Shopping for Monitors and Displays

Computer monitors and displays come in different sizes ranging from small models with screen sizes measuring less than 20 inches to big units that are 27 inches and larger. Most displays paired with work and entertainment PCs have screen sizes between 21 and 26 inches. While they're essential hardware for desktop computers, you can also use them as external monitors for laptops.


Types of Computer Monitors

Most computer displays are widescreen monitors with aspect ratios of 16:9 and 16:10. Since they're wider than they're tall, these monitors can fit multiple open apps and large spreadsheets. An expansive screen also makes watching movies and playing video games more enjoyable. Choose an ultrawide monitor for a more impressive cinematic experience. This option has an aspect ratio of 21:9 and allows you to open even more apps side-by-side.

Some computer displays have touchscreen displays. These are best for Windows desktops and workstations, since the operating system supports touch-based interactions and stylus input. While most computer displays are flat, there are also curved display monitors. A curved LCD monitor makes a large display easier to use. The curvature of the screen allows you to see the entire display without turning your head.


What's an IPS Monitor?

IPS (in-Plane Switching) is a display panel technology that produces very accurate colors and deep blacks. IPS panels deliver all-around better performance than TN (Twisted Nematic) and VA (Vertical Alignment) panels. They're the panel of choice for external monitors and laptop screens, as well as the displays used for iPads and tablets. An IPS LCD screen may also use LED backlighting for improved picture quality. Choose an IPS LED monitor if you're looking for a thin computer display that consumes less power and produces brighter images than regular LCD displays.


Different Resolutions for Computer Displays

To enjoy vivid colors and sharp text, only consider display monitors with HD resolution and higher. Look for a minimum resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels for 15- to 20-inch monitors. Full HD and Quad HD displays offer twice and four times as many pixels as HD displays. For entertainment and gaming PCs, select an Ultra HD or 4K monitor. With four times the resolution of a Full HD screen, this computer monitor is also ideal for photo and video editing. Professionals working with graphics may also consider 5K and 8K monitors.


What's an IPS FreeSync Monitor?

This monitor supports AMD's adaptive sync technology. The feature reduces image stuttering, screen tearing, and input lag. FreeSync competes with NVIDIA's version of the same technology, called G-Sync. Commonly used for gaming, an IPS monitor is for desktops equipped with select high-end AMD graphics cards.


The right display monitors can help users improve their productivity and enjoy immersive experiences while gaming and watching movies. Consider factors such as size, aspect ratio, resolution, panel type, and brand when choosing Samsung, HP, Acer, and Dell monitors from B&H Photo and Video's inventory of computer displays.