How to Buy a monitor - Guide for Dummies

One of the creative things you can learn is how to buy yourself the right monitor for your PC. IT might be a work-from-home setup, for online education, or even for gaming. Choosing the right monitor is always important to make sure we do a hundred percent of what we intend to do.

If you had already started your research and came across some alien words like resolution, refresh rate, IPS, or some features like it. Give a break yourself and explore the content and know what you need to know to buy you a PC monitor.

The article is planned to take you on a tour by explaining some features followed up by suggestions based on purpose.



The resolution simply means how many pixels a monitor has in width X Height format. To put it simply, each pixel corresponds to a set of bulbs in the display. 1920 X 1080 is known as 1080P HD, which is most common nowadays. Your image gets sharper with QHD and even sharper with 4K resolution.

Size: Size matters much and has a big impact on the pixel density which in fact affects the image quality. 109 Pixel Per Inch (PPI) was found to be a better performer for human eyes. To keep a track of it you can make sure to choose the high resolution in case of a large monitor and lower resolution in case of small depending on personal needs. Refresh rate: It tells you how many times a monitor updates itself per second. The higher the number better, smoother, and less choppy the images displayed will be. Higher refresh rates are usually demanded by Gamers only ( above 75 Hz. Monitors are nowadays designed to offer 120 Hz for the purpose of gaming). If you are going to use a monitor for any other purpose other than Gaming 60 Hz will perform better for you. Response time: Time taken by a monitor to change a pixel light from Black to White is called the response time, if it’s GTG it refers from one shade of grey to another. Higher response times can cause the monitor to blur while gaming or fast-paced videos. Anything between 25-50 ms will do good for a normal purpose and for gaming the best is from 5ms to a better 25 ms. Panel Technology: VA > IPS > TN. TN monitors are the cheapest and the fastest as it delivers a poor image quality when you view it from a side angle. IPS panels have faster response time and better color compared to VA panels, but VA panels have the best contrast out of all. Brightness: Brightness also plays an important role as it affects visibility based on the environment. A monitor between 300 to 400 nits with a High Dynamic Range (HDR) performs better. Curved Monitor: Curved monitors make your experience more impressive with a large field of view and are proven to be less eye-straining. You have a chance of considering a curved screen only when your size requirement goes above 30 inches, which also makes your budget higher. Choosing Based on Purpose Gaming: GPU offers many features to enhance the visuals, but not all monitors have features to support every setting. It is recommended to have a higher refresh rate wide monitor with features that can support the GPU settings is recommended for gaming purposes. For higher performance, you might need to go with a monitor which has a response time of 5 (ms) milliseconds. Business Use: A more practical screen should be wide enough for business purposes. You might need to work with multiple screens or tabs at a time while you are at work. A monitor with an aspect ratio of 21:9 will be the best choice. You can choose the best ultra-wide monitor which allows you to have everything on the screen at the same time and also having features like a webcam and microphone built-in that will be useful for video conferencing and calls. Creative user: For creative people like editors, artists, and graphics designers the monitors are suggested to have precise color, contrast, and better temperature control features. Monitors having the advantage of saving color profiles with touch screen support adds a five start for your monitor. General Home purpose: If the purpose is not very core intensive it is recommended to have a mix of every feature depending on the personal needs and preference.

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Balaji Vannikumar

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