So, here's the thing. I like gaming. I've never had a lot of time for it, and, so, well, yeah, I suck at it. I have never lasted more than about five minutes in a multiplayer first -erson shooter without getting killed. I've played my fair share of Fallout 4, Dishonored, and City Skylines, but that's about it.
A gaming monitor isn't going to be getting much of a test from me. I decided to use it for something other than gaming: looking at my face-for-radio.
Here's the situation. When I do video interviews like this one, I don't normally sit in front of my computer monitor. Instead, I sit at a desk on a "set" with a complementary backdrop. I look at a camera positioned at eye level. That's why those interviews don't have the normal eyeballs-up or eyeballs-down that you so often see in Zoom videos.
I have the camera on a teleprompter, and I have an iPad on the prompter that shows me the guest. In that way, I'm always looking directly at the guest while filming and that's also looking right into the camera.
But there are a lot of settings to adjust during this process. I used to have my laptop on my desk, and I'd look down at the laptop to change camera angles and tweak the settings. But that was far from optimal.
The Westinghouse curved gaming monitor is a big improvement. I have it sitting on a rolling cart to the right of the teleprompter. The curved screen makes it much easier to see the entire monitor while mostly keeping my eyes forward in the camera. I can see what's on the monitor on the side, make adjustments, and never take my eyes off the camera itself.
The 27-inch size is perfect for this process and the fact that it's got a high refresh rate for gaming means that it tracks well with the video I'm working on. It's been a big win.
Update: As of this morning, just before we posted this article, there were nine of these monitors available on Amazon. Readers have pointed out that since then (probably because of this article), Amazon is now out of stock. So, until Amazon restocks, we're going to point you to a similarly featured Acer 27-inch curved gaming monitor.