Few people, besides gaming enthusiasts, give a second thought to their choice of monitors when setting up a desktop computer at the office or at home. If we consider how much time we spend looking at screens every day, we will prioritise a desktop monitor that creates an enjoyable viewing experience and an ergonomic work environment.

If you have little space or a small budget, you will find plenty of affordable monitors for less than R1500 – such as the Dell 18.5” Monitor. Bigger monitors are more expensive, but put less strain on the eyes and offer a more immersive experience. If you opt for a large monitor, pay attention to the monitor’s resolution.  A monitor’s resolution indicates how many pixels a screen has along its width and length. Monitors can differ in size and still have the same resolution, in which case the smaller monitor will have a better picture quality. The more pixels a screen has, the sharper the display will be. It’s easy to end up with a poor quality display if you are trying to get the biggest monitor for your budget.

If you plan to use your monitor for gaming, make sure you choose a monitor that is fast enough. How fast a monitor is, depends on its refresh rate and response times. Refresh rate, measured in hertz (Hz) refers to how fast a monitor updates with new information and response time refers to how fast a pixel changes colours. Most good gaming monitors offer refresh rates of above 120 Hz.

If you need a screen that is easy on the eyes and contributes less to computer vision than convention screens, you need a screen that reduces harmful blue light emissions. The DELL 27″ S2721HN monitor, for example, reduces blue light emissions and has a flicker-free screen for workdays free of eye strain.

We stock a wide variety of screens in our online store, but if you need help to select the right one for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call.