Originally posted by bj:
How do flat monitors and gaming work? I like the idea of getting rid of my monitor and gaining a lot of space on the desk but since most of my computer time is in gaming I am not sure of how good flat monitors are for gaming. Opinions? Thanks.
Part of the answer to your question depends on the type of gaming you plan to do. If you are mostly doing Adventure games then any of the more recent LCD-flat monitors should be okay. But if you also do 3D FPS games or fast sports games eg. NHL Hockey etc., then you need to consider the Redraw or Response time of the monitor. This essentially determines the number of images per second produced and if it's too slow you'll see ghosting which can cause some people to get dizzy/nauseous. Most of the newer LCD monitors will give the Reponse time in milliseconds. The human eye discerns a continuous motion if there are at least 25 images/second which translate to a Response time of somewhere around 30-35ms.
In conclusion, I would look for a monitor with a Response time of at least 25ms (which is about 40 frames or images/sec-eg. Samsung Syncmaster 191T) if you're an 'action' gamer. Even then, some reviewers/users complain of some ghosting, but it hasn't bothered me too much. Don't let dummy salesmen tell you the Response time isn't known. The better LCD monitors will have this value listed in the manual or on the manufacturer's website.