Looking for a display monitor? If you need a generic computer display for work, school or surfing and don’t want to fret too much, it’s recommended to go in for at-least a 24-inch monitor with 1,920×1,080 (FHD) resolution, which will set you back by $100 or more. All things being equal, monitors tend to get more expensive with screen size, resolution and the additional features.

However, you might need to think of the below in detail if you are particular about buying a good display unit.

All things considered, if you’ve got the budget (and space), bigger is better. You’ll eventually regret buying one that’s too small, but rarely regret buying a monitor that’s way bigger by current standards. Almost all modern monitors come with a 178-degree “Viewing Angle;” but it does not matter much if you’re directly in front of it. In any event, it’s better to ensure that the stand can be adjusted to the appropriate height for you to use comfortably as well as tilt to a usable angle.

Screen size and Aspect ratio: You can easily calculate the aspect ratio and the screen size based on the width and height of the display. (width/height = aspect ratio and width² + height² = screen size²!) Remember that larger the screen size, the wider it gets and more you’ll have to sit back or turn your head to take it all in.

“Resolution” refers to the number of pixels the screen has, horizontal x vertical. In general, a higher Pixels per inch (PPI) or a smaller pixel pitch that translates into more packed in to a given screen size, makes for a sharper display.

Curved monitors are the best way to make a single display wider without forcing you to sit too far back. It helps you to see the entire screen without moving your head too much. Once you get beyond roughly 27 inches, that is. Too much of a curve can be distracting, while too little may very well be flat.

Every available consumer display is both Windows and Mac compatible; it’s the connectors that make it so. Most of the default display connections that are standard on today’s devices include HDMI, VGA and DVI. Be sure to check in advance that the display’s input connections match the output connections on your computer. If they don’t, you’ll have to go in for an extra connector or adapter.

TVs vs. computer monitors: You can certainly connect a modern LED TV to your computer, but TVs in general are meant to be viewed from a distance. Computer displays are suited for work up and close. However, the gap between the two is narrowing as TVs get smarter and higher-resolution. And if you wish so, you can always use a primary computer display for working and also hook up a larger hi-def TV for watching movies or gaming.

Additional Features: Specialty monitors nowadays include speakers, USB ports and more, as well as more advanced features like picture-in-picture/split screen for supporting two inputs. If you’re inclined so, you should be able to consider a display with such integrated features.

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