In the market for a reasonably priced, but still reasonably powerful gaming monitor? Online electronics retailer Monoprice is slashing prices on two excellent monitors by more than $100. Both a curved and a flat-screen model are discounted, bringing each monitor down to $290.
I asked Cameron Faulkner, my colleague from The Verge who knows more about hardware than I do, to provide more details about the tech powering these monitors.
At $290, Monoprice’s 32-inch gaming monitor (available flat or curved) hit a sweet spot in terms of specs and value. Beyond its minimal bezels, it boasts features that usually cost hundreds more — namely its 1440p resolution, and its fast 144Hz refresh rate that allows for super smooth gameplay by way of AMD FreeSync. If you have an Nvidia 10- or 20-series GPU, the latest graphics driver will let you take G-Sync adaptive sync for a spin, too.
Along with impressive specs, both of Monoprice’s 32-inch monitors come with an adjustable swivel base. They’re also VESA-compatible if you prefer to mount your monitor. One reviewer warns that the speakers on the back of the monitor should be facing a wall so that sound bounces back at you. Otherwise “the sound just gets lost.” That shouldn’t be an issue, though, if you plan on using a headset.
Monoprice is known for its direct-to-consumer model, offering generic electronics at a low price by cutting out the middleman, i.e., big box stores. A comparable monitor from LG, for example, is going for almost $400 at Amazon.