Best Gaming Monitor 2017 (24/27 inch, low Input lag)

What are the best monitors for a gaming pc with sizes ranging from 23/27 inches? Today I am looking for the best monitor to play.

If you are looking for a new gaming monitor for your PC you’re in my same situation. To search for the best gaming monitor I did a search on Google with “best gaming monitor”. I limited the search to the last year so I would not take into consideration articles, reviews, comments and opinions that are too old. I also took into account only LED monitors of 24/27 inches, obviously with full HD and with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels.

By reading the various articles on the internet I understood immediately that I had to have some very clear ideas. If you are about to buy a new monitor for your new gaming pc you have to know the meaning of these terms.

Refresh Rate: Refresh rate or vertical frequency, not to be confused with the frame rate, in simplified terms is the number of times the picture is “redesigned” on the monitor in a second. Usually this value is 60Hz or 120Hz if the monitor supports 3D. This has a big impact on the gameplay experience. In principle, one must know that if you play at 60 fps (frames per second) you will not have any major problems of visualization. If the frame rate increases and goes beyond 60fps and your monitor’s refresh rate is 60 Hz then you have the classic tearing effect (tearing of the image). In actuality, the monitor is not able to show all frames sent to the screen by the pc video card. An example of what tearing is, to work around this problem you can enable V-Sync (vertical sync); in this way, the video card will transmit at a frame rate equal to the maximum refresh rate supported by your monitor.

Frame Rate: Frame rate per second (fps) is the number of frames per second that the video card sends to the monitor; 30fps is the minimum value that makes a game playable, even if the optimal value would be a frame rate of a stable 60 fps to not have jerking. The best video cards on the market allow you to play games like Battlefield 4 with Full HD 1080p resolution and ultra-details without going below 60 fps. Of course, you need to have an adequate gaming pc.

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Response Time or time of response is expressed in milliseconds (ms) and is the time necessary to turn on a pixel; to turn it off and turn it on again (BtB: black to black); to have a low response time is important to avoid ghosting or ghosting that is very evident with moving pictures on display with themes of high response. In general, the response time is lower in the TN panels compared to IPS. The best monitors for playing have a response time of less than 2ms, even 1ms. I advise you not to buy monitors for gaming with a response time greater than 5ms GtG. You must be careful when reading the value of the response time. Usually, the monitor manufacturers indicate the GtG gray-to-gray; a response time of 2ms GtG corresponds to about 8ms BtB.

Input lag: This term is often read in articles that discuss the 3d smart TV. It is the time or the delay that elapses between when you compile an action by pressing a key on the keyboard, or on the mouse, on the controller and see the result on the screen. It concerns a very important investment especially when you have to choose a smart TV that you want to use for playing with PlayStation or Xbox or connect it to your PC.

TN, IPS, VA are terms that refer to the type of LCD panel. The principle TN monitors are cheaper and have excellent response times. The IPS panels reproduce color images more true to reality (best color) and have wider viewing angles compared to TN panels. The VA panels have excellent contrast, decent response times and good brightness. They are a middle ground between TN and IPS. There are several variations: MVA, S-MVA, P-MVA are more suitable for professional use.

From what I understood by reading several articles on the LCD monitor with TN panels the most common ones are the ones with a refresh rate of 60 Hz; but if I have a good video card that can get me to play more than 60 fps, I can have issues with tearing with this type of monitor. To overcome this problem I have to activate the V-Sync which “limits” the video card at 60 fps, but if the frame rate drops below the refresh rate of the screen, then you have shuttering (they are small shots) and the latency increases. The ideal would be to have a refresh rate on the monitor that is identical to the frame rate throughout the game session. Always reading articles on the web I found that this “synchronization” is made possible by the G-Sync, an Nvidia solution implemented in the most recent video cards (GTX TITAN, GTX 980, GTX 970,GTX 960, GTX 890, GTX 880, GTX 870, GTX 860). In order to be compatible with this technology, the monitors must have on board a G-Sync hardware module and a DisplayPort video input. From what you read on the web, the first monitor compatible with G-Sync will be manufactured by Asus, BenQ, Philips and ViewSonic. For now you can try this technology only on Asus VG248QE provided you “mod it” with the G-Sync hardware module.

