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Need an Office Upgrade? Here’s Our Top 5 Monitors That Can Get The Job Done

Best monitors for the office

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As we all know due to corona-virus, our work flow has been interrupted. Many companies have had to quickly adapt to remote working to help reduce the spread of the virus whilst also not effecting the productivity of their employees.

With the lock down easing and the end of furlough, more people are going back to work. So if you find yourself going back to the office to a not-so-great and outdated monitor, Here’s our top 5 recommendations.

The monitor is the most used part of a PC and also the least considered when upgrading. The type of monitor you use can affect the overall experience of using the computer? A good quality monitor has clear and vibrant colour and a high response time, it should allow you to see what you are doing without having to strain your eyes or tilt your head to get to the best viewing angle.

What to look for when considering a new monitor

Size: A 27″ display is usually the standard for monitors, in relation to size and cost. Screens larger than 27″ tend to increase greatly in price. We don’t usually recommend monitors more than 27″ because it can become difficult to look up and down the screen rather than left and right. The Ultrawide screens are better suited for this or two 27″ monitors side by side.

Response Time: Response time is an important factor when choosing a new monitor. The most common speed is 5ms (milli second) which is good for office tasks. However for gaming and movies, generally the lower the better. 2ms is preferred for gaming.

Resolution: Most monitors support 1080p high definition resolution. If you find yourself with one that doesn’t, it’s a good idea to look for one that does, as this is the standard.

Brightness: A standard monitor has a brightness ratio of 3-5000:1, if its lower than this then colours might appear washed out. Newer screens, typically LEDs can vary from 5000 up to 5 million. Usually the higher the better but for editing photos it’s best to look at the software manual to see if you will get a true representation of the colour displayed on the screen.

VESA Mount: Vesa mounts are used to mount flat panel monitors, TVs and other displays to a stand or a wall. VESA sizes can vary but commonly its 100 x 100 for a 27″ – 34″ monitor. The advantage of having a VESA mount is that you can easily adjust the screen to your desired position and height, whilst also increasing flexibility and ergonomic benefits.

Speakers: There aren’t many monitors that come with built in speakers. It’s always best to invest in a separate audio system, We suggest 2 speakers and 1 subwoofer which should always be on the floor not on the desk! (2.1) But if you’re not audio obsessed and just want a set of average speakers for work, then a built in one may be a better option to save desk space.

Webcams: We get a lot of questions from customers asking if it’s a good idea to get a monitor with a built in webcam – NO, it’s not. Firstly, monitors with built in webcams aren’t very bountiful, so you’ll just be limiting yourself to only about 1 out of 10. Secondly, The cameras that are built in are very bad and not of good quality, you’re better off buying a separate webcam for about £30. We recommend Logitech or Microsoft.

Recommendations

AOC monitor

1. AOC 27″ 27B1H – Flat

Sleek looks and rich colours from every angle

Screen Size: 27″ l Aspect Ratio: 16:9 l Resolution: 1920×1080 l Brightness: 250 l Response Time: 7 ms l Viewing Angle: 178/178 º l Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 l Colour Support: 16.7 M l sRGB Coverage: 100% l Connects: HDMI 1.4 x 1, VGA l Weight: 3.2 Kg

  • IPS Panel green tick monitor
  • Full HD Resolution green tick
  • VESA red cross monitor
  • Speakers red cross
  • Height Adjust red cross monitor

Amazon – £127.97

Ebuyer – £124.55

Laptops Direct – £124.97

The AOC 27B1H is perfect for the office, its modern and frame-less design allows a seamless multi-monitor setup, so opening many windows side by side is easy. Because of the slim and thin display, it takes up less space on the desk, allowing more room for other things.

