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7/1/2020 1:03:07 PM

How to choose a multi-purpose monitor

Pro-gamers Bravado recommend how to select the best multi-purpose monitor at the best prices.

News summary

  • Choose the right monitor through the advice of Bravado’s experts


  • Consider what you need the display for and where it will be placed


  • Know what to look for: physical size, refresh rate, native resolution, and the right ports are all key consideration

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Dell Technologies and Bravado, sponsored by Dell Gaming, Alienware and Intel, offer tips to help select the best monitor for your needs and budgets.


Computer displays come in all sizes and models today, making it difficult to know if you are selecting the best monitor. It's not a decision to be made lightly. Choosing the right monitor can mean years of reliable performance and visuals that look crisp and colourful.


Yet you don't have to spend a fortune to own such a monitor, said Dimitri "Detrony" Hadjipaschali from South African pro-gaming leaders Bravado:


"There are special-purpose monitors, such as gaming screens, that stand above the rest. But you don't need to own the most expensive or advanced monitor to get good performance, and you might end up getting a model that might look good but is ill-suited for your needs. A good multi-purpose monitor will work for most people."


Dell Technologies offers a wide range of multi-purpose monitors in its SE range. These screens are well-suited for work, entertainment and gaming. But you can be the judge, using these helpful tips from Dimitri and Bravado:


Choose the best refresh rate


"The refresh rate of a monitor is very important. This is the speed at which the screen refreshes its image, which means how quickly it redraws what you see. For serious gaming, this is very important else you could get flicker or lose response time. There you'd want a refresh rate of at least 144Hz. But for most other uses, including less serious gaming, you can go for a 60Hz monitor. But don't go lower than that and, if you can afford a monitor with a higher refresh rate, it's usually worth getting one."


Decide on the size


"Bigger is not always better. Sure, it may sound great to have a 55-inch monitor on your desk, but you'll end up with neck pain! But you don't want a screen that's too small. Another thing to look for here is the native resolution. Non-native resolutions can be blurry, but the native resolution is the crispest. 1920x1280 is a common native resolution, but you can also go into the 4K range. The resolution depends on your screen size. A 55-inch screen looks better on high resolutions, but on smaller screens you can use lower resolutions without noticing quality loss. The size of the screen will also impact its response time, which is how fast it changes colours. This is measured in milliseconds or 'ms', and you generally don't want anything higher than 5ms."


Look at the design


"Nobody wants to sit down in front of an ugly, cheap-looking screen. The build quality and finish are important. It's not just an aesthetic choice. A good-looking monitor is often also a well-built monitor that will last. You should also look at the stand. Are you happy with its strength? Does it let the monitor tilt in ways you need? Also, does it help you manage your cables and keep your desk neat from clutter?"


Select the right extras


"Today's monitors can have many extra features. They can have extra USB ports, built-in speakers, or have a curved display. All of these have benefits, but only if you intend to use them. For example, a curved monitor is nice to work on, but some screens have a poor field-of-view for people looking in from the side. It's also not ideal if you run multiple screens at the same time. If you want to buy a curved monitor, look for models using in-plane switching or IPS technology. This helps keep the display clear at any angle. Built-in speakers are fine for basic sound, but won't match any sound system or headphones you use."


Remember to check the ports


"A modern monitor will typically have an HDMI port. It may also have a VGA or DVI port. The more advanced the monitor, the more ports it might offer. You’ll want an HDMI port, because that is standard. If you want to run two monitors from one machine, it’s good to have a DVI port as well, since many display cards have one HDMI and one DVI port respectively. VGA is also important - it might be an old technology, but it’s universal and ensures you can plug the monitor into any PC. Some newer monitors also include USB type C ports, which you can use to connect and power multiple monitors. This is a great feature, especially if you want to connect multiple screens to a modern laptop."


Dell Technologies offers a wide range of different monitors to suit different lifestyles. Every Dell display is also supported by Dell Display Manager, exclusive software that enables users to customise their displays. DDM helps users manage their Dell displays to achieve better productivity in an easy and smart way. Tweak display settings, create display profiles for specific applications, manage multiple monitors like a pro, and even divide a display into customised layouts.


Select a monitor based on its use, size, resolution, ports and extra features. From screens for stores and business desks to home offices and gaming marathons, there is a choice in the Dell family that suits your needs and budget.


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