5,000 Hours of Screen Time a Year?! Make Sure to Bag one of these Top 5 Monitors for Visual Health this Black Friday
Our digital lifestyles have induced an unconscious relationship with our devices that borders on obsessive. Recent research by Vision Direct has found that we look at our screen within the first five minutes of waking up and that we will spend an average of 34 years of our lives staring at and using our gadgets. We don’t disagree, which is why it is super important to invest in screens that don’t cause eye strain from bad resolution, color depth, glare, and refresh rates.
Whether you are gaming or using your monitor for multiple purposes, your screen will affect your productivity and your competitive edge. It is why we’ve pulled together our top five to support your digital health in the ‘Game of Life’.
When buying a screen you’re going to spend a lot of time staring at, there are certain features that should not be compromised, especially as it will affect your enjoyment of playing games and other work related things; as always having a decent GPU is a must.
Monitors at 144Hz are the best for gaming and work. You can immediately see a significant difference from a 60Hz, but a marginal difference at 240 or 340Hz. Refresh rates enable smooth, swift and responsive gameplay. Most PCs do not have the build components to cope with a 4K screen, which has excellent picture clarity and more affordable today. But, if you’re a serious gamer with the right GPU and CPUs, then this is something to invest in.
There are many benefits to purchasing a curved monitor, the most interesting of which is how the curvature of the screen matches the shape of your eye to lessen the strain of your experience.
Ultrawide monitors are considered the perfect middle-ground for your gaming and production needs. Gone are the days of individuals needing dual monitors for their work/gaming needs. Nowadays, 34” screens offer high resolutions and decent aspect ratios, providing all the space you’ll ever need on one screen. The main benefit of an ultrawide gaming monitor is the screen real-estate that it provides its users.
This is a beast of a screen: 49 inches ultrawide, fantastic resolution, great color depth, and excellent 240Hz refresh rates. It is one of the largest screens we’ve reviewed, but it definitely delivers on all fronts and even has a futuristic feel/look about it. It has an anti-glare feature and is easy to assemble. It swivels and tilts so you can adjust to your needs, just like brightness and contrast. Sometimes the viewing angles can darken around the edges, but this is to be expected with a monitor like this.
This super ultrawide monitor is a bit of a niche product, but we wanted to offer you a selection to compare. At 43.4 inches and a 120Hz refresh rate, this monitor does not disappoint. With a bit of tweaking, the color resolution makes an impact on your game station experience, as well as offering a curvature feature to help with our natural eye movements. The stand is sturdy, the build is good, and it has anti-glare. Super important for staring at screens all day. What truly stood out to us was the viewing angles: no matter where you sit, the image color and clarity were not affected.
A 27-inch monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate that can be boosted to 280Hz, this monitor does not disappoint for both gaming and work. it’s smooth, and easy to navigate through tasks. Although not curved, this affordable monitor packs a punch straight out of the box with its high resolution and color depth. It’s an exciting monitor to purchase whether you’re new to gaming or not.
This is an interesting monitor to consider and more affordable than the others, which is why we’ve added it to the list. With a 31.5” curved screen and a refresh rate of 144Hz, it is easy to assemble and has all the qualities you’d expect for a monitor. Immediately, in user mode, the color accuracy and viewing angles made this monitor a viable contender when selecting a monitor that doesn’t break the bank. It’s pretty immersive from the gaming perspective and offers excellent resolution.
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