Choosing A Monitor For Your PC, Explained

With some regularity, people buying desktop computers wonder what the best monitor for their PC would be. This goes for laptop buyers as well; they are curious about what screen resolution/type best fits their needs. I'm going to attempt to explain that in this article.

But first, some history.

Different Types of Monitors

CRT Monitor: This is the oldest type of monitor. They were a lot bigger than the current monitors that exist. They were heavy, bulky, quite ugly, and costly, especially should they break. Even though they were very commonly used in office environments, once the LCD came into existence, the CRT slowly stopped being used. CRT monitors are no longer being sold.

Color / Quality: The CRT had a fluorescent screen and used high energy electrons to form images. Though the last versions of these monitors were capable of decent color presentation, distortion and lack of focus of images (which were produced by an electron beam) was a huge drawback. They also produced a lot of heat, since they were gigantic and needed lots of energy. Even on the higher resolution monitors, it was hard to read text or see small details.

LCD Monitor: This is the most common type of monitor. It's a lot smaller and lighter than a CRT, not to mention more beautiful in design

Color / Quality: LCD monitors are flat-screen displays. Images formed by these monitors don’t get distorted and they also have little flicker. Color accuracy is achieved better. One disatvantage, though, is that the image quality is not constant when viewed at from different angles.

LED Monitor: Recent technology uses LED. This kind of monitor is an LCD monitor that uses a LED backlight. The image is a bit better than with LCD and you'll have better contrast. The lifetime of a LED monitor is better than LCD and the power consumption is also lower. You can find a very thin monitor. The idea is the same in general, except that the backlight is formed by LEDs rather than a fluorescent light. The backlight can be selectively dimmed, which provides better intensity contrast.

Screen Resolutions

Screen resolutions made simple.

1280×720 = 720p, HD

1920×1080 = 1080p, HD

3840x2160 = 4K, UHD

7680×4320 = 8K, FUHD

For gamers and graphic designers, the ideal monitor would be at least 27 inches with a 2560x1440 resolution. You'll want a monitor with a high refresh rate, especially if you plan on playing fast-paced games with high-res graphics. For designers, such specs just look spectacular.

Take into consideration what you'll be most comfortable with, in terms of screen size and specs. Take into account size and resolution, refresh rate, response time, and whether you want a flat vs. curved screen type.