Wednesday 17 January 2018

Feast your eyes with the best in large high-resolution monitors

Apple Thunderbolt
Philips monitor
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

FEW of us buy desktop PCs anymore. Nevertheless, it's handy to have a large, high-resolution monitor display when you're working.

There are a few reasons for this. First you can multitask easier by simply having different folders and windows open on different parts of the screen. Second, it gives anyone using it a much keener appreciation of the importance of audio-visual elements, especially with presentation and websites.

With this in mind, here are four decent options worth looking at.

Philips 21.5 E4 €130

Less than 10 years ago, one in every two Irish television sets was a Philips model. Despite the company's virtual disappearance from our home entertainment systems, it still ploughs a furrow in the enterprise space. And if you're looking for a standard display on a budget, it's hard to go wrong with its 21.5-inch LED model.

The 1080p monitor has a single HDMI input and a single VGA port, with a modest – but adequate – 250 'nits' (cd/m2). It comes in black. This is a pretty decent deal.

AOC e27 €230

If you need a large display on a modest budget, AOC's e27 gives a lot of screen real estate for the money.

All of the basic connections (HDMI, VGA, DVI, USB) are on board and its 1080p screen is bright and clear. A couple of built-in stereo 2.5 watt speakers provide reasonable audio, although there's no built-in camera.

The unit is slim enough not to take up too much space on a desk, despite its large size.

Acer T27 €480

If you happen to need a large touchscreen monitor for your desktop PC, this is a reasonable option for the money.

Acer's 27-inch touchscreen LED has a 10-point touch control system that allows it to use the swipe and touch features of Windows 8. Otherwise, it's technically no slouch either. It offers HDMI, VGA, DVI ((for those with old machines to plug in) and USB connections.

Admittedly, the monitor probably won't be winning any beauty awards – but if you've switched over to touchscreen operations wholesale, this is a decent choice.

Apple Thunderbolt Display €1,016

Like many of its other PC products, Apple has long been the Mercedes of monitor manufacturers. And its 27-inch Thunderbolt Display makes it easy to see why.

The screen has LED backlighting, which means that it starts up and shines brighter than most of its rivals. It also has a built-in HD camera and microphone, making it a capable teleconferencing machine.

The monitor's name derives from the connector technology, which allows a much faster rate of data transfer than conventional USB 2 connections. If you can afford one, this is the top of the line.

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