The recon-blue metallic finish looks fantastic. The sleek profile effortlessly complements just about any setup, creating a unified look and an immersive gaming experience. The three-sided thin bezel design is also excellent for creating a seamless multi-monitor setup, so you'll be able to easily expand your gaming landscape.
The DVI cable that comes with the screen doesn't support 144Hz (only 50Hz), so you'll have to buy one separately.
The Dell S2719DGF will let you play like a king without paying a king's ransom. The model's specs are fantastic for the price. You'll be able to enjoy the fastest-moving visuals in captivating detail. Plus, the monitor can work with many different peripherals.
2560 x 1440
144 Hz (up to 155 Hz overclocked) / 1 ms
AMD FreeSync feature, Game profiles, Anti-glare, 3H hard screen coating, Height, Pivot, Swivel, Tilt adjustments
HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2, USB 3.0 Upstrem, 3 x USB 3.0 Downstream, Headphone-out, Audio Line-out, USB BC1.2 charging port
Manipulating low-end gamma, the Black Boost technology is able to make shadow details more visible. As you would imagine, it will prove particularly useful in games that have a lot of deep black areas. The three-prong glossy black stand will let you save on desk space without sacrificing style.
The on-screen menu will take some time to figure out.
The Acer KG271Cbmidpx is as attractive as it is functional and practical. It will likely be able to elevate your performance in many different first-person shooters. The built-in 2W speakers are surprisingly good. The model is wall-mountable, so you can use it as a TV anywhere around the house.
1920 x 1080
144 Hz / 1 ms
Black Boost, BlueLightShield, ZeroFrame design, AMD FreeSync, Built-in 2W speakers, Adjustable tilt angle, Wall-mountable
DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
The ASUS GamePlus provides different crosshair overlays, an indispensable element for those that are just getting started in the world of first-person shooters. Besides the crosshair overlays, this feature also includes different timer functions that will allow you to keep track of spawn and build times.
The built-in audio isn't great.
The ASUS VG248QE is one of the best selling 144hz monitors out there and there's nothing particularly surprising about that if you take into consideration how much it does in terms of elevating the gaming experience without sacrificing the quality of the picture or making you pay for unnecessary junk.
1920 x 1080
144 Hz / 1 ms
Built-in 2W stereo speakers, Splendid™ Video Intelligence Technology. ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio, 3D LightBoost™ Technology, GamePlus function, Swivel and tilt adjustments
DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI-D, HDMI
The Black eQualizer technology increases the visibility in dark scenes without overexposing the bright areas. Colour Vibrance offers you the flexibility to set your preferred colour tone. You'll also be able to make colour grading more defined.
You'll have to tinker with the colour rendition settings.
The BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P is one of the most affordable options on the market that has all of the markings of an actual gaming monitor but without the usual price tag of one. With it, you'll have the opportunity to hone your skills and show the gaming world what you're made of.
1920 x 1080
144 Hz / 1 ms
Black eQualizer, Colour Vibrance, Flicker-free and Low Blue Light technologies, Game modes, Height-adjustable stand
DVI-DL, HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2, 3.5mm Mini-Jack
The AOC i-Care technology that does wonders in terms of detecting the intensity of the surrounding light and adjusting the brightness of your display according to that intensity. Aside from that, there's also the Shadow Control, a characteristic that, to reiterate the manufacturer's claims, will allow you to bring the battle out of the shadows.
The whites could use some improvement.
The AOC G2460PF will easily prove to be the best 144hz monitor for those gamers that happen to be on a tight budget but would still like to experience and enjoy all of the benefits that a high-end gaming display is capable of offering.
1920 x 1080
144 Hz / 1 ms
AMD FreeSync™ technology, Built-in 2W stereo speakers, AOC i-Care technology
HDMI 1.4, VGA, DVI, DisplayPort 1.2, USB 2.0 x 4, Headphone out (3,5 mm)
High-End Specs at a Mid-Range Price
The Dell S2719DGF is a mid-range gaming monitor with more or less high-end specs. The only difference between this model and just about every other high-end screen on the market today is the TN panel. Other than that, what we're dealing with here is about as good as monitors get in the sub-500-pound price range.
