Author: Tony

 

Buffalo Sabres Lose 3-2 to NJ Devils

For the second game in a row the Buffalo Sabres played poorly in the first two periods and lost by a score of 3-2. The Sabres were facing a rookie goaltender, Scott Clemmensen, and only managed to put 11 shots on him through two periods. Thanks to some great saves by Ryan Miller early on the Sabres were only down 1-0 heading into the third period. Buffalo came out flying in the third and put 16 shots on net. With the score tied 2-2 late in the third Henrik Tallinder took a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass. The Devils scored on that power play to go ahead for good, 3-2.

I was shocked at how poorly the Sabres played in the first and second period. With the exception of Maxim Afinogenov and Ryan Miller the Sabres looked overwhelmed by the Devils. New Jersey deserves credit for their excellent fore-checking. They gave the Sabres defensemen fits the entire game. The Sabres defensemen looked like rookies tonight. Defense was a concern for the Sabres going into the season and tonight highlighted why. They turned the puck over in their own end and at the opposite blue line and had difficulty knocking the Devils off the puck down low. If that continues other teams are going to take advantage of it the same way New Jersey did tonight.

New Jersey was able to get on the scoreboard first when Briere and Numminen both let former Sabre, Erik Rasmussen get position in front of the net and one-time a pass from behind the net past Miller. The Devils went up 2-0 when Rory Fitzpatrick misplayed the puck at the Devil’s blue line and allowed a New Jersey breakout. Scott Gomez fired a shot past Miller from up high that Miller probably should have saved. He wasn’t screened and he was square to the shooter – he should have stopped it.

After starting the game 0-4 on the power play the Sabres scored on their fifth attempt. Briere made a nice move to the net from along the goal line and tried to pass the puck through the Devil’s crease. It ended up deflecting into the net off a Devil’s skate. The second Sabres goal was the result of some great checking by Hecht and Grier. Grier ended up with the puck behind the Devil’s net and backhanded a pass out to Chris Drury who one-timed it past Clemmensen for his first goal of the season.

The momentum was on the Sabres side until Henrik Tallinder shot the puck over the glass in his own end and took a delay of game penalty with six minutes left in the third. New Jersey scored on that power play when Brylin redirected a Rafalski shot from the point past Miller. The Sabres continued to apply pressure but couldn’t get the tying goal past Clemmensen, even after pulling Miller for the extra attacker.

The big picture for the Sabres is that they have lost two games in a row for the first time all season and are now only two games over .500 at 6-4. Their schedule doesn’t get easier anytime soon. They’ll be on the road again tomorrow night against the Islanders who are a dangerous 5-5 team. With Marty Biron scheduled to get his first start of the season it could end up being a three game losing streak if he’s rusty. The Sabres can avoid that by getting back to fundamentals and start shooting the puck on net more. Prior to the past two games the Sabres were averaging 35-40 shots on net. Now they are passing the puck around and trying to play “fancy” hockey. As a result, their shots on net are down and they are losing. Lindy Ruff needs to get them firing the puck from all angles again and swarming to the net for loose rebounds. That’s how they are going to win games.

 

Top 10 Best Budget Gaming Monitors

Buying a budget monitor with good features is a task on itself. When it comes to gaming, the monitor you choose plays an important role in improving your gaming experience. If you have a monitor of low quality, you will end up playing games with blurred images or with a lot of flickers. Trust me, it’s not fun.

Now, what exactly are the features you need to look into before purchasing a gaming monitor?

First and foremost, Panel size and resolution. The bigger the size, the better. You will never regret buying a large gaming monitor if you love gaming.

Secondly, always check the response time and refresh rate of the monitor if before purchasing it. If you want to have the best gaming experience, buy monitors with lower response rate and higher refresh rates.

PS: For gaming nirvana, buy monitors with a response time of 1ms and 144Hz refresh rate.

Before buying a gaming monitor, decide on which type of panel do you want. There are three types of panels in US market:

  • Twisted Nematic(TN): These kind of monitors are cheap and consume very less power, making it one of the most preferred option over other two type of monitors. The disadvantage is that for best visual experience, you need to look at the screen from a straight angle.
  • In-Plane Switching(IPS): This kind of panels have better viewing angles. You need not worry about seeing a white cat as a black cat just because you are looking from a different angle. Just kidding. The disadvantage of this type of panel is the pricing. They are more expensive than Twisted Nematic type panel.
  • Vertical Alignment panels(VA): VA panel is well, the child of TN panel and IPS panel. They have better viewing angles than TN and it is more affordable than an IPS panel. The disadvantage is ghosting effect caused due to high response time between dark tones.

