The choice of a computer monitor is a very important decision to ensure an optimal viewing experience for the user.
There is a wide range of options available on the market, both desktop and portable monitors, which in recent years have experienced a tremendous boom.
The latter can be connected to both computers and mobile devices, thus serving as a main or additional display, being a very attractive option as auxiliary/additional monitors.
When buying a monitor, whatever type it is, it is helpful to know the key aspects to consider. So you can make the one that best suits your needs and preferences.
What to consider when choosing your laptop
-Size and resolution: The size of the monitor will influence the visual experience. Larger monitors may provide a more immersive experience, but in return they also take up more space. The resolution is equally important, as it will determine the clarity of the image. It is recommended to opt for at least Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) or higher resolutions for sharp details.
-Panel type: The most common panel types are TN (Twisted Nematic), IPS (In-Plane Switching) and VA (Vertical Alignment). IPS panels offer accurate colors and wide viewing angles, while VA panels offer good contrast levels. TN panels tend to be less expensive but have more limited viewing angles. This does not necessarily have to be a drawback if the user is going to spend most of the time directly in front of the screen.
-Refresh rate: Measured in Hertz (Hz) and determines the number of times the monitor refreshes the image per second. A higher refresh rate, such as 144Hz or 240Hz, is ideal for gaming and multimedia content as it offers a smoother viewing experience. This helps to reduce eyestrain.
-Response time: Refers to the time it takes for a pixel to change from one color to another. A lower response time is preferable to avoid the effect of the ghosting (image trail dragging) in fast-moving video game scenes and videos.
-Connectivity: It pays to make sure the monitor has enough ports to connect devices. HDMI, DisplayPort and USB-C ports are the most common and versatile.
-Color calibration: For those working in graphic design, video editing or photography it is very important to look for a monitor that offers the highest color accuracy and the most extensive calibration capabilities.
-HDR support: High dynamic range (HDR) enhances contrast and image quality, so look for monitors that support such standards, such as HDR10.
-Adjustability: A monitor whose position and orientation can be adjusted in height, tilt and rotation is more comfortable and ergonomic for long sessions of both work and play.
The popularity of portable monitors
Portable monitors are gaining popularity as they offer flexibility and convenience for users who need to take these devices with them on trips and travel. These compact devices easily connect to a laptop but also to a smartphone or tablet, thus providing an extended display experience.
To make operation even easier there is a category of. portable monitors that use USB-C port. This facilitates connectivity since with the USB-C port only a single cable is needed to provide power and transfer the signal from the source device (computer or mobile device). Obviously this means a decrease in the autonomy of the computer or mobile device.
Some of the best portable monitors
Here are some recommendations after taking a look at the market.
-ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC: 15.6-inch Full HD monitor with ultra-slim design.
-Dell Ultrathin S2719DC: Although not completely portable due to its size, this 27-inch monitor is slim and light for its dimensions, ideal for taking to business meetings or presentations where monitors or projectors are not available.
-HP EliteDisplay S14: With 14-inch screen and Full HD resolution.
-Lenovo ThinkVision M14: 14-inch monitor with Full HD resolution and foldable design for easy transport.
-Pisichen touch 11.6: Two very particular features: a reduced size of only 11.6 inches (to enhance portability) and a touch surface screen, which can be a plus of comfort both at work and in presentations. The downside is a low resolution, just 1366 X 768 pixels.