It is not the model's biggest selling point but the recon-blue metallic finish looks fantastic. The sleek profile effortlessly complements just about any setup, creating a unified look and an immersive gaming experience. The three-sided thin bezel design is also excellent for creating a seamless multi-monitor setup, so you'll be able to easily expand your gaming landscape.
Of course, it is all about the specs first and foremost. They start with the 144Hz refresh rate that you can overclock to 155. The swift refresh rate like that will let you experience sharp, tear-free graphics. However, as it is usually the case, the monitor's refresh rate doesn't do that much on its own. It is very much dependant on the response time, frame rate, and other aspects involved in this equation.
Now, the response time here is 1ms, so about as good as it gets these days. Naturally, the frame rate depends on your hardware. However, provided you've an AMD GPU, you'll be able to do much more with the monitor that one might imagine. Using the FreeSync feature, the model lets you reduce input latency and practically eliminate the usual stuttering and tearing that occurs during gaming and video playback.
The Dell S2719DGF is the only model here right now that boasts a QHD 2560 x 1440 native resolution. That is 3.68 million pixels we're talking about here, meaning practically two times more details on your screen compared to the usual full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. It will enable you to enjoy vivid edge-to-edge gameplay and crisp imagery.
Apart from that, it is the little things that sell this product, including the three gaming profiles that will let you personalise and preset the right settings with a gamer-geared menu (that is in addition to three factory preset modes).
The model's various ports is a huge plus too. Featuring HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2, USB 3.0 Upstream, 3 x USB 3.0 Downstream, Headphone-out, Audio Line-out, and the USB BC1.2 charging port, you'll be able to work with many different devices and/or peripherals at the same time.
In other words, the Dell S2719DGF will let you play like a king without paying a king's ransom. The model's specs are fantastic for the price. You'll be able to enjoy the fastest-moving visuals in captivating detail. Plus, the monitor can work with many different peripherals.
The Acer KG271Cbmidpx doesn't really present anything we haven't seen before. We're talking about the same tech here and familiar features but, this time, refined to a tee. Let's start with the model's aesthetic and overall form factor.
First things first, its three-prong glossy black stand will let you save on desk space without sacrificing style. This little component is as practical as it is aesthetically pleasing.
But the model's ZeroFrame design makes much more difference. It is able to create a virtually seamless look so that you're able to create a multi-monitor setup and see more of what matters most: the screen.
Other than that, the adjustable tilt angle is always a plus and the fact that the monitor tilts on its stand from -5° to 15° gives you some additional placement options. Of course, so does the fact that the model is very much wall-mountable, so put it anywhere you like.
Putting the form factor and appearance aside, let's talk specs and numbers. The model adopts a relatively standard 27″ TN panel with a peak luminance of 400-nits, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, full HD 1080p resolution, 1ms response time speed, 144Hz refresh rate, and the sRGB color gamut.
On paper, this is all nothing to write home about. We've seen these numbers before. They aren't too bad for any budget monitor but nothing out of the ordinary too. But there are little details here and there that do make the model stand out from the otherwise unimpressive crowd.
Let's Play in the Dark
The monitor supports AMD FreeSync, the technology when it comes to eliminating stutters and/or broken frames for the most fluid gameplay at more or less any frame rate. When paired with any modern-day AMD graphics card, the monitor lets you enjoy incredibly responsive gaming. It allows the GPU to directly control the screen's update rate, meaning that you're being constantly updated with the smoothest imagery.
TN panels seldom present particularly convincing, vibrant, and/or dynamic/true-to-life images but the model is pretty good in this department. It isn't just about aesthetics though. The model is a gaming monitor first and foremost. That's partially where the Black Boost technology comes in. Manipulating low-end gamma, it is able to make shadow details more visible. As you would imagine, it will prove particularly useful in games that have a lot of deep black areas.
