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Gaming screens not only ensure the best possible gaming experience, but can also look really stylish at the same time. High refresh rates, fast response times and unbeatable resolutions are the hallmarks of a gaming screen. Whether you play on the computer or on the console, a gaming screen will raise the fun factor to a maximum.

With our big gaming screen test 2021 we would like to help you with your purchase decision to find the right gaming screen for you. For this purpose, we have listed and described the best gaming screens and the most important purchase and evaluation criteria. This should help you make the right purchase decision.




Summary

  • Gaming screens are monitors that are particularly well suited for video games. They are particularly powerful and are not only used for games with high graphics, but can be used in many ways.
  • It is the special features that make up a gaming screen. These include a fast response time and a high refresh rate and resolution.
  • Basically, we can distinguish between three different types of gaming screens: TN panels, which have a fast response time, ISP panels with excellent picture quality and VA panels, which are more or less in between TN and ISP.

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Gaming screens: buying and evaluation criteria

When buying a gaming screen, there are many components that can play a role and that you should pay attention to. Since not everyone is a technology expert and you certainly don't want to spend hours researching on the internet, we have selected and summarised the most important buying and evaluation criteria for you. After you know the most important criteria, you will have a better overview of your own gaming screen requirements.

In the following paragraphs, we explain what you should look for and what is important when choosing your gaming screen.

Picture quality

The first and probably most important purchase criterion for most people is the picture quality of the gaming screen. Every real gamer wants to have the best gaming experience possible. That's why a gaming screen with high resolution is inevitable. With a high resolution, you are automatically even more immersed in the game.

But which resolution is the "best" for your gaming experience? To answer this question, we will first briefly list the resolutions available for a standard 16:9 gaming screen:

  • Full HD: 1920 x 1080
  • WQHD / QHD: 2560 x 1440
  • 4K / UHD: 3840 x 2160

As you can see above, there are three options available to you that are relevant for your gaming screen. In this day and age, nothing works without HD! So no matter which screen you ultimately choose, you will always have a good picture quality. Nevertheless, there are differences and we will explain them to you step by step in the next points.

First of all, what is "resolution" and what do we mean by it? Simply put, the resolution of your gaming screen determines the maximum number of pixels that can be displayed on your monitor. This means that the higher the resolution, the better and sharper the visuals.

The 4K / UHD gaming screen has the highest resolution and best quality.

Now many will certainly say: "Of course I'll get a 4K gaming screen". Yes, the 4K or also called UHD has the best resolution and is a good choice for some, but this gaming monitor has its weaknesses. Because this enormously high number of pixels also requires an enormously high performance from the PC and gaming system.

So unless you have an extremely powerful graphics card installed in your PC, a 4K gaming monitor is not the best choice. On top of that, not every game supports 4K. Another point is that games in 4K resolution don't even reach a stable 60fps. If you are a shooter, you will probably be at a disadvantage.

If your budget is limited and you don't want to invest extra in a graphics card, then the Full HD gaming screen is a good choice. Of course, you don't have the high-end graphics of the 4K gaming screen.

But you won't have any problems with the FPS (frames per second). That's because less power is needed and pretty much every system supports the resolution. If your PC doesn't, you should think about that first.

The best alternative to the Full HD and 4K gaming screen is the WQHD gaming screen.

The technology of the WQHD gaming screen is more sophisticated than that of the 4K gaming screen, which is why you will have fewer problems with it at first. The WQHD gaming screen is more or less the golden mean. It doesn't have quite the same high-end resolution as the 4K, but it also has better FPS.

In summary, this means that the 4K gaming screen has the best resolution and is great for role-playing and strategy games, but it is also the most expensive gaming screen. The Full HD gaming screen is the least expensive and is suitable for anyone who does not place quite as much value on picture quality. The best alternative for an optimal gaming experience is the WQHD gaming screen.

Refresh rate

Another important aspect that is of particular importance to most gamers is the refresh rate. The refresh rate is measured in hertz and indicates how many images per second the gaming screen can update.

The higher the refresh rate, the smoother your game will run. Especially with fast games such as CS: GO or League of Legends, which are becoming increasingly important in e-sports, a high refresh rate is a decisive feature.

A normal screen usually has at least 60 hertz.

This means that 60 images per second can be updated. A gaming screen is usually at least 120 hertz. Whereby the trend is moving towards 144 hertz. A difference between the gaming screens is not necessarily noticeable at first. However, if you take a closer look, it makes a considerable difference whether you play at 60 hertz or 144 hertz on a gaming screen.

