All You Need to Know About Monitors

Do you spend most of your time in front of the computer? Does your work mostly entail photo or video editing? Do you usually do online research and word processing? Whatever your job is, your computer monitor is one of the most vital tools you will need to get your job done.

A good monitor helps reduce eye strain. It gives you a good display of photographs and videos. It also presents crisper texts all the time. Here are some of the factors to consider in looking for a computer monitor.

LED BackLight

In the past, CCFLs or cold-cathode fluorescent lamps were used as a light source for monitors however there is prevalence in the use of LEDs or light-emitting diodes nowadays. LED backlights are brighter, sharper, and consume less energy than CCFL LCDs. Since they use less energy, it also helps you reduce your electric bill.  Aside from this, it also has a more compact design as it is thinner than the usual LCDs.

Native Resolution

Native resolution refers to a monitor’s default display resolution. It is also known as the recommended or true resolution. Once the display resolution is altered, the native resolution is scaled to fit the screen. This may lead to image distortion. Although a higher native resolution is better, this still depends on the size of the screen. Typically, larger screens have higher native resolutions. A 19-inch monitor has a resolution of 1,600 x 900 while a 22- to 24-inch monitor has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.

Aspect Ratio

The aspect ratio refers to the proportional relationship of the width and the height of the display area. An LCD is with a native resolution of 1,600 x 900 possesses and aspect ratio of 16:9. On the other hand, a monitor with a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution will have an aspect ratio of 16:10. This explains for the black band that appears at the top and bottom of the screen. A 16:10 usually display this while the 16:9 does not.

Response time

Response time refers to how long it takes a pixel to change colours. This is highly essential to video or animation playbacks. The standard response time is 5ms. Anything more than that is more than enough but the faster response time is still better.

Contrast Ratio

Contrast ratio refers to the proportion of luminance between the brightest colour (white) and the darkest colour (black) displayed in the screen. The higher the contrast ratio, the better is it.  This may be a factor to consider but never treat it as a determining factor.

Screen size

Screen size is very vital. Naturally, the bigger the viewable area, the more comfort and efficiency and less strain you can get.

Other Features

Other features of the monitors such as tilt and height adjustments also need to be considered. Never choose ones that are very static and with little or no adjustability at all as this can pose a risk to one’s comfort and safety. Also take time to check out monitors that come with speakers or extra USB ports and built-in TV tuners. The thing that usually separates high-end monitors from entry-level or mid-range ones is the screen size.


Most of all, your budget is one of the most important considerations in any purchase. So with the information you now have in hand, this will help you make a wise choice.



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