In short, the Acer KG271Cbmidpx is as attractive as it is functional and practical. It will likely be able to elevate your performance in many different first-person shooters. The built-in 2W speakers are surprisingly good. The model is wall-mountable, so you can use it as a TV anywhere around the house.
An Absolute Bestseller
Everybody and his mother in the world of information technology knows that gamers are one of the most demanding customers out there and trying to trick these individuals with cheap marketing schemes doesn't usually go that well for people behind them. Though very few companies know that quite as well as Asus. The company, among other things, has been one of the biggest manufacturers of gaming equipment for the past couple of decades and the secret to their success is quite simple - they know what gamers want and they give it to them.
Take the ASUS VG248QE, for instance. To those that haven't been following the world of gaming for the past couple of years or have simply been out of the loop as far as gaming monitors are concerned, the name might sound like any other name out there. On the other hand, to those of us that haven't been living under a rock when it comes to gaming, the name has become iconic and almost synonymous with affordable 144hz displays. There are a few reasons for that but if we were to sum most of them up, it would probably boil down to the fact that this ASUS 144hz monitor provides just enough impressive features to make it stand out from the budget crowd, all while incorporating no unnecessary junk that would just drive up its price and make gamers all over the world disinterested in the product.
It's Time to Play
Speaking of those impressive features, it should come as no surprise that most of them are there in order to take your gaming experience to the next level. To start with, the model incorporates a 1ms grey to grey response time, that, combined with the 144hz refresh rate, will make sure that you'll always be the first one to see what is currently happening in the game and have an edge over your online opponents to respond accordingly. In addition to that, the monitor also comes equipped with the ASUS GamePlus, an exclusive feature that provides different crosshair overlays. Though veteran gamers may not find it that useful, it is truly an indispensable element for those that are just getting started in the world of first-person shooters. Besides the crosshair overlays, this feature also includes different timer functions that will allow you to keep track of spawn and build times in your favourite real-time strategies with an on-screen timer.
Now, setting the gaming aspects aside for a moment, we would be remiss not to talk about a few elements that make this ASUS 144hz monitor interesting for those that do not care as much about gaming. One of them is Splendid™ Video Intelligence, a system that optimizes video performance and image fidelity by enhancing colour, brightness, contrast, and sharpness. There's also the ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio that adjusts the luminance of the backlight in order to deliver the darkest blacks and the brightest whites.
A few other things worth mentioning before wrapping this review up is the support of NVIDIA® 3D LightBoost™ Technology that ensures a complete 3D immersion by optimizing the brightness levels and an ergonomically-designed stand that comes with tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments in order to provide the most comfortable viewing experience. To sum all of it up, the ASUS VG248QE is one of the best selling 144hz monitors out there and there's nothing particularly surprising about that if you take into consideration how much it does in terms of elevating the gaming experience without sacrificing the quality of the picture or making you pay for unnecessary junk.
BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P
Pick Your Own Battle
These days, the gaming scene is all about competitive titles. Yes, we can all enjoy a good story and most of us love exploring a new uncharted world, especially if it comes with a compelling overarching narrative to boot. But there is nothing quite like facing your opponent head-on, giving it all you've got as you push each other to your limits in a battle of skill, wit, and experience. Of course, competition is all well and good, but you want to come victorious. And with the BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P, you might just be able to.
Before we go into details, we'd like to say that what we have here is a true gaming monitor. By that, we mean that the manufacturers have incorporated just about every technology in the book to make their product improve most aspects of your gaming experience.
But despite that, this product is as affordable as they come. With a price tag just a smidge above 200 quid, the majority of gaming enthusiasts should be able to afford it. And for those 200 pounds, it will give you plenty in return.
As we've so eloquently put it earlier, it is League of Legends, Counter-Strike, DOTA 2, Overwatch, Fortnite, and other competitive titles that are ruling over the gaming scene these days. Which is why a high refresh rate and a low response time are by far the most important characteristics of a modern gaming monitor.