2. AOC 27″ 27E1H – Flat (VESA mount)

Full HD business display in an elegant design

Screen Size: 27″ l Aspect Ratio: 16:9 l Resolution: 1920×1080 l Brightness: 250 l Response Time: 5 ms l Viewing Angle: 178/178 º l Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 l Colour Support: 16.7 M l sRGB Coverage: 99% l Connections: HDMI 1.4 x 1, VGA l Weight: 4.62 Kg

  • IPS Panel green tick monitor
  • Full HD Resolution green tick
  • VESA mount green tick monitor
  • Speakers red cross
  • Height Adjust red cross monitor

Amazon – £124.97

Ebuyer – £119.99

Laptops Direct – £189.96

The AOC 27E1H is compatible with new and old devices because of the HDMI and VGA inputs. The IPS panel displays rich and vibrant images with wide viewing angles. Although you can’t change the height of the monitor, it is equipped with a VESA Mount, so a monitor arm can be added to get the perfect position.

curved monitor

3. Samsung 27″ Business Monitor C27F591FDUCurved

Enjoy a truly immersive viewing experience with comfort

Screen size: 27″ l Aspect Ratio: 16:9 l Resolution: 1920×1080 l Brightness: 250 cd/m² l Response Time: 4 ms (GtG) l Viewing Angle: 178°/178° l Contrast ratio: 3000:1 l Colour support: 16.7 M l sRGB Coverage: 119.3% l Connections: HDMI 1.4 x 1, VGA l Weight: 4.4kg

  • Windows & Mac compatibility green tick
  • Flicker Freegreen tick
  • VESA mount red cross monitor
  • USB Hub red cross
  • Wireless Display red cross

Samsung – £259.00

Amazon – £300.71

Laptops Direct – £178.97

The Samsung C27F591FDU is a good monitor suited for the office and for home. The 27″ and 1800R screen curvature allows your eyes to track smoothly across, which reduces eye strain in comparison to flat screens. It has Active Crystal Colour technology that supports a wide range of rich and more vibrant colours with vivid picture quality compared to standard monitors. This is a good monitor for photo editing in a business environment.

4. Philips 27″ 273V7QJAB – Flat (Speakers)

Vivid, crisp images, from edge to edge

Screen size: 27″ l Aspect Ratio: 16:9 l Resolution: 1920×1080 l Brightness: 250 cd/m² l Response Time: 5 ms (GtG) l Viewing Angle: 178°/178° l Contrast ratio: 1000:1 l Colour support: 16.7 M l sRGB Coverage: 119.3% l Connections: VGA (Analogue), HDMI (digital, HDCP), DisplayPort 1.2 l Weight: 4.56kg

  • IPS Panel green tick monitor
  • Full HD Resolution green tick
  • VESA mount green tick monitor
  • Speakers green tick monitor
  • Height Adjust red cross monitor

Amazon – £133.49

Ebuyer – £133.49

Laptops Direct – £159.97

The Philips 27eV7QJAM is a good option to go for if you want built in speakers. The display provides clear images with vivid colours, making them ideal for Photos, movies and web browsing. It is also great for professional applications that need consistent colour accuracy and brightness.

Samsung monitor

5. Samsung 49″ CHG90 HDR QLED Gaming Monitor – Curved (VESA mount)

Seamless Multitasking

Screen size: 49″ l Aspect Ratio: 32:9 l Resolution: 3840 X 1080 l Brightness: 350cd/m2 l Response Time: 1(MPRT) l Viewing Angle:178°/178° l Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 l Colour Support: 1.07B l sRGB Coverage: 125% l Connections: HDMI 1.4 x 1, Display Port l Weight: 15 Kg

  • Eye Saver Mode green tick
  • Flicker Free green tick
  • VESA mount green tick monitor
  • USB hub green tick monitor
  • Speakers red cross

Samsung – £850

Amazon – £819.97

Laptops Direct – £829.97

Although the Samsung Curved HDR QLED Gaming Monitor is predominately for gaming, it actually works well for the office. It’s equivalent to two 27″ 16:9 monitors side by side and provides the ultimate multitasking flexibility. It delivers purer, brighter, and more lifelike colours compared to regular monitors. With Samsung’s new Metal QD technology it ensures longer lasting, more natural colours, whether you’re gaming or working in applications where colour accuracy is critical. It’s definitely one of our pricier recommendations but its good value for money.

So if you’re upgrading your existing monitor, this will help you consider how a new quality monitor can affect the overall usage of your system.

Please feel free to contact us first before you upgrade so we can give you a recommendation that works best for you.

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