Purchasing a New Monitor
As we are aware 4K Technology is making a steady entrance into computer monitors, but a few such displays are starting to emerge. By doing some research the monitors are very expensive and still have a few inadequacies that prevent it from living up to the full potential of 4K. For graphic professionals looking for a monitor that can show the finest detail, paying the price may be justified
So if you’re looking for a monitor for more everyday use, you’ll find lots of choice at fantastic prices. Finding a wide-screen, 16:9 monitor is not much of a contest. In fact, these types of monitors have all but replaced the square looking 17-inch models. Their greater width allows for much easier side-by-side page viewing as well as more viewable spreadsheet columns at once which therefore requiring less scrolling.
Prices keep falling on LCDs, even for bigger screens. You can now get a 24-inch for as little as £125. If you’re buying a monitor which is part of a new computer package, as many consumers do, you can often upgrade from the standard display to a larger one for a reasonable amount.
Here are some things to consider before you start looking to buy your new monitor.
Do you need a new monitor?
If you’re still using a CRT, it’s time for an upgrade! With low prices on flat panels it leaves little justification for staying with that space cluttering relic of the 20th century. They use less power, offer higher resolution, and include the latest ports for connecting to your computer. If you already own a flat panel, good reasons to upgrade include switching to a bigger display for more screen real estate, or a wide screen if you want to watch movies on your computer
About the only reason left for buying a CRT is if you’re a graphic artist and need the deep blacks and virtually unlimited viewing angles they provide. But you’ll have a problematic time finding one, as most manufacturers have stopped manufacturing them. For most users, an LCD is the better choice. Among the many advantages of LCDs are no flicker or glare, a sharper image, low electromagnetic emissions, reduced energy consumption, and the most clear, space efficiency.
Standard or widescreen?
Even some LCDs are on the threatened list. With wide-screen displays now the norm, only a few squarer (4:3 aspect ratio) screens remain available, mostly 17- and 19-inch models. Some offer good value, and you may even prefer that shape if horizontal space is limited or the extra vertical space better suits your needs.
Decide on a screen size
More screen real estate is always a good thing, and we mention buying the largest screen you can. So the result comes down to what fits your space and how much you want to spend. Expect to pay £70 and up for a 19- or 20-inch monitor, £80 and up for a 22-inch, and £125 and up for a 24-inch. And of course you can go even bigger starting at about £230 for a very good 27-inch monitor.