Monitor Buying Guide – What You Need to Know

Hi guys welcome back to the Tech Chap. Now
buying a new monitor can be a bit tricky there’s loads of things to consider,
whether the size of resolution, the type panel used, refresh rates, response
times adaptive sync technologies, ports, what if
you wanna use the monitor of the games console or maybe you’ve been eyeing up
one of these fancy ultra-wide monitors or perhaps you’re wondering if you should invest in a 4K monitor can all be a bit overwhelming. you can of course to type into Amazon
something like 24 inch gaming monitor filter by customer rating and buy one
that looks nice and it’s within your budget that’s one way of doing it, but
even a basic model will set you back a 100 pounds; 150 dollars so before you go and buy one and spend
your hard earned money just give me a few minutes and when you through
everything you need to know about buying the right monitor for you and I put links
to my favorite recommended monitor in the description below this video. “Jeez. You believe that guy? I hate these snobs”
so let’s kick off with the most important stuff : size and resolution, you
can get monitors in all sorts of sizes from 17 to 40 inches the most common
size is 24 inches and it’s big enough to make a useful second screen if your main
computer is a laptop and it’s popular enough though there are loads to choose from only
usually pretty cheap now the vast majority of 24 inch
monitors have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 also known as ‘Full HD’ which the
same resolution as most tv’s. The next size up is 27 inches which is becoming
much more common and popular with gamers and power users who want the extra
screen real estate. Now if you get 27 inch monitor with the
same 1080p resolution everything starts to get a little bit
blurry or that sharp because the pixels are bigger so the pixel per inch density
is lower. In my experience if you want – 27 inch monitor i would definitely
recommend getting one with a 2560 x 1440 resolution also known as quad HD unless you’re a casual user who just
want something cheap and basic I’d say a 27-inch 1440p my opinion is the perfect
monitor and resolution combination right now but it does add to the price, but
what about 4K and also why monitor like this one? while you can get 4K or 3840 x
2160p monitors as small as 24 inches but it was popular size is 27 inches still though, I don’t think 27 inches is
big enough to really take advantage of all those extra pixels and things like text and icons will start look smaller you can of course make them bigger using scaling in Windows and Mac, but it doesn’t work well for everything. I would say if you really want a 4K
monitor, get at least a 30 inch or bigger one. I think that’d be the best suited to
that sort of high resolution and you can be then take advantage of all that extra
detail all those extra pixels. I’ve talked about 4K monitors quite a
bit in other videos but what exactly is the benefit of getting a 4K monitor,
I mean it was talking about 4K TV’s and 4K Blu-ray and you know the next generation
of consoles supporting possibly 4K gaming and i’ll explain having a UHD players so what’s the
point in getting a 4K monitor? well, basically they have eight million pixels that’s four times as many competitors
normal full HD monitor and what that means is everything sharper, clearer, and
generally appears more detailed, but the problem is pushing four times as many
pixels means that you need a much faster computer to power it, especially if you’re
gaming if you up the resolution to 4K it will
have a massive impact on your frame rate in games and in all honesty I wouldn’t
recommend 4K monitors to the vast majority of people out there, not yet at
least unless you have a beast of a PC with the
likes of an NVIDIA 1080 graphics card you won’t get a consistent 60fps in
modern games at high settings, so for gamers, stick to 24 or 27 inch monitor
with 1080p or 1440p resolution respectively however if your creative professional
maybe a developer someone who really wants a big monitor who wants to keep it
looking sharp a 4K is a good choice and there are good 4K monitor is
getting more affordable but you just make sure your PC is powerful enough to
run it and crucially has the right port but we’ll talk about more about that
later on. Now finally in terms of sizes, let’s talk
about ultra-wide monitors where most monitors and TV’s have a 16:9 aspect
ratio Ultra-Wide like this one have a 21:9 aspect ratio, so they’re not any taller they just a lot wider. this is great for watching movies having
multiple programs open at once and playing games it really adds to the
immersion the most common sizes of all towards are 29 and 34 inches with
resolution of 2560 x 1080p and 3440 x 1440p respectively there is definitely a price premium to
be had with Ultra-Wides but they do look great I think you look great in a weird
futuristic something out of Minority Report perhaps, and they were good alternative to having
multiple monitor setup you know rather than having two monitors here with a
bezel in the middle you have to try hide, this looks much nicer, but you don’t
have to break the bank to get one there are some good value ones out there but
if you want a bigger one like this 34 inch one, one with a high 3440 x 1440p
resolution and extras like juicing which we’ll talk about later on you’re going
to pay quite a bit more for and also getting in one curved is going to add to
