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How to choose an office monitor

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Office monitors are uses for regular PC work (MS Office programs - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and others). They can also serve as all-purpose home monitors for web browsing, movies, and occasional gaming. This type offers a very good price-quality ratio.

How to choose office monitor
Pros and cons
  • Suitable for both home and office
  • Multi-purpose
  • Good price-quality ratio
  • Cheaper models have poorer picture quality

Frequently asked questions when choosing an office monitor

How large should my monitor be?

The larger the monitor, the more workspace you get. When choosing the size, consider your budget and preferences. Also take into account the amount of time you spend at the computer. If you are an occasional PC user, buy a 19" monitor or larger. If you use it daily, choose a monitor at least 22" in size.


TIP: Choose a monitor with adjustable height and eyestrain reducing technologies (Flicker Free and Low Blue Light) if you work long hours.

What resolution should I choose?

Generally, the higher the maximum resolution, the more detailed the picture and the more work or gaming space it provides. Resolution and size go hand in hand. The larger the monitor, the greater maximum resolution you need. See below for some tips on the size-resolution ratio:

Under 20" - XGA (1024 x 768 pixels) or higher
21"- 32" - Full HD (1920 × 1080 pixels) or higher

33" and larger - Full HD or 4K (3840 × 2160 pixels)

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. TN monitors have response times reaching mere 1 ms. 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.

Connectors office monitor - VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort

Office Monitors

  • Conventional monitors for home or office
  • Good price-quality ratio
office monitors

Important Parameters

diagonal screen

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. When choosing the size, consider how much time you spend at the computer.

Recommended display size:

If you are an occasional PC user, buy a 19" monitor or larger.
If you use it daily, choose a monitor at least 22" in size or larger.

Aspect Ratio

Aspect Ratio

Movies, videos, and computer games are filmed/produced in widescreen resolutions. If you are planning to use your monitor to watch/play any multimedia at all, we recommend a monitor with a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9 or 21:9. If the monitor is supposed to serve purely for office work, then for some users 4:3 may be enough.

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. Your monitor should be at least Full HD.

Listed below are the most common maximum resolutions for gaming monitors:

Resolution

Pixels

SXGA

1280 × 1024

HD Ready

1366 × 768

Full HD

1920 × 1080

WQHD

2560 × 1440

4K (Ultra HD)

3840 × 2160

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.

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.

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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