Five things to consider before buying a monitor

50 years ago the first monitors which, at that time, did not have graphics or colors, and their graphics cards barely had 4KB of memory. Over time, these monitors they became more affordable and began to be used for entertainment, work and education.

In the 2000s, the advent of laptops caused a change in the way desktop computers were consumed due to their portability and lightness. However, the increase in the popularity of video games and technological advances in recent years have led to renewed attention towards monitors, this time with more advanced versions.

What to know about a PC monitor

Currently, there are more than five types of monitors in the Peruvian market, including IPS, LED, Ergo, UltraWide or the renowned gamer monitors. But what should be taken into account before buying one? Here are experts from LG Peru share five recommendations:

Type of use:

This is one of the first aspects to consider before making a purchase. Why do I want a monitor? What is the use that I will give it? Where would you place it? There are dozens of models, but among the most common uses are domestic, educational, work or gaming.

panel type:

VA or IPS. This characteristic is one of the main influencers on the price of the product. VA (Vertical Alignment) panels are known for their high contrast ratio and deep blacks, ideal for dark movies and games. On the other hand, IPS (In-Plane Switching) panels transmit accurate colors and a wide viewing angle. This second option, for example, is excellent for graphic designers, video editors, and photographers, as they offer better color reproduction.

Refresh rate:

The refresh rate or update frequency is measured in Hz and means the number of times the monitor can update the image in one second. The most evolved gaming monitors, such as LG’s 27″ 27GP750-B UltraGear model, have 240Hz, while a conventional monitor is around 75Hz. This feature is essential especially for the gamer public that is looking for a more fluid gaming experience.

Response time:

It refers to the time it takes for a pixel to change from one color to another, and is measured in milliseconds (ms).

Monitors with a faster response time can display sharper and clearer images during high-motion scenes, which is important for gamers. On the other hand, those with a slower response time tend to show blurred images, with tearing or ghosting. A conventional monitor usually has a response time of 5ms, while a gamer monitor has 1ms.

Size and resolution:

The monitors have a measurement between 19″ and 49″, but this choice of size will depend on the use of the user. For daily use at home, it is recommended to use an average size of 25″, however, if the consumer is a graphic designer, content creator, trader or even data analyst, a 49″ curved monitor is ideal. , since the workspace can be managed in a more efficient way. On the other hand, gamer monitors usually have between 27″ and 31.5″, since a very wide screen could distract your attention when playing.

Regarding resolution, the most common are Full HD (1920 x 1080), Quad HD (2560 x 1440), Ultra HD and 4K (3840 x 2160). The higher the resolution of the monitor, the more pixels and clarity the image will have. However, high-resolution monitors can also be more demanding in terms of graphics power, so it’s important to make sure your hardware is capable of handling your chosen resolution.

Additionally, depending on the consumer’s needs, the consumer may verify that the monitor has certain features, such as compatibility with Nvidia’s G-Sync or AMD’s FreeSync. Likewise, it is recommended to check the connectivity of the equipment, such as the HDMI, USB inputs or even the ports for the microphone or mouse.

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