Monitor Buying GuideMarch 2021
1. What is a Monitor?
A Monitor is a computer component where it is solely responsible to display the computer's output to the users. It is the most prominent and visible part of the computer.
2. What are the benefits of buying a good quality Monitor?
As monitors are a necessary and compulsory part of a computer, it would be rational to point out the benefits of a good quality monitor vs a low quality one :-
1. Enhances Experience – You can certainly tell a good monitor when it is kept side by side a normal or low quality one. Good Quality Monitors display crisp and accurate images. Not to forget accurate and vivid colors. This all sums up to a great experience.
2. They are accurate – As a quality monitor displays accurate images and color- Content Creators, CAD Designers and Professionals into Video/Audio Editing heavily rely on the accuracy of monitors.
3. Immersive Gaming Experience – Good Gaming Monitors provide a smooth gaming experience. Games look real due to HDR, fast moving sequences feel very natural due to high refresh rate and response times.
3. What are the features to consider in a Monitor?
IPS is the most superior one. But the deciding factor for the panel type comes down to the cost and how your requirement weighs down the pros or cons of each type.
Aspect Ratio should be chosen based on the nature of task you will mostly be using the monitor for.
Screen Resolution should be selected based on the screen size. Once screen size is known the pixel density can be calculated and and idea of how crisp the screen can be.
Higher the contrast ratio the better, hence aim for the highest ratio that money can afford.
For those who do not print their work will be fine with sRGB monitors, Adobe RGB is suited if your content has to be printed.
Ensuring the required connections mainly depends on your usage requirement and hence please click and read the explanation.
As this technology is in the nascent stage, it is very expensive and the results may not hold a big value. Nevertheless HDR certified monitors do deliver noticeable results (subject to your graphics card also - click to see explanation below)
4. How do I select the best Monitor for me?
You must have got an idea as to the number of monitor options available in the market based on the number of different features possible. Although it may seem a daunting task to choose the best one.You can make it easy by identifying your category. We have classified our recommendations to three categories namely - Casual Users whose main priority will be price, Professionals who will want a more accurate monitor, and finally Gamers who want their monitor to be very responsive.
TN/VA panel would suit users on a tight budget and IPS will be good for those willing to extend their budget as it will give a more versatile experience. A standard 16:9 aspect ratio is suitable as you would not be requiring heavy multitasking. For the screen size, 21" will be sufficient and 24" can be opted for those with a high budget, bigger screen will give you more screen space which is beneficial for movies, gaming. Higher screen sizes will be unnecessary and also will result in loss of clarity as resolutions above 1920 x 1080 will be expensive. Features on a high budget to look for will be Eye Care features, In-Built Speakers, Adaptive Sync. As, this will ensure you can spend long hours on your tasks, have powerful sound, and run games smoothly.
|REQUIRED FEATURE SUMMARY|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 px||1920 x 1080 px|
|Extra Features||NA||Eye Care, Speakers, Adaptive Sync|
Color Gamut will be a very important feature here, if you are mostly creating/editing content to be used on the web then go for a 100% sRGB monitor, if budget does not allow go for one with the nearest i.e. 99% or near. If you are working on content to print then a monitor complying to Adobe RGB space is what you will have to look at as that will ensure you get the print output in line to your monitor. Resolution and screen size being the next important features, a 2K 24" for entry level and a 4K 32" for high end would be optimum. Professionals working on Video should ensure that the monitor's resolution matches their video resolution and that would be 4K considering this day and age. Response time and Refresh rate will not matter here. A minimum of 60Hz refresh rate will do. Coming to the connectivity options, ensure there is HDMI, DVI-D, Display Port v1.4 and the new USB-C in the video input and Headphone, Audio In, USB Hub in the Audio/Data interface. Ensure your monitor comes with adjustment options which will be very handy as you may frequently have to adjust its position
We have recommended the BenQ BL2420PT and the BenQ SW321C for the value and performance segment respectively. BenQ makes good monitors and they seem to be the only brand which sells Monitors focussed for Designers/Photographers/Video Editors in India. The BenQ BL2420PT is an excellent 24" 2K budget monitor focussed on Content Creation. It confirms to the sRGB/rec 709 color profile. Coming to the top performer i.e. the BenQ SW321C which is focussed on professional photographers, image studios as it matches 99% of Adobe RGB Space and has photo specific features like Paper Color Sync, Hardware calibration system. There is nothing more precious to a photographer than the consistency of the final photo with the input and the 32" 4K Monitor is designed to deliver just that.
|REQUIRED FEATURE SUMMARY|
|Screen Resolution||2K (2560 x 1440 px)||4K (3840 x 1600 px)|
|Colour Gamut||100% sRB||100% Adobe RGB|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1||1000:1 (min)|
Hence, it is wise to select an approporiate gaming monitor for optimum performance. Gaming monitors should atleast have a minimum refresh rate of 120 Hz as at this refresh rate you get to see noticeable performance change when compared to non-gaming monitors. You also need to check graphics cards ability to match the refresh rate of the monitor. i.e. To get the benefit of the 120 Hz Monitor your graphics card needs to deliver the game in 120 fps. It is always best to have a monitor with Adaptive Sync so as to eliminate tearing in games which is caused by lower frames delivered vs the Monitors Refresh Rate. Once refresh rate is taken care of opt for a monitor with low response times, If not going for a TN panel, go for an IPS panel with response times of nothing more than 2 ms at lower budget and 0.5 ms at a higher budget. Next comes the Screen Size and Resolution, this should be always selected based on the budget you allocate for your graphics card. Opt for a resolution where your graphics card can easily deliver frames more than the monitors refresh rate. i.e. if the refresh rate is 120 Hz it should deliver frames greater than 120 fps. Best to stick at a 24" Full HD Monitor at 16:9 for budget gaming as this will give a better ppi count and have less load on your graphics card. A 32" Ultrawide (21:9) 4K display would be ideal for high end gaming as ultrawides give an immersive gaming experience which is what you want when you are ready to pay so high. When on a small budget ensure your gaming monitor has inbuilt speakers as this will save cost and space on an external speaker. Nowadays more and more games are offering HDR in them, hence it would be beneficial if your monitor is HDR certified.
We have selected Acer Nitro VG240YS and Dell Alienware AW3420DW as our best value and performance gaming monitors. The Acer Nitro monitor offers excellent value for money with its FullHD|23.8"|165Hz|0.5ms|FreeSync feature set and combined with good image quality and an inbuilt speaker we could not ask for more. The Dell Alienware AW3420DW comes with a hefty price tag, but that is what it takes when you venture into high end/competitive gaming. It comes with a sub 4K resolution|120Hz|2ms|Nvidia G-Sync. Although the refresh rate and response times are a 2ms and 120Hz.
|REQUIRED FEATURE SUMMARY|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 px||3840 x 2560 px|
|Refresh Rate||120Hz||144Hz to 240Hz|
|HDR||HDR10||HDR400 or above|
|Best Value||Best Performance|
|Acer Nitro VG240YS||Alienware AW3420DW|
|More Details||More Details|
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