In the world of computer gaming, speed is everything — from your graphics card to the sensitivity of your mouse. That's why a quality monitor is a priority for a dedicated gamer. Not only do you need excellent colour and contrast, but low response times are a must to make sure that each shot is right on target.
Although LCD monitors have been on the market for more than a decade, typical response times still hover around the 5 millisecond mark. We've picked out the best 20-24in monitors with 2ms response times to make sure you're on your game.
Coming in at the bottom end of the price range is LG's offering, the W2252TQ. Solid features and few flaws make this a good gaming monitor for those who don't want to spend a fortune.
What's Hot:Sharp image, nice detail in dark areas, no ghosting, good colour balance
Bargain: Even though its RRP of $499 already makes it the cheapest of these 2ms gaming monitors, you can units for as cheap as $262.
At just under 22in, the minor flaws we found in this monitor will mean nothing to a gamer. When you're sitting directly in front of your screen for the best possible view, viewing angles won't prove an obstacle. It's hard to resist this monitor's 2ms response time coupled with a beautiful colour gamut.
What's Hot: Amazing colour, Dynamic Contrast control, great response time
Bargain: Its RRP of $699 makes it one of the more expensive 22in monitors on the market, but we've seen it around for $521, which isn't unreasonable.
The VP2250wb's 22in brother is slightly higher pricier but has even fewer issues. Minimal ghosting and no image noise are must-have characteristics for any gaming monitor, and the VLED221wm delivers. Its LED backlighting is another incentive.
What's Hot: Great colours, sharp picture, minimal ghosting, no noise, LED backlighting
Bargain: With an RRP of $1099, we can almost hear the words "tell him he's dreaming" from the mouths of potential buyers everywhere. Real world pricing is much more reasonable though; it's possible to pick up this monitor for $635.
Given it has 'fashion statement' written all over it, we were surprised to hear that the Crystal has decent specifications. Its glossy coating can be annoying brightly lit rooms, but true gamers already have a hermetically sealed room blocking out all light. This monitor delivers good contrast and a 2ms response time.
What's Hot: Stylish design; built-in webcam, speakers and microphone; good contrast
Bargain: Don't expect too much of a bargain here — Dell is currently selling the Crystal for $1599; a high price but some people will be able to justify it.
One of the cheapest 24in monitors around at the moment, the MK241H is also one of the most solid. It boasts a 2ms response time, good contrast and a built-in webcam to let you gloat to your enemies. The speakers aren't perfect but you're not going to listen to the pounding of heavy-duty machine guns without your dedicated 5.1 PC speaker system are you?
What's Hot: Built-in webcam, fast response time, good contrast
Bargain: An RRP of $749 is already respectable, but search a little and you'll find this baby for $478.40.