Monitors


Quick note: Monitors can be incredibly expensive. There are many monitors costing as much as a nice gaming PC at $800+. These monitors are often over 27 inches, broadcast in 4k and have very high refresh rates. Regardless of the schools budget, spending money on the high-end gaming monitors is a bad investment. Don’t spend more than $200 on  each monitor. 22 to 24 inches is the ideal size for an esports room. Monitors this size are preferred by professional gamers, keeps the price down, and won’t take up too much size in the room.

The monitor is of course the piece of computer hardware that displays the graphics and video information created by the computer from the video card. Some prebuilt desktops come with monitors, some do not. If you build a PC you will always have to acquire a monitor separately.

Similar to other items like desks and chairs, it’s possible your school has extra monitors already that can be used temporarily if buying monitors will set the team over budget. Consider asking IT and different departments for monitors; it’s entirely possible you can come up with suitable ones without spending a dime.

Here are the five things to consider when buying gaming monitors:

  1. Size: For gaming setups with one monitor a 22-24 inch screen is ideal. If a monitor is too big it can actually be difficult for a gamers eyes to quickly see all they need to see of the screen. We would only recommend 27 inch or bigger screens if for some reason the monitor is a distance away from the gamer using it (a wall mounted monitor for example).
  2. Response time: The lower response time the better. This measures how fast a pixel can go from black to white to black again. A gaming monitor will typically have a response time of 5 milliseconds or lower.
  3. Refresh Rate: The higher the refresh rate the better. A standard monitor will have a refresh rate of 60Hz (Hertz). High end gaming monitors have refresh rates of 144-240Hz.
  4. Resolution: Resolution just means the number of pixels a monitor has to display an image. A monitor’s pixel count is determined by two numbers: the first being horizontal   pixels and the second being vertical pixels (example 1920×1080). 4k pixel count displays are great, but are much to expensive for us to recommend.
  5. Video Input (Many monitors come with more than one of these):
  • Display port- best for connecting computer to monitor
  • HDMI- best for computer to TV.
  • DVI- 2nd oldest connection. Basically the updated form of VGA, but digital.
  • VGA connector- oldest connection. Sub-optimal but will work fine if using old monitors and that is all that’s available.

Note- adapters are available if you have equipment that is not compatible with each other. For example a graphics card that doesn’t have an HDMI port to a monitor that only has an HDMI port. These typically cost less than $10 so they can be a worthy investment over buying all new monitors or graphics cards.

Our economical recommendations-

LG 24MP59G-P

Refresh Rate: 5ms

Response Time: 75hz

Size: 24 inches

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Video Input: HDMI-VGA

Price: $135

BenQ ZOWIE RL Series RL2455S

Refresh Rate: 1ms

Response Time: 75hz

Size: 24 inches

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Video Input: HDMIx2-DVI

Price: $150

ASUS VE248Q

Refresh Rate: 2ms

Response Time: 75hz

Size: 24 inches

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Video Input: HDMI-Display Port-VGA

Price: $150

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