Choosing a monitor, 2021 + TOP-7 price-quality
Monitor selection How do I choose a reliable monitor at a good price? How do inexpensive monitors differ from expensive ones? Which manufacturer to choose – Asus, Acer, AOC, BenQ, Dell, LG, Philips, Samsung or another? Diagonal 19, 22, 24, 27 or even 32 inches? How to determine the type of matrix, contrast, refresh rate and other characteristics of the monitor? What else to look for when choosing a monitor?
In this article, we figure out how to choose the right monitor. If there seems to be too much material and you want a ready-made answer at once, then at the end of the article – the best monitors of 2021 in terms of price-quality combination
How to Pick a Good Monitor
It would be a little strange to have different monitors for different tasks, therefore, in the understanding of most buyers, a good monitor should be universal – you can work on it without fatigue for long hours in a row, comfortably play games late into the night, surf the Internet until the morning in search of a way out or binge watch your favorite movies and TV shows. And only a few buyers clearly define the purpose of the monitor for themselves – for games, for working with photos, for working with documents, and so on.
Then why are there so many models on the market, most of which differ from each other completely insignificantly, isn’t it easier and cheaper to come up with several universal good monitors and churn them out in the millions? The answer is simple – in order to sell more, since most likely you will choose a monitor from a manufacturer that has dozens of models, and not one who has three of them, although very good ones. Well, along the way, create the illusion of choice for you. But among the hundreds of models, there are sure to be a few monitors that can truly be considered the best in their niches. How to find them or help you make your own choice, we will consider below.
Monitor screen diagonal
Diagonals of monitors in comparison Screen diagonal is the main characteristic that distinguishes one monitor from another and at the same time significantly affects the price. The difference in size for the most common diagonals is clearly shown in the figure, although the small scale of the image does not allow you to really assess the differences. According to the majority of buyers, monitors with a diagonal of about 19 “are small, 22” are regular, 24 “are large, 27” are very large, 30 “and larger are something like” wow “.
Conventionally, in terms of size, 4 groups of monitors can be distinguished:
18-20 inches – budget and office segment. Due to the low price, small monitors are usually chosen by organizations for their employees, as well as buyers who are very limited in funds or, for some fundamental reason, prefer small monitors.
21-24 inches is the mass segment. About half of the monitors sold in 2020 belong to this group. Naturally, content creators (games, sites, videos, etc.) also know this, so many of them initially rely primarily on such diagonals.
27 inches is a promising segment. This size is optimal for both work and play, but it should be borne in mind that in Full HD resolution (usually these are inexpensive monitors) the image looks a little rough, since individual pixels of the image may already be noticeable. This feature is not available for monitors with WQHD resolution and higher.
30 inches and above is an exclusive segment. Due to the high price and too wide (the opposite edges are out of the field of view without head movement), monitors with a diagonal of more than 27 inches are unlikely to become a mass product, so buyers rarely choose them.
Virtual reality glasses Oculus Rift CV1It is very rare to find systems of several monitors, which have some advantages (for example, high realism in games), but for the normal operation of such a completely expensive monster, a very powerful computer is needed , besides, already now (the first half of 2021) there are high-quality glasses on sale and virtual reality systems at an affordable price (for example, various versions of the HTC Vive ), which are more convenient and at the same time have a simply stunning effect of being present in the virtual world. And although they will not soon or even never supersede conventional monitors, since they create too high a load on vision and have some other features, they are still capable of replacing some of the monitors with very large diagonals.
It is highly recommended that you only buy large monitors 24 ” and above for several reasons:
- more information is simultaneously available on a large screen without scrolling, so you do not need to actively work with the mouse;
- with large objects (maps, diagrams, drawings, complex tables), it is most often extremely inconvenient to work on small screens;
- in games, a large screen takes up almost the entire visual space of the player, which adds realism;
- the expected lifespan of modern LED monitors is over 10 years, so buying a small monitor for such a long period is at least unreasonable.
There is a common misconception that monitors with a diagonal of 24 “and above are tiring on the eyes (” eyes run wide “), but in reality this is just a strange legend, since you get used to a large monitor quickly, which cannot be said the other way around.