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How to choose a monitor

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What is the difference between a normal office monitor and a gaming monitor? What is “pivot” and how large should my monitor be? The article below outlines the basics about computer monitors to help you choose the right one for you.

What is the difference between a normal office monitor and a gaming monitor? What is “pivot” and how large should my monitor be? The article below outlines the basics to help you choose the right one for you. 

How to choose a monitor
First, consider these questions
  • What purpose is my new monitor supposed to serve?
  • How much money am I willing to invest?

Types of computer monitors

Gaming monitors

Gaming Monitors

Are notable for their fast response times, providing smooth and sharp visuals even during frantic action scenes.

Monitors designed for active gamers

  • Response time under 4 ms
  • Refresh rate 60 Hz and higher
office monitors

Office Monitors

Versatile and fully suitable for home use.

Standard home and office monitors

  • For MS Office and web browsing
  • Suitable for watching movies and occasional gaming
  • Good price-quality ratio
Professional (graphic) Monitors

Professional (Graphics) Monitors

Excellent and accurate colour reproduction.

Monitors designed for graphics work

  • Wide colour gamut
  • High colour depth, generally 10-bit or higher
  • Good ergonomics (wide positioning range)
4K monitors

4K Monitors

Their very high maximum resolution provides a detailed image and large workspace.

Monitors with detailed hi-res picture

  • High max. resolution (3840 × 2160 pixels)
  • 4x larger and more detailed image than on Full HD monitors
  • Ideal for work, web browsing, watching movies, and gaming
curved screens

Curved Displays

Each point on the curved screen is in a constant viewing distance, eliminating typical colour distortion caused by different viewing angles.

Monitors with curved screens

  • Sleek and representative design
  • Reflects less ambient light
  • Ideal for work, web browsing, watching movies, and gaming
Monitors with TV tuners

TV Tuner Monitors

Monitors with in-built TV functionality.

Combine PC monitor and TV in one device

  • Equipped with loudspeakers
  • Often includes remote control
Large Format display

Large-format Displays

Designed for everyday use - 12 hours per day or more. Their display size is usually over 30".

Monitors for commercial and presentation purposes

  • Ideal for displaying ads and presentations
  • Useful at multi-shift workplaces
  • Often mounted on walls or stands
touch monitors

Touchscreen Monitors

Let you control your PC without a keyboard and mouse.

Monitors with touchscreen

  • More durable and sturdy design
  • Ideal as promotional kiosks, POS monitors, self-service systems, or even for home or office.

Glossary - Monitors

Display Size

Denotes the distance between the opposite upper and lower corners of the monitor. It is listed in inches.

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. At present, the common standard for PC monitors is Full HD (1920 × 1080 pixels).

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 as much as 200 Hz.

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. Gaming monitors generally require a response time of 4 ms or lower.

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