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How to choose a 4K monitor

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4K monitors are notable for their ultra-high resolution (3840 × 2160 or 4096 × 2160 pixels). This means they provide a very detailed picture combined with a large screen space.

How to choose a 4K monitor
Pros and cons
  • Highly detailed image
  • Large work or gaming screen space
  • Suitable for home and office
  • Suitable for multiple purposes (always depends on model)
  • Higher price

Frequently asked questions when choosing a 4K monitor

Do I need a 4K monitor?

4K monitors can be used for normal office work (MS Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and others), gaming, graphic design, photo and video editing, advertising and presentation purposes, or even as a multi-purpose home monitor (always depends on the specific characteristics of the monitor).

Home and office

If you want to do normal office work in MS Office (Word, Excel, etc.) or need a versatile home monitor, feel free to choose any 4K model.

Gaming

If you want a gaming monitor, make sure to choose a model with a response time under 4 ms and at least 60 Hz refresh rate. This guarantees smooth, sharp images even in dynamic scenes.

Photo and video editing

Here, the colour depth is king. Choose a monitor with a colour depth of 10-bit and more to get a realistic and vivid colour gamut.

Colour depth6-bit8-bit10-bit15-bit
Number of colours your monitor can display26214416777216107374182435 184 372 088 832


Corporate use

Large-format displays are designed mainly for advertising and presentation purposes, while touchscreens are suitable as advertising kiosks, POS monitors, or self-service systems.

What panel type should I choose?

The panel type has a large impact on the overall properties of the monitor. IPS and S-IPS panels provide the most realistic colour reproduction and widest viewing angles (up to 178° horizontally and vertically). Compared to TN panel monitors, however, they are more expensive and their response times are generally worse. Monitors with PVA and MVA panels are somewhere in between when it comes to image quality and price. They have better colour reproduction and are cheaper compared to IPS and S-IPS displays.

Glossy, matte, or anti-glare coating?

Glossy screens provide the most vivid and realistic colours. The downside is that they reflect light from all around them, which means their readability becomes really poor under sunlight. In contrast, matte screens reflect almost no ambient light. Their colour reproduction is not as good and does not seem as realistic. Anti-glare coating achieves a certain compromise between glossy and matte surfaces. Anti-glare screens remain readable under sunlight and their colours are more vivid compared to matte displays.

What connectors should a monitor have?

To connect a monitor, you need to have at least one matching video connector on your PC. If not, the two devices will be incompatible.

The basic visual connector is analogue D-SUB (VGA). You can find it in older computers (or older graphics cards). Compared to other connectors, it provides inferior image quality. New computers or graphics cards generally feature digital DVI or HDMI ports, which provide a more stable image and better and more vibrant colours. The more expensive models are also being increasingly equipped with DisplayPort. It can transmit uncompressed images in very high quality.

4K monitor connectors - VGA, HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort

4K monitors

  • Monitors with large screen space
  • High-quality, detailed image
4K monitors

Important Parameters

diagonal display

Display Size

Denotes the distance between the opposite upper and lower corners of the monitor. Listed in inches. Larger displays are generally easier to read.

maximum resolution

Maximum Resolution

The number of pixels in each dimension that can be displayed on a monitor. Generally, the higher the maximum resolution, the more detailed the picture and the more work or gaming space it provides. 4K monitors have a maximum resolution of 3840 × 2160 or 4096 × 2160.

Response

Response Time

Indicates how quickly a monitor can process a computer request to change the image. Lower response time means sharper visuals during dynamic scenes. Response time is an important factor for gamers and gaming monitors generally require a response time of 4 ms or lower. For action and sports games, we recommend a monitor with a response time of 1-2 ms.

refresh rate

Refresh Rate

The number of frames per second a monitor can display. Listed in Hz. Monitors with higher refresh rates provide a smoother image and cause less eyestrain. Most modern monitors have a refresh rate of 60-75 Hz, though gaming monitors can have much more. You should choose a monitor with a refresh rate of at least 60 Hz if you want smooth picture.

viewing angles

Viewing Angles

The viewing angle is the maximum angle from which you can view images on the display without experiencing colour or contrast distortion. Larger viewing angles are obviously better. Viewing angles depend on the type of the monitor. Monitors with IPS and S-IPS panels have the best viewing angles (up to 178 degrees), while PVA and MVA displays are doing slightly worse. The smallest viewing angles are found in TN monitors.

Glossary - Monitors

Pivot

Pivot is a feature that allows you to rotate the screen 90 degrees vertically. This solution is suitable for reading long texts or websites, allowing for less scrolling and faster reading.

Colour Depth

Colour depth indicates the number of bits used for each colour component of a single pixel. It reflcts the number of colours the monitor can handle; the more bits, the more colours.

Low Blue Light

Low Blue Light technology (also known as BlueLightFilter) reduces the harmful blue light spectrum, reducing eye strain and tiredness.

Flicker-Free

Flicker Free (also known as Flicker Less) is a technology that aims to eliminate unwanted and annoying screen flicker in LCD and LED monitors. Flicker can cause eye strain and, in extreme cases, may also damage your eyesight.

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