I’m trying to get into photo editing, but my pictures look mushy and unsatisfying on my computer screen. It has a resolution of 1680x1050 but my PC card supports 2560x1600 resolution. Should I upgrade? Martyn Jones, via email
Jason says… It sounds like you’re using a TM (Twisted Nematic) monitor. They’re often bundled with PCs as they’re relatively cheap to manufacture, yet have fast response times. But they suffer from inaccurate colour rendition, and brightness and contrast can vary enormously, depending on your viewing angle. An IPS (In-Plane Switching) monitor will typically deliver far greater accuracy for colour and tonal range. Popular makes include Acer, Asus, iiyama, LG and ViewSonic, and prices for a 27-inch widescreen IPS monitor start at around £200/$250.
This Acer H277H 27-inch IPS monitor delivers superb image quality at a reasonable price of about £230/$280