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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 800x600. 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.

Key Features

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.

The first rule of thumb: 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. 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.

If Full HD doesn’t quite feel like enough, you’ll be happy to hear that 4K Ultra HD resolution monitors are available, giving you the opportunity to work and play in amazing detail. If you’ve got a compatible video card, 4K Ultra HD resolution monitors offer over 8 million pixels, creating a stunningly crisp and detailed image that’s great for creative professionals and gamers alike.

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 costs less than its LED counterpart, but if you want truer colours and better dynamic contract ratios, an LED monitor should be on your shopping list.

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.

Panel Types

There are lots of different panel types, and without going into tons of detail, here’s what you should know about them. TN (twisted nemantic) panels are relatively common and relatively cheap. Their viewing angles are fairly limited, so they aren’t great if you like to watch movies on your computer. VA (vertical alignment) monitors have wide viewing angles and higher contrast ratios, making them a good upgrade from TN displays. There’s also IPS (in-plane switching) and PLS (plane to line switching) displays, which both offer similar experiences, featuring wide viewing angles and uniform colours.

Extra Features

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, and some monitors come with TV tuners, letting you watch over-the-air television. If you really want to immerse yourself in your favourite compatible movies and games, a 3D-capable monitor puts you right in the action. And it never hurts to take a peek at the monitor’s stand; some people need swivel or raise features to use their computer comfortably.

One last step is to check your computer to ensure that you’ve got compatible ports: the most common are HDMI, DVI, VGA, and DisplayPort 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.