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Looking to buy a new desk monitor but do not know where to start.

Last Updated: Oct 08, 2014 12:47PM CDT
So, you wish to get an upgrade on your old desk monitor that you have been using for years, but are lost in the multitude of choices? Don’t panic, we are here to help!
Some Key things to remember:
  • The most common resolution nowadays is 1920 by 1080, or 1080p High Definition resolution and is 16 by 9 aspect ratio. Most content now is made in that format/resolution so most of our monitors are 1920 by 1080 resolution. Higher resolution, the 2560 by 1440 resolution is gaining ground nowadays but still retaining the 16 by 9 aspect ratio.
  • Panel type- VA, AHVA, TN and IPS panel.
  1.    VA- vertical alignment. Advantages: high viewing angles and high contrast ratios. Disadvantage: high response/lag times
  2.    AHVA- Advanced Hyper Viewing Angles. Advantage: excellent viewing angles, higher resolutions.          Disadvantage: poor response time
  3.    IPS-In Plane Switching. Best for graphic design and 3d modeling but an older standard.
  4.    TN-Twisted Nematic. Advantages: high response times, good for gaming. Disadvantages: poor viewing angles.
  • Lastly, talking about refresh rates, the most common fixed refresh rate (sometimes called vertical frequency) of screens is 60Hz, but a few monitors (gaming) are able to operate at 120Hz or even 144Hz frequency( for more fluid and faster game play).
A great resource for this stuff id TFT central, http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/, highly encourage you to check it out before making a decision.

There are A TON of models and series, even in the BenQ line up to choose from, so we will break it down for you.
The very first thing you must ask yourself is “How will I use the monitor?”

The G, GL and GW series monitors are made primarily for General Use. These are your average work monitors for home and office or both, and are usually used to work on word and spreadsheet editing and web surfing.

The BL series monitors are branded Business and Professional Use monitors, hence the B in the model name. Both current BL models, the BL2710PT and the BL3200PT are pretty big, 27” and 32” respectively and they both feature the 1440p resolution (2560x1440) for CAD/CAM work, 3d modeling, video editing and wireframe editing, so these are pretty specialized for those fields.

Then you have XL and RL series which are gaming monitors which deserve a whole separate article by themselves.

Lastly, we have the EW and the VW series monitors. These are designed for style and comfort and are usually purchased for aesthetic reasons. The EW series pride themselves on having a very thin bezel for a bold statement and the VW monitors are white and are generally popular with MAC users.
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