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

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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

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