For many of us, our computer monitor is something we make use of – and stare at – for hours and hours on a daily basis. Therefore, ensuring that you have the right one(s) to meet your current needs is a must. But with tech moving so quickly, and the demands on the average monitor increasing all the time, how do you even determine what a good vs. great monitor is any more, especially if it’s going to be housed in a workplace rather than a living room?
As there the choices out there are huge, many of the things that will lead you to choose one monitor over another in 2017 will be purely personal, based on individual preference and usage needs. However, there are some basic rules of thumb to follow to help ensure you get what you need:
It’s rare that you will regret getting a monitor that’s too large (unless it won’t fit on your desk) but going too small is something that you are likely to regret. You’ll find that there are super wide-screen monitors available too, with 21:9 aspect ratio and some of them may even be curved. Does that curve really make a difference? We think so, in the case of the bigger monitors at least.
Curved monitors are the best way to make a single display wider without forcing you to sit too far back. Once you get over 27 inches if the monitor is flat you won’t be able to see all of the screen without having to move your head a lot and that literally, by the end of the workday, can be a real pain in the neck.
4K or not 4K?
If a 4K monitor is within your budget we’d say go that route every time. If it’s not, try to opt for the next best thing, one with a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is considered to be ‘super’ or ‘full’ HD and will usually be labeled as such.
Reach Out and Touch?
Touchscreen monitors have become a ‘thing’ over the last few years but they are certainly not right for everyone. If you make regular use of Windows 10 and you prefer to sit at arms length or closer to your screen you may find that touchscreen is a great choice, but if you prefer to sit further back it’s going to become inefficient and annoying within just a few days.
If you run lots of video applications, or work with image softwares a great deal then it is important that your new monitor has an image enhancement system that matches up to the capabilities of your graphics card. And in terms of truer color , it needs to have a color gamut larger than sRGB.
One last note. You can shop for almost anything online and that is certainly the case for computer monitors. However, as this is something you are going to be spending so much time with shopping for it in person really is the best idea. To truly judge a monitor, you need to touch it, see it properly and see it in action. Sometimes, people set out to purchase a monitor based on great specs only to find that whatever the numbers say the actual function does not match up in real life.
If you truly don’t have time to head out to a real store to shop and must purchase online at least make sure there is an easy and extensive return policy so that if it does turn out to be a bit of a bust you can replace it without too much hassle and expense.
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