New Release Monitors:
While you might tend to focus more on a computer itself, choosing the monitor is important too. Most monitors might seem like they offer similar things, but they have different characteristics that may or may not fulfill your needs. By considering feature, shape and size options, and by assessing your own usage, you can discover which kind of monitor is right for you.
Prioritizing the Monitor’s Features
1. Go for IPS/PLS panel technology if you’re aiming for the best overall quality.
There are three main types of panels: twisted nematic (TN), vertical
alignment (VA), and in-plane switching or plane-line switching
(IPS/PLS). All three use LCD technology and generally, the quality and
expensiveness for these options increase in this order.
- IPS/PLS is an especially good choice for photographers and graphic designers, because their color accuracy and angle viewing capabilities are top notch.
- One weakness of the IPS/PLS panel is that its refresh rates are a bit slower, which can be an issue for frequent gamers.
2. Get a higher resolution if you want a bigger screen. Typically, the bigger the display, the higher the resolution. Resolution is the number of picture elements, or pixels, that make up each image that you view on your monitor. More pixels means more detail, and more detail is needed if you’re viewing on a greater surface.
- Typical resolutions range from 1,440x900 to 2,560x2,440 and even higher, often depending on the monitor’s screen size.
3. Pay attention to refresh rate and response time if you value video.
Refresh rate is the number of times a second that the monitor can
update the image. Response time measures how fast the monitor can update
from one frame to the next. These determine how blurry and choppy or
clear and smooth videos appear on your monitor.
Choosing the Monitor’s Size and Shape
1. Buy a 22, 24, or 27 inch display for general use. This is a good default size for a screen that allows you to do and enjoy everything from typing word documents to watching movies. However, if you have the space, it’s never a bad idea to go a little larger. Display size is measured in inches and diagonally from a top corner to a bottom corner, not horizontally.
- Only consider getting a display smaller than 20 inches if you’re
very pressed for space, limited financially, or if you typically just
stick to office work
- If you only do basics on your computer, such as run-of-the-mill internet searches and typing, this may be an excessive and unnecessary feature.
- Music Producers especially benefit from having a curved screen because they can see a longer chunk of a song at any given moment.
3. Get a stand with decent adjustment options. When comparing monitors, check the capability of the stand. Aim to get one that’s strong, stable, and somewhat flexible.
- Professional-grade monitors are a great option if you need a stand that can pivot, tilt, swivel, and adjust height
Reflecting on Your Personal Usage and Purpose
1. Go middle-of-the-road or a notch above for basic use. If you mainly use your computer for work, school, and surfing the internet, still play it safe and cover your needs with at least a decent all-around monitor.
- If price isn’t much of an issue, consider getting a 27-inch flat screen with 4K (3,840x2,160) resolution that uses an IPS/PLS panel.
- A more affordable option is a slightly downgraded version of this with a 24-inch screen with 1,920x1,080 (Full HD) resolution.
- Get a monitor with a large, curved screen that has a response time of five milliseconds or less.
3. Choose a monitor with exceptional display, resolution, and panel usage for artistic projects.
If you’re a photographer or graphic designer, you’ll need the biggest
possible screen, the best possible resolution, and a monitor that uses
an IPS/PLS panel.
- Your display should be at least 27 inches and a 4K or even 5K resolution is best.
- Consider getting a second display if you frequently edit photos.