PC gaming is more popular than ever! Many teens/pre-teens now wanting a gaming PC, whether it be for playing Minecraft, Roblox etc or if it is to play the latest Call of Duty Game. When most beginners are considering their 1st gaming PC, most don’t think too much about the monitor past the size. A decent Gaming monitor can make a real difference to any gaming setup.
What to look for in a sub £300 Gaming Monitor?
When deciding on a new Gaming Monitor, there are some characteristics and features to look out for.
The most obvious thing to consider is the size of monitor you are looking for. Take a look at where your monitor is going to go, how much space do you have? If space isn’t a problem then you have flexibility here. Although bigger is not always better, always consider the whole package! If space is potentially an issue, then measure the space you have available. Remember monitor measurements are diagonal and are not exact. So make sure you look at the exact measurements in the spec.
Monitor Screen Format (Aspect Ratio)
There are 3 main aspect ratio’s for monitors.
- Standard (4:3) – This format is dying out these days, but there are still a few available. I wouldn’t generally recommend this format for gaming.
- Widescreen (16:9) – Widescreen format has been around quite a while, but is still the most popular format for gaming monitors. As this is the most popular, usually you get “more bang for your buck” with widescreen.
- Ultra Widescreen (21:9) – This is a relatively new screen format to the mainstream. It is becoming increasingly popular with gamers, but tends to be a little more expensive. The extra width however, does have benefits for gaming. Some older, lower spec graphics cards may now off this resolution.
Aspect ratio is partly down to personal preference, personally I prefer an Ultra Widescreen and use it for both working and gaming.
Monitor resolution, Monitor size and aspect ratio are interlinked, but they are not the same thing. Monitor resolutions is basically the amount of pixels on the screen. There are lots of different resolutions available and can be changed in the operating system settings. Monitors do however have a native resolution, which they are designed to run at. As with size, higher resolution doesn’t always mean a better image. Com
As the name suggests curved screens are slightly “concave”. Some advantages of a curved screen are that the screen appears larger, and the image is normally clearer as the light form the pixels is more focused on the viewer.
Without getting too “Techie”, refresh rate is the amount of times that the display updates (refreshes) the image in a second. Refresh rate is measured in Hertz (Hz). Generally, faster the refresh rate the smoother the image.
Response time is how quickly a pixel can change from black to white or from one shade of grey to another. Generally lower the response time the better.
There are 4 main types of video connections available on modern gaming monitors, VGA (D-SUB), DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort (DP). You need to see what connectors the graphics card on your childs PC has. Then you can match up what is available on the monitor. There are various adaptors etc available to go from one connector to another, but I recommend beginners try to match like for like to avoid potential issues.
- VGA (D-SUB) – VGA is quite an old analogue connection type and is gradually being phased out. It is not a great connection type for Gaming, as it is not capable of higher resolutions and the overall quality is not as good.
- DVI – DVI is an older digital connection type. Although DVI is more capable the VGA, this too is starting to be phased out on higher end Graphics cards.
- HDMI – You are probably be familiar with this connection type from your TV. HDMI is capable of higher resolutions, as well as audio over the same cable. Most modern graphics cards will have a HDMI output, probably making HDMI the most popular choice.
- DisplayPort – This is probably the best option here. DisplayPort can provide the highest resolutions and audio over the same cable. DisplayPort is not usually available on lower end Graphics cards.
3 of the best sub-£300 Gaming Monitors
Acer XG270HU 27-inch Gaming Monitor
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Gaming beyond borders
Acer XG Series monitors deliver powerful visuals on a frameless screen to free your gaming and movie experiences from visual borders. WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution combined with FreeSync technology and 1 ms short response time grant ultra-smooth action sequences with superior detail. Plus, built-in eye protection technologies for comfortable viewing experience.
Ultra-smooth action in great detail
A fast response time of 1 ms GTG (Grey to Grey) fully enhances gamers’ in-game experience. Fast-moving action and dramatic transitions will be rendered smoothly without the annoying effects of smearing or ghosting. A rapid refresh rate, AMD FreeSync technology and 1 ms short response time grant ultra-smooth action sequences with superior detail. Plus, built-in eye protection technologies for comfortable viewing experience. The XG Series also offers multiple connectivity options, including latest HDMI 2.0, DVI and Displayport 1.2.
