Which mon­i­tor should I get?

T3 India - - Horizon Gadget Guru -

AThe pro­gres­sive ease at which Korea, Ja­pan, and China can man­u­fac­ture LCD pan­els means great things for the desk­top mar­ket, and good news for fans of odd as­pect ra­tios and ab­surd pixel den­sity. Though se­lect­ing the right one boils down to a per­sonal cost/ ben­e­fit anal­y­sis. You could plump for a 16:9 screen, which suits most ap­pli­ca­tions, most on­line video for­mats, and most games, or you could go mad with a more ex­otic ob long: the Cin­ema scope shaped 21:9 is mak­ing big in­roads, while Sam­sung and oth­ers are push­ing a rather silly 32:9 ul­tra­w­ide ra­tio. When things start get­ting that com­plex, and you start deal­ing with that many pix­els, you need ex­tra hard­ware to drive it; 1080p has you wran­gling two mil­lion pix­els, while a 4K screen pushes that over eight mil­lion. Not that GaGu would rec­om­mend go­ing for any­thing less than QHD (2560x1440), be­cause it re­ally does make a dif­fer­ence. There’s the ques­tion of curves

When things start get­ting that com­plex and you start deal­ing with that many pix­els, you need ex­tra hard­ware to drive it

(that’s re­ally an each to their own sort of thing) and HDR (you don’t need it, but it’s nice to have, if what the man­u­fac­turer claims is HDR ac­tu­ally is). There’s the ques­tion of re­fresh rates (don’t trust sci­ence –you’ll no­tice the dif­fer­ence be­tween 60Hz and 144Hz) and sync (look for some­thing in con­junc­tion with your graph­ics card for tear-free images). GaGu cop-out an­swer time, then: buy the best thing you can af­ford, and what works with your desk. Don’t get some­thing gi­gan­tic if you’re go­ing to be a foot away from it; don’t spend on gam­ing fea­tures if you’re never go­ing to use them.

ABOVEThe big­ger your mon­i­tor, the big­ger your joy. Isn’t that how the say­ing goes?

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