What Monitors Are Good for Business?
You've probably already read too many articles about all the ways a desk job might be ruining your health, so as a business owner you have the responsibility to protect your employees by eliminating harmful factors to the best of your ability. Therefore, choosing the best computer monitor for your office will be one of the wisest and most important moves that you are going to make.
The key things
that you should keep in mind when purchasing business monitors
• Flicker Free technology
• Ultra-low Blue Light
• Ergonomic design
• Refresh rate
• Monitor resolution
These features are meant to ease the nasty consequences of long working hours
, such as eye-strain and blurred vision, headaches and neck-stiffness.
When looking into best computer monitors for office work
, think about the size and number of monitors each user will need, the number of hours each staff member spends in front of the screen, and the type of business, i.e. work you and your employees are performing on a computer.
What Size Monitor to Buy for Office & How Many?
First question that you're going to ask yourself is whether you and your employees need a:
• single-monitor setup
• multi-monitor setup
Requirements of a SEO, operations manager, designer, developer, accountant and an operator are different, so in a diverse team, getting a different setup for each group of employees would be a cost-effective move to make. Analyze the requirements of your team and tasks they are preforming, and you'll determine the monitor setup for your business.
If you determine that your whole staff or certain members of your staff need a multi-monitor setup
, you should go with 24" for 2 monitors
and up to 22" for more than 3 monitors
. Multiple monitors require more space, so you need to make sure your employees have plenty on their desks.
Moreover, having multiple monitors requires an additional specialized hardware, either a motherboard with a multi-monitor support
or a GPU
(graphics processing unit), which makes this kind of setup more expensive.
If you do choose the multiple-monitor setup
, always go with the bezel-less displays
. Monitor bezels are not very important in case you are working with one monitor, but with multiple monitors they become quite noticeable. If you combine 2 or more monitors with minimal bezels, it will be less annoying, and you'll get a better and more precise view.
If your employees don't need multiple monitors, make sure you don't choose computer monitors that are too small and too difficult to preform work on efficiently. Nowadays, a 24" for a single-monitor setup is pretty much a standard
. It's no coincidence, as it provides plenty of room for office work, enables easy multitasking or comparing multiple things with high-level of transparency.
However, if you feel you need more space than that, 27" would be the way to go, especially if you are working with Adobe products
What Type of Monitor Panel is Best for Office Work?
Computer monitors come in different shapes, sizes and features, but they all have one thing in common: an LCD panel. There are two common classes of LCD monitors and you'll decide between them by answering this question:
• Do you need screen accuracy? (then go with IPS), or
• Do you mostly work with text files? (then go with TN)
IPS vs TN
To help you better understand your screens, here are the main differences between IPS and TN panels. IPS panel offers much better viewing angles (178 degrees, to be more precise), meaning that you'll be able to look at the screen from shallower angles and still be able to have a clear look of what's on the screen without any color degradation. The colors are much clearer and natural, so the quality of image is not just a better option for content creation (image or video editing, graphic design), but also for regular day-to-day work, because it delivers a better overall experience.
TN panel is considered a lower quality due to the lower screen resolution (up to 2K, rarely 4K) color accuracy and lower viewing angles. However, if you are usually sitting dead straight in front of the monitor and don't depend so much on the color accuracy (e.g. working with text or excel documents and data), then TN might be good enough. Especially if you take the price into consideration.
Namely, TN is easier to produce, so the monitors are much cheaper
. Another advantage is faster response time and higher refresh rates. For comparison, while the fastest IPS panels struggle to get below 10ms, TN's response time can be as low as 1ms.
On the other hand, the faster response time and higher refresh rates won't make much of difference for a regular office environment and won't be noticeable during the "normal" usage (usage that doesn't involve gaming).
How Many Hours a Day do You Spend Working on the Computer?
This is where the refresh rate and screen resolution can make a huge difference. These two features are something that gets overlooked almost all the time, because no one really takes into consideration the total time that a worker spends in front of the computer screen.
Important fact for you to know is that a computer monitor with anything below 60Hz refresh rate will cause progressively increased eye fatigue and headaches. So not only will you get a poor overall PC experience, but it will influence the quality of your life. A person that spends just a couple of hours a day working on a computer might not feel these consequences, but a person that spends more than 6 straight hours of looking at the screen will surely feel the difference between 75Hz and less than 60Hz.
As for the resolution, always always always go with 1080p minimum
. 2K, UHD & 4K monitors have even more pixels, which means that the image will be crisp and very pleasant. 4K monitors will really unload the stress from your eyes and relieve you of that nasty headache.
One thing to be careful about, however: a lot of UHD/4K monitors come with a lower refresh rate and IPS panels. Always check the refresh rate and make sure it is at least 60Hz. In some cases, 54Hz would work as well, just make sure you never go below that.