First off, we have the small matter of response times, they matter, but not as much as most people think. And that’s because in recent years, gaming monitor technology has greatly surpassed human eye technology.
These days, it’s not uncommon to find the best TN monitors with response times as low as two milliseconds. And while from a technological standpoint, this is certainly impressive, your eyes can’t actually register responses faster than six milliseconds.
In other words, when you shell out extra money for a sub six millisecond response time, you’re essentially shelling out for something that you can’t actually see.
In the past, contrast ratio mattered. It measured the difference between the brightest and darkest pixels on a screen. Higher contrast ratio, better picture. Unfortunately however, monitor manufacturers have decided to reinvent the word.
Some claim that contrast ratio is x, other claim that it’s actually y. And the result is that the term has pretty much lost all meaning. Is a high contrast ratio still a positive? Yes, but it’s no longer a factor that anyone should be basing their purchasing decisions upon.
Less is More
You wouldn’t be a gamer if you didn’t want to play games on a million inch screen but the reality is that bigger isn’t always better.
It’s not uncommon for gamers to shell out on the biggest screen that they can afford only to get home and find that darting their eyes from corner to corner can be surprisingly tiring. Personally, I think that anything over 27 inches is overkill unless you’re a serious MPG fan.
Even Sony Makes Mistakes
Finally, there’s the small matter of the best gaming monitor under 200 manufacturer, there’s no such thing. There’s more to a gaming monitor than who manufactured it. Base your decision on the pros and cons of individual monitors, not on the brand name attached.
Even the likes of Sony and Dell occasionally release a gaming monitor that’s decidedly sub par. Now if only there was some kind of website that offered in depth reviews of their individual offerings…