In this post, we dive into the world of pixels and resolutions. QHD is a new standard in gaming monitors that should be familiar to every player. What is QHD exactly?
QHD or Quad-HD is a new standard in resolutions for gaming monitors. It consists of an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a total resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. This means that the pixel density is four times greater than a 720 pixels HD resolution.
The pixel density is so great that 4K graphics cards are mandatory if you want to play games higher than 30fps. The new standard tends to be the future of gaming.
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What Are the Benefits of a Higher Resolution for Gaming?
A higher resolution allows you to see more of your surroundings, and therefore, you will not miss any enemies. The field of view is also widened because the human eye perceives more details than in lower resolutions. If you are a fan of flight simulation games, then you might want to select a QHD monitor for the wide details in your cockpit. Other benefits are the better representation of textures and a higher frame rate. Ultra HD, QHD, and HD all work on the same principle as the rendering process is concerned. The graphics card has to render images to display on your monitor. Therefore, you should consider getting a QHD gaming monitor if you have invested in a 4K graphics card or plan to do so soon.
One exception: If money is not your limit, then Ultra HD (UHD) is, of course, even better. However, monitors with UHD cost up to three times more than monitors with QHD. In addition, all other components in your computer have to have much more power to prevent bottlenecks during image creation.
Which Connections do QHD Monitors Have?
The Full HD monitor standard was perfect for 1080p graphics cards. However, it is hard to integrate it with other cards like FirePro or AMD Eyefinity because even 2560×1440 monitors require dual DVI connectors or a DisplayPort. The new QHD standard is available with a lot of different connectors. However, there are two primary standards for QHD monitors: DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0. The most significant advantage of the DisplayPort 1.2 cable is that it has been used in all current game consoles available on the market, like the PlayStation or the Xbox. On the other hand, the newer version of the HDMI 2.0c cable can handle higher resolutions than 1080p and is also backward compatible with older versions like VGA or DVI-I (old).
Since QHD resolution only exists in 2560×1440 pixels, you might think it can be reduced to Full HD monitors without pixel density problems. However, it is not as simple as that. Only monitors with a 2560×1440 resolution have the same pixel density as the newer QHD models. Full HD monitors sport a 1920×1080 resolution or 16:9 ratio.
What is the Actual Price Range for a Gaming Monitor with QHD?
The price range for a QHD monitor is the same as that of the actual Full HD monitor models. The similar prices show that the new standard is not more expensive to produce, even though it has a much higher resolution of 2560×1440 than 1080p, with only 1920×1080 pixels.
Here are two examples on Amazon for gaming monitors with QHD:
There are also curved monitors with QHD, but we have already shown you in the article Are Curved Monitors Better for Gaming? [5 Drawbacks] that this is not such a good idea for gaming.
How to Choose the Right QHD Gaming Monitor?
Choosing the right monitor for gaming can be a tough job sometimes. There are many different options available on the market today; that’s why we will show you some main points in choosing your gaming monitor.
Most players prefer monitor sizes ranging from 24 inches to 27 inches. However, for QHD monitors, we recommend sizes ranging from 27 inches to 34 inches because the higher resolution needs more space on the screen to look as sharp as possible.
The aspect ratio should be the same as the game’s resolution or even higher. It is needed for a perfect field of view and to avoid any black bars from showing up on the sides of your screen.
The response time should be 1ms or less because a higher response rate or input lag can trick your eyes into thinking that you’ve moved in-game before the other player does. Therefore, no matter how good you are, it’ll always give an advantage to other players with a lower response rate. A slower response time is better for most, but it might come at the cost of input delay and image lag, which are crucial factors when playing games like CS:GO.
A response rate of 1ms or less is needed for gaming because some games might not allow higher frame rates if the input lag is too big. However, do not forget that most screens have response rates greater than 1 ms, so do some research before buying a new monitor.
No matter if you decide to get a monitor with FreeSync, G-Sync, or a completely free screen without adaptive sync technology, those monitors will give an advantage in games with heavy frame rates or high responsiveness. Adaptive sync can help to eliminate screen tearing issues and make your games look much smoother.
All monitors should have a DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 2.0 connection (or preferably both). They are needed for QHD resolution to work correctly.
It’s important not to overlook the cables, as they can also be a possible screen tearing source. Ensure that you buy high-end cables that are compatible and support the resolution you are looking for, and avoid any potential bottlenecks in performance.
A monitor with at least 300 cd/m2 brightness is good enough for most players. However, players who prefer darker levels might want to select monitors with 350 cd/m2 or more.
You can find this special feature in the BenQ ZOWIE and the ASUS´s Swift gaming monitors. It is a kind of software that allows you to darken dark shades without washing out the bright areas on your screen.
The stand should be adjustable in height, tilt, or pivot.
If you’re playing games for several hours on a full-screen, you might want to see if the monitor is energy efficient. Most monitors use electrical power between 10 and 30 watts, but some models even use up to 60 watts. Always check the specifications of every monitor because it can save you money in the long run.
Manufacturer Warranty and Support
It’s also crucial to check the manufacturer’s warranty and product support before buying a monitor. In addition, you might have to install special drivers or other software to get your screen working correctly, so be sure that the manufacturer has a good support team in place.
We have only had good experiences when we have bought technical devices from Amazon. If a defect occurs within the first 30 days, Amazon will exchange it without problems or issue a voucher. That is really fair. Of course, you can order elsewhere, but rarely at a better price and with such good service.
Finally, always make sure that you choose the best value for money. Monitor prices can widely vary depending on their features, but you shouldn’t go for a cheap monitor even if it costs $100 or less. A cheap monitor usually is not as stable and reliable as a more expensive one, and it might not be equipped with all of the hardware components needed for gaming.
QHD is becoming the new affordable standard in the coming years, and that’s great! Better graphics means even greater appeal for gamers, old and new. So it’s worth making sure QHD is supported the next time you buy a monitor.
The only important thing is that your graphics card plays along. If you don’t have a 4K graphics card yet, this would be the first step to enjoying Quad HD.
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