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Choosing the right monitor

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The right monitor? Surely that just means what size you want, right?

Wrong. Choosing the right monitor is like choosing the right television. In fact, it’s exactly like choosing a television. There are many factors you need to consider to ensure you get the best possible viewing experience.

Luckily for you, we’ve put together 5 things you should consider when choosing a monitor.

Purpose

Different computers are built for different purposes. This is why some people spend thousands building their perfect gaming computer! But if you’re not into gaming, then clearly you don’t need the same monitor as someone that does. With this in mind, take some time to think about what you use your screen for when reading through this article.

Size

The most obvious answer, we know! But in this case, bigger isn’t always better. You need to consider two things for this:

Firstly, consider the size of your workspace. You don’t want a monitor that takes up most of your desk, we recommend 24 to 27-inch monitors as a standard. However, if you have a large workspace to take advantage of you may want to go as large as 32-inches. If your workspace is limited, we recommend opting for the biggest monitor that you can fit.

Secondly, you may want to consider how close you’ll sit to the monitor. If you tend to sit further away, then opt for a larger screen. If you sit closer, you may find it quite eye-straining with a larger monitor. A smaller monitor, possibly even 15-inches, might be all you need.

Resolution

The resolution means how crisp the display on your screen will look. The more pixels your screen has, the higher the quality. Monitors come in a range of options regarding resolution but it can be confusing deciding which is best for your needs. Here are three options we recommend so you can see which fits your needs best!

1080p – This is an absolute minimum in terms of resolution. Any less and the quality will be very poor. Although, if you’re using your monitor for things such as emails, general browsing, and Microsoft Office, it should be absolutely fine.

2k or 1440p – This is a good middle ground. If you’re looking to get a bit more out of your display for such things as editing images, watching videos etc then we would highly suggest upgrading from a 1080p monitor to a 2k.

4k – The top end of monitor displays! If you want to get the best screen quality, then look no further. This is the variant that is very popular with most gamers. The downside to a 4k monitor though is that you will probably need to upgrade your graphics card in order to handle all of the pixels on display, which unfortunately will further add to the cost.

Refresh rates

The refresh rate of a monitor means how quickly the screen changes the pixels. The faster the refresh rate, the more natural the images on the screen will flow. Refresh rates are measured in Hertz (Hz), and a typical standard is around 120hz, meaning the screen refreshes itself 120 times per second.

You can get high rates such as 144hz, which is ideal for video editing, or even 240hz, which is ideal for gaming. However, unless you are doing either of those a standard 120hz monitor will be perfect.

Price

Generally speaking, the more money you spend, the better-quality monitor you’ll get. However, taking into account everything listed above, you may not need to spend a ton of money to get a monitor that suits your needs.

On the other hand, you may realise from the tips above that the cheaper monitors won’t suit your needs and it’s worth investing that little bit more for something that will do what you need it to.

Bonus! How many monitors?!

Thinking that you only need one screen? Well, technically you do… but think again!

The benefits of adding another screen will truly transform your work life. A dual-monitor display enhances productivity massively by allowing you to work on one screen, whilst having your emails or documents open on another. Without needing to constantly flick between pages, it’s much easier to focus.

Still undecided on a monitor? Give us a call on 03333 055 055 and let one of our experts help you choose!

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