Welcome to Part 2 of our Moneysaver Co-Op segment on the best Gaming Monitors. In Part 1, you nominated your favorites, and today you'll be voting on the top 5 nominations. Like our mouse nominations, parsing the votes was not a simple process, in fact it was even more complicated, but we think we made the right judgment calls. Let's get right into your choices. Monoprice Monitors Being a segment about saving money, we love Monoprice and their monitors. In fact, Monoprice's 30" is my monitor of choice at home. Based on their inventory, it looks like Monoprice has chosen to focus on their newest 27" model, so we will as well. 2560x1440, IPS LED, HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, VESA-mountable, built-in speakers. $474. [Monoprice] BenQ Monitors BenQ has become synonymous with Major League Gaming and Gaming Monitors in general. Their 27" LED packs in features like 120Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, 3D, HDMI, DisplayPort, and a unique form factor for its easy to adjust stand. $430. … [Read more...] about Your 5 Nominations For Best Gaming Monitor
Calibrate my monitor
If you tend to stare at a computer monitor for hours at a time, you've no doubt suffered from eye fatigue. Well, the folks at Sound Science have come up with an affordable, professional backlight solution for your monitor--the halo 6 LED bias lighting kit. The kit features an LED strip that contains six LEDs and is powered by an available USB port. You simply adhere the strip to the back of any LCD monitor, up to 24", and the bias lighting will produce a subtle white backlight for your monitor. When I first unpacked the bias lighting kit I was definitely skeptical. After all, I have a light that I use as a sort-of backlight already, to try to reduce eye fatigue. However, once I adhered the strip of LEDs to the back of my monitor and plugged it in, I immediately noticed a nice glow behind my monitor. I can't tell for sure if that glow will help reduce my eye fatigue, but I can assume it will, given what I know about backlighting in general. According to Sound Science: "Bias lighting … [Read more...] about Professional backlighting for your monitor for under $13
From TV salespeople to TV reviewers, you'll often hear the word "calibrate" thrown around. TV calibration is often claimed to improve performance, increase accuracy and even make the TV less power hungry.But does it? And at what cost? Most calibrations cost a few hundred dollars (or pounds). So this brings up two questions: What is calibration, and is it worth it?Calibration vs. setupFirst some semantics. Often the words "calibration" and "setup" are used interchangeably. This is incorrect. Setup is what you can do with the basic TV controls with either just your eye, or -- even better -- with one of the many excellent setup Blu-ray discs available. Calibration requires specialized test equipment (which we'll discuss in a moment), and a trained calibrator who knows how to use it. If you want to start with the absolute basics, here's my beginner's guide to how to set up an HDTV.Setup is what everyone should do with their new TV. Getting the basic picture settings correct can go a long … [Read more...] about What is TV calibration? And is it worth the money?
If your photos look different in print than they do on your PC, or movies just don't look as detailed as they should, chances are your monitor needs to be calibrated. Sure, you can bring it to a professional to have it done, by why spend the cash when you can get it done youself? By making a handful of adjustments, you can improve your monitor's image detail and color accuracy and reduce eyestrain while you're at it. There are several methods of calibration available depending upon your needs and budget. For photographers, content creators, and designers who use high-end monitors and require very accurate color and grayscale performance, a professional calibration may be the way to go. Certified isf (Imaging Science Foundation) calibration technicians use high-end color analyzers and test pattern generators to tweak things like gamma, white balance, black levels, RGB gain and offset, and a multitude of other settings, but as you might expect, this can get expensive (to the tune of … [Read more...] about How to Calibrate Your Monitor
The Value of Heart Rate Heart rate monitors (HRMs) can be immensely beneficial if you know how to use the information they collect. Exercise has very different effects on the body depending on how high you push your heart rate and for how long. Training intelligently means using heart rate data to guide your workouts. Sometimes you might want to keep your heart rate relatively low to burn fat or pace yourself for a longer workout, whereas other times you want to push it higher for different health benefits, like building stamina. Another reason to own a HRM is to keep an eye on your resting heart rate with a device that will automatically record it for you. There are many new types and styles of monitors on the market these days, including those included in some of our favorite fitness trackers. This article looks instead at standalone HRMs and a few others that offer heart rate readings in more inventive ways. You can use a standalone HRM in conjunction with a fitness tracker or … [Read more...] about The Best Heart Rate Monitors of 2018