Friday, September 08, 2017  10:23 AM | By: Matt Dow
Is Your Monitor Right for You?

How to Choose A Monitor

The truth is, most of us hardly give enough thought to our monitors. When purchasing computers, laptops and other devices, we must give more consideration to the screen or monitor that comes with the system, because if you’re like most American adults, you are staring at screens for roughly 11 hours a day. Choosing the right monitor is imperative for reducing eye strain, decreasing muscle strain and improving overall productivity. Is your monitor right for you? Find out now by reviewing the monitor guidelines below.

Size

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When it comes to monitors, size does matter, and how large your monitors should be will depend on how large your space is and whether or not you will be utilizing multiple monitors. Clearly, those who wish to use two or more monitors will need to adjust the size of the monitors to ensure there is enough space to accommodate the entire setup. Others may simply have a small area to work in and, for that reason, will require smaller screens, as well.

For all others, we recommend getting the largest monitor your workspace will accommodate. By choosing larger screens, your windows and tabs can be at 100%, which will reduce eye strain, headaches and more.

Resolution

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The resolution of your screen, as well as the panel type, will help determine just how well your monitor performs. At a minimum (and we mean bare minimum), your resolution should be set to 800x600, but more often than not a resolution of 1024x768 or 1280x1024 is preferred. If you are a Windows user, you can check your screen resolution now to see what your current monitor resolution is, while Apple users can verify their resolution settings here.

Additionally, monitors are typically equipped with one of three kinds of panels: twisted nematic panels, vertical alignment panels or in-plane switching panels. The former being the cheapest and most common and the latter being the most expensive, there are benefits and drawbacks to each type. If your budget will allow, splurge for a monitor with in-plane switching panels. They offer the best color accuracy and optimal viewing angles when compared to other panel types.

Additional Options

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There are several additional options to consider when purchasing a new monitor or evaluating your current setup.

Adjustability

Many modern monitors give users the option of switching the screen from horizontal to vertical to offer the ultimate flexibility. In addition, it is important to choose a monitor with adjustable height settings to ensure that your screen is always at eye-level to further decrease the possibility of muscle strain or discomfort.

Anti-Glare

Especially for those constantly under fluorescent lighting, anti-glare screens and monitor accessories are a must-have. By adding anti-glare coatings to the monitor or placing an anti-glare attachment to the front of your screen, you can drastically reduce eye strain to improve mood, productivity and health.

Privacy Filters

If you are in the business of handling large amounts of sensitive information or often conducting business in public environments, it may be wise to seek out monitors that already have privacy features built-in or purchase privacy accessories for your personal devices. By equipping yourself with privacy filters, you can work wherever you need to without fear of compromising client, student, customer, or patient information. It will allow you to easily view items on your screen, while blocking content from other users.

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