Among all the parts, it seems that we pay least attention to the monitor while purchasing a computer. Most of us seem to choose a computer monitor casually or unthinkingly, perhaps because we give more importance to the other parts such as CPU and printer.
However, it is vital to choose the right computer monitor that is actually a measurable indicator of your high performance CPU. If the monitor is not of good quality, there is no point in having a CPU with high processing speed or a hard disk with extra storage capacity. Well, I know that even you will practically agree to this fact.
Have you ever realized that choosing a computer monitor is actually a bit difficult task? This is certainly true because of the several factors affecting your choice. Because it is the most tangible part, you seriously want it to be durable for your continuous work as well as comfortable for your healthy eyes. Let us now look at the factors that you must consider while choosing a computer monitor.
Confusing Monitor Types
You can easily be confused as to which computer monitor to choose in terms of technology in use. Depending on this, there are two basic types, LCD or CRT. Although a CRT monitor due to tonal and color preciseness is the ideal choice of photographers, LCD is overcoming that preference. An LCD computer monitor offers several benefits such as zero distortions, sharp display, consistent tonal scale, flicker-free display (good for eyes), and slim design. Therefore, you can choose LCD irrespective of your use.
As per the size, you have standard and widescreen computer monitors. The former is square in shape, while the latter with more aspect ratio is rectangular. Choose a widescreen monitor if your major purpose is to surf the Internet.
Screen Resolution Diversity
It is necessary to choose the right resolution of a monitor so that you can enjoy sharp display. The logic is that a high resolution features more screen pixels due to which the display is even and smooth. Choosing a big computer monitor is essential in this case; but if you are on budget, some smaller monitors luckily do offer higher resolutions. A monitor of 19-22 inch mostly offers a resolution of 1680 x1050, while a 30-inch one ensures a resolution of 2560 x 1600. Until now, you must have recognized the fact that resolution determines the required screen size. Apart from that, do also consider the budget and desk space for choosing the screen size.
Discreet Response Time
This refers to the rate at which a computer monitor refreshes its display. Experts recommend choosing a monitor with lower response of 2 to 3 milliseconds or else the motion can be unclear.
Discriminating Contrast Ratio
A high contrast ratio means a better look with light colors looking lighter and dark colors appearing darker. Even for this factor, bigger monitors are preferable; but a few smaller screens also offer high contrast ratio fortunately for budget buffs. Further, choose static contrast ratio instead of the dynamic one because the latter supports value inflation, which can disguise the real display power.
Sundry Connection Ports
Apart from the standard VGA input, you might also require HDMI or DVI port if you want to hook up new DVD players or Blu-Ray.