Having a laptop means more flexibility as far as your work goes. You can take the computer with you home after you leave the office and return the next day without worrying about carrying too much weight with you. After all, portability is one of the main advantages of a laptop.
On the other hand, more and more people are working from home, particularly during a global pandemic. And using a work laptop is not always a very effective option.
For instance, you might not be as tech-savvy, and your regular tech guy who usually helps in the office is only reachable via phone. Not talking in person makes it difficult to figure out some maintenance issues, like removing drive clutter (this link helps if you are a MacBook owner), installing certain software, and dealing with potential malware. Not to mention cleaning the dust inside as it requires taking a laptop apart.
Such maintenance problems are just one side of the coin when it comes to working on a laptop, though. For some, it is harder to use a laptop because the one they receive from their employer has a small screen.
If having to move your head close to the laptop’s screen is becoming too bothersome, why not ask for a new laptop? Or better yet, you can consider an external laptop monitor instead. But what should one look for if they are going to purchase a new monitor and connect it to a laptop? This article will explain that.
As expected, the first thing on the list is to find a monitor that fits your screen size needs. Of course, note that if you purchase a large monitor without having an actual place at your home to put it on, then there will be problems.
The price also depends on the monitor’s size. Since you are getting one from your employer, the available budget is likely limited unless you are working for someone who is willing to splash money on an expensive monitor. You could also consider adding some money from your own pocket to get a better monitor.
Having said that, there are still some decent choices even if you do not have that much money to spend. What you want to look for should range somewhere between 21 to 27 inches, just like gaming monitors, except you will be using one for work.
Some of the best brands that you can consider are HP, Asus, ViewSonic, LG, Dell, and Samsung. Research the available options that fit your budget. Picking either of these monitor manufacturers is a good choice.
Resolution is another important aspect of a good monitor. These days, modern monitors have a resolution of 720p or 1080p. As a rule of thumb, it is better to go with the 1080p option because it offers sharper visuals. Even if you are not working as a photo or video editor, having a higher resolution is a plus.
Another thing to note about resolution is how you might encounter some monitors with high refresh rates, different panel types, HDR, or color gamut. While some of these features might prove useful, they are a luxury that costs extra. Therefore, it is better to go with a basic monitor.
You might have seen some ultrawide and other differently shaped monitors around. Since you are looking for a work monitor that goes well with your laptop, follow the “simple is best” motto instead of trying to go for something fancy.
A basic LED monitor with all the necessary features will take less space and not distract you by its shape.
Speakers on a monitor for a laptop might seem redundant, but you never know when this feature could come in handy. For example, you might encounter audio issues on your laptop, and a monitor would give you access to the audio instead.
Simultaneously, an extra feature also means extra money. If the addition of monitor speakers makes you go over the available budget, look for a different monitor.
There are some monitor models that offer the adjustable height feature for extra comfort. A lot depends on your setup, but a monitor should be put in a way that you can see the screen right in front of you. A few inches here or there could lead to long-term health problems for your eyes, neck, and back.
If a monitor does not come with a built-in adjustable height and is static, you will need to get a separate monitor stand. Luckily, those are not too expensive.
Do not expect that you can connect just any monitor to a laptop and create a compatible setup. No, before you decide on a monitor, make sure that there are no issues with its ports.
Sure, one could argue that there are adapters, and they can come in handy, but adapters also mean more expenses.
Laptops that have HDMI connectivity should be combined with monitors that also have HDMI connectivity.
In case you are uncertain whether your laptop is compatible with a particular monitor, get in touch with a seller and inquire with them. A professional staff member should get in touch with you and provide the necessary information.
An Argument for a TV
In theory, a TV could work as a monitor, but it is not recommended to use one. There is a good reason why monitors are developed the way they are. If you spend too much time close to a TV screen, it will not take too long before your eyes start hurting. Moreover, it is much harder to find the right size TV than it is to find a monitor.
So there you have it. This article should give you an idea about getting the right monitor that you can use with a laptop. Also, keep in mind that it will take some time to get adjusted to a much larger screen, but once you do, the comfort working should be quite noticeable.