After this introduction, let’s see which are the best monitors for gaming by also conducting a search within Amazon.com to see which are the best gaming monitors, where we find:

  • BenQ XL2420Z and BenQ XL2720Z: 24 and 27 inch TN Panel screen with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time (GtG), compatible with Nvidia 3D Vision;
  • ASUS VG248QE: 24 inches TN LCD pane, 1920×1080 pixels Full HD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time (GtG), Nvidia 3D Vision support, DisplayPort;
  • Philips 242G5DJEB: 24 inches TN LCD pane, 1920×1080 pixels, 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time (GtG), Nvidia 3D Vision support, DisplayPort;
  • ViewSonic VX2452MH: TN LCD panel, 1920 × 1080 pixels Full HD resolution, 75Hz refresh rate, 2ms response time.

From the systematic reviews and opinions, the challenge between the BenQ XL2420Z vs ASUS VG248QE is won by BenQ XL2420Z because it has better picture quality.

Reading some discussions on various forums I found other LCD monitors suitable for gaming. I took into consideration only the best:

  • Eizo Foris FS2333, even if it is a 23-inch monitor, I include it in this article because it has an IPS panel with a response time of 3.4 ms (it’s the fastest response time of any IPS panel in this size) and a really low input lag. It is an IPS monitors designed for lovers of video games, so you get both deep color and smooth display of games and movies.
  • Eizo Foris FG2421 BK 23.5-inch screen, the first VA panel to support a refresh rate of 120Hz, DisplayPort, 4ms response time, EIZO’s Turbo 240 converts 120 Hz input signals to 240 Hz for a refresh rate that seems to work very well in reducing motion blur (blur),  so you can enjoy the smoothest motion display yet for racing, shooter and other fast-action genres. Excellent alternative to LightBoost on TN Film panels, DisplayPort; Quick scoping with Extremely Low Input Lag

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  • QNIX QX2710 Evolution II 27-inch Monitor, Samsung WQHD PLS panel, High Resolution: 2560 x 1440 pixels, 8 ms response time; DisplayPort, it has good reviews on Amazon.
  • AOC e2752She 27-inch monitor, TN panel, 2 ms response time (GtG), 60Hz of Refresh rate, 1920 × 1080 resolution; it does not have a DisplayPort, price around 200 dollars.
  • Asus VG278HE 27-Inch monitor, TN panel, 144Hz, 1080p, 2ms, Nvidia 3D vision, or the Asus VG278HR which supports 3D vision with playstation 4 and readers of 3D Blu-ray;
  • ASUS PB278Q 27-inch monitor, Samsung WQHD PLS panel with a resolution of 2560 × 1440, 5ms response time(GtG), DisplayPort 1.2;

The following is the comparison of these gaming monitor:

