How to buy a monitor in 2017 - CNET
At the moment we're in a lull before products incorporating new standards are ready,
such as HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4, so if you're OK being behind the curve
until you can afford something new, then don't worry.
You can certainly drive a TV from your computer, but TVs are meant to be viewed
from a distance, while computer displays are designed for closer work.
The refresh rate on monitors is faster so you don't see a delay as you drag
your mouse across the screen.
How to Find a Great Computer Monitor for Business or Pleasure
When it comes to gaming, most players feel that more pixels are better.
It’s important to have sufficient pixel density to make images look smooth and
realistic. But obviously the more dots you have, the more graphics horsepower you’ll need.
The current (2017) sweet spot seems to be QHD (2160x1440) resolution.
At sizes up to 32 inches you’ll see good density and a detailed image.
Frame syncing or adaptive sync. Probably better known via brand names like Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync.
Frame syncing technology varies the refresh rate to make a smoother image.
The details are beyond the scope of this page.
See a page ruler here.
The Best Computer Monitors of 2017 | PCMag.com
Model Price size Resolution Score
ViewSonic VP2468 $250 24 EC 4
NEC MultiSync EX241UN-BK $396 24 EC 4.5
HP Pavilion 32 Display $370 32 EC 4
Dell UltraSharp 24 InfinityEdge Monitor U2417H $274 24 EC 4
Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor U3417W $770 34 3440 x 1440 EC 4.5
Asus PA328Q $910 32 3840 x 2160 EC 4.5
Best Computer Monitor Reviews – Consumer Reports
DellUltraSharp U2713H $750 87
Asus PA249Q $500 2483
Philips 288P6LJEB $450 28 81
Asus PQ321Q $1,400 31.5 80
AcerB286HK $500 28 77
What I have: Samsung U28E510 UHD $299 Costco 4/2017
4K 3840 x 2160, 3008 x 1692, 2560 x1440
I use 3008 x 1692 which is more readable with my old eyes.
Late 2015 iMac Core i5 27-inch Retna 5K
5120 x 2889
15" 1024x768 (EVGA) .78Mp $300
17-18" 1280x1024 (SXGA) 1.3Mp $500-800
19" 1280x1024 (SXGA) 1.3Mp $650-900
20" 1600x1024 WSXGA
20-21" 1600x1200 (UXGA) 1.9Mp $950-1,200
Apple 23" 1920x1200 $2,000
Apple 30" 4.2 Mp 2560x1600 $3,299
23" 2048x1152 QWXGA Samsung $280
24" 1920x1200 WUXGA $450-500
30" 2560x1600 WQXGA
DVI - Digital Video Interface (Mac Powerbook)
DFP - Digital Flat Panel
DP - Display Port Cable
HDMI - High Definition Multimedia Interface
ADC - Apple Display Connector (ADC cable carries power, USB and digital graphics)
See HDMI vs. DisplayPort: Which display interface reigns supreme?
A single DisplayPort interface can support up to four monitors at 1920-by-1200-pixel
resolution each, or two monitors at 2560-by-1600-pixel resolution,
DisplayPort supports multiple displays and its ability to connect to nearly any other
type of monitor with an inexpensive adapter give it greater flexibility than HDMI possesses.
||Resolution ||Aspect ratio|
Full HD (FHD) ||1,920x1,080 ||16:9|
Wide quad HD (WQHD) ||2,560x1440 ||16:9|
Wide quad XGA ||2,560x1,600 ||16:10|
Ultra wide quad HD ||3,440x1,440 ||21:9|
Ultra HD 4K (UHD) ||3,840x2,160 ||16:9|
Digital Cinema Initiatives 4K (DCI 4K) ||4,096x2,160 ||Between 16:8 and 16:9|
5K ||5,120x2,880 ||16:9|
8K UHD ||7,680x4,320 ||16:9|
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