A good, modern monitor can increase the fun and be more comfortable than an old or inexpensive model even in everyday work. Nevertheless, there are also cheap monitors that are good enough for users on a smaller budget to be able to play properly. Whatever you decide: We give you tips on buying a monitor so that you can find the right monitor for your budget, but also take a look at a 32-inch monitor from MSI in a hands-on test.
It is the MSI Optix MAG322CQRV (31.5 inches, WQHD, 144 Hertz, Curved), which currently costs around 450 euros. Finally, we also provide you with an overview of 50 current gaming monitors. We start with a few tips about monitor technology that will help you make a purchase decision.
Size, diagonal and resolution
When buying a monitor, the selection of the monitor size and the appropriate resolution is probably at the forefront for most users. A diagonal of 27 inches with an aspect ratio of 16: 9 is now standard. The three resolutions fit 1920 by 1080 (Full HD), 2560 by 1440 (WQHD) and 3840 by 2160 (4K), whereby the numerical values mean the number of pixels in width and height.
If you have little space, you can also find many good monitors in the diagonal range of around 24 to 25 inches, and if you like it larger, there are relatively many 16: 9 monitors with a size of 32 or 31.5 inches , There are also particularly wide monitors that allow a wide field of view for a shooter or a "longer" field for a strategy game. But what we recommend in any case is that you should see the resolution WQHD as a kind of upper limit in terms of price-performance ratio. 4K or wide monitors, the total number of pixels of which extends far beyond WQHD, require very strong and therefore expensive graphics cards in modern games. If your PC achieves 80-90 FPS (frames per second) with Full HD, for example, with 4K it is usually only around 30 FPS. With top graphics cards like the Nvidia RTX 2080 Super or RTX 2080 Ti, the slump is not so strong, since they tend to exploit their potential at 4K anyway, but here, too, only 40 FPS can be expected. If your graphics card already manages "only" 60 FPS in full HD with the desired details, with 4K it is only about 20 FPS. But if you have to make compromises in the details so that the game runs smoothly with your current graphics card under 4K, the 4K resolution is of little use to you – it makes more sense to save the money for a 4K monitor and it a good WQHD model. Especially 4K monitors with gaming properties are already more expensive anyway. The following diagonals and resolutions are currently common and can be found in the form of a relatively large number of monitors:
|Surname||format||Pixel width||Pixel height||Total number of pixels||factor||pixel Plus||Typical diagonals in inches|
|Full HD||16 to 9||1920||1080||2.07 million||1||none||24, 27, 28, 31.5|
|WUXGA||16 to 10||1920||1200||2.3 million||1.11||11 percent||24|
|UW-UXGA||21 to 9||2560||1080||2.77 million||1.33||33 percent||29, 34|
|WQHD||16 to 9||2560||1440||3.69 million||1.78||78 percent||24, 27, 28, 31.5|
|without name||32 to 10||3840||1200||4.6 million||2.22||122 percent||43.4|
|UWQHD||21 to 9||3440||1440||4.95 million||2.38||138 percent||34|
|4K / UHD||16 to 9||3840||2160||8.29 million||4||300 percent||27, 28, 31.5 and larger|
Note: The "Pixelplus" field shows you how many percent more pixels the resolution has compared to Full HD. This is more important than the pure diagonal. For example, some 34-inch monitors with an aspect ratio of 21: 9 are no taller than a 27-inch model with 16: 9, but they are wider, which results in a diagonal of 34 inches.