Games, movies, and TV series nowadays have become so developed in many ways, and one of the most prominent of which are the graphics and details of the images being displayed.
Of course, to get the most immersive experience out of all of them, you have to have devices with technology that matches these developments, which bring us to HDR monitors.
HDR or high dynamic range, monitors step the game up a notch with how realistic they render the light and therefore the scenes of the game you’re playing or show you’re watching.
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After we look into their advantages and disadvantages, would we say an HDR monitor is worth buying?
Are HDR Monitors Worth It?
What you don’t have to worry about:
Newer software on updated devices such as Windows 10, PlayStation 4 –regular, slim, and pro-, and Xbox One –regular, S, and X- all support HDR.
Connections aren’t a worry either because both HDMI and DisplayPort support HDR.
What you have to bear in mind, but not worry about that much:
When we talk about higher end monitors, we have to bear in mind the hardware that would be compatible with them to be able to run them, and the first thing that comes to mind is the GPU. Generally, HDR does not require that much of a high-end GPU so you won’t need to make an upgrade.
Performance when using HDR:
Unlike higher resolutions that work on the sharpness and the depth of the images, HDR accentuates the contrast and lighting to make the images look as real as possible. And so, higher resolutions require matching specs, however, HDR doesn’t affect performance.
What you have to worry about:
Content that actually supports HDR:
Even if your hardware supports HDR, if the game, movie, or TV show you’re going to indulge in does not support HDR, you won’t be using your monitor to its full potential. Yes, the display will be better than using a non-HDR monitor but it won’t be half as good as when the content itself supports HDR.
The type of panel you’re using:
When choosing monitors you have two options: IPS (in-plane switching) or TN (twisted-nematic) panels. There are many differences between the two, but our concern here is that IPS supports HDR while TN does not. When it comes to response time, IPS panels take 4ms while the TN panels boast a very quick 1ms response time. IPS panels have better color reproduction and wider viewing angles.
Final Words | Is An HDR Monitor Worth It?
If you’re buying the HDR monitor to watch movies or TV shows, then go ahead with minimum worries unless your hardware is seriously outdated or old. This also applies if you’re buying it for gaming and you’re willing to compromise performance for a better view.
However, when it comes to playing games, it’s a rule of thumb that better graphics require better hardware so you might have to upgrade some things, and most importantly, gamers usually care more about performance –like refresh rate and response time- than graphics and color gamut, and in this case a gamer would like to use a TN panel for its quicker response time (1ms) rather than an IPS panel (4ms), and as aforementioned TN panels don’t support HDR.
So performance-oriented gamers might pass on HDR monitors for now.