Monitor buying tips: ideal screen for work and pleasure

The more work and leisure merge, the more important a good monitor is. It is currently evident that the ergonomic display is not boring. So you can easily find the screen for office, multimedia, gaming.

If you want to buy a new monitor, you are faced with a confusing variety of models with different resolutions, ergonomic functions and additional technologies. It is therefore advisable to first ask yourself where the main focus of the screen should be. As soon as there is clarity on this point, you can concentrate on the central device factors for this and thus limit the selection to a clear level.

Monitor for office use: Full HD from 24 inches

During these times, you sit much longer than before at your home computer. Be it because you work in the home office or do many activities, such as your shopping, increasingly over the Internet. For many notebook owners, the small display on the mobile computer is no longer sufficient for this reason. But especially with a second screen, you shouldn’t go for the next cheap home. After all, you want a quality ad that you will be happy with for years to come.

You should definitely not save too much on the diagonal. With a 24-inch monitor with an aspect ratio of 16: 9, two A4-size windows can be conveniently placed next to each other. This provides a better overview and is also easy to use. A panel with full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and 60 Hertz refresh rate is sufficient for office work. You can find a good selection of monitors that meet these criteria for as little as 90 to 100 euros. Usually, however, one important function is missing here – adjustability in height. Over time, this turns out to be an annoying shortcoming. To avoid this, search for “Business Monitor”. Such a screen costs you 50 euros extra, but is worthwhile in the long run, like the one

Benq BL2483TM


An office monitor is also often the best solution for at home, as it can be better adapted to the installation location. 24-inch models with full HD resolution like the Benq BL2483TM start at around 150 euros.

© Benq

For around 200 euros you get into the 27-inch class if the full HD resolution is sufficient. If you go higher – for example to UHD with 3840 x 2160 pixels and 60 Hertz refresh rate – the prices will also skyrocket by around 100 euros. With the higher resolution, the change from TN to IPS panels inevitably comes. The latter are particularly stable in terms of viewing angles and colors – perfect for viewing photos and videos. The housing frames are ideally kept narrow so that you can place two or more monitors side by side as seamlessly as possible in order to enlarge the display further. You can now even find UHD monitors that can be used upright (pivot) for a good 350 euros – such as the


The image quality can be further increased with pre-calibrated screens that completely cover certain color spaces such as sRGB or Rec. 709 and run under the keyword “graphics monitor”. In the price range of 350 euros, they often support the WQHD resolution with 2560 x 1440 pixels such as the

Asus ProArt PA278QV

Gaming screen: Lots of Hertz and DisplayHDR

Even if you consider yourself a casual gamer, it’s worth taking a look at the gaming monitors. Because the manufacturers have significantly expanded this area. Other applications also benefit from the fast switching times – such as the mouse pointer, which in this way remains sharp during fast movements. A balanced gaming monitor currently has a refresh rate of 144 Hertz, supports the synchronization technologies AMD Freesync and / or Nvidia G-Sync and can be ergonomically adjusted. Manufacturers are increasingly moving away from traditional TN panels, since Fast IPS counterparts now have a response time of one millisecond while maintaining the usual high image quality.

What a gaming screen can currently do can be shown using the example of our current test winner in the game monitors with WQHD resolution:

Asus ROG Strix XG279Q
you can overclock the display from 144 to 170 Hertz. For this purpose, the screen covers the DCI-P3 color space to 95 percent and is behind

Vesa DisplayHDR 400
certified. The manufacturer combines various synchronization technologies under one roof, such as Freesync, Adaptive Sync or ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur). It is also G-Sync compatible. In addition to the specific game settings in the menu such as crosshairs, the gaming screen meets high ergonomic requirements by being height-adjustable, rotating and tilting. This abundance is reflected in the price of around 650 euros.

Here’s the

detailed review of the Asus ROG Strix XG279Q

Oversized monitors: increasingly popular, but expensive

Not only gamers, but also many users in the home office no longer want to be without the extra-wide screen. It offers you the space that you would otherwise only get with multiple screens. However, for a monitor with an aspect ratio of 21: 9 or even 32: 9, you pay many times the price you would pay for two displays. This means that the extra-wide screen is still a bit of luxury. In return, you also get a lot of technology: The panels are usually curved so that you can keep an eye on the entire width and be drawn as deeply as possible into the game. The common diagonals are 34, 35 and 40 inches.

The premier class even offers 49 inches and the curvature is modeled even more closely on the human eye. Samsung puts in here with the

Samsung Odyssey 9
before: The screen with a dual QHD resolution of 5120 x 1440 pixels has a curvature radius of tight 1000R. It can be overclocked up to 240 Hertz, which, however, requires a cutting-edge high-performance graphics card. In addition to G-Sync and Freesync Premium Pro, this monitor also masters high contrast via display HDR 1000 and HDR10 +. With an RRP of 1689 euros, this technical power is correspondingly expensive. Perhaps that is precisely why the manufacturer also offers the series

Samsung Odyssey 7
which is limited to 27- and 32-inch diagonals and is significantly more affordable at 730 euros and 850 euros (RRPs), respectively.


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According to the manufacturer, the extra-wide monitor Samsung Odyssey 9 is as curved as the human eye. Other curved variants are significantly less curved with 1800R or 1500R.


According to the manufacturer, the extra-wide monitor Samsung Odyssey 9 is as curved as the human eye. Other curved variants are significantly less curved with 1800R or 1500R.

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