Model Reviews on Amazon Screen Size/ Aspect Ratio Panel Type/Resolution Display Colors Pixel Pitch (Smaller is Better) Response Time Refresh rate Brightness Contrast Ratio (typical)
BenQ XL2420Z Reviews on Amazon 24″/16:9 TN/1920 x 1080 16.7 million 0.276 1ms (GTG) 144Hz 350 cd/㎡ 1000:1
ASUS VG248QE Reviews on Amazon 24″/16:9 TN/1920 x 1080 16.7 million 0.276mm 1ms (GTG) 144Hz 350 cd/㎡ 1000:1
Philips 242G5DJEB Reviews on Amazon 24″/16:9 TN/1920 x 1080 16.7 million 0.277 mm 1ms (GTG) 144Hz 350 cd/m² 1000:1
ViewSonic VX2452MH Reviews on Amazon 23.6″/16:9 TN/1920 x 1080 16.7 million 0.271mm 2ms (GTG) 75Hz 300 cd/m² 1000:1
Eizo Foris FS2333 Reviews on Amazon 23″/16:9 IPS/1920 x 1080 16.7 million 0.265mm 3.4ms (GTG) 60Hz 250 cd/m2 1000:1
Eizo Foris FG2421 Reviews on Amazon 23.5″/16:9 VA/1920 x 1080 16.7 million 0.272mm less than 1ms 120 Hz (Turbo to 240Hz) 400 cd/m2 5000:1
QNIX QX2710 Reviews on Amazon 27″/16:9 PLS/2560 x 1440 16.7 million 0.23mm 6 ms 60Hz 300 cd/m² 1000:1
AOC e2752She Reviews on Amazon 27″/16:9 TN/1920 x 1080 16.7 million 0.311mm 2ms (GTG) 60Hz 300 cd/m² 1000:1
Asus VG278HE Reviews on Amazon 27″/16:9 TN/1920 x 1080 16.7 million 0.311mm 2ms (GTG) 144Hz 300 cd/㎡ 1000:1
ASUS PB278Q Reviews on Amazon 27″/16:9 PLS/2560 x 1440 16.7 million 0.233mm 5 ms 60Hz 300 cd/㎡ 1000:1
BenQ XL2720Z Reviews on Amazon 27″/16:9 TN/1920 x 1080 16.7 million 0.311mm 1 ms 144Hz 300 cd/㎡ 1000:1

Suggestion

If you need to buy the best monitor for gaming I can recommend the 24-inch ASUS VG248QE and Philips 242G5DJEB, the only two monitors of supporting the new Nvidia G-Sync technology. For viewing in 3D with this screen you need the Nvidia 3D Vision 2 kit and a compatible video card. It cannot be used for 3D vision with PlayStation 4 and readers of 3D Blue-ray. If you want a 3D monitor compatible with multiple sources then I suggest the Asus VG278HE(Detail information on amazon) with Nvidia 3D Vision 2, 3D glasses included.

The best alternatives to ASUS VG248QE monitors are BenQ XL2420T, the Eizo Foris FS2333(Reviews on Amazon) and the cheapest Dell UltraSharp U2412M, although some complain about the phenomenon of backlight bleeding (colored halos that are noticed when the screen is black). Those with a higher budget can buy Eizo Foris FG2421(User Reviews on Amazon).

The best 27-inch monitor is the Asus PB278Q, good choice for those who want to have a monitor not only to play, but also for watching videos and movies, while those who want a 27-inch only for gaming then can buy the BenQ XL2720Z

6 thoughts on “Best Gaming Monitor 2017 (24/27 inch, low Input lag)

  1. Great info!

    Just a couple questions as I dont have the NVidia video card.

    I have a new gaming pc with a 4gb ddr5 sapphire r9 290 video card and Im looking to get set up with a 3 monitor layout for IRacing. My pc builder told me to get 3 of this monitor AOC G2770PQU. Would you agree or what would you recommend? My frame rate is about 85 in the game.

    Thank you for help in advance!
    Gary

  2. I just want to point out that the Dell UltraSharp U2412M mentioned in this article has a 16:10 aspect ratio with no option for displaying 16:9 content without stretching the image vertically. It’s great for PC gaming, but for consoles (at least with the PS3/PS4) there’s no way to fix the aspect ratio issue.

  3. O I forgot.. The ROG PG278Q Is based on G-sync. this is the main reason why it’s got te one and only “DisplayPort 1.2”

  4. There is one more monitor from asus.

    The ROG PG278Q

    Bas thing its only got: 1 db DisplayPort 1.2, 2 db USB 3.0

    So no HDMI, nor DVI conection…

  5. I noticed you didn’t show the Eizo Foris FS2333 IPS monitor. Was it because of it being a more unusual brand, or do you just prefer these because of their great brands?

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