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What are the benefits of a high-resolution monitor?

You may be completely happy as you read this blog on your nineteen inch monitor, but having a high resolution monitor can help you in ways you never imagined! Lower resolutions such as 1360 x 768 are adequate, but when you get up to 2560×1600 and above, it’s like you’re driving a Porsche instead of a Fiat 500. (For the record, I actually love Fiat 500s!). Hi-res means big advantages, so let’s look at how you can benefit…

 

Higher efficiency

High resolution means not only sharp images but also displaying more content at one time. The higher the resolution, the more you can view your content in its unbroken whole. Work on Excel files and browse web contents with less scrolling. Photoshop and editing also become easier with less zooming.

 

Increase Your Workflow

Higher resolutions mean less jumping between windows. Your alt+tab rate is cut in half (if not more). This means that everyone will benefit.

  • Designers are presented with a panorama of space in Photoshop/Illustrator to make their life easier. You can have the multiple tools bar open and still have enough space for your artwork.
  • Programmers can have debugging tools, browser and coding software all visible at the same time for total convenience.
  • Recording music? Fit lots of tracks/VSTs on screen at once.

You also see benefits in day-to-day tasks such as word processing.  You can fit multiple pages on the screen at once. Scan back and forth through a document without having to touch the mouse wheel. Handy for long documents (e.g. reports or dissertations).

 

Gamers win!

Gamers get a very immersive experience. When you’re playing a game, you want to be IN IT, and with a hi-res monitor you’ll definitely feel the difference. For those who run multiple monitor configurations, you’ll know what I’m talking about!

When it comes to increasing workflow, if you shop around you can buy a couple of 24” monitors and still have money left over for what a 30” monitor costs. You’ll end up with something like 3840×1200 or 1920×2400 (assuming horizontal/vertical tiling) which are both very attractive options. However, if you’re going to use it for watching movies/TV/gaming, you’ve got a bezel in the way. For those of you who don’t like having bezels to distract you, you can always pay a premium to get exactly what you want. You’ve also got to find space for two monitors on your desktop, so it’s swings and roundabouts. If you want to go really overboard, you could run dual 30” monitors, but you need a big desk and an even bigger bank account.

 

High resolution is the new minimum

4k contents are everywhere. Pictures and videos taken with smartphones are all in UHD, and internet services like Netflix streams movies in UHD. Many of the games we play are in UHD. Enjoy all these contents better on a high-resolution monitor.

 

Quick guide to running higher resolutions:

Advantages

Looks super-cool

Lots of screen space

No need to run dual monitors

Less portable (if you’re into LAN parties etc)

Increases workflow

Enhances your gaming experience

Potential to replace TV if space is limited

Disadvantages

Uses more electricity

Uses more desk space than a single smaller monitor

Generally needs a high spec PC to run at full resolution for games.

Cost is higher

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