2560×1440 Monitor Buyers Guide
You want the most real life experience in a monitor? The new breed of monitors are more than 4x better than our current high resolution ones. The new breed are 27″ and larger with a capable resolution ofÂ 2560×1440. All the big name brands such as Asus and LG has them currently for $550, a major drop from the $800+ price tag not too long ago.
However there are a breed of lower cost monitors coming from Korea, these monitors use similar if not the same components as the higher end big name ones. they are priced at an affordable $300 almost half of the big name comparable.
It’s not just about the size, here are the things to look for:
Currently most 2560×1440 monitors are 27″ there are larger ones but they larger size does not mean better picture. The resolution determines the detail.
Most of the 2560×1440 monitors has 300cd brightness.
The price you pay is not just at the store but the overall lifetime usage of the monitor and it includes the power usage. A high consumption monitor can cost more on your electricity than an efficient monitor which initially has a higher purchase price. Below is a chart of power consumption of some monitors. It was done in 2011. In taking a look at a few I found it to range from 40- 80 kwh
Some monitors do not have clear image until you look at it directly. Make sure you know the viewing angle of the monitor you buy.
This is the rate of response from the screen. Currently the standard is 6ms and higher end has 5ms or lower. Does response time just matter for games? It also matters when you watch video as well. Take a look at how the high response time can cause the video to be blurry.
Design and Weight
If you are buying the monitor in person it’s not a big issue since you will be able to see it and touch it so you know what it looks like and how it feels like. If you are buying online take a note of the measurements and determine how it will fit into your space. You might want to take into account the weight of the monitor if you plan to transport it around.
Support and Warranty
My last 2 monitors went bust but I had them for over 3 years which means I couldn’t claim the warranty. Electronics use parts that last as long as their warranty and not much longer. But on the other hand odds are you won’t have any issues like my 5 monitors before. If warranty is an issue then buy the big name ones like Asus, LG, and Samsung. The cheap ones from Korea offers warranty too but it’s a hassle sending it back and forth as well I am skeptical about the support but do you really need support for a monitor? It’s pretty straight forward to me.
Things to check
Check the following things before you buy the monitor:
- Is it compatible with your graphics card. Higher resolution needs a higher performance card.
- Some monitors recommend having GTX 460 (NVidia) or HD 6850(ATI) VRAM 1GB or higher. If you need dual monitor have GTX 580 (NVidia) or HD 6970(ATI)
The difference between the higher end ones and cheaper monitors comes down to the extra components. Lower end ones has the bare essential while higher end ones have many options. Will you be hooking it up with a HDMI cable? Other output scenarios? Â The cheaper online ones nly work with DVI-D (Dual Link) which connects only to a PC.
If you are connecting to a TV or an Xbox you would want the model with more options. I will be doing shows and events with the monitor so I need one that has HDMI so that I can connect my Google Chromecast to it. Â The cheap Korean ebay monitors cost $30 extra to have these additional input.
More monitors nowadays come with 2 x 3W speakers, personally for me I always have my own external speakers so I just feel it just takes up space.