BIG PANEL SIZE, huge pixel count, and epic refresh rate. Good luck getting all that in a single monitor for sensible money. On a realistic budget, something’s gotta give.
If you’re a gamer, that something is probably resolution. 4K is nice in theory; in practice, it’s a nightmare to drive all eight million pixels at remotely decent frame rates, let alone at truly high refresh rates well above 100Hz. You might also be willing to compromise on size, especially if a monitor delivers in other areas.
Enter the Lenovo Legion Y25-25—270 bucks’ worth of what purports to be prime gaming panel. It’s just 25 inches across, which is pretty puny by today’s standards. And there are only 1,920 by 1,080 pixels on offer. But the Legion’s refresh rate clocks in at 240Hz, and it’s based on IPS panel technology. Now you’re interested.
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