With any new hardware technology, understand the main things to consider is incredibly important.
For an HDMI 2.1 monitor, there are plenty of factors to consider before jumping in actually making a purchase.
Below, we have listed the most important factors and some expectations that come with an HDMI 2.1 monitor:
Like many new technologies, HDMI 2.1 monitors are coming with fairly hefty price tags – as you’d imagine. Thanks to the specifications these monitors come equipped with (4K @ 144Hz in most cases), they aren’t exactly the cheapest options around there.
That’s the point though, as a gamer – especially a console gamer – the point of HDMI 2.1 is high resolutions at over 60FPS (in this case, 120hz).
So, if you are in the market for a new HDMI 2.1 monitor, remember, you’re likely going to have to spend a good amount of cash to reap the rewards.
As most HDMI 2.1 monitors come with high resolutions, PC gamers will have to factor in the strength of their PC components.
As we say on our 4K gaming monitor page, moving from a 1080 or 1440p panel up to a UHD 4K one comes with huge knock-on effects to your gaming experience.
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This is particularly important for individuals that want to hook their monitor up to a PC and a next-gen console.
HDMI 2.1 Vs DisplayPort 1.4
There aren’t really that many huge differences between HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 – once you forget about the actual connector shape.
That said, there are some subtle differences to be found when taking a closer look at the technical specifications of both.
For all intents and purposes, HDMI 2.1 is the better of the two. It has a higher ‘Max Transmission Rate’ and ‘Max Data Rate’.
The biggest difference of all, however, is the convenience of HDMI. It is used in almost every consumer essential, outweighing the DisplayPort by some distance. Furthermore, next-gen consoles do not offer a DisplayPort connection – meaning if you want to relish 4K @ 120Hz, you will need to use an HDMI 2.1 monitor.