If you are like anyone in the modern world, you likely spend a lot of time sitting at a computer, looking at a computer monitor. And if you do spend hours at a monitor, whether it is for work or play, it should be a high-quality one. For some, however, choosing the best computer monitor can be a little confusing.
When you are choosing a computer monitor there are important aspects to consider. Start by looking at the connection ports to ensure it will connect to your computer, then move on to choosing the right screen size for your needs. You should also look at the different prices of each computer monitor you are interested in in order to stick to your budget. In this article, we give some tips on what to look for in a computer monitor.
Consider Connection Type
One of the most important considerations when choosing a computer monitor is the connection type. The monitor will need to be connected to your computer, and there are different connection types to choose from. You can find out by looking at the back of your machine. The different connection types are as follows:
- Video Graphics Array (VGA): A VGA connection is usually found on older model desktop computers and laptops, but many newer options still offer it so the machine can be connected to different devices. The small connection is shaped like a trapezoid and is equipped with a blue screw-down plug. It offers only a video signal.
- Digital Visual Interface (DVI): DVI connections came after VGA connections, and are still used by some machines today. Desktop motherboards and some computer monitors still use this connection today but it is not popular with laptops due to the size of the screw-down connection. It also only offers a video signal.
- High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI): HDMI offers both audio and visual signals and can be found on many computer monitor models and televisions today. If the monitor you are interested in has built-in speakers or a headphone jack, there is no need for a separate audio connection, making it easier and more efficient to connect the monitor to your device.
Be Serious About Screen Size
The size of the computer monitor is important to consider, as this could have an effect on your budget. Larger monitors are ideal for graphics-related purposes, such as watching or editing videos or playing graphics-intensive games. For those who work a lot on their computer, a larger monitor allows for more tabs to be opened and is easier on the eyes.
You can look at the aspect ratio in order to see how large the monitor will be. Many monitors today will have a 16:9 aspect ratio, but there are some that have a 16:10 ratio. Some “ultrawide” computer monitor options are also available, ideal for gaming and multitasking. You should consider the size of the desk the computer monitor will be placed on before making a decision.
Ramped Up Resolution
The resolution of the screen is equally as important as the size of it. The resolution refers to the number of pixels that the monitor has and is shown horizontally x vertically. It helps to determine the aspect ratio of the screen and is important to think about if you are looking at a larger monitor. The more pixels for a given screen size will mean it has a sharper view.
Full HD (high definition) monitors are usually 1920x1080, which makes them clear and easy to look at. As you move up the scale of computer monitors, you will find that Ultra HD 4K monitors are 3840x2160, making for a crystal clear viewing experience. This is ideal for gamers and those who might be using their monitors on a highly regular basis, and it is better on the eye.
Remember The Refresh Rate
The refresh rate of a computer monitor describes how many times it refreshes the image on the screen, and it is measured in Hertz. The standard refresh rate is 60Hz for LCD screens and most users will not need a monitor with a refresh rate higher than this. Gamers, however, might prefer a higher refresh rate for an optimal gaming experience.
Gaming computer monitors might have a refresh rate of up to 240Hz, which makes for an extremely smooth and eye-catching experience. Once you have chosen this and the other components, you will be able to find the right computer monitor to suit your needs. We offer a full range of Dell Monitors, Asus, as well as Mecer models. You can speak to Computer Mania today to find out more about our options or you can come to your nearest branch for assistance.