Another reason for choosing a 144 hertz gaming screen is that the technical requirements of games are becoming ever more demanding.

So this gaming screen is a good investment for the future. If you don't opt for a 144 hertz gaming screen, at least the 120 hertz gaming screens should meet your minimum requirements. Otherwise, you may have to play your games with unsightly jerks or screen tearing (image is torn apart by fast movements).

Response time

Unlike refresh rate, which indicates how many frames are updated per second, response time indicates the speed of the gaming screen. The reaction time thus indicates the time it takes your gaming screen to change an image. The reaction time is measured in milliseconds. The lower the response time, the better and smoother the gaming experience.

The best you will find in terms of response time is a response time of one millisecond. A good gaming screen usually has a maximum response time of ten milliseconds. This is the range you should aim for and consider when deciding on your gaming screen.

Ergonomics

Another purchase criterion is the ergonomics of your gaming screen. If your gaming screen is particularly ergonomic, you can adapt it even better to your needs. We will briefly explain the most important aspects of ergonomics below to give you a better overview.

First of all, it is important that your gaming screen is height-adjustable so that it can be adapted to your height and viewing angle. Of course, it would be even better if the gaming screen could be tilted to further optimise comfort.

Another point that makes perfect sense is that the display can be adjusted to the left and right without moving the stand. This allows you to adjust the gaming screen even better to your circumstances. Especially if you use more than one screen, you can adjust them very easily without having to move them back and forth.

Connections

Gaming screens usually have several connections. The HDMI and DisplayPort connections are the most important. As mentioned, gaming screens have several connections and every good gaming screen will have at least one HDMI and one DisplayPort connection. If this is not the case, however, you should consider what you want to use the gaming screen for.

If you want to use the gaming screen for your PC, a DisplayPort connection is usually sufficient. Some gaming screens even have a DVI connector. Of course, you can also use this.

With consoles such as the Playstation 4 or the new Playstation 5, transmission only works with an HDMI cable.

Many manufacturers of gaming screens, such as MSI, now have a USB port that can be connected to the computer. You then have the option of making your screen settings on a programme instead of having to laboriously adjust everything on the screen yourself.

Gaming screens: frequently asked questions and answers

Let's now move on to the most frequently asked questions and answers about gaming screens. We have selected and answered the most relevant questions for you. After reading this guide, you will have enough knowledge about a gaming screen to know everything you need to know.

What is a gaming screen?

The first question you ask yourself if you are new to the gaming scene is: What is a gaming screen? A gaming screen is basically nothing more than a normal monitor. However, a gaming screen has special features that make it a gaming screen in the first place.

First and foremost, a gaming screen is characterised by its resolution. Gaming screens have a very high resolution in order to captivate the player and immerse him or her in the game world. As we already know, the resolution ranges from Full HD to 4K / UHD.

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In addition to the technical data, a gaming screen can also score with cool designs and looks really good on one or the other desk. (Image source: Ella Don/ unsplash)

A high refresh rate and fast response time are also essential for a screen to be called a gaming screen in the first place.

In summary, a gaming screen is an optimised monitor that is designed to give you the best possible gaming experience at the highest level.

What types of gaming screens are there?

Currently, there are three different types or designs of gaming screens to choose from. Each type of gaming screen has its own advantages and disadvantages. It is therefore not possible to give a general answer as to which gaming screen is the best.

But you can decide for yourself which gaming screen is the best for you. We have put together a table for you and listed the advantages and disadvantages of the individual types.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
IPS panel gaming screen highest picture quality and colour display slower response time and lower refresh rate
TN panel gaming screen fast response time and high refresh rate poorer colour and contrast reproduction and viewing angle
VA panel gaming screen good contrast and refresh rate slower response time than TN panel

Now that you know the different types of gaming screens and their advantages and disadvantages, let's briefly summarise the whole thing again. If you choose an IPS panel gaming screen, you will have the highest picture quality and colour reproduction. However, with this screen you have to reckon with poorer response times and refresh rates. If you want to play competitively or faster games in general, such as shooters, this may not be the right choice for you.

For this, the TN panel gaming screen is probably the better choice. This gaming screen shines with a very fast response time and high refresh rates - perfect for shooters and other fast-paced games where you need to react as quickly as possible.

If you can't decide between nice picture quality or fast response time, the VA gaming screen is the happy medium. Here we try to get the best out of both.

