The confinement to which much of society has been subjected in the world, has meant that many workers have had to readjust and beginworking at home, an alternative that has proved viable in many of today’s jobs.
However, in order to be able to work at home, it is necessary to have equipment in good condition in our homes. At a minimum, we will need a laptop, a mouse and a keyboard, although we will be much more productive if we also have a monitor as a second screen.
As it happens when buying a TV, it is quite complicated to choose a monitor among all those on the market, we will try to guide you by analyzing the aspects that you will have to take into account before buying one.
Size and resolution
For monitors, screen size is often directly related to productivity. In other words, the bigger the screen, the more productive we can be.
Despite this, the most common monitors in offices are usually between 24 and 32 inches in size, which also fit on most desks in a home and are quite inexpensive.
If you have more space and can afford to invest more money, another alternative is to have two monitors or an ultra-panoramic curved one, like this one from Philips that we have tested and that has proved to be a delight to work from home.
Similarly, we must take into account the resolution of the screen, which is generally linked to size. As a minimum, we recommend monitors with FHD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), which are the cheapest. Then we’d scale up to QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels), WQHD (3440 x 1440 pixels) and 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels).
Visual comfort and health
Teleworking implies that we will spend many hours in front of that screen, so it is necessary that the monitor meets some requirements, at least if we do not want our body to suffer the consequences.
In this sense, it is advisable that the monitor we choose allows us to easily adjust its height, tilt, rotation, etc. This way, we will be able to adapt it to the position we have when we sit down.
Also, it is ideal to have a monitor that emits little blue light (since it is harmful to the eyes) and that integrates flicker-free technology, thus reducing visual fatigue.
Connectivity and energy efficiency
Although many people overlook it when buying a monitor, it is important to consider the ports it has. You will have to think about the devices you will want to connect, although we assure you that the more ports it has the better, you never know when you will need them. USB-C, HDMI and Thunderbolt are practically essential.
As is the case with household appliances, it is important to know the energy efficiency of the monitor if we do not want to have any surprises on our electricity bill. For this reason, you should check whether the monitor in question has an Energy Star or EPEAT certificate, as these can allow you to save up to 45 euros.
Colour, speakers and more
Another aspect to take into account is the range of colors offered by the monitor, especially for those who are dedicated to photography, video or face editing tasks in their day to day. The sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 technologies are often effective for those who want greater color accuracy.
Bearing in mind that teleworking forces many people to participate in quite a few video calls, we have to assess whether it is worth buying a monitor that incorporates a camera, webcam or speakers. Of course, usually involve an increase in the total price, but can be very useful to avoid buying additional peripherals.