Best LED PC Gaming Monitors 2015

A dual monitor setup with the new ASUS VG248QE monitor. It's become popular because of it's super low input lag, high refresh rate at 144hz, and 1ms GTG response time.
A dual monitor setup with the new ASUS VG248QE monitor. It's become popular because of it's super low input lag, high refresh rate at 144hz, and 1ms GTG response time.
A visual representation of the difference between a 60Hz refresh rate and a 120Hz refresh rate from BenQ.
A visual representation of the difference between a 60Hz refresh rate and a 120Hz refresh rate from BenQ. | Source
You can see the smearing and ghosting that can sometime occur with a low response time monitor (left).
You can see the smearing and ghosting that can sometime occur with a low response time monitor (left). | Source

Gamer's who have an old monitor with a low response time or high input lag may find that their gaming experience is not as enjoyable, comfortable, or effective as a gamer that has a high response time. Side effects for poor monitor performance include ghosting (blurring) as a result of a poor response time, and headaches and eye strain due to flashes which can sometimes occur from having a low refresh rate. Additionally, a monitor which has a high degree of input lag may be holding you back on time-sensitive games.

How to Choose a Good Gaming Monitor

Response Time

I generally prefer a monitor which has a response time of 5ms or less. One way to make sure you're getting good specifications is to look for a 3D ready monitor. Most of these carry a refresh rate that is nearly twice that of even some of the best standard 2D monitors. Purchasing a 3D computer monitor will make movies and your favorite games look better in both 3D and 2D mode. I also like monitors that have a sturdy stand that is adjustable and can tilt into place. I may be picky but it's just hard to spend $300 on a top rated computer monitor with a flimsy stand.

Input Lag

In addition try to find a monitor with a low input lag. Input lag is simply the lag between when you enter a command and when it's show on the screen. In time-sensitive games this can be detrimental to your game play. While older CRT panel monitors typically are considered 0 input lag monitors, all LCD monitors have some level of lag. The best you can do is to try to limit that lag as much as possible by purchasing a monitor with a low level of lag. This effectively gives you an advantage vs. someone who has a monitor which was purchased without this in mind.

What is a low amount of input lag?

Typically it's considered less than 1 frame of lag or 16.67ms. I try to find monitors with 1 half of one frame or less if at all possible. All of the monitors I'll list below fall into the sub 1 frame category. Keep in mind that input lag for higher refresh rates should technically be lower (about half at 120Hz) to have acceptable results.

Refresh Rate

The number given for your monitor's refresh rate (for example 60, 120, 144Hz) is basically the amount of times per second that your monitor draws the data. Higher rates will allow for smoother game play and once again, give you a slight advantage over your competition.

What Size Computer Monitor is Ideal?

PC monitors keep getting bigger and bigger, but does it really help you to function at a higher level? Personally I've found that a 23 to 24 inch monitor is ideal in terms of professional gaming while a 27" or larger monitor may be more enjoyable for casual gamers.

Keep in mind that monitors with higher resolutions (above 1080p) not only require better graphics cards to achieve the same level of FPS, but also may require DPI adjustment on your mouse.

The benq rl2450ht Monitor is the official monitor for MLG PC gaming.
The benq rl2450ht Monitor is the official monitor for MLG PC gaming.

My Video Review of the Top LED Gaming Monitors of 2015

5 Good Low Input Lag 24 Inch Gaming Monitors 2015

If you're looking for a good gaming monitor, then hopefully I can help you decide. I play FPS games competitively and run a website which focuses on the best products for gamers who play twitch or time-sensitive games.

In the past a monitor like the Asus VH236H, better known as the EVO professional gaming monitor, was the clear cut favorite. Today, manufacturers are starting to get a better idea of not only what gamers are looking for, but how beneficial it is to cater to their needs.

Best Budget 24 Inch Monitor for PC Gaming:

If you're looking for a good gaming monitor under $150, then I highly recommend the Asus VH238H. It's pretty much the same monitor as the VH236H EVO, but it's updated with LED backlighting technology. This has made it a bit more thin and attractive than the original, but also allowed it to keep its 2ms response time and 8.3ms input lag.

