LOW-COST MON­I­TORS

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BUYER’S GUIDE

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUY­ING A BUD­GET MON­I­TOR.

RES­O­LU­TION

Don’t ac­cept any­thing un­der 1,920 x 1,080, but at the same time, it’s hard to find higher on a bud­get.

IN­PUTS

HDMI is best for easy con­nec­tion, but some­times DVI or even legacy VGA ports are use­ful for con­nect­ing to older PCs.

STAND

Even the cheap­est screens can be tilted, but for pro­duc­tiv­ity use, look for height and pivot ad­just­ments.

PANEL TYPE

IPS is the best qual­ity, but VA pan­els are al­most as good, and are usu­ally cheaper with bet­ter con­trast.

SIZE

24-inch (of­ten 23.5-inch) is the sweet spot, but a 27-inch screen is worth con­sid­er­ing for those who game or just sit a bit fur­ther back.

RE­SPONSE TIME

Gamers should look for the low­est re­sponse time to avoid ghost­ing, but for day-to-day tasks, higher is not a prob­lem.

RE­FRESH RATE

Gamers should look for 75Hz or higher, but most af­ford­able mon­i­tors have a 60Hz re­fresh rate.

GAM­ING

Look for ex­tra tech­nolo­gies such as game modes, as well as tech­nolo­gies such as FreeSync which can help elim­i­nate tear­ing.

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