Choosing a good gaming monitor for streaming can be difficult, because there are a lot of popular monitor brands with different specs available on the market. First things first, a high price tag does NOT dictate the quality of the product. Before buying your partner monitor, there are some key features that you should have in mind.

Key Features to Look For Before Buying a Gaming Monitor

Panel type

There are three major panel technologies, IPS, TN, and VA. The IPS panels offer the best color accuracy; TN panels offer the best performance and fast response times; VA panels on the other hand offer the best contrast. If you are asking what the best panel type is for gaming, the answer is the TN Panel.

Refresh Rate

Monitors have different refresh rates: 60Hz / 75Hz / 144Hz / 165Hz and 240Hz. It is the number of times a screen refreshes per second to display a new frame. Monitors with 144Hz or higher is recommended for games where rapid movement and quick decision making is crucial.

Response time

This is the feature that comes side-by-side with the panel and refresh rate. It’s the time a monitor takes to process the images. For competitive games like PUBG, CS:GO (FPS), the lower your response time is, the better. Currently, 1ms is the lowest response time available.


The most common thing we look for any monitor is its resolution. Setting it to a high number lets us see crisper visuals. Even though there are monitors that offers 1920×1080 res, most pro players still prefer 1024×768 and 1280×960 as their setting.

Screen size

Our eyes is the most exhausted part of our body after a competitive game. A big screen looks awesome, but it requires a lot of eye movement making us feel tired in a short amount of time that may result to poor gaming experience. Select a monitor that is just the right size (not too big, not too small) preferably ranging 24-27 inches.

Choosing a gaming monitor sure is difficult, especially if you don’t know what you really want in a monitor. If you can afford it, go for the product that offers the best specs, for you and your audience to experience top level gaming and viewing.