Professional 23 to 24 Inch Gaming Monitors

On the circuit right now it's all about BenQ gaming monitors. I don't feel like this necessarily makes them the absolute best option at every price point, but they should definitely be considered if you're wanting to go pro MLG, for example.

PC and Console Gaming Monitors

For PC Gaming you'll want to go with the BenQ RL2450HT and for console gaming, the BenQ RL2455HM. The BenQ RL2450HT professional PC gaming monitor was put together by a well-know pro Star Craft II Team and is great out of the gate for that game as well as other twitch games on PC. It has a 2ms response time and an input lag that's between 4.2ms and 8 in most tests.

The RL2455HM is ideal for console gaming and for games like Halo 4 really works wonders. It has a 1ms response time and an input lag that has yet to be tested.

Best High Refresh Rate Gaming Monitor in 2015?

There are more and more options when it comes to having a high refresh rate, CRT-like monitor in 2015. Two that have low input lag and response times include the BenQ XL2420T and the Samsung S23A700D.

That being said the one to me that really sticks out right now is the Asus VG248QE.

Why I love the Asus VG248QE so much:

It's everything, except IPS, that gamers have been asking for many years. You get a low 1ms response time, a 144Hz refresh rate for that CRT feel, and a super low response time of 1.6 milliseconds at 120 Hz and 1.2 at 144Hz. Ultimately the Asus VG248QE is the gaming monitor to own in 2014.


5 24 Inch LED Gaming Monitors to Strongly Consider

ASUS VE278Q 27-Inch LED Monitor
ASUS VE278Q 27-Inch LED Monitor

27 Inch LED Gaming Monitors - 2 to Consider

BenQ XL2720T Why It's THE 27 Inch Gaming Monitor to Own

Recently released at the IEM or Intel Extreme Masters professional gaming tournament, the XL2720T from BenQ has been making waves for its high responsiveness and refresh rate of 120Hz.

With a response time of 1ms gray to gray and an input lag of 0.002-frames the XL2720T is the monitor to own in the 27 inch space. If you're on a budget, then I highly recommend you look into the Asus VE278Q. I've been impressed with its picture and overall responsiveness.

Connectors:

BenQ made this model for gamers and included most of the connectors were looking for. These include a a D-sub, DVI-DL, HDMI, DP, and USB Hub (Donwstreamx3, Upstreamx1). It's also 100mm x 100mm VESA compatible for those of you who'd like to mount it to your wall.

ASUS VE278Q 27-Inch LED Monitor - Review

Another monitor that I particularly like is the Asus VE278Q. It is attractive not only because it is affordable, but also because of its solid customer ratings and specifications. If you spend long hours on your computer, then going with a LED monitor is also preferable because the LED backlighting tends to be much lighter on the eyes. If you have already experienced headaches and eyestrain in the past, then going with an LED computer monitor has to be considered a priority.

I like this particular model because of the low 2ms response time and 18ms input lag. While the input lag isn't below 1 frame, it's still really good for casual gaming. If you're wanting a more effective model, then I'd recommend jumping up to the BenQ

This Full high definition, 1920x1080 resolution, monitor produces stunning seamless pictures and video with its 2ms response time, 10,000,000:1 Asus Smart Contrast Ratio, and Asus Spledid Video Intelligence Technology which automatically optimizes your screen for color, brightness, contrast, and sharpness.

Flexibility

As I mentioned above I really like to have flexibility with my monitors and the VE278Q comes with D-Sub, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connectors. It's also tilt adjustable from +20° to -5°.

Additional specifications include 16.7 Million display colors, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, built in stereo speakers, VESA wall mount compliant (100mm x 100mm), picture in picture, and a 3 year parts and labor warranty.

About: I hope you've enjoyed my review of the best gaming monitors for 2015. Constructive feedback is appreciated as always. If you're building a gaming PC, then be sure to check out my profile where I highlight useful articles that will help you to find the best gaming hardware of the year.

Another useful article which includes a learning guide for monitor specifications is this article on the top gaming computer monitors. I highly recommend it if you didn't find what you were looking for here.

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