And with 144 Hz and a 1 ms in those respective categories, the model in question will be able to provide you with a smooth and responsive gaming experience. And, sure, it will look nice, but, more importantly, it will give you a solid advantage over most of your online opponents, enough to turn the tables in your favour.
Hone Your Skills
Truthfully, a 144 Hz panel with a 1 ms response time for a tad above 200 pounds is quite impressive on its own. But, of course, these types of panels aren't as much of a rarity these days as they used to be a few years ago. So the people at BenQ made sure to add a few extra features in order to tip the scales in your favour.
For starters, there's the Black eQualizer technology that works wonders in terms of increasing the visibility in dark scenes without overexposing the bright areas. Then, there's Colour Vibrance. The latter is a particularly helpful technology for a couple of reasons. First, it offers you the flexibility to set your preferred colour tone. On top of that, you will be able to make colour grading more defined. It might not sound like much but you cannot underestimate the importance of colour rendition, especially as far as fast-paced first-person shooters are concerned.
The monitor comes with a bunch of preset gaming modes but, naturally, you will have the freedom and the opportunity to make your own ones. And, as it usually is the case with gaming monitors in general and BenQ models in particular, the ZOWIE XL2411P isn't devoid of Flicker-free and Low Blue Light technologies, so you'll be able to spend hours sharpening your skills without putting too much of a strain on your eyes.
To rephrase our earlier point, the BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P is one of the most affordable options on the market that has all of the markings of an actual gaming monitor but without the usual price tag of one. With it, you'll have the opportunity to hone your skills and show the gaming world what you're made of.
The AOC G2460PF 144hz Pro Gaming Monitor, as the title suggests, is a model that was designed and manufactured with only the most passionate and dedicated gamers in mind. Now, given that the majority of 144hz monitors have gamers as their primary target audience, you might think that the said statement doesn't really tell a whole lot about this display, which is why we thought it'd be a good idea to give you a brief rundown in order to help any potential customer figure out why this monitor might be a good choice for them.
When we're talking about a gaming 144hz display, it's not just the question of what is it that the model is capable of offering its customers, but also the matter of what it doesn't have in store for them. As you would imagine, any additional feature or characteristic raises the price of any product, which is a problem if we're talking about characteristics that either don't bring anything substantial to the table in terms of gaming or they're simply features that gamers, in general, do not particularly care about. This AOC 144hz monitor, on the other hand, does not incorporate any of those features, which is precisely why it comes at such an affordable price. While it certainly limits the potential customer base, people that are enthusiastic about gaming but do not have unlimited financial means at their disposal will certainly be able to appreciate these necessary sacrifices.
Darkness IS Your Ally
With that out of the way, it is finally time to talk about those features and specifications that will come to the liking of shooter enthusiasts just as well as they will to those that prefer RPGs and MOBAs. Some of them, of course, aren't entirely unique to this particular model or to the company's products in general, like the AMD FreeSync technology, for instance. As some of you may already be aware at this point, this technology ensures a smooth synchronisation of GPU and monitor refresh rates without sacrificing the performance in return. There's also the 1ms response time, a feature that is essential if you'd like to observe things happening on the screen at the very same time they're happening in the actual game.
However, these tried and tested solutions aren't the only specs that the model has up its sleeve. For starters, there's the AOC i-Care technology that does wonders in terms of detecting the intensity of the surrounding light and adjusting the brightness of your display according to that intensity. Aside from obvious gaming applications, this is also a welcome feature for those that like watching some good ol' action-packed movies on their monitor. On top of that, there's also the Shadow Control, a characteristic that, to reiterate the manufacturer's claims, will allow you to bring the battle out of the shadows. With the help of this useful option, you'll be able to brighten the dark areas, a feature that will absolutely come in handy in shooters, or sink them back into blackness on the fly, all without affecting the rest of the display.
All in all, the AOC G2460PF will easily prove to be the best 144hz monitor for those gamers that happen to be on a tight budget but would still like to experience and enjoy all of the benefits that a high-end gaming display is capable of offering.