the price now in terms of design and style while it’s all very subjective
isn’t it? I tend to prefer monitors with really
thin bezels, it’s really up to you what they look like, the one thing that is
probably worth mentioning about the design is how flexible they are how much
you can move them around. Some monitors can be tilted, raised, lowered, swivel, and
rotated 90 degrees so you can use and vertically and even VESA mounted if
you want to take the stand off and mounted to your desk or the wall, other
ones don’t move at all, so if you’re someone who wants to move it around a lot if you’ve got a weird shape
desk or you want to rotate it 90 degrees look at the part description to see just
how flexible it is. Now let’s talk about panels that sounds really boring, I know
but it is pretty important that makes a big difference to how good your monitor
looks there are three types: IPS, TN, and VA
with the first to be the most common if you want to know all there is to know
about TN VS IPS you can check out my in-depth comparison video by clicking on
the card at the top right, but generally TN panels are cheaper, and they offer
better response times, so you don’t get as much ghosting effect when playing games
or watching fast-moving content, but they do generally have pretty rubbish viewing
angles. IPS on the other hand is more expensive, has slight slow response times,
and depending on the quality might suffer from IPS glow but despite all that they have well
there’s a lot more color accurate they have fantastic viewing angles and
generally and also in my opinion the other preferred panel to go for similarly VA panel they are very
similar to IPS they tend to offer better contrast ratio, so you get deeper blacks,
richer white, slight more vibrant colors but they tend not to have the best as
quite good viewing angles either IPS, so unless you’re a professional gamer who
wants the absolute fastest response time the lowest input lag, which is something
different and I do discuss in that IPS VS TN video perhaps you can forgo the good viewing
angles and go for a TN panel if your general user if your photo as if
you value color accuracy definitely try and pay the extra to get IPS or VA panel
IPS is the most popular most common after TN, VA is usually just restricted
to samsung monitors there’s nothing wrong with them but again you might not want something
want to something more to it might not have the features you want so this is
what I have here is IPS and I really do swear by IPS and if you get a good one their import lags and response times can
be pretty much as low as a TN now anyway the technology is getting a lot
better. Next up are refresh rate this is the
number of times your panel refreshes per second the more if it does the smoother
everything looks the vast majority of monitors including this one have a 60Hz refresh rate, but more these days monitors are offering higher refresh
rate is anything from 75 to 200 Hertz, a high refresh rate is really nice feature
to have, but anything above a 120Hz your struggle to notice the
difference however jumping from 60 to a 100 or a 120 well
offer a big difference; games will feel slicker and smoother moving the mouse
around a desktop will certainly become a nice to experience some people
especially gamers swear by a high refresh rate monitor in my opinion
though having used a variety of them I actually decided to stick with an
Ultra-wide monitor which has a basic 60 Hertz refresh rate rather than
typical 16:9 with a higher refresh rate mainly because I don’t play games as
much these days and that’s one of the main reasons you would want more, it is worth mentioning that in games you’ll only see the benefit of high refresh
rates if your PC is fast enough to push the games above 60 frames per second, if
you have an average PC, then you get 30 to 40 FPS in games you know they’re
taking advantage of a 120Hz monitor for gaming, at least So weren’t going to be any use to you. High refresh rate monitors it do definitely cost more, but it’s a really nice feature
to have i do recommend it if you can afford it. You don’t have to have it as a self so I
have chosen not to in favor of an Ultra-wide but hopefully something in
the future I can afford an ultra-wide with a high refresh rate is definitely
something i would like it’s not essential but it is a pretty
cool feature, now a quick mention about ports, I know it’s boring but there are
just two kinds of ports on monitors that you need to worry about HDMI and
DisplayPort, older monitors have VGA, VGA and DVI ports but considering
this is a toy 16 video and I guess you guys are watching this because you are
interested in buying a new monitor not going to worry about all those old port,
so HDMI and DisplayPort currently the vast majority of monitors have a HDMI 1.4 port and or a DisplayPort 1.2, that’s great, nothing really to worry about
there but if you want a 4K monitor, you need to
make sure both the monitor and the graphics card in your computer support
the newer HDMI 2.0 connection, otherwise you’ll be limited to just 30Hz at 4K
which will make your computer feel really slow. DisplayPort 1.2 on the other hand is
capable of 4K at 60Hz so that’s the best way of doing 4K right now a 1440p you can only get 60Hz over
HDMI 1.4 so again DisplayPort 1.2 is your best bet, unless of course you’re monitor and you’re graphics card support HDMI 2.0.
