Looking for a monitor?
It’s true, through our eyes comes the joy, there’s no question about it. It’s through them how we feel the games we play daily and apart from having set up a computer that performs well at gaming, at the end all has to be represented in a screen in front of us. If you have been long waiting to replace your monitor this post might interest you.
If you’ve been saving some money for a while now in order to buy a new monitor there’s no other place you need to look, the new Philips 272G5DYEB is here and despite the ≈$650 (in the US) you’ll have to pay for it, it might worth every single one of them. Let’s explain why this monitor from Philips is such a great value and why you also might be interested in its little sister for almost half the price, the Philips Brilliance 242G5DJEB.
I’m going to try to make it simple as always, when it comes to monitors there’re a few things you’ve to take a look at:
- Refresh Rate – This is basically the number of times per second that a display hardware updates its buffer. Without getting into more complex details, the higher the better, aim from now on to 144Hz and no less. The higher the rate the more refreshed the image you’re viewing will be, ergo more fluency and response for you.
- Response Speed – It’s the total amount of time that takes for your monitor to communicate with your GPU, the faster the better, aim for 1ms response speed today.
- Connectivity – Well this is mostly irrelevant, since DVI and HDMI are the operating ports today and differences are practically absurd since also your GPU will share those two ports as well, this is something you don’t have to pay most attention to (just mentioning it for the sake of informing you about this).
- Screen Size – The bigger the better they say? No. Most professional gamers recommend 24″. I’m using a 22″ display nowadays and feeling very comfortable with it, but I would not go bigger than 24″. Just think that the bigger the screen the higher the resolution, so will the graphic load and then, accordingly, you’ll have to move your eyes and head at a greater distance to reach your target. Tip: go for a 24″ you’ll be thankful.
Now on with the Philips 272G5DYEB and what’s the difference between it and its little sister:
Practically the differences are non-existing. Both share a refresh rate of 144Hz, 1ms response time and 24″/27″ screen sizes… but the 272G5DYEB incorporates the latest technology from nvidia called G-Sync (technology developed by nvidia to help the monitor synchronize with our GPU for image lag reduction) you might want to read further on this and see if it compensate you paying those $300 extra. This feature could be reasonable for professional gaming purposes or working with video edition and rendering but let’s be honest, for a plain gamer like you and me the 242G5DJEB will suffice.