How To Choose The Right Monitor

Choosing a monitor for work or pleasure can be work in itself. However, these tips have been created to help make things easier.

How Big Should It Be?


There is no right answer to this question. The size you choose depends a lot on what you like the best. Your budget also factors in; larger screens cost more money. Big monitors can be very expensive, particularly if they are well-made and have good specifications.


In addition, before you choose a gaming monitor, you need to think about your gaming system. Is it fairly new and/or powerful? If you want your games to look good on your big, new screen, you have to have powerful hardware to go along with it.


Typically, gamers or designers are pleased with a screen size of about 23 inches. It is big enough to see well and for multiple people to crowd around and play. However, 27 inches is truly impressive, and more gamers are going for that size of late. Keep in mind that once you purchase a big screen, it is not easy to play on a smaller screen.


What’s The Right Resolution?


This question is a little easier to answer than the previous one regarding the best monitor size. You need to have a resolution of at least 1080p or 1920 x 1080. It is rare to find a monitor that does not have these specs, but always pay attention to what you are buying. You can also get something a little better if you decide to go with a Quad-HD or 1440p. This resolution is normally available on monitors that are bigger than 24 inches. You must have good hardware if you purchase this option.


Finally, you can get a 4K resolution, although your PC will need even more power in order for this purchase to pay off. In addition, 4K monitors are very expensive, and not everyone has the ability to purchase them. Finally, you have to have the right graphic card as well if you decide on a 4K resolution.


Is The Refresh Rate Important?


You should pay attention to the refresh rate. This is different than the response rate; when you have a high refresh rate, you don’t have to worry about graphical tearing while you enjoy higher frame rates. That is a very real issue if something doesn’t match up between your screen’s refresh rate and the frame rate of your graphic card.


A typical monitor has a refresh rate of 60 Hz. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, you will be okay with that. However, if your budget is higher, and you truly want to splash out and enjoy your gaming, you can go for 120 Hz or even 144 Hz.


Keep in mind, though, that there is nothing wrong with 60 Hz. You can definitely tell a difference between that and 120 Hz, but your game won’t necessarily be slow. In that case, it comes down to your response rate. However, if you are able to get at least 120 Hz, you will be thrilled!


Which Is Better: LCD Or LED?


LCD and LED monitors are very similar. The difference is that LED monitors have LED backlighting, which is beneficial in that the display is often sharper and brighter. In addition, the screen is not as thick and the monitor does not use as much power.


Because of these advantages, LED monitors are more expensive. However, if it is important to you that you only have the best, go with an LED product. You’ll find a lot of options on the market.


What Can The Contrast Ratio Tell Me?


If you want to know what your picture quality is going to be like, pay attention to the contrast ratio. If the number is large, the picture quality should be good.


However, contrast ratio can be misleading when it comes to image quality, so it should not be the only specification that you pay attention to when you are trying to decide between monitors.


How Does The Viewing Angle Come Into Play?


If you do not look at your LCD monitor straight on, your picture quality may not be as good. The colors could be off, for example, and the picture might not be as bright. If your angle is fairly extreme, you may not be able to see anything. Therefore, when looking at the specifications, the viewing angle lets you know at what angle you can look at the screen and still be able to see well.


As a gamer, the viewing angle isn’t a big deal, because you should be playing right in front of the screen. However, if you are going to use your monitor in other ways, the viewing angle may be important.

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