PLUGGING IT IN
When buying a monitor, don’t forget one of the most important considerations of all: how to connect it to your computer. There have been several display connector plug standards over the years. The earliest — now largely defunct — was video graphics array (VGA). It was followed up with digital visual interface (DVI) and DisplayPort, both of which still are commonly used, along with high-def multimedia interface (HDMI), which also feeds sound into your monitor. Any modern display should support these latter connector standards.
Thunderbolt (in its latest iteration, known as USB-C) will become increasingly prevalent. This is the single computer plug to rule them all, providing data, display and even power through a single cable.
The advantage of both DisplayPort and Thunderbolt is that they also carry data. This feature can be useful if you have connectors for USB devices such as hard drives or wireless headphones on the back of your monitor because you can access them all via a single cable running between your monitor and your computer.