But that is a bit rare right now so the moral of the story is where
possible use a DisplayPort 1.2 connection but HDMI is fine for
1080p or 1440p resolutions as long as you’re not doing running a high refresh
monitor. Now DisplayPort 1.3, 1.4, an HDMI 2.0, be are all sort of coming about coming out now in the new graphics card
like the NVIDIA GTX 1070, 1080 and the NVIDIA GTX 480, so if you’re
building a new way can you look into the future proof your; perhaps not sure what
monitor want but you might want the potential of having a 4K, Ultra-Wide, High refresh monitor do try and get one of these newer cards because you’re thank
yourself later that you’ve got these brand new connections on them, now moving
on from port should be glad to hear it to another feature you might be
interested in particularly if you’re a big gamer is
G-SYNC or FREESYNC, these are what are called adaptive sync technologies from
NVIDIA and AMD respectively. Basically they work by making sure your
graphics card and your monitor refresh at the same time, so it reduces screen
tearing, get rid of some stuttering and reduces input lag, which makes your games can feel smoother I wouldn’t say it’s as big or as
important feature as getting a monitor with a high refresh rate in my opinion,
but if you want the best gaming experience and G-SYNC and FREESYNC monitor is a great idea G-SYNC in particular does quite
a bit to the cost of a monitor and of course can only be used with
NVIDIA graphics card. FREESYNC tends to be quite a lot
cheaper but again can only be used with AMD cards now i hope i’m bored you guys
too much just yet but i want to mention a couple more features I just quickly, one of them is Ultra Low
Motion Blur (ULMB) and other is overdrive ULMB as it attempt
reduces motion blur and it worked quite well but the problem is it reduces the
monitors brightness by often up to 50% – 60% so i’m not really a fan of
using it even though it makes things a bit smoother the other feature I also didn’t really
use is: overdrive, which artificially lower response times which reduces
ghosting but the same time it does increase input
lag which is the time between say clicking a mouse and the gun firing in
your game on the computer so UMLB and Overdrive, often built into monitors they’re quite common but you might have
a play around with you want to use them or not but generally there’s just too
many issues with them that i’m personally wouldn’t use them again if
you have G-SYNC freezing that’s better than UMLB, and
overdrive well, just make sure you can either put on medium to ever put on high
or very high you get weird artifacting but generally just keep it off it’s not
something I would really recommend is not a game-changing feature, one of the questions I do get asked quite a lot is what the best monitor for games consoles
well PS4 and XBox one currently have a
maximum output of 1080p at 60Hz, so 4K monitor is pretty pointless at the
moment if you attempt to buy an ultra-wide a
monitor for console gaming, again most consoles go games just output at 16:9
aspect ratio, so you’re going to have letterboxing on the side of the monitors; the old game will stretch, but it won’t look good, so Ultra-Wide monitors aren’t ideal for console gaming, they work, but you’ll have letterboxing most of the
time. As for the next generation of consoles
on the PS4 NEO or whatever it’s called, Xbox One S and ‘Project Scorpio’ it might
be worth investing in a 4K monitor to take advantage of the Ultra HD Blu-ray
players and potentially there 4K gaming out book, but I wouldn’t really worry about that too much now maybe look at buying a 4K monitor in a year or so, perhaps mid to late 2017 when the consoles are out, when that monitor much as a cheaper they have more features, but for now i wouldn’t really bother with 4K for gaming, generally a good 24-inch 1080p monitor will be best for gaming because
I say soon as you go to 27 inches and above you do lose the quality, however if
you guessed it farther away like people often do when you play console games you could get away with the 27-inch monitor. Now what would be the perfect monitor? for
some Ultra-Wide like this it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that
doesn’t have juicing or high refresh rate, but I really do appreciate the wide
angle for many of you though a solid 27-inch 1440p IPS high refresh rate, G-SYNC monitor would be
the ideal of a perfect monitor, but you are going to pay for those features
you’re looking about 600 pounds or a 800 dollars for a monitor like that
all of these features don’t come cheap alternatively you may want a 4K monitor, perhaps of 32 inch one you don’t care about G-SYNC that saves on some money, but again 4K still does have a bit of a premium
over the lower resolution so one it will just come down to what you’re going to use it for, and how much you’re going to pay, so I do appreciate that is quite a
lot to take in, but i hope this video has helped you decide also monitor you want to
buy, perhaps clean up a few things for you I have put a link has a say below this
video in the description to a few of my favorite monitors, including this one I’m using right now, but if I have missed out anything when you don’t agree with
something I’ve said, do let me know in the comments below it would be great to
hear your thoughts or tweet me at @thetechchap, thank you very much for
watching guys and I’ll see you again right here on the tech chap.

