Af­ford­able back-to-school lap­tops

NOT EV­ERY­ONE NEEDS A HIGH-END MON­I­TOR, SO FOR THOSE ON A BUD­GET OR WHO JUST NEED A BA­SIC SCREEN, WE’VE COM­PARED THE MOST AF­FORD­ABLE OP­TIONS.

TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ LINDSAY HANDMER ]

TO HELP SCOPE out what was avail­able when it comes to low-cost screens, this month we’ve put 10 mod­els to the test, with all mod­els priced un­der $300. Of course, at this pri­ce­point, mon­i­tors tend to­wards sim­pler mod­els, but there are plenty of smaller pan­els with higher-end fea­tures. It’s also pos­si­ble to buy quite com­pe­tent gam­ing mod­els, with func­tion­al­ity such as AMD FreeSync and higher re­fresh rates. While many cheaper screens use ba­sic TN pan­els, some step up the qual­ity with VA or even IPS dis­plays.

Other af­ford­able pro­duc­tiv­ity-fo­cused mon­i­tors in­clude ad­justable stands, or have in­creased power ef­fi­ciency.

While it’s pos­si­ble to buy af­ford­able LCDs un­der 20-inches, 27-inches is about as big as you will find with­out blow­ing out the bud­get and go­ing above $300.

As al­ways, make sure you shop around for the best price — our sis­ter site www.get­price.

com.au is a great place to start. But don’t shy away from big name stores such as JB Hi-Fi or Of­fice­Works ei­ther, who of­ten have some sur­pris­ingly-great dis­counts and spe­cial of­fers.

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