If you don’t have a good monitor, anything you do on your PC will seem colorless, whether it be gaming, work or even reading. If you are not satisfied with the screen quality of your notebook, PC or desktop, you need this lesson on how to pick the perfect monitor.
Why Do You Need a Monitor?
Apart from brands, screen size is the next obvious difference in monitors. But before you go ahead and decide to buy a new monitor based on those factors alone, let’s consider why you even need one.
- Professional: if you are starting out or already established as a content creator or digital artist, you should pick a monitor that will help you produce work in the right color for use on websites or in print. Going for a lower-end monitor might affect your end products every time.
- Gaming: if you need a monitor for gaming, you must consider speed above all else. With refresh rates running up to 240Hz nowadays, you can have a buttery smooth display for a great gaming experience.
- General use: for general home or office use, you can go for monitors that don’t run heavy graphics processing. You don’t need much to utilize such monitors if most of what you do is surf web browsers and use Microsoft applications.
Quick Tips to Purchase The Right Monitor
After you determine the purpose of the monitor you want, consider the following tips.
- Resolution: higher resolution monitors mean better pictures. A Full HD or HD is a good start for minimum quality but for better images, go for 4k or QHD resolution.
- Response time: shorter response time is always better but it doesn’t really matter if you are not using your monitor for gaming. Faster response times eliminate motion blur.
- Refresh rate: bigger refresh times are better and offer cleaner, less choppy pictures. The refresh rate is extremely important for gamers and should be combined with low response time.
- Panel technologies: for image quality you should go for IPS, TN or VA. IPS monitors are faster and show colors better than VA. TA monitors are the fastest of all three but cheaper due to poor viewing angles. VA monitors might be slower, but they offer better contrast than others.
- LCD vs. LED: Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technology is cheaper but Light Emitting Diodes (LED) displays are brighter and consume lesser power. The LED technology is thinner, lighter and more portable but has a high risk of burn-in where LCD does not (burn-in is a negative effect where the last picture on-screen remains lightly even after the screen is turned off).
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- Stand or Mount: whether you will be using your monitor sitting or standing, you must consider if it is compatible with adjustable monitor stands and arms.
- Adaptive syncing: because of the annoying screen tearing problem that gamers face, you can opt for a monitor with adaptive refresh technology to solve the problem.
- Audio: you can have a monitor with in-built speakers or go with an option with ports (USB, HDMI) that can connect to compatible speakers.
- Eco-friendly: if you are concerned about your carbon footprint, go for monitors with eco-friendly badges. Many manufacturers offer power saving, organic and recyclable materials options.
- Curved: if you prefer the curved screen look, keep in mind that prices will go up and you might face a glaring problem in use. However, the wider, curved screen is said to lessen eyestrain and generally looks good.
- Ultrawide: instead of getting two monitors, you can go for an ultrawide screen that stretches both ways and provides more screen space.
- Touchscreen: it is rare to see a touchscreen monitor but the ease of use in this functionality is well worth it for several users.
- HDR: High Dynamic-Range (HDR) shows true to life colors through color-range technology. This is great for gaming and professionals alike.
By now you can see there is a lot to consider and a lot of varied options available in the world of monitors. Hopefully, you can use the information we have provided to decide what type of monitor you require and what features will serve you best. Let us know what your choice is after taking all into consideration.
Hi, I’m Matt Cupper and I am a gaming enthusiast. I would love to share my expertise with you as well as insights and news regarding the latest and the trends in the gaming world. There is always something new going on and I aim to share this with you.