100 thoughts on “Monitor Buying Guide – What You Need to Know

  1. I guarantee if someone who is just a big gamer, not even a professional, gets a high refresh tn panel and they play fps games, they will take it every time over the ips just because of how responsive it is. You don't even need a crazy expensive PC to push 1080p into the mid to high 100s fps

  2. I got more than half way through this video and I heard him say “2016” (it’s 3/2019 at the time of this post). I literally had to stop and go see the publish date to make certain that I heard him correctly. This is an EXCELLENTLY done video and still incredibly relevant nearly 3 years later! Great work, man! Well done!

  3. Hi.. Lovely Video… Very Enlightening … Please can an 17.3 inches Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition 16gb Ram {1080p} drive a dual setup with 2 {24" monitors at 1080p}? Thanks so much…

  4. But u see for iMac 5k monitor which size is 27” and is smaller than 32” but shows well, can u help to explan that

  5. Should I get a 28 inch 4K Samsung OR a 29 inch UltraWide LG with 2560×1080??? the 4K is around $100 more. Please help me choose

  6. What are your thoughts on QHD VA (2560 x 1440) v UHD VA (3840 x 2160) AOC monitor 32 inch.the price difference is about $100. I do not game just lots of documents, multi-programs and browsing at once and some video editing and website building. New to the later. Btw I have a 15” MacBook Pro 2018 with the upgraded graphics (560 x 4096) card and processor ( 2.6 ghz intel i7) This video was 3 years ago so I suppose your thoughts may be different for multiple reasons.

  7. Hi I am thinking to get a monitor ,I am confused between hp 24es and Samsung 27 inch curved display can you please help me out

  8. Knowledge can never be considered boring especially when people need that knowledge to make informed decisions. Thank you for the video and sharing information aka knowledge. I have a ultra wide 3440 x 1440 60 native hz 100 hz at oc. I am looking for a 144hz ultra wide.

  9. refresh rates higher than 120Hz you'll struggle to see the difference (says the guy plaing gta) OF COURSE YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE but you see them in copetitive games where you do a lot of flicks and fast movements like overwatch or counters strike dont listen to this amateur he doesnt know what he's talking about

  10. Thanks this is a great video to explain everything. I'm looking for a new monitor and the LG 29um68 looks good and Amazon has a sale on the 29wk500 which are around the same price now. I have an Nvidia gtx960 and do you know if they'll work with them also is it worth going up to HDR? If so will my card support it? And if you know both monitors which would you pick? I'm gonna use for productivity I don't do gaming primarily photo editing web design etc. I'm on a budget at the moment so is this the type of monitor to look at? Colour accuracy will be important as I may get back into printing photography. Thanks!

  11. a very instructional video – the only thing that may have been helpful is to consider photography as well as gamers 🙂

  12. For a beginner that’s building a gaming set up, do I need a tower to use a monitor? Until I have enough I’ll get my pc built but for now I play on my PS4

  13. I bought a HP 32'' with quad HD res: 2560×1440. Haven't unboxed it yet so can you tell me if this has good resolution for it's spec? Totally green to all this stuff (excuse pun lol). Thanks.

  14. My budget is 1000$ what is best combo I can buy. Monitor and CPU…please advice ..which model and brand ? And I am not in gaming just regular computer use .

  15. I'm about to buy a new monitor and would like to give me some good advice about it.

    I am a 50+ year old person and I have a new mini PC with integrated Intel HD 630 graphics. Currently I have a 21.5 inches HP IPS Z22n monitor @60 Hz and it starts getting difficult to spend a lot of time working with it since I am eye fatigued, maybe because of the brightness or the frequency rate.

