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The Best Computer Monitor Buying Guide

The Best Computer Monitor Buying Guide


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It's not easy deciding what to buy, especially when you are looking to spend a lot of money on something. Often it takes something special to make us want to part with our money. Thankfully, our collection of computer monitors is something special and is packed full of leading brands in the area of computers and television. We know that you are considering taking the leap and buying a computer monitor, so our goal is to make life easy for you and help make your decision effortless.

LCD and LED

One of the most important things to look for when buying a computer monitor is the letters LED and LCD. There is a difference between the two, and we think that it is important to know what the differences are.

Liquid-crystal display (LCD) technology was first on the scene for TVs but didn't come to computer monitors until the mid-90s. The name comes from the fact that these displays have screens that consist of two pieces of glass that house liquid in between them. From there, the screen is divided into thousands upon thousands (sometimes millions) of rows and columns, better known as pixels.

The beauty of LCD is that screens with LCD displays tend to be cheaper than LED, and they won't 'burn in' or damage your screen if left on for too long. So if you are planning on using an LCD for work, gaming, or a movie marathon, you can rest assured that our screen and screen quality are safe.

LED displays work in the same way as LCDs and even have the same liquid; the main difference is in the hardware.  Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are used in place of an LCD display's fluorescent lamps. Because of this, LED monitors are brighter and consume less power than LCD screens, ultimately boasting a lifespan of about 50,000 hours. There is a higher risk of internal burn damage if the screen is left on for too long, so don't leave it on while you're asleep or away for the day. Overall, they can be a little more expensive than LCD, but they are worth the money.

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Types of Computer Monitor

There are a few common styles of computer monitors that we feel are most common. If you are buying a monitor, it is highly likely to be one of these, so sit tight:

Gaming Monitors: The one thing that you will want to look for with a gaming monitor is speed. Gaming monitors need to be quick because they have to quickly process everything happening in-game. Some of the most modern gaming monitors can run up to 240 frames per second, which is unbelievably quick. Prices for gaming monitors can differ, but a typical gaming monitor will tend to be quite expensive just because of the high standard of hardware inside.

General Use Monitors: We are aware that the term 'general use' is quite vague, so let us break it down a little. When we say 'general use,' we mean most monitors that you would see in an office. They are flat-screened, can come between 15" and 23" in screen size, and tend to effectively run MS Office programs, web browsers, or computer programs. If you are looking to play the new Call of Duty or Fortnite, these screens are probably not the best option for you, but they are a super-safe bet for work.

Curved: Curved screens have become popular in the last 10 years, with their extended width and modern look.The main purpose of this feature has been to provide more immersion. Ultimately, these monitors can present a higher sense of depth that traditional flat-panel displays cannot. A curved screen can cost more than a flat screen but the sleek look can make it a key piece in your home office or bedroom. Just to note, they may not be suitable if you are someone who likes to work with dual screens. 

If you are still in the market for a new monitor but don't know which type would suit your lifestyle, then do not hesitate to contact your local store, where one of our store assistants would be happy to help you. Alternatively, call our online sales team, who will gladly assist over the phone!

 

FAQs

Is it better to buy a bigger monitor?

A larger monitor is generally a better purchase simply because it offers the most visual real estate, which is better for both full-screen media consumption and split-screen multitasking. A higher resolution is also better, since it allows better detail and lets you see more information in the same screen size.

What Screen size is right for me?

What monitor screen size is right for you will depend on the available space you have and what you'll be using it for. Generally speaking, to reap the most benefit from a separate screen, most people should be aiming for at least 22 inches. You can get monitors of this size for around100-120.

What style of monitor should I get for my PC?

If you're using your PC for gaming, you'll probably want a higher-end monitor that will serve as the only screen for your desktop tower. Gaming monitors tend to focus on refresh rates, colours, and resolution, as these factors are important in providing the best PC gaming experience.

 

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