PC Monitors

If you’re like us, you spend a lot of time staring at your PC monitor, then shouldn’t that be a good one?

Connection type: Can you connect to your PC?

The first question you should always ask yourself when buying a monitor: can it even connect to your computer? You will need to check the output on your computer and see what types of ports are available.

Video Graphics Matrix (VGA) – Old and outdated

VGA is the oldest video output standard available on new computers, mostly cheaper systems and business-class laptops (to make sure they can connect to older projection systems). You probably don’t want to use this.

An old monitor that still accepts analogue input. From left to right: HDMI, DVI, VGA.

Digital Visual Interface (DVI)

DVI is the digital successor to the analogue VGA standard. While it is also quite old now, it is still commonly used in monitors, desktop motherboards, and discrete graphics cards, although its relatively large size and bolt-on connection mean that it is not popular in laptops. Dual-link DVI cables and connections support resolutions up to 2560×1600 at 60 hertz. That’s enough for most modern small and medium-sized monitors. DVI also carries only one video signal.

High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) – Extremely Common and Convenient

If you have a flat-screen TV, chances are you’re already familiar with HDMI ports and cables. HDMI is a digital standard that carries both audio and video, which means that if your monitor includes built-in speakers or a headphone jack, there is no need for a separate audio connection. Between its convenient video plus audio capability and its ubiquity on televisions and monitors, HDMI is probably the most popular video connection standard on the market.

HDMI ports and cables come in different capacities based on when they were released. The original standard (1.0) could only handle a maximum resolution of 1920×1200 at 60 hertz, but the latest revision (2.1) can send a massive 10,000-pixel wide image at 120Hz. If you are looking for a high resolution or refresh rate monitor, an HDMI connection with the latest revision is a great option. Read more

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