If you’re a small business owner, then you need to choose the perfect PC monitors for your office.
Choosing the right monitor may seem like a minor decision, but it’s not! Monitors have a huge impact on productivity. The right monitor helps employees work faster while limiting health hazards. The wrong monitor does the opposite.
How do you choose the perfect PC monitor for your office, small business, or home? Here are a few tips and tricks to consider:
Pricing, Resolution, and Sizes
Monitors are like TVs: they vary widely in price. Depending on the make, model, resolution, and durability of your monitor, you could pay anywhere from $80 to $2,000.
An average 22-inch 1980x1080p office monitor will cost between $100 and $200. If you bump up to 24 inches, you can expect to pay around $150 to $250.
For most offices, 22 inch to 24 inch monitors are perfectly fine. However, if you need to maximize screen real estate, you may need two or three monitors for workstation. Or, you may consider bumping up to a 2560×1400 display (typically around 27 inches) or a UHD display (typically around 30-inches).
Be warned, however, that 27-inch quadHD displays will cost around $500 while UHD displays will cost around $1,500 to $2,000.
For most offices, full HD displays around 22-inches in size are perfect. Expect to pay between $100 and $200 per monitor.
Two, Three, or More Monitors?
Should you splurge for a dual monitor or triple monitor display?
Many businesses benefit from multi-monitor workstation displays. Obviously, workstations in the financial industry may even have six or more displays at each workstation due to the large amount of data being handled at any one time.
Here are a few situations where you may need multiple monitors:
-You need to watch videos or live streaming TV at your desk
-Your employees deal with lots of data, graphs, models, etc.
-You want your office to look futuristic and awesome
Monitors are cheap today. Picking up an extra monitor is easy and many offices have noticed sharp increases in productivity after implementing multi-screen setups.
Built-in Speakers, External Speakers, or Headphones?
Some monitors come with built-in speakers. Others do not.
Monitors with built-in speakers help you save desktop space. They can also save you a lot of money: you don’t need to buy speakers for every workstation.
However, if noise is a major concern at your office, then you may want to stick with headphones. All your productivity improvements will be wasted if your office is super noisy. Some offices also find issues with employees watching videos and listening to music at the desk instead of working if they provide built-in speakers.
If your employees regularly need to listen to audio on their computers, built-in speakers, external speakers, or headphones are a must. But don’t let them become a distraction.
Wall mounts can save space in your office while reducing clutter. They make your office look neat and professional and can also help employees avoid back problems and health problems.
Wall mounts, however, won’t work in every office. Cubicles and wall mounts don’t work well together.
However, you’ll be able to find both wall mounts and desk mounts at any computer hardware retailer or furniture store. Wall mounts typically aren’t worth it on a single monitor workstation, but they’re extremely useful on multi-monitor setups.
If you plan on mounting your monitor, be sure to buy monitors with VESA-compliant mounting holes (and choose a wall mount that is also VESA compliant).
Other Things to Consider
-Warranty: Good monitors come with three year warranties that cover parts, labor, and lighting problems. A good warranty helps you avoid dead pixel problems and other issues.
-LEDs vs LCD: LEDs and LCDs are more similar than many people think. LEDs, however, tend to provide the same quality while consuming less energy. This won’t make a major impact on your bottom line if you just have one or two employees. But an office full of LED monitors will use noticeably less energy than an office full of LCDs.
-Viewing Angles: Do employees frequently need to look over each other’s shoulders or gather around a monitor? Or do employees appreciate a bit of privacy? Viewing angles vary widely from brand to brand, and in many cases, the best way to assess viewing angles is to read reviews or check out a monitor in-store.
-Matte vs. Gloss: Choosing between matte and gloss PC monitors comes down to the amount of sunlight in your office. Do you have a sunny, bright office throughout the day? Or is it mostly dim and darker? Matte screens perform better in direct sunlight, while direct sunlight can make glossy screens virtually unusable. Glossy screens, however, typically have better colors.
Carefully weigh all of the above factors to choose the PC monitor that’s perfect for your small business needs.