Zero Frame design
The Zero-frame design maximises the viewing area and provides a more seamless viewing experience for multi-monitor setups. In addition, the 27” monitor offers a WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution showing up to four times more details than standard HD resolution.
Advanced eye protection
The XG Series feature the right technologies for gamers and others who use monitors for long hours. A unique Flicker-less technology eliminates annoying screen flicker and reduces eye strain. The Blue Light Filter filters out harmful blue light by adjusting OSD settings and Low Dimming technology lowers brightness to 15% to fit different ambient environments. Finally, Acer’s ComfyView Display reduces background reflection and rounds up the most comfortable viewing moments.
Dads Tech Hub thoughts
Acer make some great monitors and this is no exception. You child will love this screen! It not only has one of the best specs for the money, but it looks awesome! There aren’t really any negatives about the monitor, there are definitely better monitors out there, but none for this price. Acer have somehow managed to make a great spec monitor for a great price!
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LG 29UM68 Ultrawide Monitor
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21:9 UltraWide FHD on IPS Display
21:9 UltraWide FHD (2560*1080) display offers visual comfort and ensures your best viewing pleasure. There is no colour shift or no distortion of colour at all.
The Beauty of ArcLine
Inspired by the beauty and power of nature, the ArcLine completes the design with a refined aesthetic flair.
UltraWide FOV Meets FreeSync
Experience fluid motion play on the 21:9 UltraWide’s generous field of view without screen tearing or stuttering.
Game Mode, consisting of FPS, RTS, and Custom modes, provides a customized gaming experience that varies with genres. The mode is convenient for adjusting and optimizing the settings for each game when switching between games of different genres. The specific picture mode each genre is saved in the Quick Circle!
Fully Geared Up with Winning Features
Black Stabilizer is especially useful to detect objects including enemies that are hiding in dark areas. Dynamic Action Sync allows you to attack enemies faster with less lag time.
Flawless colour Expression
You are guaranteed an immersive artwork by perceiving the same colour as a subject on display or RGB colour code through a sRGB over 99% colour space and IPS’s accurate colour expression. Since 21:9 UltraWide monitor is conducted the colour calibration tests at the production line, its colour accuracy is guaranteed.
Dads Tech Hub Thoughts
This monitor is not specifically marketed towards the gaming market, but is still a great option. Giving you the Ultra Widescreen experience for a great price. The only real negative (if you can call it that) is that it doesn’t quite look quite as “cool” as some of the other monitors. But from a gaming point of view your child will not be disappointed with this option from LG.
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MSI Optix G27C2
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Curved for Your Viewing Pleasure
The Optix G27C2 gaming monitor uses a curved display panel that has a curvature rate of R1800, which is the most comfortable and suitable for a wide range of applications from general computing to gaming. Curved panels also help with gameplay immersion, making you feel more connected to the entire experience.
The Optix G27C2 has at least 20% more gamut coverage compared to general monitors. Gameplay colors and details will look more realistic and refined, to push immersion to its limits.
144hz Refresh Rate + 1ms Response Time
The MSI Optix G27C2 gaming monitor is equipped with a 144hz refresh rate + 1ms response time VA panel which has the most benefit in fast moving game genres such as first person shooters, fighters, racing sims, real-time strategy, and sports. These type of games require very fast and precise movements, which an ultra-high refresh rate and fast response time monitor will put you ahead of your competition.
Reduce Eye Strain
The Optix G27C2 is optimized to reduce the strain on your eyes by reducing the total amount of blue light displayed by the monitor to ensure you can game for longer periods of time without fatigue.
Dads Tech Hub Thoughts
MSI are one of the biggest manufactures of Gaming PC components, so when they make a Gaming monitor it’s going to be good! There isn’t anything not to love about this monitor! It looks amazing and has a great spec. Some real benefits here are the curved screen and 144Hz refresh rate.