To understand why gaming monitors is a must have for any gamer calling himself a pro, you have to understand the difference between a gaming monitor and a regular monitor.
Gaming vs regular
When using a regular gaming console through your monitor there isn’t any difference in image quality but as soon as a game is played through your PC, the image quality between the gaming and regular monitors becomes quite obvious. Image wise, the quality goes well below what is comfortable to the eye as these games have complex visual effects and is very fast paced. Having a gaming monitor enhances the experience tenfold.
When asked which is better the consensus seems to be that Benq, Asus and Nixeus take the lead but you have to get a monitor with a refresh rate of over 120hz while the Acer R240hy Bidx is not a bad substitute being almost as good with just a 60hz refresh rate but a rate of 120hz or more is recommended. They all agree however that the bigger the screen, the better your gaming experience.
The pixel count is yet another factor of a great monitor which will determine whether you will have quality image as you game or be stuck with pixilated, unclear, tearing images that makes no sense and impact greatly on your score. The higher your pixel count also means the need for a higher graphics engine as it needs a lot of power to run efficiently, especially with the newer games. Also, the lower your pixel response, the less smearing effect you will experience. You are looking for a 2 millisecond grey to grey response or lower but four isn’t too bad either.
Newer monitors in the gaming field use synchronization tech in order to get a handle on these artifacts. The input-lag on these are also lowered. They are called G-Sync and Freesync but these monitors need a graphics card that is attuned to it and can handle the workload.
Ports and inputs
The ideal monitor has a whole lot of video inputs allowing you to connect to other PC’s and consoles. As all gamers know, this is not a cheap hobby and the price you pay is determined by all of the factors already mentioned above and also if it has USB access and other types of connecting points that make it easy to connect all you need directly to your gaming monitor.
At the end of the day, the onus is on you to decide if you are really that much into gaming. Is your regular monitor enough for the type of games you play or are the graphics of your games too much for it? If the latter rings true then it may be a good idea to invest in a gaming monitor (this chart shows you how to choose the best one) because struggling to see what you are doing at a critical point in a game will ruin your reaction and in turn, your score, as previously mentioned. If not, save a bit of cash and stick to what you know and have come to love. There is no wrong answer here as this is a question of what works for you.