When choosing a monitor, first consider what you will use it for.
Monitors for Office or Home Use
If you know you will be spending a lot of time in front of the monitor, choose a model with an adjustable height and technology that minimises eye fatigue (Flicker-free, Flicker-safe, etc.). Otherwise, a basic office monitor will be sufficient for your needs.
With gaming monitors, response times and refresh rates are critical criteria. Gaming enthusiasts often choose monitors with a 4ms response time or less and refresh rates of at least 60Hz, which provide smooth and sharp images even during fast action scenes.
Professional Graphics Monitors
When working with photos, videos, and CAD software, monitors with at least 10-bit colour depth are recommended. The graphics display should have a wide colour gamut and wide viewing angles.
For advertising kiosks, self-service checkouts or monitor systems, touch screen monitors are suitable as they allow the computer to be controlled without the use of a keyboard or mouse.
What else should I look for when choosing a monitor?
The larger the monitor you choose, the higher the resolution should be. With a higher resolution, you get a more detailed picture and a larger workspace.
Screen Size (1" = 2.54cm)
33" and larger
Resolution needed to ensure adequate image quality
XGA (1024x768 pixels) or higher
Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) or higher
Full HD/4K (3840×2160 pixels) or higher
20" Monitors - ideal for places where you cannot have a bigger monitor; can also be used for information displays.
21"- 22"Monitors- regular or smaller size monitors that are suitable for home use and watching TV shows. The main advantage is the lower price.
23"- 24" Monitors - the most popular size for home and work use. It offers a trade-off between a larger work display and free space on a table.
25"- 27" Monitors - Displays suitable for work when you have some extra space. The player's larger screen size helps with focus while working, and it allows you to take in more detail without moving your head.
28"- 32" Monitors - These are larger screens and are designed to work with graphics, CAD and video editors. With the larger display, it's easier to arrange the work surface and efficiently use various tools.
33" Monitors and larger - large-format monitors are suitable for long distance viewing and working with graphics editors and video editing. They take up a lot of space, but one LCD panel of this size can also replace a pair of smaller monitors.
IPS/S-IPS monitors - excel in natural colours, low power consumption and wide viewing angles. The disadvantage is a higher purchase price.
TNmonitors - often characterised by low response times. Compared with IPS monitors, they are cheaper, offer lower-quality colour reproduction and narrower viewing angles. While cheaper TN monitors are the sufficient for less demanding users, models with 4ms response times are popular with gamers.
MVA/PVAmonitors - in terms of price and picture quality, these are somewhere between IPS/S-IPS and TN monitors. They provide more realistic colour reproduction and wider viewing angles than TN monitors and are cheaper than IPS monitors.
Matte - reflects little ambient light; provides less-saturated colour reproduction.
Glossy - provides vibrant and realistic colours but reflects much more ambient light making the display hard to see in bright sunlight.
Anti-glare - a compromise between glossy and matte screens; they are easier to view in direct sunlight than glossy screens but offer lower quality colour reproduction.
Before buying, make sure the monitor has at the least one compatible port with your computer. If not, You Will Not Be Able to connect the monitor to it.
Useful Functions and Features
Eyestrain-minimising technology - Flicker-free, Flicker-safe, etc.
Adjustable height - allows you to adjust the monitor to a comfortable position.
TV tuner - to watch television broadcasts.
VESA mount - allows you to mount the monitor on a bracket.
Web camera - useful if you plan to make calls over the Internet.
USB Hub - play data from portable drives; connect a keyboard or mouse.
Pivot - allows the screen to rotate horizontally; suitable for office work and reading texts from your computer.