For the past 7 years I have been on an unsuccessful quest to find a gaming monitor that I can tolerate. I am hoping someone in this forum who has experienced something similar to the below might have successfully cracked this puzzle- I am definitely open to any thoughts or suggestions!
After years of research, and much trial and error (I have tried over 30 monitors!), I have concluded that something about the LED light of modern monitors itself causes my symptoms (similar to those described by many others here): retinal pain and eye strain, disorientation, etc. I have confirmed this by finding LED desk lights that produce the same symptoms! I have identified 6 basic low-end computer monitors I can use no problem all from the year 2013 or earlier. I have yet to find any monitor manufactured after 2013 that I can tolerate. The older monitors that I can tolerate I can use for 8+ hours a day without any strain whatsoever; whereas the intolerable monitors cause symptoms within minutes- there is a distinct difference.
I strongly suspect the culprit is something in the color spectrum produced by the LEDs- probably due to the more red-leaning color spectrum used to produce a “full color spectrum” measurement for monitor tests. (All “low blue light” solutions seem to be irrelevant for me.) All the offensive monitors seem to have a slight orangey-reddish hue to the light. I’ve seen some other posts on this forum that seem to corroborate this conclusion.
Yesterday I tried a true RGB OLED monitor with Quantum Dot (the amazing Dell Alienware AW3423DW)- very sadly it was also not tolerable. I’ve also had problems with LG WRGB OLED TVs. But, I have never had an issue with any OLED phones, nor any laptop that I have seen (though I haven’t tested too many laptops).
I can use:
- Basic monitors from year 2013 or earlier (for example Asus VS247H-P, Dell P2014HT, Acer G276HLGbid)
- Modern basic Samsung LED backlit TV Model UN55TU8000FXZA (manufactured 2022)
- Modern Chromebook
- All modern phones that I’ve seen so far, both Android and Apple, both with LED or OLED screens
I can’t tolerate:
- All gaming monitors that I’ve tried so far (for example Asus PG279Q, PG278QR, VG248QE, VZ27AQ; Acer XB271HU; Nixeus NX-EDG27; LG 24MP59HT-P; QNIX QX2710; Samsung C27HG70, LS27AG500PNXZA; Dell Alienware AW3423DW OLED)
- All modern non-gaming monitors that I’ve seen
- LG C7 OLED TV
I keep hope because there exist both LED backlight and OLED screens that fall into both categories, and because gaming-worthy monitors exist- but I just can’t seem to combine the two!
Has anyone had a similar experience and had any luck with this? I’m gratefully open to all thoughts and ideas. Thank you so much!