Often taken for granted as a simple extension of our laptop display, monitors are the unsung heroes of the business world. A great monitor will not only enhance the working experience of your staff, it can actually make your work force more productive.
Although many businesses may not wish to sacrifice the office space, investing in larger monitors could improve business productivity. Studies show that large or dual monitors allow people to multitask more easily, gain greater insight into the work at hand, and even strategise better, because they are able to absorb larger amounts of data at once. Being able to view more data can also decrease stress levels – the user does not have to utilise as much brainpower in order to memorise as many pieces of information throughout the day.
With these clear benefits on display (pardon the pun) it’s imperative you pick the best monitors for your business.
Which design is best?
Computer monitors come in a variety of designs, shapes, colors, sizes, and specs. A monitor’s makeup determines how well it will perform and how well it will serve your business. There are three main types of monitor technologies – CRT, LCD and LED.
Cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors
These types of monitors employ CRT technology, mostly used in manufacturing television screens. A cathode ray tube is a vacuum tube that has an electron gun and a fluorescent screen at either end. CRT monitors use a stream of intense high energy electrons to form images on a fluorescent screen.
CRT monitors are outdated and rarely used in many offices, because they are bulky, costly and heavy. If you have this technology in-house currently, our advice would be to upgrade as soon as possible.
Liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors
LCD monitors use one of the most advanced designs today. LCD monitors consist of a layer of monochrome or colour pixels, arranged between transparent electrodes and polarising filters. Typically, there are two types of LCD technology – the active matrix of thin-film-transistor (TFT) display and a passive matrix tech monitor.
Undoubtedly, TFT generates better picture quality; it’s more secure and reliable. Another advantage of LCD monitors is their thin and compact size, which makes them lightweight and easy to transport. They consume less energy than CRT monitors. This is a great monitor option if you’re considering a low cost alternative to a legacy infrastructure that will be easy to set up and easier to find office space for than other models.
Light-emitting diodes (LED) monitors
LED monitors utilise the most recent monitor technology on the market, and as such, sit at a higher price point than the previous two models, however the minimal additional spend can be offset against energy savings since this model is the most environmentally friendly.
LED monitors have flat panels or curved displays, which utilise a light-emitting diode for a backlight, creating a more vivid display. LED monitors are even thinner and lighter than LCD monitors, but they are more durable than CRT and LCD monitors. This is a great choice therefore, not only for productivity but for business sustainability as well.
Monitor manufacturers are aware of how your visual computing experience can change dramatically with different monitors. Whatever you select, bear in mind that the most valuable monitor features will depend on the work being carried out at your business. Digital artists and web designers, for example, are likely to need precise colour control, accuracy, contrast and resolution. Monitors for general use such as word processing, accounting, and customer support tools should be easily configurable, ready for work with minimal adjustments.
Some rules of thumb apply no matter what your business. In general, for your eye health, it’s a good idea to make sure to invest in a flicker-free monitor if you intend to stare at your screen for eight hours straight!
If you're looking for the best monitors for your business, or a general upgrade of your business hardware, contact us today. BTA maintains partnerships with the industry’s leading IT vendors and distributors so that our clients can benefit from our close relationships and buying power. We can ensure fantastic value on hardware purchases, and expert advice about which products best suit your needs.