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Having one of the best computer monitors is an essential part of working from home. You are looking at your computer monitor all day. Thus, your decision is hugely important for your WFH productivity and happiness. We reviewed hundreds of monitors to bring you the best computer monitors for working from home.
Buying Guide For The Best Computer Monitors
When buying a monitor there are different variables you will want to consider. Ask yourself how much you care about price, display quality, physical size, and inputs for your computer (based on the type of computer you are using). Each of these will help nudge in you in the direction of which monitor to purchase and why. In this article we will break down the common features that a monitor has so that you can be informed about why each feature matters and the ways that a monitor can shape your Work From Home experience.
In summary, here are the variables we encourage you to consider when buying your next monitor:
- Get the largest display you can, under the limitations of your budget and desk space. Rarely do you regret buying a monitor too big, but you will always regret buying one that is too small.
- If you can afford this, go 4K. The better resolution will serve you well for all work and play activities.
- Make sure that the stand can be adjusted to the appropriate height to allow you to use it comfortably and to tilt to a usable angle which will protect your eyes, neck, and back.
- Go with one you find appealing; we love thin displays as they take up less space and look modern and minimalist.
- For something other than a boxy “dumb” monitor, you would have to pay about $150 or more.
Below are some more details into each of the above categories and what you should be thinking about when buying a monitor:
All else being equal, size matters! Especially if you have the space and budget for a larger monitor. Screen size markings are based on its diagonal length and the larger the monitor the more it will display. Usually it is good advice to buy a monitor slightly larger than the size you imagine as you likely won’t regret buying a bigger display. On the contrary, a smaller display likely does you no service.
Curved or Flat Display
It is increasingly popular to see curved displays; they are beautiful, thin, and use space efficiently. In addition, they allow you to see a lot of screen space which can be great if you need to view multiple documents at once. This might come in handy for lawyers, designers, or engineers who must both view content and produce content in the same digital space.
Cost and Core Features
There is a relationship between the cost of a monitor and its “bells and whistles”. As the size, screen quality, pixel resolution, clarity, and features increase, the monitor will become more expensive. There is a concept called pixel pitch which, in layman’s terms, is the distance in millimeters from the center of a pixel to the center of the adjacent pixel. A smaller pitch means higher clarity and can lead to better color display and higher contrast. If your work requires you to enlarge images you will likely want to focus on having a monitor that enables a high pixel pitch.
If your work is creative in nature (product, design, engineering, etc) you will likely benefit from a monitor with high pixelation as you can more clearly see what you are building and creating. Likewise you may want to watch Netflix or other movies on your monitor when you are not working. If so, a higher quality display will likely be something that greatly improves your watching experience. Why is this the case? A huge part of your experience with your monitor will come down to its resolution. “Resolution” refers to the number of pixels, horizontal x vertical, that the screen has. Resolution does not actually mean much by itself, but it defines the aspect ratio (how far the image deviates from square, which is an aspect of 1:1). The better the resolution, the better the view.
Do you care about seeing rich, vibrant colors? For some users, they don’t care. For their needs, they look at files all day and work is about producing outputs in Excel or Word. With respect to other users, color makes the world of difference and they care about how colors render, pop, and display on the monitor. Nearly all modern monitors display color well; if you are willing to pay more higher end monitors display colors more accurately and richly.
Computer Monitor Connectors
Of course your computer’s connector outputs need to fit the display inputs so you can connect them easily and start using your monitor right out of the box. Make sure to have the correct connecting hardware (VGA, HDMI cables) so that your computer can work with the monitor.
Additional Features For Your Monitor
A monitor is not only a physical display. In addition, the best computer monitors are pieces of hardware that can help with other aspects of your work from home experience. Nearly all monitors will have some features you might care about. Speakers, USB hubs (great for charging phones or connecting a trackball mouse or keyboard), and memory slots are all important. If you lack ample physical space, a monitor is a great hub for killing many birds with one stone. Charge your phone, connect your wired keyboard, and off you go!
If you would like to save space, mounting your computer monitor is a great option. If you are a multiple monitor user, you should look into our best triple monitor stands and quad monitor stands. It’s also ergonomically friendly if you position your laptop to be at roughly the same level as your monitor(s). There are a few ways to solve this. You could easily find a stack of books to put it on. Additionally, you could look into buying a laptop stand which can also save you space.