Best monitor size for gaming

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Which screen size is best for which games? What if you did more than just play on your monitor? If this all sounds a bit confusing, don’t worry, WePC is here to help you through the process. Today, we’ll help you select the best monitor size for your gaming needs and setup.

So, you recently bought a brand new gaming PC and are now on the hunt for a new gaming monitor to go with it. Do you pull that dusty old 60Hz monitor out of the garage (nothing wrong with that) or buy a new model? Well, there is a lot to consider when buying a gaming monitor and most important of all will be the right size.

How is monitor size measured?

Before we dive too deep into the details, monitor size is measured diagonally, just like televisions. So a 22-inch screen will be about 18 inches wide and 10 inches high. By comparison, a 24-inch screen will be around 20 inches wide and 12 inches tall. That might not sound like a lot, but there’s a pretty significant increase in screen real estate for every inch of diagonal you get.

In fact, you can figure it out just by finding the area. Multiply 18 by 10 and you get 180 square inches. Multiply 20 by 12 and you get 240 square inches. Just two inches diagonally gives you 60 square inches.

Below, we’ll dive into standard monitor sizes and the common resolutions that come with them.

What are the standard monitor sizes?

22 inch monitor

There are a plethora of gaming monitor sizes to choose from, with manufacturers catering to every budget and environment. A common place to start is around the 22-inch mark, but gaming monitors can go all the way up to 49-inch ultrawide and that’s before we even get to gaming TVs!

Considered smaller these days, 22-inch monitors often range in resolution from 1366×768 to 1920×1080 (Full HD/1080p). These have been pretty much wiped out by the spread of 24-inch monitors, but you’ll still see a few emerging as solid budget options.

24 inch monitor

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24-inch monitors are the norm and are most commonly seen with 1080p resolution. You may also see 1440p and even 4K 24-inch monitors, but these are generally not considered ideal for this resolution.

27 inch monitor

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27-inch monitors are usually seen with 1440p resolutions these days, although sometimes you’ll see 1080p or 4K on them as well. 27-inch monitors are the norm these days, even the odd esports fanatic realizes that compared to the more responsive 24-inch.

32 inch monitor

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This is where some of you might be thinking, “Wait, isn’t that just a TV?”. Although 32-inch monitors are larger, they still hold a niche with some gamers, providing a better viewing experience, and are commonly found with resolutions ranging from 1080p to 4K.

Bigger, smaller and everything in between

There are smaller, larger and intermediate screens. There’s nothing magically different about the sizes in between; they are just out of the norm. However, I definitely recommend staying in the 24-27 inch range. Smaller and you lose too much. Bigger and it starts to defeat the purpose of using a desktop computer to begin with.

What about Ultrawide screens?

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Most modern monitors have an aspect ratio of 16:9. Although 16:10 is seen quite rarely, for the purposes of this article we’re assuming the monitors are 16:9. However, there’s been a recent influx of 21:9 monitors on the market; otherwise known as “Ultrawides”.

Make no mistake about it, ultrawide monitors can be a great option depending on which gaming title you prefer. Racing games, in particular, are at their best with an ultrawide, so getting a monitor with a high resolution could make a lot of sense.

Many modern FPS titles, for example, will not support a horizontal FOV wider than 90 degrees. This is fine on a 16:9 monitor, but on an ultra-wide monitor it can result in a stretched or distorted image. If you play competitively or primarily play FPS titles, you probably won’t want to go with an ultrawide monitor unless you know it’s compatible with the games of your choice. Also, with so much screen real estate, you may find yourself taking an extra second to check the minimap, putting you at a disadvantage against players with smaller aspect ratios.

Ultrawide monitors are in a more fragile position when it comes to gaming support, as a full implementation of ultrawide in a multiplayer game can be seen as a competitive advantage.

A wider screen equals a wider, much wider field of view in the case of an ultrawide screen. For this reason, many multiplayer titles, especially those in the FPS genre, choose not to support ultrawide displays, at least not to the point of giving them a higher FOV. For example, Overwatch had proper ultrawide support in beta, but Blizzard went with a lower FOV approach in the full release.

