Last month we
looked at CRT monitors for gaming. This month we’ll look
at some LCD monitors. With the advent of TFT (Thin Film
Transistors) LCD performance has improved enough to satisfy the
technical needs of many gamers. While not being able to refresh
the screen as fast as a CRT, many are fast enough to provide
smooth motion in most 3D action games; long gone are the days of
ghosting and lackadaisical performance.
One continuous criticism of CRT monitors was the screen size.
Invariably CRT monitors would be sold according to their tube
size. So the “19” monitor” refers to the size of the cathode ray
tube in the monitor. The viewable area of the screen may be
significantly different from 19”. The viewable area may range
from 16” to 17” depending on the manufacturer.When referring to
LCD’s and TFT, 19” is 19”.
More graphics cards are coming equipped with DVI
connectors. The advantage of a DVI connection over the analog is
that the DVI connection allows for lossless transmission from
the computer to the display. Nearby signal noise, for instance,
should not be a concern with the DVI connection.
made specifically for games and video boast response times
ranging from 16ms to 12ms and are most often sold in the 17-inch
size, although 19-inch models are becoming more common. LCD
monitors that support gaming are also fine for regular office
To Look For When Buying
Response Times are the primary concern of any TFT
LCD screen. Times of 16ms or less are fast enough to present
realistic, artifact-free 3-D gaming.
Next, be sure to select a screen that has a native resolution
that meets your needs. That is to say, if your system can only
play games at 800x600 then buying a 2048x1536 monster display
won’t give you any advantage and will almost certainly do more
to hinder your game playing and your enjoyment of it.
Check the dot pitch measurement as with ant CRT monitor the
smaller number the better. Comparer like to like specs as
different manufacturers may be deceptive. Some examples of
good gaming LCD monitors are shown below.
LG Flatron 1730S
always do a hands on in person evaluation if possible. A TFT
LCD that satisfies all of these criteria should produce
a very enjoyable gaming experience.
Gaming Gadget Of The Month
TrackIR 4 Pro Head Tracker with Vector
The new and improved TrackIR 4 Pro now
includes the Vector for full 6 DOF head tracking
capability. With a 30% larger tracking and movement area
and greater response time and resolution, the TrackIR 4 once
again sets the standard for head tracking technology.
The Eze-Pit mach II can be
placed on a table or desk top and provides room for placement of
a throttle, joystick and keyboard.. "The positioning of the
controls is very realistic! and will definitely improve reaction
time in your games!" The unit can be folded for storage or
for travel in seconds! it's Great for LAN meets! The unit may
also be set up permanently on a small desk or table, eliminating
the hassle of removing your flight gear after a simming session!
Coming in July!
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