What Is a 144Hz Monitor?
As the name suggests, a 144Hz monitor is, of course, still a monitor. And that means you can use it in combination with your desktop, your laptop, or even as a television set since the majority of them include all of the necessary ports and connections. However, the key difference here is the refresh rate of the monitor. As you know, when you're watching a video or playing a game on your monitor, you're experiencing a series of images that are shown to you at a rate that will make it seem like you're watching all of that unveil in perpetual motion. And while a regular display is able to present you with no more than 60 images per second, a 144Hz monitor is capable of showing you more than twice the number of images, meaning that you will receive a sequence of pictures that'll look much smoother compared to the result of your standard monitor. However, since the majority of movies are shot at 24 frames per second, only the gamers will be able to utilize and appreciate all of the advantages of a 144Hz monitor.
And if you're not a gamer, you might want to take a look at our review of 4k monitors or consider purchasing a touchscreen one.
What Features to Compare
Even though the majority of people usually refer to all of these displays as 144Hz monitors and the ones that we have carefully selected for you feature the very same number of hertz, there are plenty of models out there that have a different refresh rate, including but not limited to 120Hz, 160Hz, and even screens with over 200Hz. With that in mind, the refresh rate and the response time are the things you ought to look out for first and foremost. As we have explained earlier, the former is essentially the number of times per second the monitor refreshes its image. And, as it usually is with these technologies, there's virtually no downside to a higher refresh rate but the difference that a dozen or two additional hertz can make is fairly limited, so don't worry if the model you're interested in features a refresh rate of 120 or 160.
As for the response time, without going into some of the more technical details, it indicates the time it takes for a pixel to change from black to white or from one shade of grey to another. Lower response time is faster, so, again, you should be looking for those that feature the lowest possible number (usually 1 ms for TN panels and 1-5 ms for IPS ones).
With that out of the way, what we're left with is your typical monitor specifications that often don't necessarily differ from your regular 60Hz models. There's the size of the screen that, for 144hz models, generally ranges somewhere between 24 and 34 inches. And as it usually is with gaming monitors, a bigger size isn't always advantageous in terms of competitive gaming, so keep that in mind next time you go looking for the largest display out there.
When it comes to panels, you have your standard TN, IPS, and VA models with the same advantages and disadvantages that always entail these types of displays. Finally, there are your typical interfaces that include a number of ports and connections. As far as these are concerned, the most important thing is to match at least one of these ports with an identical one found in your GPU. And, as it is with any piece of technology, you shouldn't forget about all of the additional features that may or may not be included in the deal. Some of them may not necessarily prove that useful to the majority of customers out there while others implement different systems and technologies that will be extremely helpful in terms of the quality of the picture, your gaming performance, or your health benefits.
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Not Just the Refresh Rate
We have already established how important the refresh rate can be and what it is exactly that a 144hz monitor brings to the table. However, that's not even remotely all there is to it. See, the picture that you observe on your screen isn't just the result of a number of images that your display is capable of showing you. Yeah, if your monitor can only refresh 60 times a second, that means you will not be able to see more than that regardless of other elements. But, speaking of those elements, there's also the number of frames that your graphics card is sending to your monitor through the DisplayPort, HDMI interface, or any other type of connection. If you're usually dealing with somewhere around 60 fps, your monitor may refresh the image 144 times a second, but half the time it will be refreshing the same image since the GPU isn't sending enough of those pictures in order for you to experience up to 144 truly unique images per second. And that brings us to a point that we will describe a bit later. But, first, if you think that is the end of it, you might want to think twice, since, when it comes to online games, there's also your ping involved and the number of ticks that the server that you happen to be playing on allows you to experience. Of course, if you're planning on playing mostly single player games, that issue does not concern you, but the majority of people acquire these monitors to get an edge over their online opponents and that is why you should also put into consideration what games are you playing the most and what kind of servers the owners of this online game are running.
