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Buying a PC monitor? Here's what you should know

Buying a PC monitor? Here's what you should know
I currently own a 15.6-inch PC monitor, but I am now looking for 21.5-inch screen, but within a budget of Rs 10,000. --Manish Awasthi, Rahul Shah, Alok Tripathy, K Venkat 

When buying a monitor, consider its display type, response time, viewing angles and connectivity options. 

Display type
When shopping, you will be faced with three terms that describe the monitor's display: TN, IPS and VA.

TN or Twisted Nematic displays boast of a faster response time, but are plagued by poor viewing angles.IPS or In-Plane Switching (aka PLS or Plane-to-Line Switching) panels are capable of good colour reproduction, but suffer from a slightly slower refresh time. While VA or Vertical Alignment panels, which try to combine the advantages of both TN and IPS, generally offer good viewing angles and better contrast, but fall short when it comes contrast, but fall short when it comes to refresh rates and colour reproduction.

So, if you are gamer, you can opt for a TN screen, while photographers and graphic designers would be better served by an IPS display. Go in for a VA monitor if you're a writer or for web browsing, where contrast is important. 

Response time
A monitor with lower response time (measured in milliseconds) is better as it reduces ghosting caused by moving images, especially in quick-action movies and games. 

Viewing angle
A greater viewing angle means you don't have to sit right in front of the screen to see the colours rendered accurately. Monitors with wider viewing angles work better for watching movies where more than one person might be watching the screen. (Visit a store and check to see whether there is a major shift in colour tones when viewed from either side of the display). 

Opt for a monitor that allows for multiple source inputs. The VGA port is the most common connector. DVI and HDMI ports should also be present on your monitor. An HDMI port will allow you to directly connect compatible devices like a camcorder, digital camera or media player to watch your photos and Full HD videos on the monitor. 

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