Monitor Buying Guide

March 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?

Panel Type
It is the display technology with which the monitor is built. Popular ones being TN, IPS, and VA using the LCD Technology.

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.
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Aspect Ratio
It is the ratio of a monitor screen's width to its height. Higher the value wider will be the screen. Common aspect ratios are 16:9 (suits movies,gaming), 21:9 (programming, stock traders, hardcore gaming), 4:3 (photographers).

Aspect Ratio should be chosen based on the nature of task you will mostly be using the monitor for.
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Screen Size
It is the length of the monitor screen measured diagonally. Screen Size along with aspect ratio determines the Screen Area which gives you an idea on the screen real estate. Monitors come in 21" and go upto 38".

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Screen Resolution
It is the number of pixels that your monitor consists of. Higher screen resolutions make the image crisp and clear (subject to the size of the screen and pixel density). Resolutions like 4K(3840 x 2160 px), 2K(2560 x 1440 px), Full HD (1920 x 1080px) are popular.

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.
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Contrast Ratio
It is the ratio between the luminance of the brightest white and the brightest black that a monitor can deliver. Higher contrast ratio will ensure better contrast in images i.e. blacks will be deeper and this will help you to clearly identify objects on your screen, especially dark scenes where contrast is a task.

Higher the contrast ratio the better, hence aim for the highest ratio that money can afford.
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Colour Gamut
Ability of the monitor to display more number of colors or a wide color space. Monitors are specified with its ability to display percentage of the popular colour spaces like sRGB, Adobe RGB, DCI-P3 etc

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.
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It is the different connections available/possible in your monitor. More number of connections will increase versatility and flexibility in daily use. Popular Connections available are HDMI, Display Port, VGA, DVI-D, USB-C, Headphones Jack, USB Hub and the new Thunderbolt 3

Ensuring the required connections mainly depends on your usage requirement and hence please click and read the explanation.
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Refresh Rate
It is the measure of the number of updates/refreshes the monitor is capable of in one second. Higher refresh rates provide a smooth experience (subject to your graphics card - please see explanation). Refresh rates available in the market are 60Hz, 75Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz, and also 240Hz.

This feature (90Hz and above) is useful mainly for gamers, higher refresh rates will enhance your gaming experience provided you have a good graphics card to match the refresh rate.
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Response Time
It is the measure of the time taken for the monitor to change the pixel color. Lower response times will reduce or eliminate "ghosting"(color trail or bleed in fast motion scenes). Response times are available in the range from 18ms to 1ms.

Again this feature finds use only for gamers, low response times (below 5ms) will eliminate bleeding in most cases.
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HDR or High Dynamic Range is a feature which showcases the monitors ability to shown a greater depth of color, contrast and ultimately show more detail than non HDR ones. Monitors are given HDR certifications based on their contrast ratio, bit depth and color gamut capability and they are HDR 10, HDR 10+, Dolby Vision, Display HDR 400, 600, 1000.

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)
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Other Features
Other features worth noting would be Adaptive Sync, Curved Display, Speakers and safety features like Eye Care. These features could really be a deal breaker for some.Read the detailed explanation below.
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