How to Buy a Monitor: Are you looking for a new one?

What to look for in a Monitor:

How to buy a monitorYou are tired of your old monitor, and you have decided to get a new one, but you need some suggestion on how to buy a monitor, or on what to look for in a monitor? Well good, because I have a post here, where I will be going over some key points to keep in mind when shopping for your monitor.

How about the size:

When I started out with computers (back in the late 70’s) there wasn’t that much that got displayed on your monitor so we didn’t bother with large screens, usually around 13 inch was the average size, (Wow, that small?)How to buy a monitor but now days there is a lot being displayed on the screens, like the wonderful graphic displays from games and the spectacular color and sharpness from some of your favorite programs.

So yea, with all that can be displayed on a screen these days I would start out looking at a 22 inch or larger, depending on how much room you have on your desk top. And if your into games, you will for sure want something larger than 22 inch, but I do think there is a limit to size seeing that you’re sitting pretty close to the screen, (but that’s my opinion)  and of course the larger the size the more you can expect to pay.

You will find that they range in size from 17 inches on up to 36 inches (how neat would that be), and depending on what you use your computer for can determine to some degree what size you actually want.

Like maybe you’re looking for a larger screen say a 29 inch so you can display a couple of documents side by side without having to go the route of having two separate monitors because you lack space on your desk, or you just don’t like having two monitors to deal with.

Now let’s take a look at the Resolution:    

(1600×900)  Resolution, this is the number of pixels the monitor can display from side to side (1600), and top to bottom (900), so with higher numbers like (1920×1080),How to buy a monitor you will be getting a pretty darn good display for your games and more, and you will find this to be a common resolution in the 22 to 27 inch monitors,

So if you’re into gaming (and who isn’t) this is where I would start looking and go up from there, according to your budget that is. They call those Full HD monitors and you can find monitors up in the size of 36 inch with a resolution of 3840×2160 called Ultra HD, (Now that would be the ultimate!)

Don’t forget the Pixel response time:

Say what? This is the time it takes a pixel to change from black to white, or from one shade of gray to another one, and is measured in milliseconds. So unless you’re into heavy gaming or some intense graphics program, you are not really going to notice any difference in having a lower response time. Anything around 6 ms is great, but if you are a heavy gamer, you would then want to take a closer look at these figures.

Built-in speakers:

So you don’t care for the tinny sound from that little one speaker that came with your case, but you’re not ready to hook up a speaker system to your unit, just yet, well you can find monitors with speakers built in them. You will want to pay close attention to the wattage output of the speakers, the higher the wattage the better sound you will get, I would look for something around 2 watts or more.

How about a Built-in Webcam:

Looking for a webcam, well you can find a monitor that has one built in along with a mike for great video calls to family and friends.How to buy a monitor These are not top of the line but will work great for any video conferencing, and taking selfies of you and your family, or whatever.

Built-in USB Ports:

Need more USB ports; you might want to add this to the list of items you want on your monitor, but beware when I was looking at them the price seemed to jump quite a bit just for this feature. I don’t know about you but I would just as soon spending less money on a USB hub, unless you don’t like extra clutter on your desk.

 Built-in card reader:

Thinking about a card reader for the computer, allowing you to view your photos or play music without having to load them to your hard drive. Well if you want you can find this feature built into the monitor, but these are really hard to find, and in my book not worth the hassle or the money.


Yes they have Touch-Screen monitors, but do you really need one?How to buy a monitor As for now there simply are not enough applications or software on the market to justify the extra dollars that it will cost you. But hey, if money is not an object then by all means put this on your list of things to consider when shopping for that new monitor.

The last item; Prices:

So as you can see there are a few variables that can influence the price depending on what you want out of your monitor. Here are some examples (here is a basic Acer K33HQL 22 inch monitor with a resolution of 1920×1080 full HD and 5ms response time) for only $120.00.

Or how about this one, an ( ASUS VK228H 22 inch with a resolution of 1920×1080 full HD, and a 5ms response time, with built-in HD Webcam and dual speakers), all for $170.00, not too bad. But keep looking they go up to a couple of thousand and more, (well over my budget). So if you don’t need any extra frills added on you can get a great monitor for around a hundred dollars.

So How to Buy a Monitor:

Pretty simple, right? All you have to do is decide how large of a screen you want, the quality of resolution, along with whether or not you need to consider the pixel response time. And then just how many features you want added onto the monitor.

If you have any further questions or comments, don’t hesitate to leave them below, and I will get right back to you.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

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