Buying the right monitor includes reading endless forums and reviews that look more like advertisements. Visiting a store means that you will look at a wall with 50 different monitors that look all dazzlingly similar, which adds even more confusion. Read this article and clarify the tasks for which you need a monitor to make the right choice.
While most of us happily spend thousands of rubles on upgrading the RAM or a new video card, we usually tend not to notice some of the equipment that is equally important. The characteristics of your computer may be the best, but how good are they really, in the absence of a cheap gaming monitor?
Buy the right monitor
LCD monitors with their color calibration equipment and software have long won the market, displacing plasma and CRT monitors. Moreover, they are also energy efficient. Here is a list of things you should keep in mind when buying a monitor. So, the first question to be solved is to choose an extension of the monitor screen that is perfect for you.
Screen resolution has an important role in the footage. Each monitor has a pre-installed extension that gives you the best view. If you reduce the resolution to its given value, all you get is a blurred version. A standard 19-inch monitor, as a rule, has a resolution of 1280×1024 pixels, while a wider 22-inch monitor will support 1680×1050. Larger models, such as 30-inch or larger, will support 2560×1600 pixels.
The next thing you should consider is the viewing angle. If only one person is watching the monitor, this item can be skipped, but if you have several viewers, the viewing angle becomes very important. With a viewing angle of 170 degrees, a person looking at the monitor from any angle will get a clear view.
The contrast ratio determines the color saturation of your screen. The contrast ratio measures the difference between bright and dark pixels on the screen; higher contrast will give you a richer image, in terms of color. A 1000: 1 ratio will be enough for a home monitor.
Monitor management is something that we can overlook when buying; not realizing its importance. Yes, I mean those buttons that allow you to mess around with colors, contrast, brightness, menus, and even volume on models with speakers. Easy access to these items and their user friendliness should be tested before making a purchase.
Size and adjustment
Size is another important aspect. You obviously keep your desktop ergonomic, and refrain from buying a large monitor if it does not fit ergonomically on your desk. You need to pay attention to the width of your table, i.e. the distance from which you will look at it. Also, check if it has height and turn adjustments, as these are useful additions.
There is such a thing, called the response time, and it says a lot about picture quality. Response time refers to the speed at which pixels on the screen react to changes. Monitors with low response time will give you a blurred image or leave a mark. If you work only with a browser, it will not affect the image quality in any way, but the difference will be obvious when you watch a video or movie. For ordinary users, the speed of 16 ms should be fine, while for multimedia users, 12 ms is the norm. Gamers are usually content with 8 milliseconds or less.
Some of you may have digital output video cards, so make sure you choose a monitor that has DVI Input (the latest models today have Display ports). Digital monitors have a standard VGA connection. Film lovers should watch the composite inputs that allow them to connect their DVD. HD content is everywhere, so you get a lot of models with HDMI connectors. Also consider the USB port.
Warranty and support
Never make a mistake by ignoring the terms and conditions of the warranty when making a purchase. While the one-year warranty period remains the norm for small models, the top versions usually cover up to three years. Make sure the brand you choose offers adequate customer support.