Choosing the Perfect Monitor, Factors, Features and Specs to Look For, Page 2

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The days of displays that are good for one thing and one thing only are long gone, as more and more monitor manufacturers pack their products with tons of features for excellent performance. As technology develops, more models arrive offering tons of great things, not just in aesthetics, and extra features, but more importantly in performance. Some even come up with lots of bells and whistles.

The NEC MultiSync E232WMT for example, combines stylish aesthetics with solid performance. It’s a 23-inch mid-sized display with excellent user-friendliness and responsiveness, which can easily make anyone’s workstation more efficient for any computing task. It has lots of upsides; it looks sharp and elegant on anyone’s work desk, while its display is good for most types of computing use. The 10-point capacitive touchscreen system is such a breeze to use, while the accurate colors and good gray-scale performance makes stunning images and videos. The bezel-free design is not just good for swiping and touchscreen gestures, but can also be a great design for dual monitor setup, as you can sit two of these monitors side-by-side nicely.

Acer K272HUL is another solid-performer, a 27-inch IPS-based display that offers 2560x1440 resolution, a WQHD (Wide Quad High-Definition) performance with a below $500 price tag, and many consider it as a bargain. It’s a great option for anyone looking for feature-packed display with professional-grade design. It provides excellent performance on a tight budget.


Screen Size

One of the first few things that will come into your mind when deciding to purchase a new display is the size of the screen. Maybe you want the widescreen 27-inch displays for your big desk, or maybe you want to mid-sized monitors of 21-inch size and sit them together side-by-side and make a dual monitor or even multiple monitor setup.

Here are the different monitor screen sizes available in the market today, and how they actually work.


17 to 20-inch

Most small computer monitors (17-inch), usually works in 4:3 aspect ratio, which in today’s standards, can’t always fit the needs of most users, especially those who have grown accustomed to widescreen monitors. 19-inch screens are typically considered as widescreen, as it works in 16:10 aspect ratio. Unfortunately for monitors of this size and aspect ratio, they don’t usually bring enough resolution, as they usually end at 1366x768 pixel limit. The 20-inch monitors works at 16:9 aspect ratio, and at 1600x900 pixel resolution. Monitors of this size don’t usually have the sharpest resolution, but at least their HD (720p) performance is more than good enough for movies, as they work with more natural aspect ratio. Prices of this monitors is usually at $100 to $350 range.


21.5 to 23-inch

Monitors with 21.5 to 22-inch screen size are the smallest batch of displays with 1920x1080 resolution. Many brands and models of this size has more useful connections compared to the smaller ones, such as HDMI and DisplayPort, Prizes range from $130 to $500, depending on the panel technology used, which we will talk about later in this entry.

BenQ RL2240HE is quite an impressive display for its size (21.5-inch). Unlike many mid-sized monitors in the market out there that only provide fast response time and input lag, this one gives importance to color accuracy and deeper blacks. It’s a cheap gaming display without the bells and whistles, but does the job right.



24-inch monitors have their own class, as they are the only monitors in the market that works on both 1920x1080 and 1920x1200 pixel resolution. Prices of better models (those with at least IPS panels) range from $300 to $700, and in some extreme cases, up to a whopping $2500.

Computer games paved the road for the development of different computer hardware. In the past couple of years, we have witnessed 3D enhancements, which became the biggest buzz in the world of gaming. BenQ XL2420Z, which is a revamped version of XL2420TV, is a good example of mid-sized gaming display has a lot of features to live up the hype of gaming 3D monitors.   


27 to 30-inch

27-inch screens are fully capable of displaying at 1920x1080 and 2560x1440 pixel resolution. Affordable options can have a price tag of $250 (they can be considered cheap, considering their size and features), while higher end models can have a price tag of up to $1000, which usually come with extreme definition versions.

Viewsonic for example, has established itself to be a brand for serious computer professionals. One of its newest additions is the Viewsonic VP2772, and it’s widely considered to be the best 27-inch monitor today. The high-performance LED equipped in this product offers 2560x1440 native ultra-high resolution. It is four times the standard 720p resolution we have in the past couple of years and 1.8x better than Full HD 1080p resolution. This enables the monitor to display clearer and more stunning picture quality. 

It’s a well-equipped device; outstanding performance, professional quality, and reasonable price tag. It undeniably gives the best bung for your buck. A perfect tool for professional graphic designers, as it flawlessly interprets designs in detailed colors.

30-inch displays on the other hand, typically runs at 2560x1600 pixel resolution, with a price range of $1100 to a whopping $3000. However, the development in computer display technology and extreme definition 27-inch displays, 30-inch screens are having a difficult time justifying their expensive prices.

The Acer B296CL is a 29-inch display with 21:9 aspect ratio, and packed with hardware features great for multimedia and convenient use.

It’s a well-engineered and well-equipped display that delivers rich colors, great color accuracy and grayscale performance, well-finished and an eye-catcher in anyone’s desk. It is fairly priced, flexible and offers more room for more versatile setup, thanks to generous set of connectivity options.

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