Computer Monitors at Future Shop
Upgrading your Monitor
If you’ve bought a new PC recently, but haven’t upgraded your monitor, you might feel like something’s missing. The emptiness inside you isn’t existential; it’s because your monitor still displays in 1280x1024. Even if you haven’t recently upgraded, you might just be looking for a second monitor to expand your workspace (or if you’re really honest with yourself: play-space). Choosing a new monitor might seem confusing, but break it down into major parts and it’s easy to figure out the best solution for your needs.
The line between monitors and TVs may seem a little blurry these days: as computers take a bigger role in home theatres, monitor specs may have a different focus than you’re used to. Depending on how you plan to use your monitor, here are some features to focus on.
When it comes to monitors, in general, the bigger the better. The larger the monitor, the more space you’ll have to display your applications, which can lead to a better workflow, more productivity, and amazing-looking movies and games. A double or triple monitor setup is another great way to increase your display area. Typically, monitors between 22” and 27” will offer resolutions of 1920x1080, giving you a full HD experience. As your monitor size increases, look for models that support higher resolutions to give you greater detail.
Widescreen monitors are the norm now: they’re great for workstations where you need to organize multiple windows. Then, once your work is done, they’re perfect for watching a movie or playing a game.
The pixel response rate of a monitor is important for gaming and watching movies. Find a model with a low response rate (less than 5 milliseconds), and you’ll be able to enjoy fast-moving video without ghosting or blurring. If your intended use doesn’t involve fast-moving images, then don’t worry about response time because most general users won’t notice a difference.
LED and LCD Monitors
You’re probably familiar with LED and LCD technology in your television, and you’ll find them in monitors as well. An LCD monitor is perfect for general use, and typically cost less than their LED counterparts, but if you want truer colours and better dynamic contract ratios, an LED monitor should be on your shopping list.
When you’ve got your basic needs sorted out, and you’ve decided on a screen size and type to suit your setup, consider extra features as you make your decision.
Touchscreen monitors are great for computers running Windows 8, which offers intuitive touch controls. Some monitors come with TV tuners, letting you watch over-the-air television.
Look for IPS, or In-Plane Switching panels in your monitor for more uniform colours and greater viewing angles – an IPS monitor makes it easier to share the screen with others when you’re watching a movie or playing games. If you really want to immerse yourself in your favourite compatible movies and games, a 3D-capable monitor puts you right in the action.
One last step is to check your computer to ensure that you’ve got compatible ports: the most common are HDMI, DVI, and VGA, but if your computer doesn’t have quite the right connections, it’s easy to pick up an adapter that will get you up and running.
Once you’ve figured out exactly what you need, visit Future Shop for monitors from great brands like ASUS, BenQ, HP, LG, and Samsung.