A PC monitor is usually used for many years, so the choice of the device must be carefully considered. Our monitor purchase advice explains what you have to pay attention to before purchasing and what exciting innovations buyers can expect soon.
The selection of the best MacbookPC monitors is large and confusing. Since they are not overtaken by technical progress as quickly as the devices connected to them, you should ask yourself a few questions before purchasing, which we will explain below.
The cheapest devices are available for less than 100 euros, but for many users, it makes perfect sense to invest a little more money. It doesn’t have to be a color-calibrated special monitor for a thousand euros, but a monitor with a built-in TV receiver or with a convenient height adjustment system may prove useful for one or the other user.
Purpose in view
Even if they all “only” display one image, there are many more differences between monitors than one might think at first glance. The planned use is therefore the decisive purchase criterion. Also, of course, financial leeway plays a decisive role.
In the sights of the bargain hunters
For everyone who prefers a low purchase price, the following applies: do not pay attention to details such as color space coverage and ergonomic feet. Nevertheless, there are a few basic things to check such as the monitor size. This is mostly divided into inches in this country, even if the corresponding conversion is usually also given in centimeters.
Most buyers today opt for a 23- to 24-inch monitor with a screen diagonal of 58.4 to 61 cm. Given the barely higher costs, 27-inch devices with a screen diagonal of almost 69 cm are increasingly popular.
A resolution of 1920×1080 pixels is common for both sizes. The advantage of the 27-inch model is the larger display of icons and fonts, but the display on the 24-inch model appears a bit sharper due to the higher pixel density.
The panel makes the difference
What even bargain hunters should pay attention to is the type of panel installed. A distinction is made here between various display technologies. For many years, TN panels (“twisted nematic”) were used almost exclusively in the entry-level area. An alternative has only been available since LG started selling inexpensive IPS panels on a large scale two years ago.
The difference: With TN devices, there are more or less pronounced color impurities if you deviate from the optimal sitting position directly in front of the screen. With IPS devices, the colors have a more stable viewing angle, so we recommend an IPS or a similar PLS device, especially if several people are sitting in front of the screen.
The interfaces of the monitor are another purchase criterion. At least one digital connection option should be available. DVI, HDMI, or display ports come into question here. We do not recommend screens that only have an analog VGA connection, as this leads to a loss of quality in the image reproduction.
Ultimately, however, it also decides which outputs the PC or notebook has that you want to connect. Even if you can’t expect high-quality sound, built-in speakers prove to be useful – even in the bargain class.
The ideal monitor in the (home) office
If you sit in front of the screen for several hours every day, you should ensure that the device is very comfortable. This property is often summarized under the keyword “ergonomics”. This includes, for example, a height adjustment. By the way, the user’s gaze should always be tilted slightly downwards. Monitors with height adjustment should therefore be aligned so that the top line of characters is below eye level.
More and more manufacturers advertise their devices with keywords such as “Flicker-Free” or “Flicker-Safe”. The reason for this is the backlight. Since energy-saving LEDs have been installed for this purpose, sensitive people have been complaining more and more about a flicker effect. The manufacturers have recognized the problem and are counteracting it through technical improvements.
You can find an overview of flicker-free monitors on the English-language site. In addition to flickering, reflections and reflections on the housing or display can also be annoying, which is why a matt and anti-reflective device is always preferable.
Monitors for players
PC gamers have slightly different priorities. Uneven illumination or poor color space coverage hardly disturbs here. It is more important to have a short reaction time, especially if you like fast-paced shooter games. TN panels usually have fast switching times, but thanks to intelligent acceleration functions (“overdrive”) there are now also game-compatible displays with VA or IPS panels that have advantages in terms of color representation.
You can’t ignore TN with TFTs with a refresh rate of 120 or 144 Hz. These display extremely fast movements smoothly and also enable the use of 3D glasses. New technologies such as G-Sync from Nvidia could soon be interesting for gamers. A module built into the monitor synchronizes the refresh rate of the screen with the computer’s GeForce graphics card.
This eliminates image disturbances such as tearing or jerking. Corresponding monitors are still rare and comparatively expensive. Here the license-free Freesync, which works without a built-in module and which is favored by AMD, could establish itself as an alternative.