When purchasing a monitor, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure you've made the right choice such as screen size and resolution. At first glance, shopping for a monitor can feel overwhelming because of the extensive list of specifications. But by the end of this guide, you’ll be confident enough to decide which monitor is best suited for your needs.
These monitors are popular with gamers, designers and photographers for their size and ability to provide large display areas along with the highest screen resolutions.
Native vs Maximum Resolutions
Every monitor has a fixed array of pixels and this is referred to as the Native Resolution. On the other hand, Maximum Resolution is the number of pixels the monitor can emulate electronically. It's important to note that the quality of the image produced will only be as good as the monitor's native resolution.
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)
In the world of resolutions, the higher the resolution, the better the picture quality. Screen resolution is measured in pixels – horizontal x vertical.
• HD: At 1366 x 768 pixels, the picture quality enables easy web surfing, email exchanges and basic PC activities.
• HD+: At 1600 x 900 pixels, this level of resolution easily supports gaming and viewing movies on DVD.
• Full HD: At 1920 x 1080 pixels, you can now watch Blu-Ray movies and play video games in stunning detail.
• QHD: Quad HD offers a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. This resolution delivers crisp detail and sharp text. It is best suited for professional graphics, photography and editing, as well as high-definition games and movies.
• 4K Ultra HD: 3840 x 2160 resolution equates to quadruple the pixel size of Full HD, offering vibrant colors and lifelike imagery.
Most modern LCD monitors are widescreen and offer either a 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio. But if you're looking for a more cinematic experience, we suggest an Ultrawide Monitor as they offer a 21:9 aspect ratio. The wider aspect ratio makes tackling multiple tasks, simultaneously, that much easier. Ultrawide monitors are also very popular with gamers because they offer an unparalleled viewing experience.
The monitor is capable of displaying 3D images. Additional hardware needed to produce 3D images sold separately.
The refresh rate (measured in Hertz) is defined by the number of times, in a second, that a display’s image is redrawn or refreshed. A higher refresh rate is extremely useful for gaming, as it means the monitor is truly capable of rendering individual frames beyond the 60 frames per second (fps) standard.
For LCD displays, this is the amount of time it takes, in milliseconds, for a pixel to go from active black to inactive white. Higher rates (9 ms and up) can cause ghosting, motion blur and “smearing” of text. Gamers and Multimedia professionals should seek a monitor with a response time of 5 ms or less.
Adaptive Sync Technology
Also known as frame syncing, eliminates screen tearing, stuttering and judder through dynamic adjustment of a monitor’s vertical refresh rate to match that of the graphics card. The end result is a much smoother experience when enjoying your favorite game or movie.
There are several connection port options that can be used to connect your monitor to your computer, HDTV, and other electronic devices. Make sure to check the monitor’s ports to confirm what your available options are with that specific monitor.
Below is a list of the most commonly used ports:
VGA(Video Graphics Array) - A VGA port or cable uses an analog 15-pin connector. While VGA can technically output Full HD (1920 x 1080), its weakness is that it’s an analog connection. So as the resolution increases, you will notice a decrease in image quality as the signal is converted from analog to digital.
DVI(Digital Visual interface) - Another common connection port included in computer monitors. It is very similar to that of an HDMI port with one exception, it generally does not transmit audio. Single-Link DVI supports up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz while Dual-Link DVI supports up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz.
HDMI(High-Definition Multimedia Interface) - HDMI ports and cables allow you to transmit audio as well as video. HDMI connections also reduce the amount of cables and clutter.
HDMI 1.2 - capable of 1920 x 1200p @ 60Hz
HDMI 1.3 - capable of 2560 x 1600p @ 60Hz
HDMI 1.4 - capable of 4096 x 2160p (4K Resolution) @ 30Hz
HDMI 2.0 - capable of 4096 x 2160p (4K Resolution) @ 60Hz
DisplayPort - As DisplayPorts allow the transfer of more information per second, they are a great choice for audio/visual connections.
DisplayPort 1.2 - capable of 3840 x 2160 (4K Resolution) @ 60 Hz
DisplayPort 1.3 - capable of 7680 x 4320 (8K Resolution) @ 30Hz; or 4K @ 120Hz
DisplayPort 1.4 - capable of 7680 x 4320 (8K Resolution) @ 60Hz; or 4K @ 120Hz
Now that you’ve read about our wide range of monitors, you can browse our assortment with confidence, knowing you have the information you need to choose the right one. Also, consider these essential accessories that are a must have for your new monitor.
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