What about multi-display setups?

Multi-monitor setups are a whole different Pandora’s box. No one seems to agree on the right screen size, how many screens you should have, or what configuration you should run them in.

But playing around with these can be pretty awesome, especially if you run them in a 1×3 or 3×3 configuration. apply to ultrawide games apply here.

Generally speaking, you don’t have to worry as much about compatibility here, as you can still play a full-screen game on one monitor and use the rest of your monitors for other things.

What screen size is best for me?

What is the best screen size for gaming? The thing is, monitors of different sizes are great for specific games, but it also depends on what you’re doing with your monitor. For the ultimate immersive experience with your single-player games, there’s no doubt that a 27+ will be best for the job. This also goes for gamers who work from home, giving you more screen real estate to play with when writing those documents or editing videos. Competitive gamers may want more information available to their eyes without having to move their head, or they may have a low-powered PC that can’t handle the larger screen sizes.

Let’s review each size and see why each option might be best for you.

22 inches

If you’re short on space, game relatively close to the screen, or have a strict budget, a 22-inch monitor may be the only one you can choose. That being said, if you can afford a little extra, you should always upgrade to at least a 24-inch 1080p display if you want a good gaming experience.

24 inches

If you’re playing at 1080p resolution, a 24-inch screen would be best. A high-resolution display at this size can give a sharper image, but you can achieve this with oversampling or anti-aliasing for a lot less money. Additionally, higher resolutions on 24-inch screens can make UI elements, subtitles, and even the operating system harder to interact with.

The 24-inch is still preferred by many esports enthusiasts and is also a great starting point for all new gamers.

27 inches

At normal viewing distance and 1440p resolution this would generally provide the best gaming experience. While 24″/1080p is fine, 27″/1440p is definitely the best experience, thanks to the fact that it takes more of your field of view and offers higher resolution. If you can run your games at native resolution on this display, you probably won’t need to turn the AA up too much, and you shouldn’t have any issues with the user interface and system navigation either.

27-inch screens also work well with 1080p, but at 1440p you have a lot more screen real estate to work with, making this size monitor ideal for gaming and working from home too.

32 inches

As good as 32-inch gaming monitors are, the extra viewing distance required can potentially cause some eye strain depending on the games you’re playing. With gaming monitors this size, you probably won’t be able to sit as close as you would with your 24-27 inch monitor, so beware of that. We’re trespassing on TV territory here, but in all honesty, a single-player game has never looked better than on a 32-inch screen, especially in 4K.

A television

If you want to play 4K on console, you should probably get a TV. For PC gamers, 4K monitors range in all of the sizes above, giving you a nice plethora of options to choose from. If 32 inches seems small for your gaming plans, it may be worth investing in a TV rather than a monitor, as you can benefit from the resolution and aspect ratio as well as better viewing angles.

If you insist on having the highest resolution and the most faithful gaming experience, you should consider getting a 45-65 inch 4K TV. Then you can mount it on your wall and use it to play games from your couch or bed.

Last word

Different monitor sizes can suit a number of different gaming scenarios, but assuming normal viewing distance and a 16:9 display, we recommend either a 24-inch 1080p monitor or a 27-inch 1440p monitor. A 27-inch 1440p monitor might be considered a little big for some esports gamers, but if you can get used to a panel this size, it’s the overall optimum.

Apart from monitor size, you can also consider aspects like panel type and refresh rate. Modern displays and GPUs will all support standards like HDMI and DisplayPort, but if you’re still using VGA or DVI, you might want to check which ports your monitor supports and consider buying an adapter if you have any. you need.

That being said, don’t buy big monitors with big resolutions unless you have the hardware to back it up. Before you consider buying a high-resolution monitor, make sure you have a system powerful enough to play games at your ideal resolutions. We recommend our $500 and $600 versions for 1080p gaming, with $1000+ being ideal for 1440p, and $2000+ for 4K gaming.

What screen size are you currently using? have you increased the size and noticed changes in the gameplay of your favorite AAA titles? Let us know at the WePC Community and discuss it with the crew!

Edward N. Arrington