Indeed, you have a better picture quality than with the TN panel and the refresh rate is also higher than with the IPS panel gaming screen. However, you still have to make sacrifices in terms of response time and you won't quite reach the picture quality of the IPS panel gaming screen.

What size and format should your gaming screen have?

The size and format of the gaming screen again depends on your own needs. In the following, we will show you what sizes and formats are available and which ones make the most sense in our opinion.

The size of gaming screens is given in inches and usually ranges from 24 to 34 inches. However, most gaming screens are between 24 and 27 inches. The format of a gaming screen is usually 16:9. For ultrawide gaming screens, the format is larger and is usually found in 21:9 or 32:9 format.

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In addition to the technical data, a gaming screen can also score with cool designs and looks really good on a desk or two. (Image source: Ella Don/ unsplash)

Your games often look even more intense on larger screens and score with breathtaking resolutions. The disadvantage of these gaming screens is, on the one hand, the space that such a large monitor takes up and, on the other hand, the sitting distance, which should be increased considerably. In addition, you cannot react very quickly to game situations without always having to move your head back and forth.

We recommend a gaming screen with a maximum size of 27 inches in a 16:9 format.

On the one hand, this gaming screen does not take up as much space and on the other hand, you can react much better, especially in shooters. Of course, the price also plays a role here. But bigger does not always mean more expensive. The brand of the gaming screen also plays a significant role.

What does a gaming screen cost?

The question of what a gaming screen actually costs is probably one of the most important questions for most of us. A large number of factors play a role here. We have already explained the most important ones in the buying criteria or in the guide.

To help us narrow things down, we have created a table based on the resolution. The resolution is one of the most important points and usually determines the price range of the gaming screen.

Resolution Price
Full HD approx. 100 to 300 euros
WQHD approx. 250 to 1000 euros
4K / UHD approx. 270 to 1200 euros

As can be seen in the table, the price range of the respective resolutions is quite high. For the Full HD gaming screen, it looks a little more manageable. The table also shows that not only the resolution but probably many other features such as the brand have an influence on the purchase price.

The WQHD gaming screens are on average between 250 and 500 euros and the 4K / UHD gaming screens between 270 and 600 euros. So on average, the prices for these two types do not really differ vehemently. Another argument that the resolution alone does not determine the price.

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If you want to play together with friends on one screen, the TV is a great alternative. (Image source: JESHOOTS.COM / Unsplash)

What alternatives are there to the gaming screen?

There is hardly - one could almost say no real alternative to the gaming screen. Because a gaming screen is now not only used by gamers. Gaming screens also have a place in many offices or with photographers and designers. This is mainly because a gaming screen acquires a much higher versatility due to all the technical input.

Nevertheless, we have tried to find alternatives for you and have listed and described them in the following table.

Alternative Description
All-in-one-PC An all-in-one PC is a computer where the technology is integrated into the screen. The good thing about it is that you save a lot of space.
Laptop Similar to the all-in-one PC, the laptop has all the technology stored in the housing. The laptop is easy to store and therefore saves space. What's more, you can easily take your laptop with you wherever you go.
TV The TV is really only an alternative for people who play on a console. For PC gamers, the distance would be far too small.

As already mentioned above, these alternatives are not exactly optimal and should be considered more as a fallback option. Nevertheless, these options also have their merits and can be considered according to circumstances. Your need for a gaming screen will probably be less satisfied.

How much distance should I keep from the gaming screen?

The distance to the gaming screen always depends on the size of the monitor. Simply put, the bigger the gaming screen, the more distance you should keep.

If you have longer gaming sessions with your friends, get up every now and then and go out into the fresh air. This relieves the strain on your eyes and you will be much better prepared for the next game.

If you want to take it easy on your eyes, there should be a distance of at least 60 cm. Basically, it's not wrong to keep as much distance as possible from the gaming screen. Especially if you sit in front of it for a long time, it is important to keep the distance.

Conclusion

There are a variety of gaming screens and each has its advantages and disadvantages. On the whole, the gaming screen definitely enhances your games. Whether through a high refresh rate and fast response time or through a high resolution. The gaming screen is an absolute must for every real gamer.

Gaming screens with a very fast response time and high refresh rate usually have a poorer resolution. Accordingly, they are particularly well suited for fast games.

Gaming screens with a high resolution usually have a poorer response time and not quite as high a refresh rate. You must decide for yourself what your own requirements are and what is most important to you.

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