Remote Work Tips: Importance of Choosing a Computer Monitor

Working remotely means you’ll be spending a chunk of your work hours in front of the computer. If you’re thinking about upgrading or investing in your computer setup, here are several reasons why you should also consider picking a quality computer monitor.

Go Big: Why Size and Resolution Matters

Yes, the size of the monitor directly reflects the price of a monitor, so if you choose one that is bigger in size, expect to pay higher than its smaller-sized counterpart.

However, if you can afford to buy the biggest monitor that would fit your workspace, it is always best to go big (around 32 inches or higher).  If you have a large real estate on your display, it will be more comfortable to work on and significantly improve your workflow. This also means you’ll be able to increase your productivity and in turn, work longer hours.

To future-proof your monitor, resolutions that are Full HD (1920 x 1080) or 4K (3840 x 2160) would be ideal. This is a particularly important consideration if you’re going to use your monitor for content-rich activities since having a higher resolution means getting more details fit on the screen at once.

Curved Screens for a More Immersive Experience

Curved TVs weren’t a hit, but curved monitors are becoming more and more popular as users benefit from the curvature that is more natural to the human eye. Because our eyeballs are curved, viewing anything from a curved screen result in less strain and provide a more immersive experience.

Everything you see on a curved screen feels more 3D than on a flat-screen. The only downside to curved monitors is the price. Since you cannot appreciate the curvature with a small-sized monitor, a good-sized curved display can be expensive.

Monitor Ergonomics Affect Your Overall PC Use

Monitors can cause strain to the eye, neck, back, and even your lower body. Fortunately, you can choose certain features of a monitor to prevent these issues from arising.

For example, some monitors have anti-flicker technology and low blue light features, which keep your eye from having cataracts and vision-related migraines. Other monitors are designed with a non-glare feature, which is always welcome because it prevents eye strain even during extended work hours.

Offer multiple functions beyond display

Monitor manufacturers no longer just focus on the display function. In fact, the competition in the display industry is so tight that some models are super full-featured. These brands pack so many functions into the display itself that you no longer have to buy separate components, such as:

  • Camera: Like laptops, you can now buy a monitor with a built-in IR camera for all your video conferencing needs.
  • Noise-canceling microphones: Perfect if you’re podcasting, meeting with your bosses, and presenting work stuff remotely.
  • Speakers: Sound systems are now incorporated into the monitor stand or frame, depending on the model and manufacturers. Check out BenQ monitors for a good sample of a display with built-in speakers.
  • Qi charger: This enables you to charge a USB hub or other devices wirelessly.

In the past, manufacturers force features that they are not experts in just so they could include it in a particular product, but resulted in a substandard function. What’s great about monitors today is that collaboration is now welcomed and a top-tier monitor brand can easily team up with the best manufacturers of speakers (like BOSE, Sony, Audio by Bang & Olufsen, etc.), cameras (like Fuji, Nikon, HP, etc.), and so on.

Space-saving Features for Small Home Office

If you just buy any monitor for your remote office setup without any consideration, you might end up having a display that doesn’t fit your workspace. This is one reason to choose the right size of a monitor for you.

In addition, if you’re looking for more flexibility, there are adjustable or tiltable monitors that can provide customization to the height of your monitor. Because the monitor should be at healthy eye levels to prevent stiff necks and back pains, choose a monitor that has the ability to tilt or can accommodate a VESA-standard wall mount.

VESA wall mounts allow you to hang your monitors using four holes in the back of your display. Hanging a monitor to the wall or rack is one of the easiest ways to free up space on your desk.  Of course, this may not be ideal for curved monitors, but if you have a multi-display setup for your home office, VESA mounting is still recommended.

Like shopping for any computer component, you should weigh your monitor options if you need it for work at home. There are hundreds of monitor models today and it is a MUST to find the right computer display that would best fit your needs, budget and preference.

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