FAQ

Find the answers to basic questions you may have about this site. If you have a question about specs, recommendations, or anything technical relating to the site content that is not answered here – please send us a message. We will do our best to keep this page updated with any questions from readers. 

General Questions


Where do your Input Lag times come from?

Strictly from the manufacturer, no phony “tester tools” or camera tests are done here. For an in depth explanation as to why, please read our “What is Input Lag?” article. 

Will buying a low-lag product make me a better gamer?

While we make no guarantees (how could we guarantee that) – statistically speaking the answer is yes. By purchasing lower lag products, you will see your inputted signal sooner on your screen. So if you react in 100ms (hypothetically) with your current equipment, and your new equipment reduces your input lag time by 20ms, you will be one fifth faster than you were before. There is a reason companies make all these gaming products stand out from their normal ones.

I heard someone say “Input Lag” is misleading?

We all have one buddy who makes this claim, and it’s not true. Human reaction lag is a real thing, but this is the lag each gamer has which you add to the computer/display’s lag. Therefore, if you reduce your display and input lag, you are reducing your overall lag time. There is a reason gamer’s choose the fastest and best input methods (i.e. gaming mice/keyboards/monitors over normal mice/keyboards/monitors). 

Technical Questions


What is “Input Lag”?

To answer this question fully, please read our dedicated page “What is Input Lag?” – we answer this question thoroughly

For a more basic answer: “input lag” is defined as a combination of two things – the signal processing delay caused by the monitor’s internal electronic board, and the response time of the pixels to show an image. 

What is refresh rate?

Refresh rate is the amount of times the screen refreshes per second. Something most gamer’s are familiar with (PC gamer’s at least) is FPS, or frames per second. A monitor’s refresh rate is it’s maximum supported FPS. So if a monitor has a native 144Hz refresh rate, it will refresh the screen 144 times per second.

While there is not much discernible difference between say 165Hz and 240Hz to the average human observer, the real gains are made when playing a game at something like 60Hz vs 120Hz. Game-play will feel markedly smoother, and for gamer’s wanting maximum advantage – getting more frames per second is always better than less. If you are playing a game at 240Hz vs your competitor at 120Hz, you will experience double the frames in a second allowing you to make split second decisions easier. This is why pro-gamers prefer higher refresh monitors, among other reasons.

What’s better: higher refresh rate, or lower input lag

The best answer – it depends on preference. Some gamers will prefer the highest possible refresh rate, since it provides the “fastest” or smoothest visual game-play possible from your computer/console. Others prefer the lowest input lag time possible so the screen displays their input the fastest, since most games, consoles or GPU’s already limit the maximum frames per second.

What’s better: VA, TN, or IPS panel monitors?

There is no answer to this.. it all comes down to preference. Some gamers prefer to sacrifice contrast and color for fast refresh on the TN panels. Others prefer vivid and accurate colors and high brightness on the IPS panels. Lastly those wishing for the most uniform colors and no backlight bleed may opt for the VA panel monitors. Ultimately, the panel type these days is secondary to the specs you wish to prioritize the most, and we go over all the specs of a monitor or TV here in InputLag.com, letting you make your decision based on those alone.