The overall sales of monitors have been disappointing in 2016 since the amount of monitors that have been shipped so far in 2016 hasn’t gone up. However, the market for gaming monitors and professional monitors have increased. Monitors in these segments have experienced increased selling prices and therefore also profit margins as well. We predict that the gaming monitor market in 2017 will become increasingly popular as new gamers want to take part in eSports, such as the very popular first-person-shooter game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
As it looks right now, Asus dominates the gaming monitor market sitting at roughly 35 percent of all units sold. The second-most popular gaming monitor manufacturer is BenQ, which accounts for roughly 23 percent of all gaming displays sold worldwide. On the third place, we have Acer, which is responsible for around 18 percent of all gaming PC screens sold internationally. It also looks like the following brands will be joining the competition next year, although they already do manufacture gaming monitors:
One very popular type of gaming monitor is 144Hz monitors and by the looks of it, there will be double as many 144Hz gaming monitors sold in 2016 than in 2015. By analyzing these market trends, it looks like the sales of gaming monitors will increase even further from 1.2 million units in 2016 to 2.5 million units in 2017 and roughly 3.5 million in 2018. We sure hope that OLED monitors with high refresh rate will be available by then and with reasonable prices. Although gaming monitors account for only 1-2% of the overall volume of sold monitors out there, their share in the production value is 3% because of their high selling prices.
So which are the most popular screen sizes right now? For the mainstream market, 21.5-inches is the most popular screen size right now whereas 23-inches to 24-inches are the second most popular screen sizes. As far as gaming monitors go, 24-inch gaming monitors selling between $299-$499 account for 70 percent of the overall units sold. The second most popular screen size for gamers is 27-inches priced between $349-$899 and lastly 34-inch to 35-inch displays, such as the Acer Predator X34P.