on it. A monitor’s refresh rate determines how many frames it displays across the course of one second.

The average or typical monitor has a 60Hz refresh rate and this is ample for standard computer work. But gaming monitors push the refresh rate much further. After all, in gaming it’s not just every second that counts, but every split second! The majority of gaming monitors run at 144Hz, but higher refresh rates than this are available and 240Hz is the benchmark you want to be thinking about.

LG’s 240Hz 27” Ultragear Gaming Monitor

Are 240hz monitors good for gaming?

That’s easy to answer. They’re amazing for gaming. However, the difference between a 240hz and a 144hz monitor is slight. Experienced gamers will be able to appreciate the difference, but if that split millisecond isn’t vital to you, then stick with a 144hz. If you have the mentality of always wanting the very best, then a 240hz monitor will be another impressive touch to your gaming set up. And, if you’re a competitive gamer, this type of monitor will give you the edge you’ve been looking for.

So it’s good for gaming – but is 240Hz overkill?

The only ‘kill’ you want to be aiming for in gaming is your opponent – so a 240Hz monitor working in combo with a really good graphics card can make for some focused, crisp and clear gaming action. Particularly for e-sports gamers, faster refresh rates can mean the difference between winning and losing.

Can I link my gaming laptop to these monitors?

Yes. Not only can you – but you really should. Unless of course you’ve just shelled out for one of the new breed of gaming laptops like the ASUS G17 with its 300hz display. Which is just insane – the display, not the purchase!

But, if your laptop has a lower quality screen why wouldn’t you link it up to a superfast monitor? There may be a tiny bit of lag but you won’t notice it and what’s better than gaming on the big screen?

Speaking of which…

When you’re getting into the extremes of monitor performance, and investment, you want the screen size to match the refresh rate. Which is why you can get an amazing 240hz monitor in screen sizes of up to 49”. What! Yep. How does a 49” QLED Dual-QHD ultrawide display grab you?

At Ebuyer, our range of high refresh rate monitors include models from loads of manufacturers including the big boys like Samsung and BenQ, with screen sizes to match. You can check them out here.

What about the graphics card?

There’s always a but isn’t there? Of course, to run a high refresh rate monitor like the ones we’re discussing here you do need a fast graphics card. Ideally one that produces more FPS than the monitor. The faster the GPU the faster the images are sent. The ideal marriage of course is an insanely fast GPU with an equally quick monitor. One without the other is actually just wasting performance. If we’re talking specifics, then something from NVIDIA’s 2080 Series or their latest RTX30 Series GPUs are the perfect soulmate for your new 240hz monitor.

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Which monitor should I get?

The bottom line here, of course, is that you should buy the monitor you can afford. If the bank balance stretches to 144hz FHD display – go for it. Enjoy your gaming. If there’s a little bit extra left in the piggy bank and you can afford a 240hz monitor and are looking for that edge over the competition – treat yourself to one of the premium range of 240hz monitors we have on our site.

Types of 240Hz monitor

The terms ‘240Hz monitor’ is a catch-all for all monitors which run at that refresh rate – but, just as you’d expect, under that umbrella there are variants, different types of monitor, to think about.

240Hz gaming monitors are available in all different sizes and resolutions – and type of panel. TN panels (TN stands for twisted nematic, a type of LCD display technology) are the most budget-friendly option when it comes to minitors, including 240Hz monitors. But there’s a rub. TN panels are pretty limited in terms of viewing angle and there is lower quality colour reproduction. All things considered, they usually don’t look anything like as good as IPS or VA panels.

IPS and VA panels work their magic in a different way, much more attuned to a fantastic viewing experience, including in terms of maximum viewing angle and colour fidelity. So, for 240Hz monitors in particular, this combination produces great results. The majority of 240Hz monitors come with a 1080p panel, and the 1440p models currently available tend to be at the more expensive end of the potential monitor budget. There are even a few Ultrawide options on the market too.

Sum up 240Hz monitors for me, Ebuyer, please!

It’s a balance, in a way. The choice. You could opt for a 4K monitor to improve your visual gaming experience, but it’s not always the correct choice to make. It’s well worth considering that you’ll gain significant benefit in upgrading your system to a high refresh rate monitor.

Either option is not what we’d call pocket-money friendly – but upgrading really doesn’t have to bust your bank either. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a budget monitor a 240hz display is not for you. If you want to play in the big leagues you have to pay a premium price. But you definitely get what you pay for.

Check out our range of 240Hz monitors here – including the LG 27” Ultragear which features in the new Ebuyer video (below). Guest presenter James from GeekaWhat takes a look at this monitor, and puts it through its paces.

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