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Black Friday Monitor Deals Buying Guide
BLACK FRIDAY MONITOR DEALS BUYING GUIDE
SIZE AND RESOULTION
Black Friday Monitors come in all sorts of sizes, from 17 to 40 inches. The most common size is 24 inches and is big enough to make a useful second screen if your main computer is a laptop. There are loads to choose from and are usually pretty cheap. The vast majority of 24inch monitors have a resolution of 1920 by 1080, also known as Full HD, which is the same resolution as most TVs. The next size up is 27inch, which is becoming much more common and popular with gamers and power users who want the extra screen. If you get a 27-inch monitor with the same resolution, everything starts to get a little bit blurry or less sharp because the pixels are bigger, so the pixel per inch density is lower. In my experience, if you want a 27-inch monitor, I would definitely recommend getting one with a 2560 by 1440 resolution, also known as quad HD. A 4k monitor requires at least 30 inch or more for the high resolution. You can really take advantage of all that extra detail with all those extra pixels. If you are a creative professional, maybe a developer, someone who really wants a big monitor and wants to keep it looking sharp, a 4k is a good choice.
BLACK FRIDAY ULTRA-WIDE MONITORS
Most monitors and TVs have a 16 by 9 aspect ratio. Ultra-wide monitors have a 21 by 9 aspect ratio so they are not any taller, they are just a lot wider. This is great for watching movies, having multiple programs open at once and playing games. The most common sizes of ultra-wides are 29 and 34 inches, with resolutions of 2560 by 1080 and 3440 by 1440 respectively. There is definitely a price premium to be had with ultra wides, but they do look great. Also getting a curved monitor is going to add to the price.
DESIGN AND STYLE
It is probably worth mentioning how flexible they are, how much you can move them around as monitors can be tilted, raised, lowered, swivelled and rotated 90 degrees. You can use them vertically and even visa mounted if you want to take the stand off and mount it to your desk or the wall. Other ones don’t move at all, so if you’re if you re someone who wants to move it around a lot, look at the product description to see just how flexible it is.
Panels make a big difference to how good your monitor looks. Generally TN panels are cheaper and offer better response time, so you don’t get as much ghosting effects when playing games or watching fast-moving content, but they do not have good viewing angles. IPS on the other hand is more expensive, has slightly slower response times and depending on the quality, might suffer from IPS glow, but are a lot more colour accurate. They have fantastic viewing angles. VA panels are very similar to IPS, they tend to offer better contrast ratio, so you get deeper blacks, whiter white’s and slightly more vibrant colours. IPS So unless you are a professional gamer who wants the absolute fastest response time, forego the good viewing angles and go for a TN panel. However, if you are a general user, if you are photo editor, if you value colour accuracy, definitely try and pay the extra to get an IPS or VA panel. IPS is the most common after TN. VA is usually just restricted to Samsung monitors.
The more often your monitor refreshes. the smoother everything looks. the vast majority of monitors have a 60 Hertz refresh rate but some monitors today are offering higher refresh rates, anything from 75 to 200 Hertz. A higher refresh rate is a really nice feature to have, but anything above 120 Hertz you will struggle to notice the difference. However, jumping from 60 to 100 120 will offer a big difference, games will feel slicker and smoother, moving the mouse on a desktop will suddenly become a nicer experience, some people, especially gamers swear by a high refresh rate monitor. In games you will only see the benefit of high refresh rates if your PC is fast enough to push the games above 60 frames per second.
There are two kinds of ports on modern monitors – HDMI and DisplayPort. The vast majority of monitors have a HDMI 1.4 port and or a DisplayPort 1.2. If you want a 4k monitor, you need to make sure both the monitor and the graphics card in your computer support the newer HDMI 2.0 connection, otherwise you’ll be limited to just 30 Hertz at 4k which will make your computer field slow. Another feature you might be interested in if you are a big gamer, is g-sync or free sync: these are what are called adaptive sync technologies from Nvidia and AMD respectively. Basically they work by making sure your graphics card and your monitor refresh at the same time, so it reduces screen tearing gets rid of some stuttering and reduces input lag which makes your games look and feel smoother. Overdrive artificially lowers response times, which reduces ghosting, but at the same time it does increase input lag which is the time between clicking the mouse and the gun firing in your game on the computer. If you are tempted by an ultra-wide monitor for console gaming, most consoles games just output at 16 by 9 aspect ratio. Ultra monitors are not ideal for console gaming. If you’re going to sit further away like people often do when they play console games, you could get away with a 27-inch monitor.