The gaming industry has grown exponentially in the last few decades. What started as a fun pastime is now a global industry estimated to be worth $256.97 billion by 2025. There’s no denying that gaming has fully cemented itself as an industry to be taken seriously. But at the core of one of the most rapidly growing fields, remains a humble purpose: to provide quality, immersive entertainment.
The ever-growing popularity of gaming has resulted in gear that goes beyond our wildest dreams when it comes to performance. However, choosing this gear can be daunting, especially if you’re just starting out. A monitor, for instance, can significantly influence your performance, so it’s important to select something that can keep up.
Here are some features you’ll want to look out for when picking your gaming monitor. We’re focussing on the LG UltraGear series, but these features can be used as a checklist for any monitor option you’re exploring.
When it comes to resolution, you’ll want to keep your graphics card’s capabilities in mind. There’s no point in investing in a high-resolution monitor if your graphics card can’t match it. Most 1080p monitors have a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and this is generally the most popular resolution for gaming. They are also compatible with an array of popular graphics cards. While you may be tempted to opt for higher resolution options like 4K, or the very rare 8K, the industry is still mainly focussed on 1080p – and you’ll still get to fully embrace a crystal-clear picture with this option.
LG’s UltraGear monitors offer a solid variety of full HD options. These monitors produce a bright, hyper-realistic picture with true-to-life precision.
When it comes to gaming, you’ll probably want to look at either twisted nematic (TN) or in-plane switching (IPS) panels. Both are impressive gaming options, and it really comes down to personal preference. However, something to note is that IPS displays do have the upper hand when it comes to making colours pop. Traditionally, IPS panels don’t have as great a response time as TN panels. However, newer monitors – like those in the LG UltraGear series – partner popping colours with a 1ms response time, ensuring you get the best of both worlds.
Refresh rate is arguably the most crucial thing to look for in a gaming monitor. A monitor’s refresh rate indicates how often it displays a new image and is measured in hertz. A 1:1 relationship exists between the refresh rate produced by the display and the frames per second (fps) pushed out by the graphics card. Basically, if you don’t have a good refresh rate, you could miss important elements in your game, which could cost you the game. LG’s UltraGear series is remarkable in this department. Monitors boast a high-speed refresh rate of up to 240Hz and ensure that you can deal instantly in any scenario to achieve victory—all without any lag.
Adaptive sync refers to the feature on your monitor that syncs the refresh rate between your graphics card and your display. You want to make sure both your graphics card and your monitor are synced so that there is less chance of screen tearing and stutter. This makes the gaming experience as smooth as possible. There are two options for adaptive sync: Nvidia G-Sync and AMD’s royalty-free FreeSync. They are both excellent, but FreeSync is more common than G-Sync. LG’s UltraGear series is equipped with G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, which provides motion without tearing or stuttering, plus a simplified tone mapping for fast, seamless HDR imaging.
With so many options, it can be difficult to know what equipment to go with if you’re looking to start your gaming journey. But it doesn’t have to be so daunting. Coming up with an informed list of things you’re looking for in the desired piece of equipment is a great first step to building a quality set-up. Just take it one step at a time.