Monitor Buying Guide – How to Choose the Right Model

Even the best components on your desktop computer would mean nothing if you connected to a monitor that is not of good quality. Whether you are playing games, processing photos and videos, or just surfing the internet, you need to find the right monitor for your needs. The choice is excellent, the specification is a lot, so without too much fuss, we start with tips on choosing the best monitor.

Table of contents:

 Screen size

What diagonal the monitor should have depends on personal preferences and what you will use it.
24 “monitors will suit most users. This size is ideal for everyday use (surfing the web, watching movies, using MS Office packages, etc.).
We do not recommend buying a monitor smaller than 24″ unless you are drastically short of space on your desktop.
The choice is excellent for those who want more than 24 “. 27” monitors are top-rated, and there are a handful of affordable options above 30 “if you’re going to avoid a combination of two monitors.
All larger models are recommended for media or graphics professionals, developers, and hardcore gamers.

Resolution

Resolution is the number of dots, i.e., pixels that create an image on the screen. In other words, the resolution takes care of the sharpness of the picture. While the rule of thumb is that the higher the resolution, the higher the resolution doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have a better experience. For example, too high a resolution on a screen that is too small means that everything will be tiny and that you will have to enlarge the image to enjoy the computer. These are the types of resolutions on the monitor and examples of which situations are best:
Full HD (1080p) is the standard, i.e., the best choice if you want a beautiful picture and have a smaller budget. This resolution looks best on monitors between 21 and 27 inches.
Quad HD (1440p) is a popular resolution among gamers because it looks better than FHD resolution and, at the same time, does not require too much power from the graphics card. It looks great on monitors between 27 and 32 inches.
4K / UHD (2160p) monitors are significantly cheaper today than a few years ago. If you buy a 4K monitor for gaming and photo and video editing, know that you will need compelling graphics to boot at this resolution. If you are able, be sure to choose a 4K monitor. But you have no reason to worry if you are not.
5K and more will not meet anyone’s needs drastically more than 4K and other resolutions. If you want the best of the best and you can pay for it, go ahead. But you don’t miss too much here if you can’t. 

 



Panel type

The type of panel the monitor makes drastically affects how the image looks. There are three LCD technologies found in modern monitors: TN (twisted nematic), VA (vertical alignment), and IPS (in-plane switching). Each has its advantages and disadvantages so that each user can choose the best for their needs.
• TN is the most common type of panel on monitors and a kind of best buy. It is characterized by a beautiful image and fast response time, so it is a popular choice among gamers. Sometimes colors can look washed out, and viewing angles can be poor. Monitors with TN panels are usually cheaper than others.
• You will also find VA panels under the names MVA and PVA. They have slightly better colors, viewing angles, and color contrast compared to TN panels. They are a bit more expensive and have a longer response time. A monitor with a VA panel is a good choice if you need a monitor for everything.
• Monitors with IPS panels are the most expensive, but you will get richer colors and better viewing angles. Although there are IPS monitors for gaming, as a rule, they have a terrible response time and are therefore not a good choice for gaming. It will be great for professionals in editing pictures and videos.
You will find more details in our article on the types of panels on monitors and which one to choose.

LCD or LED

All LED monitors are LCD, but not all LCD monitors are LED. Both types of monitors use liquid crystal technology to reproduce the image but differ in how they illuminate the screen.
LED monitors use diodes that can illuminate certain screen parts brighter than others. This allows for higher contrast, better image quality, and a thinner design.

LCD monitors evenly illuminate the entire screen, making them useful during long-term use, e.g., in an office environment, because the eyes are less tired. LCD monitors are also cheaper than LED monitors.
LED monitors are better and last longer, but if you don’t need them for professional or gaming purposes or have a limited budget, don’t hesitate to buy an LCD monitor. Most of the monitors we use today are just that type. 

Contrast

Contrast tells you how dark or bright the screen can be. The higher the difference, the better because the monitor will display more colors, and the image will look more realistic. As a rule, VA panels have 3-5 higher contrast than IPS and TN panels.
Note this: there is dynamic and static contrast. Manufacturers like to emphasize the dynamic contrast, which as a rule, serves only to “pump” the features. Static contrast is the only important thing. Make sure it’s above 1000: 1.

Point of view

The viewing angle on the monitor is not as critical as on the TV. However, if you want to watch movies and other videos on your monitor, keep the viewing angle as large as possible, especially if more people watch the screen.
Viewing angle is the maximum angular distance at which colors and brightness do not change, i.e., remain the same as when you look in the middle of the screen. If the viewing angle is 180 °, there is no difference in the viewing position.
If this is an essential specification for you, ensure that the viewing angle exceeds 170 °.

