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Choosing the right monitor: The Complete Guide.

Written by Samuel Tosin

Choosing the right monitor: The Complete Guide.

A lot of people think the size of the screen says a lot about the quality of the monitor. Not saying that’s not true, but choosing the right monitor isn’t just about the screen resolution, there are other things to look out for. While it might seem easy, choosing the right monitor can be a daunting task. Not to worry, with this complete guide to choosing the right monitor, your next choice would be with an educated mind.


What you should look out for when choosing the right monitor.

  • Screen Resolution

The Screen resolution of a monitor determines the volume of workspace you will have on the screen. The common resolution you have today is 1920 x 1080. Some other resolutions are2560 x 1440, and 3840 x 2160. So, what do all these numbers mean? Just as we’ve mentioned earlier, these resolutions provide users with the workspace of your screen. The first sets of number “1920” indicate the number of a horizontal straight line from the left to the right side of your monitor, while the second sets of number “1080” indicate the pixels in a straight line from the top to the bottom of your screen. The summation of the two sets of numbers will give you the total number of pixels on the screen which in this case would be 2 073 600 pixels.

  • Pixel

Speaking of a pixel, there are thousands of pixels on a screen. These are 2 – dimensional squares that display different colors representing an image. The image on your screen is made up of thousands of pixels which work together to represent a complete image. But these square-shaped pixels aren’t the only thing you’d find in a curved image, thanks to anti-aliasing, it is possible to see images with curves

  • 8bit vs 10 bit

Monitors usually have different colors which they are capable of displaying. In the monitor specs for 10 bit (or 1.07B colors – which means 1.07 billion colors), you will have it clearly stated if the monitor can display more colors. Meanwhile, 8bit monitors can only display 16.7 million colors. For every professional who works around colors, getting the 10bit monitor would be a great idea. Professionals should know that some monitors list 1.07 Billion color LUT, but these monitors do not have the right color representation. Don’t be fooled when you see 8bit +FRC, there aren’t advanced 8bit, they are just 8bit faking the output. So, always look closely.

  • Pixel Pitch

Pixel pitch is the term used for the density of pixels on a screen. This is the measurement of the distance between the center of two pixels that are side by side. The size of the pixel pitch is directly proportionate to the distance between the center of both pixels. In simple terms, smaller pixel size means smaller pixel pitch and vice – Versa.

  • Physical Size.

Lastly, the physical size is also an important yardstick. This is probably the easiest yardstick on the list. Just like your regular TV, the screen is measured from one corner of the screen to the other side of the monitor. The physical size helps complement and dictate the pixel pitch, this is known to indicate the size of each pixel on the screen.

There you have it, these and many more should be looked out for when trying to get a new monitor. Always look out for all of it.

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