Debunking the main computer monitor myths

It’s a piece of hardware that you can spend huge amounts of money on – and this is probably one of the reasons there is so much information published out there.

Unfortunately, while some of this information is invaluable, at the same time there is some which is completely inaccurate. The upshot is that some people can spend unnecessarily high amounts of money on a monitor which really doesn’t suit them.

As such, we’re here to debunk some of these misconceptions. We’ll now take a look at some of the biggest offenders and highlight why you shouldn’t believe them.

“You should always turn to low response monitors”

Let’s put something of a disclaimer out there first; there are occasions where this myth is completely true. If you are taking advice from The Gaming Monitor and looking for a monitor for the latest games, it goes without saying that a low response time is absolutely essential.

However, it’s not quite as essential for all those other uses.

First and foremost, we should explain that the pixel response time is how quickly (or slowly, in some cases), a pixel is able to change color. If we turn to the gaming example, this is pretty essential. In terms of everyday use, our eyes will stop noticing any response rate that drops to less than 10 ms. Therefore, while it’s possible to buy ones with a response rate of 2 milliseconds, in reality this isn’t going to be a noticeable difference.

“It’s all about the contrast ratio”

Well, in truth, it’s not.

Sure, the contrast of a monitor should play a small part in your decision-making process, but the complexities of this field mean that you should almost ignore it.

Why? Well if you were to look on a box, you’d see a contrast ratio figure. This figure is usually written like 1000:1, or similar. The problem is that this figure relates to the dynamic contrast; referring to the technology where darker blacks are stimulated to effectively ‘enhance’ them.

The result from the above is simple; dark scenes are tough to watch, and bright objects on the screen are much darker than they should be.

The only way to truly assess contrast ratios is to view them for yourself. Look at the monitor, look at how it handles these colors and make an informed decision from there.

“Size matters”

There’s a couple of ways of looking at this next myth. Firstly, size does matter and the bigger your monitor, the better your experience should be.

However, don’t sacrifice other factors just for those extra inches. If you start losing resolution, it means that pixels are going to become stretched and the overall picture is just going to become distorted.

Therefore, if you are going to turn to a large screen, make sure the technical factors are sufficient to deal with it. If you’ve set your heart on a screen that’s the size of your room, this will usually involve going for 4K technology – referring to a resolution in the region of 3840 x 2160.

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