Get the best monitor for your work: resolution and angle view

When it comes down to getting monitor lot of us make a rough online search about the monitor and move on to get it or relies heavily on the sales person, who might just tell you anything to get the next promotion. While it is not always true if the sales person really a tech savvy, can give you in depth guide to get your next monitor but knowing some facts about your monitor always pays off in time.

So let’s look at the some of the core concepts of monitor before you make your next purchase. Following are the things you want to know about your monitor in general.


We are all familiar with this term resolution and often we make a rough judgement like “The higher resolution the better”. While this is not anything deceptive and of course it is. But what is resolution though?

Our monitors that we spend days and nights with are made of a tiny block of pixels in RGB, which is laid across the screen horizontally and vertically. These RGB together with lot of other technical mechanism, makes the whole picture that you see. So, the resolution is basically how many number of pixels are available in the monitor you have.

The very typical resolution that we are all familiar with 1920 x 1080 resolution, which is called FHD or full high definition, is basically saying, your monitor has 1920 pixels in rows and 1080 pixels across the column. So next time you come across any resolution, now you know what this is.

One of the finest tweak you can make for your monitor is to NEVER ever to set the monitor’s resolution higher or lower than their native resolution range. If you run your monitor lower than the native display, by default the monitor will run something called Interpolation which basically tries to soften the ragged corner of the pixels to kind of make it look nice but terrible! So, always set your monitor to its native resolution.

There is a techy term for calling the native resolution, initialisms which is how they advertise their branding. The video modes for these resolution varies from the old 640 by 480 resolution , VGA to the 1366 by 768 resolution, WXGA are typically found on various of 15-inch laptops.

Angle view

You might have come across some monitors where you had to struggle to see the contents from a certain angle. This what angle view is. Most of the LCD panels come in with limited angle view. Anyhow the whole view will goes black and white or incomprehensible from a certain point other than the center.

Monitors have a number of panels which makes up a monitor. Such as – Twisted Nematic (TN), Vertical Alignment (VA) or In-plane Switching (IPS). With the TN you have something around 70 degrees of viewing angle, which not at all good for a seeing contents from wide angle.

With the IPS you have around 170 degrees wide angle, which is good enough for family view.

The best way you can test out your next purchase is to stand in the dead centre, then move one step to the right, and then more until the screen begin to fade away. In this way, you will be able to determine the angle you are looking for. Just so you know, this does not mean, TN is bad. If you are a person who is working on a confidential secret heroic stuff, which you do not want anyone to look at it, TN is for you. Only the man in the middle.