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Tips to Choose and Buy a Monitor

Our tips for buying a monitor will help you choose the model that best suits your preferences and needs. There are monitors for all budgets and viewing technologies of different quality, and of course, you can choose the screen diagonal you prefer.

Size in Inches

When we go to buy a monitor, if we want to adjust the budget to the maximum, it is best to look at the range of monitors that start from a minimum of 21 inches, with the possibility of reaching 23 depending on the available offers.

Resolution

Closely linked to the size of the screen we find the resolution. If we seek to obtain the greatest possible clarity (especially with movies), we must find models with Full HD resolution that is, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

The most powerful models already come with even higher resolutions, perfect for graphic design tasks.

Panel Type: LED or LCD?

Another factor that will affect the viewing quality when buying a monitor is the type of technology and panel included. LED is preferable to LCD, both for promoting lower energy consumption and for better-representing colors and fatigue less sight, since they are backlit and the light does not strike directly on the eyes with equal intensity.

Connections

The available connections are fundamental when choosing and buying a monitor. Today, it is essential that they have at least one HDMI input, fully digital and currently the best quality, as well as being the most used by the new electronic devices. Another alternative to HDMI and of similar quality, although less widespread, is the display port.

If we want to enjoy compatibility with less recent devices, it is interesting that they have other connections such as DVI (digital, but worse than HDMI) and VGA (analog). So, ideally, our new monitor should have at least one HDMI and another DVI or VGA port.

On the other hand, both HDMI and display port have “mini” variants  (which may cause us to have to resort to adapters or just the opposite), and if the monitor has an MHL ( Mobile High Definition Link ) port, it will facilitate the connection of mobile devices compatible with smartphones or tablets.

Another interesting aspect, although less frequent outside the high range, is that some USB port is integrated to be able to connect external memories or some type of peripheral.

Touch Screen

Windows 8 opted decisively for a touchscreen monitor, and although being able to operate the monitor with our hands has its advantages; it is still a technology that makes the final price more expensive than desirable. Therefore, unless it is something irrevocable, when buying a monitor we will opt for a traditional one.

In the case of choosing a touch monitor, it is recommended that you have at least ten simultaneous pressure points and recognition of advanced gestures (similar to those of a smartphone or tablet, for example).

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