Choosing A Monitor

These days, it’s not uncommon for most people to spend a large portion of their day looking at a computer screen – so it’s worth investing time in choosing the right monitor for you. Here’s what you need to consider when buying a new monitor.

Back to Basics

Before you determine the type of monitor you need, there are other important factors to consider…

Budget

Monitors are priced according to size, type and the varying features – and you get what you pay for. So first it’s important to work out how much you can realistically spend as well as what features you want and need from your monitor. From there, it’s a balancing act to find the best one for you.

  • Budget monitors offer adequate performance if you’re using them for entertainment. They’re not suitable for tasks requiring colour accuracy though. While they often don’t come with height-adjustable stands or USB ports, they offer brightness that requires little power thanks to the LED back-lighting.
  • High-end monitors are better suited to photographers and graphic designers who require advanced software and hardware for image manipulation purposes. They also come with a wealth of extras including USB ports and height-adjustable stands.
Samsung HDMI DisplayPort USB 3.0 LED Monitor
Samsung HDMI DisplayPort USB 3.0 LED Monitor, shop.bt.com

Screen Size

Generally speaking, the bigger the screen the more expensive it is. While you may think you need a larger screen, consider whether you have enough desk space. You should also think about what you’ll be mainly using it for – if you’re planning on watching a lot of videos or playing games, a larger screen can be beneficial.

ViewSonic 23.6" LED Monitor
ViewSonic 23.6″ LED Monitor, shop.bt.com

Pixel Response Rate

Pixel response rate calculates the time taken (in milliseconds) for a pixel to change to white from black. A fast pixel response rate indicates that the monitor is capable of displaying moving images without blurring. Gamers should opt for monitors with 1-millisecond pixel response with a low lag time to get the most out of the experience. For the majority of users however, it won’t be that noticeable.

Asus 1920x1080 1ms LED Monitor
Asus 1920×1080 1ms LED Monitor, shop.bt.com

Resolution

The resolution relates to the number of pixels displayed vertically and horizontally by a monitor. Monitors with a high resolution can display more information on the screen. Monitors with a 1920 by 1080p resolution are popular and known as full HD – this is ideal for most users. If you need to view highly-detailed images, you may want to consider a monitor with a resolution of 3840 by 2160; referred to as Ultra HD or 4K.

ASUS IPS LED Monitor 4K
ASUS IPS LED Monitor 4K, shop.bt.com

Types of Monitors

Once you’ve determined the above factors, you’ll be able to get a clear idea of what type of monitor is best suited to your needs:

Budget Display

If you’re only intending to use your computer for basic tasks such as sending emails, creating Word documents and browsing the web then a budget display is ideal. Well-suited to those with less money to spend on a monitor, you’ll benefit from everything you need without having to pay for unnecessary extras such as card readers, USB ports and in-built webcams.

Multimedia Display

Offering good all-round performance, you’ll need a multimedia display for creating and editing home video and photo projects. Other features include built-in webcams so you can have video calls with friends and family, as well as capture photos to send via email.

Gaming Display

For serious gamers, there’s nothing better than a gaming display. Boasting fast pixel response rates, these monitors have no problem displaying fast moving images without blurring – just what you need when your victory relies on super quick reflexes. Gaming displays also come with digital video inputs, allowing you to connect your gaming consoles. Quality audio adds to the gaming experience so opt for a monitor that comes with a powerful speaker system and a subwoofer for a truly immersive experience.

Now you know which type of monitor you need, what are you waiting for? Browse the range at BT Shop today.

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