As we have pointed out earlier, the refresh rate of your monitor does not necessarily matter if your favourite video games aren't capable of showing you a number of frames that are similar or, ideally speaking, identical to the number of fps you get in your game. And that is exactly why hardware matters just about as much as an actual monitor. To put it in simpler terms, if your laptop or your desktop is incapable of delivering more than sixty frames a second in any of the games you play, there's next to no reason to acquire a 144hz monitor, unless, of course, you're planning an upgrade in the near future. As some of you are probably aware, there's a number of aspects that contribute to your frame rate, but the most important one is usually the GPU, so that should be your priority when you go looking for a new setup to put that 144hz monitor to good use.
Do Not Underestimate the Human Eye
"The human eye is incapable of detecting more than 24 images per second". Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? That's because it is. Nevertheless, this myth has been able to spread like gangbusters to the point where actual scientists with advanced degrees felt the need to chime in and debunk this silly notion that vastly undersells the power of the human eye. Contrary to the now slightly less popular belief, the latter part of our body is actually capable of detecting and recognising over 500 images per second, depending on the conditions like lighting and fatigue. So next time you hear some "genius" claiming that you shouldn't acquire a 144hz monitor since your eyes won't even be able to tell the difference, you might want to make sure to educate that individual as to how far off from the truth he actually is.
Q: What are the games that get the most benefit out of a 144hz monitor?
A: First of all, as we have mentioned earlier, you have to make sure that your desktop computer is capable of producing somewhere around 120+ frames per second in your favourite games, otherwise the benefits you will receive from a 144hz monitor are fairly limited. With that said, if you do have a powerful rig, just about any game out there will look considerably better with more than double the frames of your average framerate. Of course, shooter enthusiasts that spend hundreds and thousands of hours in games like Counter-Strike, OverWatch, Call of Duty, Battlefield, or PlayerUnknown's BattleGrounds will be able to receive the most noticeable advantage over their 60fps opponents given that this is the type of games where even a fraction of a second could easily make all the difference. However, you also shouldn't underestimate the impact your 144hz display will be able to have on your performance in such genres as MOBA and RTS. Those additional images will allow you to reach exceptional precision with your skillshots in League of Legends or to better dodge aimed projectiles thrown at you in DOTA 2. As for the Real-Time Strategy games, these types of monitors will offer you an additional advantage in terms of micro that may just be enough to give you an edge over your opponents. Finally, those people that prefer single-player video games over multiplayer ones will also be able to receive an upper hand in those difficult solo games like Dark Souls or BloodBorne where one-tenth of a second is the difference between that sweet taste of victory and bitter aftertaste of defeat.
Q: I just got myself a new 144hz monitor but I don't see any difference between my older 60hz one in terms of the refresh rate. What gives?
A: The reason you're not seeing any difference is that there isn't any difference to see yet. No need to worry though, despite the fact that "How to overclock monitor?" is one of the most popular questions people ask when it comes to computer displays, the process is actually fairly simple and straightforward. The first thing you have to do is open the Control Panel (you will be able to find it in the Power User Menu in Windows 10 and 8 and in the Start Menu in Windows 7. After that, tap on Display and choose the Adjust Resolution option. Once you're there, click on Advanced Settings, select the Monitor tab, and locate the Screen Refresh Rate. All that is left is choose the refresh rate that you deem fit and enjoy all of the advantages of 144 Hertz.
Q: I'm currently running Windows 10 and I seem to be having some issues trying to install a second monitor. Would you care to explain the process?
A: Once again, "How to setup dual monitors windows 10?" is one of the more popular questions that often boggles the mind of inexperienced PC users. Nevertheless, if you're running Windows 10, it couldn't be any easier. When you connect an additional monitor to your PC, Windows will automatically detect the monitor and display your PC's desktop screen. After that, you ought to figure out the way you'd like your screen to look and customise the display settings such as display style - clone mode, extended mode, first screen only or second screen only, screen resolution settings, and colour depth.
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