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KitGuru’s Guide to Buying a Gaming Monitor (2023)

If you’re in the market for a new gaming monitor, it can be a real challenge to know exactly what you are after. With so much jargon and technical terms being thrown around left right and centre, as well as an absolute ton of monitors to choose from, we thought it was time to simplify matters and make things easier for you, the consumer. That’s why we’ve teamed up with MSI for this monitor buyer’s guide, where we break down all the key areas to think about if you’re shopping for a new screen.


00:00 Intro
00:34 Screen size and resolution
01:36 Aspect ratio, curved or flat?
02:28 Different panel types
03:19 Refresh rate
04:43 Motion blur + response times
06:11 Input latency, adaptive sync
07:46 Brightness + contrast
09:56 Gamut and colour accuracy
11:06 A few other things to consider…
12:35 Closing thoughts

In the video we go over all the key areas you need to think about when looking for a new monitor. There's lots to cover, but we break down things like….

  • Which screen size is right for you?
  • The resolution
  • Aspect ratio
  • Curved or flat?
  • Different panel options – IPS, VA, TN, OLED…
  • What matters most for gaming
  • Refresh rates and eliminating motion blur
  • A monitor's response times
  • Input latency
  • Adaptive sync – G-Sync and FreeSync
  • Brightness
  • Contrast ratio
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • Colour gamut
  • Colour accuracy
  • Display inputs
  • OSD controls, settings and more…

As always, there's no ‘one size fits all' recommendations we can make, but thanks to MSI we do have good range of screens on-hand to help us put this guide together. If you are interested in any of the monitors shown in this video:

  • You can buy the MSI MEG 342C QD-OLED for £999, reduced from £1299, from Currys HERE.
  • The MSI MAG 274UPF 4K/144Hz monitor is available for £449, that's £100 off, from Currys HERE.
  • Or if you're interested in the MSI MAG 275CQRXF, we were told to expect some good deals around the Christmas period, and you can read more about it HERE.

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KitGuru says: Thanks to MSI for sponsoring this video, and we hope it proves useful if you're shopping for a new gaming monitor!

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