    I have thought that a larger monitor with a higher refresh rate will be better, the question is how much the integrated graphics can support without bottlenecking the PC. I guess a 2K would be impossible but I'd like to know if a higher refresh rate would help me in this case.

    As expected, I'm not a gamer (I play AOM at most) but I'm looking for better clarity in text and video. I've even thought about switching to VA panel because of the higher contrast they have, maybe a curved one. What could you suggest?

    I'll appreciate your help.

  16. Watch my UPDATED Monitor Buying Guide 2019 video here:

  17. There was this one time i saw a monitor, curved 23.6 that was only 18 dollars and I wanted to buy it for my future PC which I was supposed to get in 3 months, but my dad refused to buy it because he said there will always be cheap monitors for sale, it’s not urgent. That was 6 years ago, I’ve never found a monitor, curved the same price as that, they’re usually 300 dollars 🙁

  18. Update: Playstation pro and Xbox one X support 4k gaming (I think the xbox one s also support 4k). The xbox one x also has 4k enhanced gaming.

  19. The only reason I managed to watch this video to the end was because of the accent, it was all a bunch of letters and numbers to me. I’m technologically challenged and most likely I’ll still go to the store and have a panic attack and break out in hives somewhere in the keyboard aisle. But I did learn some things and also like it when he pronounces HDMI like “haytch-DMI” lol!

  20. Hello mate nice video!
    I just ordered the LG 27UK600-W 27''.
    Do i need to install any drivers?
    In LG site there are two download files.
    1:LG HDR 4K
    2:LG HDR 4K_RS3
    Should i run those files or not?

  21. VA is awesome. IPS is also good. TN… well… you generally get good response times for what you pay for, which is great if you're a very competitive gamer, but it will look worse compared to a VA or IPS panel of the same price.

  22. I have a Thinkpad L480 laptop which has 40HZ display. If brought good external monitor with 100HZ rate would it be possible to get higher frame rate ?

  23. Hi, between a LG 24MK600M, Acer Nitro VG240Ybmiix and Acer SA230Abi which one is better? Or can you recommend a similar monitor that I didn't consider? thanks a lot

  24. Than for photo and video editing…it's best to take a budget…24" full HD monitor?;to add on my Dell XPS 17"?

  25. Hey man, love your work. Your knowledge is high, your presentation is thorough and complete in every which way. I seen huge quantities of such presentations, and yours is at the absolute top of the pile. Keep it up forever

  26. Sorry for such a naive question, but his the size of the monitor referencing the horizontal width? or the diagonal span of the monitor? So it is just 24 " across or 24" diagonal when you say it?

  27. I have an iMac that I am using but need a bigger screen. I want to combine monitors because I do not want to waste the iMac but I do not know a monitor that works well with an iMac. Can anyone help???

  28. Will the manufacturers ever make Glossy IPS monitors again? The only good example I could think of is the old Acer H6 H236HL bid.

  29. I am planning to buy curved monitor. I work on PPTs, Excel sheets and Autocad. . Please suggest whether I should go for Flat or Curved.

  30. I have just purchased a used Dell monitor and plugged it in to my Dell "Inspiron 1300 laptop. The laptop startd up ok and the monitor screen also except that it now displays a black message in the centre of the screen "Auto detect" (analogue input) cannot display this video mode" when it clearly does. Made many attempts to remove this message with no success, any suggestions?

  31. Omg I came for the monitor information but decided to stay and subscribe for this man so incredibly attractive I can listen to you all day 😍

  32. Very well explained! I wish I had come across this video first before I had to pick and research on each topic one by one…

  33. Can I use my TV instead of buying a new monitor? I am having LG 43 inches 4K UHD LED TV, works perfectly with my Playstation 4 with Game mode. My PC configuration is i9 9900K, AMD Radeon 5700 XT, 32 GB DDR4 3200 Mhz, M.2 500GB Samsung Evo. currently using Samsung 27 inch (68.6 cm) Curved Bezel Less monitor, but now I want to upgrade to 4K.

  34. Hi, there. I would like to purchase a curved ultrawide monitor. However, which one do you recommend that doesn’t have an IPS glow? Also, I’d like to connect my 2019 MacBook to the new Ultrawide curved 27, 29 or 34-inch monitor. Which brand do you recommend that will stay connected after I close my laptop?

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