Response time

This specification tells you how fast the monitor needs to change the color of individual pixels from black to white or from one shade of gray to another. Low response time is required for videos, games, and similar content to look good. Some monitors have a response time of only a few milliseconds. Quiet response time is typical for monitors with TN panels.
Anything below 10 ms will be an excellent choice for the average user. You will perform all tasks smoothly, and even playing games will be just fine.
More severe gamers should ensure that the response time is up to 5 ms.

Image refresh

Refresh rate tells us how many times the image is refreshed in one second and is measured in hertz. The higher that number, the more dynamic the picture. If the monitor has too low a refresh rate, the TV appears—ghost effect.

 

60Hz is the minimum for a good monitor. If you’re a gamer, you want at least twice the number. The difference between a 60Hz monitor and a 120 or 144 Hz monitor is visible, so we recommend choosing a 120-144Hz monitor. Much faster image refresh brings an extra dose of reality to the content.

Additional connections

The most common connections on modern monitors are HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C, and Thunderbolt. When buying, pay attention to the connector generation for the monitor to connect to the desired device successfully. Some of the older ports you won’t see often are VGA and DVI.
• You will find HDMI on the vast majority of monitors. It transmits video and audio signals and is excellent for sharing high-quality content from computers, consoles, Blu-rays, and similar devices.
• DisplayPort is the best choice for high resolution and frames per second. Like HDMI, it transmits video and audio signals. But unlike HDMI, which limits the 4K motion to 30 fps, the Display Port raises it to 60 fps.

Adjustability

For the monitor to gain multifunctionality, pay attention to its adjustability. There are several ways you can adjust the monitor.
• Height adjustment can be a great thing for personal preferences. Some eyes react better flush with the screen, some when the screen is a little lower, and some higher. With height adjustment, you find the ideal position just for yourself.
• Pivot ensures that You can rotate the screen 90 ° to a vertical position (portrait). This feature is essential for people who use vertical orientation content (reading pdf, contracts, books, etc.) because it allows them to ‘scroll’ and scrolls more minor on the screen.
• Swivel-adjustable monitors have a head that can be rotated left or right. This option allows you to share the content from the monitor with other people in the room quite quickly. The great thing, for example, is showing content to other colleagues in the office.
• With the help of tilt, i.e., tilting the monitor inwards or outwards can change the angle of view and thus create a more comfortable position that will strain your eyes less.

 

To make the most of all the monitor’s features, make sure you adjust it according to the above criteria.
G-Sync or FreeSync?

If you buy a gaming monitor, you will come across these two specifications. Monitors with the G-Sync option are intended for computers with Nvidia graphics cards, while FreeSync on the monitor is an option for computers with AMD graphics cards. These technologies allow the image refresh rate on the monitor to be synchronized with the speed at which the graphics card displays each thumbnail of the video being rotated. This means that there is no delay in generating the image, i.e., there is no jitter of the picture.
G-Sync monitors are usually a bit more expensive. In addition, G-Sync requires DisplayPort, while FreeSync works with both HDMI and sS DisplayPort.
Both technologies work very similarly, so it is difficult to say which is better. It should match the graphic you are using. If you buy a monitor before pictures, other specifications such as refresh rate, resolution, and response time are more critical than Sync technologies.

Curved screen monitors differ in specifications from ordinary monitors only in that they can provide a slightly different visual experience.


It’s easier to immerse yourself in content with a curved screen monitor. This will be especially evident in, e.g., video games in which cars race. This option is most often found on monitors above 30 “. In addition, a curved monitor is less tiring because it makes it easier for your eyes to follow the contents from one end of the monitor to the other.
Curving the screen on smaller diagonals doesn’t do much practical use, but it’s the real thing on larger monitors. But with this option, the price of the monitor also increases.

Conclusion

Whether you connect it to a dangerous desktop machine or a cheap laptop, the monitor dramatically affects how the image will look. That is why it is worth investing in a good monitor, whether you use it for gaming, work, or everything a little.
How to save? Study well what specifications you need. The ultra-wide curved screen monitor looks phenomenal, but if you’re going to check your emails and shop online, we’re sure you’ll find more valuable things to spend a few thousand bucks on and buy a smaller monitor instead that will better fit the task.
Once you’ve decided which monitor to buy, don’t forget to look at the offer on Amazon.