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Computer Monitor Buying Guide – 2017

Monitor is not another general electronic device like others. It acts as a communication between a human and a machine. Since the introduction of Cathode Ray Tubes monitors, monitors have witnessed a long technical evolution.

Nowadays, 4K ultra fine resolution monitors have covered the market. If you are considering to buy a monitor for yourself, and don’t want to fall prey to the marketing gimmicks then you need to be clear on your usage, priorities and budget.

Let us help you decide how to choose your next monitor

Ask yourself – Do you REALLY need a new monitor?

This is a crucial question. Because many times we think that it is our need but in reality it is just our wish to upgrade to a new shiny thing.

I am sure you don’t own a CRT monitor, so how to decide if you should buy a new monitor?

A good reason to upgrade to a new mentor if your current monitor doesn’t have USB ports, in-built speakers, wider screen, bigger display and now you need these features as they are your important requirements then you definitely deserve a new computer monitor.

For most people, an LED monitor would be a good choice. Advantages of LED are flicker free images, sharper image than LCD, slim, light and thin. LCD computer monitors are being outdated and I won’t recommend you to go for an LCD display.

Which Monitor would be Ideal for me?

Don’t want to get into natty gritty things? – well, if you don’t want to undergo into technical aspects, and your usage just comprises school work, and surfing sites then I’d recommend you a 4k resolution that uses an IPS panel which will cost you around 500$.

If you find it to be little expensive then go for a 24-inch model with 1,920×1, 080 Full High Definition (FHD) resolution that would save you 150$.

If you are a gamer, you need a monitor that matches your graphic card and comes with the response time of 5 milliseconds or less.

If you are a graphic designer and want fine details of colour, you would need a monitor that has colour gamut larger than sRGB

Screen Size and Display

Screen Size

17 and 19-inch computer monitors suffice the demand of most users. But another aspect to keep in mind before deciding upon a particular screen size is the available space and your budget.

Buying a bigger screen monitor is a delight to work upon and if your pockets allows then you can get a very good 27-inch monitor at around 400$-500$.

Curved or Flat screen

Curved screen are a new rage. You can see the entire screen without moving your head much. Like in below image, a 34-inch curved monitor has 21:9 aspect ratio.


HP Envy 34-inch curved monitor with 21:9 aspect ratio

In simple words, it means that they are wider and shorter than flat screen monitors of the same size and videos gets pillar boxed (an effect that occurs when black bars are placed on the sides of the image).

There are many more features like resolution, contrast, brightness that needs to be considered. However, for most users, almost all LED monitors are identical in these parameters.

There are also some rings and bells associated with monitors like 3D, touch screen. Again, it all depends on your needs and budget.