A Lesson on Monitors

People frequently ask me what monitor I suggest. So, I’ve decided to keep a little blog post going that describes a few good options.

First off, you may need to understand the difference between 4K vs 1440P and 1080P resolutions.
Monitor Visualization Guide

If you take a look at this image, you will notice that a 4k screen is exactly the equal of 4 1080p screens. A comfortable size 1080p monitor is between 23″ and 27″ depending on your preferences. I like all of the fonts and icons to be very small. However, many folks prefer their text and images to be larger for easier reading. In that case, you want a 27″ 1080p monitor.

If you step up in resolution size, you need also to step up in physical size, because the higher resolution is going to cram more data in a sharper but smaller image.

Therefore, if are happy with a 27″ 1080p, you would want a 32″ 1440P and around a 60″ 4k.

Personally, I’m a fan of the 1440P size with a secondary 1080P 23″ monitor. I think matching monitors is more appealing to the eye, but I find the functionality that I get from this setup is sufficient for the desk real estate and the computer power that I currently have on hand.

1440p monitors

If you have a mount for the wall or your desk, then go with the AOC for a good price.

AOC Q2778VQE 27-Inch Class LED-Lit Monitor, Quad 2560×1440 Resolution

And add some kind of mount

ASUS PB277Q 27″ WQHD 2560×1440

However, if you are placing this monitor directly on your desk, then spend the extra money for a monitor with a good adjustable stand built in:


1080P Monitors

In the 1080P line, which is what the majority of users feel comfortable using, I would again place value on whether you are mounting the monitor or if it has a good adjustable mount built on.

AOC e2775SJ 27-Inch Class LED Monitor, 1920×1080

And add some kind of mount

vs this great built in mount:

AOC G2770PQU 144hz, 1ms, Ultimate Performance 27-Inch Professional Gaming Monitor