Last, but not the least, decide on whether you need Freesync or G-Sync technology-based panels. These two are technologies used to smooth out the video by removing the screen tears.

It’s hard to buy a budget monitor with all the features you want. That is why I am here to help you out. We have some of the best gaming monitor at a price ranging from $100-$3000 plus. However, I am going to focus on monitors ranging from $250 to $1500

  1. LG 38UC99-W

  • Panel size: 38 inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 1600
  • Refresh rate: 75Hz
  • Response rate: 5ms
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Price: $1500.00

LG 38UC99-W monitor comes at a price of $1500 which makes it the most expensive monitor to be featured in this list. However, the performance of this monitor lives up to the expectation of the gamer. There are several fancy features meant for serious gamers. Also, this monitor has free sync enabled. The cherry on the top for gamers! The only thing which I found at a disadvantage is the warranty period, the manufacturer provides only 1-year warranty.

  1. Acer XR382CQK

  • Panel size: 37.5 inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 1600
  • Refresh rate: 75Hz
  • Response rate: 5ms
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Price: $1300.00

This monitor is slightly less expensive than the LG 38UC99- W. The extensive features make it worth every penny you spend. It comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty also.

  1. Acer Predator X34

  • Panel size: 34 inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 1440
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • Response rate: 4ms
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Price: $1299.00

This monitor is of In-Plane Switching panel type and it supports G-sync technology which will enable you a non-teary and smooth gaming experience. If you ask me what is the one thing I did not like about this monitor, well it is the video inputs. The monitor has only two video inputs.

  1. AOC C3583FQ

  • Panel size: 35 inches
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1080
  • Refresh rate: 160 Hz
  • Response rate: 4ms
  • Panel type: VA
  • Price: $800

Even though this curved monitor lacks USB port, it has multiple video inputs and it has FreeSync technology enabled to enhance your gaming performance.

 

  1. LG 34UC79G-B

  • Panel size: 34 inches
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1080
  • Refresh rate: 144 Hz
  • Response rate: 5ms
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Price: $700

This monitor offers gamer-friendly features and multiple ports and also it has FreeSync enabled. Considering, the monitor offers several gamer-friendly features, it is a letdown that the monitor does not offer speakers and it has only a warranty of 1 year.

  1. Viewsonic XG2700-4K

  • Panel size: 27 inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • Response rate: 5ms
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Price: $620

If you want a monitor with accurate color and grayscale performance, this monitor is meant for you. It also has an ergonomic stand. Sadly, this monitor also doesn’t offer speakers. However, if you are looking for ultra-high definition quality and smooth performance, you should go for this monitor

  1. Asus ROG Swift PG258Q

  • Panel size: 24.5 inches
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1080
  • Refresh rate: 240Hz
  • Response rate: 1ms
  • Panel type: TN
  • Price: $600

With fully adjustable stand and G sync enabled panel, this monitor offers excellent gaming performance and very fast refresh rate. The downsides of this monitor are the limited input-output ports and slightly skewed greens.

  1. Dell 24 Gaming Monitor S2417DG

  • Panel size: 24 inches
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440
  • Refresh rate: 165 Hz
  • Response rate: 1ms
  • Panel type: TN
  • Price: $570

This monitor has bezel-free cabinet along with the adjustable stand. It also has G-sync enabled. The gaming performance is so strong that it is going to blow your mind away. However, this monitor has a downside of limited video inputs and slightly skewed greens.

  1. Samsung LC 27 F591FDN

  • Panel size: 27 inches
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • Response rate: 4ms
  • Panel type: VA
  • Price: $300.00

With a stylish and sleek design, this monitor is surely going to grab your eyeballs. This is one of the best monitor available in the market for this price range. It has FreeSync enabled and it has wide viewing angles.  With a refresh rate of 60 Hz and response rate of 4ms, you sure are going to love the gaming experience with this monitor.

  1. Asus VG245H

  • Panel size: 24 inches
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Refresh rate: 144 Hz
  • Response rate: 1ms
  • Panel type: TN
  • Price: $279.00

This monitor wins the best budget monitor award hands down. The size is quite small compared to other panels mentioned in the list, however, the monitor has several features including FreeSync. Remember gaming nirvana? Yes, this monitor has a response rate of 1ms and refresh rate of 144Hz.

 

What more do you want? That’s it for this article. That was our list of the best budget monitors you can get for gaming. Now you are the judge. Choose the one according to your needs and preferences. Do you think you have everything you need to get a perfect gaming experience, well you could be wrong. We have a list of some must-have PC gaming accessories that will turn your gaming experience up a notch.

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