We all of us buy stuff. We buy this and that and we have to face the unavoidable problem of choice. We are offered various products with enticing labels and new-fangled technologies – sometimes lots of them in a single product – and the two opposing desires to get a good one and not to overpay are struggling in our heads.
This article is focused on the problem of choice of a computer monitor and consists of two parts. The first part covers the new trends that emerged or came to full force in 2009. In other words, it covers the most important technologies offered by the manufacturers and I will discuss them not in the way of how it works but rather in the way of what it gives to us, customers. The second part of the article is about choosing a monitor for specific applications. I will explain what parameters to pay attention to and name a few specific products you may be interested in. Of course, I cannot enumerate all monitors selling today and give my recommendations on each of them. So, I name specific models basing on my personal experience and taste. As everybody’s opinion is biased, you may not like the models I suggest for some reason. In this case, you should read through the theoretical part and approach the problem of choice on your own.
I will not discuss such parameters as contrast ratio, dynamic contrast, response time and some others again. If you want to know that, refer to our previous articles:
- X-bit’s Guide: Contemporary LCD Monitor Parameters and Characteristics
- LCD Panels with Response Time Compensation: 7 Monitors Reviewed
- Contemporary LCD Monitor Parameters: Objective and Subjective Analysis
- Xbit Labs Presents: LCD Monitors Testing Methodology Indepth
You may also want to check out the Monitors section of our site for reviews of specific products. Again, in this article, I will be trying to approach the issue from a purely practical point of view: what is the best buy?