This article is a review of the best gaming monitors for 2011 as well as a learning guide for basic monitor specifications.
What to look for:
When choosing a gaming monitor you’ll first want to look for a monitor which has certain specifications. Response time should certainly be a priority as a low response time will help to minimize blurring or ghosting and add to the overall clarity of your monitor’s picture. If you’re a serious gamer, then try to find a monitor with a response time of 3ms or below.
Refresh rate at its most basic level is the time it takes for your computer monitor to refresh the data that is on the screen. A low refresh rate can cause unseen flashes that can wear down your eyes over time. If you’ve ever had a headache from your PC monitor or painful eye strain, then make a high refresh rate and LED monitor a priority.
Full high definition is considered to be 1920×1080 (1080p). If you want to purchase a monitor that is larger than 22 inches, then be sure to get full 1080p high definition for additional monitor detail.
Top Rated Computer Monitors for Gaming 2011 – 2012
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If you are looking for a large monitor with all the specifications you need for your games and want to stick right around $300, then look no further than the Viewsonic VX2739WM. This is a monitor we’ve personally started using for office computers here at work. While gaming you get an incredibly bright full HD 1920x1080p picture with diverse connectivity options (D-Sub, DVI, HDMI). Specifications include a 1ms response time, Dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000:1, 300 cd/m2 brightness, and integrated speakers.
Cons: It’s nice that the VX2739WM can tilt forwards and backwards but it would be nice if you could adjust the height as well. The Viewsonic VX2739WM is however 200mmx100mm in case you’d rather mount it.
Summary: Overall the Viewsonic VX2739WM gets 5 stars for price and performance, it’s an easy and affordable upgrade that can improve your overall gaming experience. If you’ve never used a 27 inch PC monitor, then be prepared for a major increase in monitor size, it’s even bigger than it looks.
Another top rated monitor for gamers in 2011 is the Samsung PX2370. It’s an LED monitor which makes it eco-friendly and has extremely low power consumption which over time will save you money. Gaming level specifications including a 2 ms response time, 1,920 x 1,080 full HD resolution, 100 % sRGB color standard reproduction, and a mega contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1 give you perfectly reproduced color, image clarity, and definition. The PX2370 was also made with ultra slim fit design (16.5mm thin) and is visually pleasing as well.
Here’s what one owner had to say about the PX2370:
“There are several things that make this monitor stand out from the crowd, but to me the most important of all is how easy it is on my eyes. I am very sensitive to refresh rate and flicker and such, and I often get headaches and eye strain from being on the computer. That’s tough, because I’m on it all day long, 7 days a week. My job is online plus I’m also an avid gamer and I do a lot of photo and video editing. Refresh rate (not response time) was one of the key specs I was looking for because my eyes normally hurt like heck if the refresh rate isn’t at least 85. And yes, this is true on LCD’s, too, not just the old CRT technology. Anyway, this monitor only lists a 60 hz refresh rate, which I have always found to be too low. That’s why I thought it would not work for me. Well, surprise, surprise, it actually was easier on my eyes than the others I tested that had higher refresh rates. I don’t know what they did in this technology, but this monitor is by far the best for reducing eye strain that I have ever found. I can stare at it all day without any headaches or eye strain or burning, and for me that says a lot! ”
Overall: Overall we give this monitor 5 stars for gaming and video editing. Feedback from customers has been almost completely positive and you get a 3 year parts and labor warranty with it for peace of mind.
ASUS VH238H 23-Inch LED Monitor
Another great monitor in the popular 23-24 inch range is the Asus VH238H. You get a large monitor with LED-backlighting technology, and a 2ms response time, for all under $200. Aesthetically this computer monitor does look nice, however we like the look of the Samsung’s Slim design better, and it is more visually pleasing. We also like that this is a full HD 1920 x 1080 monitor and that it comes with D-Sub, DVI-D, and HDMI connectors rather than leaving the HDMI out. It does come with integrated speakers; however, you’ll want to purchase a separate gaming headset in order to really enjoy all of the rich detail and clarity that you can get out of this monitor. Additional specifications include 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio, Asus Splendid Video Intelligence Technology for super color reproduction, and a 3 year parts and labor warranty from Asus.
Overall: Asus makes a great computer monitor and we really like the VH238H as well as the ASUS ML248H which has a nice tilt and swivel ring that comes with it as well. Be sure to review both of these LED monitors before making your final purchasing decision.
Viewsonic VX2453MH-LED 24-Inch Ultra-thin Widescreen LED Monitor
The VX2453MH-LED is another great option from Viewsonic which aesthetically is ultra-thin and technologically features a 2ms response time and a 30,000,000:1 Mega Contrast Ratio. The VX2453MH-LED is also environmentally friendly requiring only 60% of the power consumption that standard LCD monitors use. If there is one complaint that we have it’s that it’s not as adjustable as it could be (the tilt is Down 5°, Up 20). Another con is how thick the outside edging is. Additional specifications include a 3 year parts and labor warranty from Viewsonic as well as D-Sub and 2 HDMI connectors. The monitor also has an anti-glare coating which is nice if you play with the lights on.
Overall: In summary the VX2453MH-LED isn’t perfect, but at this price point we can overlook most of it’s flaws and give a strong “buy” recommendation.
About: Best LED/LCD Gaming Monitors 2011 – 2012
We hope you’ve enjoyed this review of the best LED/LCD gaming monitors of 2011. If you didn’t find what you we’re looking for, then consider this article on the best LED monitors or this article also written on the best PC gaming monitors. Also be sure to check out topcomputermonitors.com for a full list of 2011′s best monitors.