Best monitors for work and gaming
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Whether you’re working from home or a PC gamer, having a great monitor can make a big difference. Additional monitors can help to up your productivity, while specific gaming monitors can make play even more immersive.
How to choose a new monitor
Choosing a monitor for working at home depends on the type of work you’re going to be doing and the desk space you have available. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a desktop or laptop, there are many benefits to investing in a new monitor.
Here’s the important features that can help you decide which one.
If you’re spending a lot of time at your desk, it’s important to maintain the right posture. Many monitors are adjustable, meaning you can change the angle and height for your comfort. Ideally, your eyes should be level with the top of the monitor, with your back and neck straight and not hunched over.
The size of screen depends on a couple of things; how big your desk is and the kind of tasks you’re going to be performing. A larger screen will be of benefit if you work with large spreadsheets or image and video applications like Photoshop. Bigger screens can also make it easier to multi-task, as you can have more open on screen at one time.
Similar to a TV, the higher resolution a monitor has, the better the picture will be. Standard HD (1920 x 1080) is likely to be sufficient for most home workers, while gamers and those who work with video and image applications may want to invest in a crystal clear 4K screen.
Some monitors have speakers built in. While a laptop may have built-in speakers, desktop users are likely to be without an audio output – so having a monitor with speakers will save you having to purchase separate speakers.
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How to connect your monitor to a laptop or desktop
Setting up a monitor is a straightforward process. All you need is a power socket and the relevant cables to connect it to your PC or laptop. Here’s the most common connections:
HDMI to HDMI
If you have a new monitor and new computer, HDMI will be the easiest way to connect. HDMI is a single connection for high quality audio and visuals. Simply connect the cable to the HDMI port on your computer to the HDMI port on your monitor.
HDMI to DVI
DVI is an older type of connection that can’t transfer in HD. The HDMI end goes in your computer and the DVI end connects to the monitor.
VGA is another older style connection. If your monitor has a VGA port, you may need an adapter to connect to your PC.
How to set up dual monitors
To add another monitor to your set up, there’s a few more steps you need to follow. Firstly, consider if you have enough power sockets for another monitor. If not, you might need to invest in an extension lead.
Next you have to check what ports are available on your laptop or desktop. You're likely to be using HDMI for your primary monitor, so a second monitor needs to use one of the other ports. This is going to be a display, VGA or USB port. You then need to find the right cable to connect your monitor to that port.
Finally, you need to change the settings on your computer to enable multiple screens. In the display settings section, you should be able to change your screen layout so that your main screen is extended to the second screen. You should then be able to drag items across from one screen to the other.
Gaming monitor guide
How to choose a gaming monitor
Looking to take your game to the next level? Gaming monitors are specifically designed to keep up with the play, whilst offering a supremely immersive and vibrant display. Here’s the key features you need to look out for.
Gaming monitor features
Refresh rate is essentially how fast your screen can keep up with what’s happening. A better refresh rate means better transition between visuals and less lag.
This is the time it takes for a monitor to transition between colours on screen. A better response time means less blur while you play. Gamers should look out for a response time of 5ms or faster.
For the best picture, look out for 4K or QHD monitors. These will have the most pixels and therefore the most detailed and vibrant display. Some monitors may also have HDR (high dynamic range) for even brighter displays.
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