The most important monitor sizes for gamers at a glance
Now that we know what screen sizes there are, we would like to go into the most important gaming ones below. Because regardless of the monitor size you prefer, you should always consider the screen resolution. Let’s take a look at what that means specifically.
24 and 25-inch monitors
Larger monitors are the norm these days, but smaller monitors also have their advantages. A huge advantage: Compared to larger monitors, 24- or 25-inch screens take up less space on your desk. If you are limited in this and typically sit less than three feet away from your monitor, this is your monitor size.
Despite the smaller screen diagonal, these sizes offer enough space on the screen for your games, and it is easier to have everything directly in your field of vision (like your mini-map, HP, etc.). A smaller screen also results in a higher pixel density, making images and text appear clearer and better.
Most monitors of this size have a resolution of 1920x1080p, which is good for gaming and especially for esports players. With the 24-inches, you also get some with a higher resolution of 1440p (which is advantageous for things like image processing), but your graphics card is more stressed.
Therefore, a resolution of 1080p is a better choice for this monitor size, especially for esports titles. Also, most 24- or 25-inch monitors are often quite cheap because of their small size and low resolution. Nevertheless, high-end models such as the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM * stand out with its many luxury features and excellent response times.
Best monitor size for 1080p (Full HD, 1920×1080)
Nowadays, you shouldn’t get anything smaller than a 24-inch monitor with a resolution of 1920 × 1080. Fortunately, such monitors are pretty affordable. The Full HD resolution on 24-inch monitor results in a pixel density of around 91 PPI, which is ideal for image detail and screen area.
A 27-inch monitor is too big for 1920×1080 because you get a pixelated picture with around 81 PPI, and text is no longer displayed properly. You also lose details.
A 27-inch monitor is one of the best monitor sizes available for gaming: Enough space on the screen opens multiple windows side by side and large enough for an impressive gaming experience. For this screen size, too, 1080p is still a trendy resolution, especially for fast games where you don’t notice the low resolution and want to protect the graphics card. However, when rendering text, the pixel density is low, making this measure less ideal for productivity tasks.
For gaming, 1440p (WQHD) is generally seen as the golden mean, as this resolution is just sharp enough without overloading the graphics card. This means that a high frame rate can still be achieved (even without a high-end graphics card).
With a resolution of 1440p, you get sharper texts and more detailed images. This also applies to 28-inch gaming monitors, which are less common than 27-inch monitors. You could also consider 27-inch displays with 4K resolution, but most of these models are limited to 60 Hz (which is not good for gaming).
Monitors with a screen size of 27 inches are great for you if you normally sit about 90-120cm away from the screen. Sitting too close to a 27-inch monitor will make it harder for you to see the entire screen, not ideal for gaming.
Best monitor size for 1440p
The WQHD resolution (2560 × 1440) is ideal for a 27-inch monitor. You get a pixel density of 108 PPI, which is perfect for the clarity of the image details in relation to the available screen area, as no scaling is required. In addition, 1440p also allows higher refresh rates than 4K if your system can handle it.
Most screens of this size are either 1440p or 4K resolution. Monitors with a screen diagonal of 32 inches are particularly suitable if you normally sit more than a meter away from your screen. If you sit too close in front of it, the picture could look washed out – especially with VA and TN panels. For a non-ultra-wide monitor larger than 30 inches, the ideal resolution is 4K UHD, leading to a high pixel density.
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With a screen, this big, role-playing, and atmospheric games feel incredibly impressive. Otherwise, we can still recommend this monitor size for local multiplayer. If you want to play with friends at home on the split-screen.
However, this monitor size is not recommended for competitive gaming, as the screen is too big, and you cannot avoid head movements (which means that important details and time are lost).
You can also opt for a 32-inch QHD display, which has roughly the same pixel density as a 24-inch Full HD display. If you are bothered by a pixelated picture, you should avoid 32-inch displays with a resolution of 1080p. This is especially true if you also want to use the monitor for general use and image processing.
Best monitor size for 4K
When it comes to 4K Ultra HD resolution, many will say that a 27-inch or 28-inch monitor is big enough. Because the resolution is so high, everything on the monitor is small. Therefore, you have to scale the user interface so that text is readable.
Unfortunately, not all applications scale well, and some (games) do not scale at all. If a game doesn’t offer custom scaling, some UI elements may appear tiny. Nevertheless, 32 inches offer you more immersion and are therefore a good alternative for 4K. Just make sure that your favorite games are scalable well with 4K.
34 inch ultrawide monitors
With a 34-inch monitor, you can take your gaming experience to a new level. Options of this size are known as ultrawide monitors and generally have a resolution of 3440x1440p, an appropriate pixel density of 109 PPI, and an aspect ratio of 21: 9.
This is perfect for atmospheric gaming (titles like The Witcher, Doom. Many racing games, or AC come to mind), as it gives you a feeling of being in the middle. Logically, this monitor size is also perfect for work purposes and multitasking.
Because of the extra space on the screen, it may be more difficult to see the side’s image. To compensate for this, some 34-inch monitors have a curved screen. Of course, you also need a large desk and additional space for a 34-inch monitor. Another disadvantage is that monitors of this size typically don’t have the best ergonomics, and portrait mode often falls flat.
With 34-inch ultrawide monitors, sit about 90-120cm from the screen for the best experience.
Anything larger than a 34-inch ultrawide monitor is not ideal for gaming. That would be too big and take up far too much desk space. If you want a screen larger than 34 inches for gaming, we recommend one of the best 4K TVs instead.
Beware of ultrawide monitors
Many modern FPS titles do not support a horizontal field of view that is wider than 90 degrees. This is fine on a 16: 9 monitor, but the image may be stretched or distorted on an ultrawide monitor. So if you play competitively or mainly FPS titles, then you should look at a different monitor size.
49 inch super ultrawide monitors
If you want the ultimate immersive gaming experience, you can go a step further with a piece like this. It usually has an aspect ratio of 32: 9 and a resolution of 1440p, which is the equivalent of two 27-inch 1440p monitors placed side-by-side.
There are currently no 4K options. Mainly due to the difficulty of maintaining a playable frame rate at such a high resolution with the current hardware. Also, it’s an unconventional aspect ratio that not all games support. So that you might see black bars on the side.
The same applies to gaming as to 32-inch devices. Extremely great for RPGs and single-player titles, less so for FPS or competitive gaming. For work purposes, this aspect ratio is ideal for multitaskers and for everyone who works with programs that have a horizontal layout.
Final Thoughts - What is the Best monitor size for gaming?
There is no real answer to this question. Everyone has different preferences, so there is no perfect monitor size that is “perfect” for everyone. However, in general, 24-inch and 27-inch monitors are best for gaming.
If you sit less than a meter away from the screen or generally like to play fast first-person shooters, then the best monitor size for you is 24 inches, with the recommended resolution being 1080p.
If you sit about 90-120cm away from the screen or play many different genres with both fast and slow games (with nice graphics), then 27 inches is the best monitor size for you (with a 1440p resolution).