Which monitor do I choose for my home office?
Size and screen size
Ask yourself two questions when you start looking for a monitor for your home office:
- How big should your monitor be?
- What type of software do you use?
You choose a size based on your preferences and what you use your computer for at work. Do you often work with spreadsheets and data programs? Do you work with audiovisual material? Then a 27-inch screen is a practical option. It will give you a good overview of all your data and imagery. Go for 2 monitors or an UltraWide monitor if you often work with multiple programs at the same time. An UltraWide monitor is a wide screen that fits multiple windows.
Adjustable, pivotable, and tiltable
As at the office, you'll have to adjust your monitor to your sitting posture if you want to work from home. Think about your usage situation and your posture at work.
- Do you work continuously for long periods of time?
- Do you need to tilt your monitor for your work?
A good working posture is important, especially if you work continuously for long periods of time. Choosing an adjustable monitor is extra important if you have an administrative job you do from home. Go for a monitor you can adjust in multiple ways, so you'll have the right posture. Think about tilting your monitor, changing its height, turning it on its stand, and turning it a quarter turn. This makes it easy to read long blocks of text on your vertical screen. Is your workday at its end, or is it time for a break? Readjust your monitor and watch a relaxing YouTube video.
Looks and design
Did you select a number of monitors that fit your needs when it comes to measurements and adjustability? Then it's time to look at the design of the screen:
- Edges of the screen (bezels)
Of course, you want to your monitor to blend into your home office or living room. Monitors with thinner edges are less flashy and suitable to place next to each other. A thin edge in the middle of the duo setup won't be obtrusive. The other part of your screen is the stand. Those are available in various colors and designs, ranging from angular-shaped to round. You can directly see the shape of your monitor going through the assortment. Looking for an exclusive design? Get a curved monitor.
Brightness and blue light filter
Depending on where you're going to place your monitor, you choose one with a brightness that is high or less high. It's easier to read from a screen with a high brightness in brightly lit spaces.
- A 250 candela / m² screen is sufficient for less bright spaces.
- A 300 - 250 candela / m² screen is recommended for brightly lit spaces.
The brightness of a 250 candela per square meter monitor is bright enough for less lit spaces. Do you have direct sunlight shining in your home office? Choose a screen with a 300-350 candela brightness in order to read from it easily.
A monitor with a blue light filter has two big advantages.
- Less straining on your eyes
- Reduces the risk of sleeping issues because of blue light
A blue filter is a valuable extra. If you work late into the night to make your deadlines, you don't want the light of your monitor to cause you trouble sleeping. A built-in blue light filter softens the blue tones of your monitor. This prevents strained eyes and sleeping issues.
Have you chosen the ideal monitor for you home office? That means you're nearly done. Now, you only need a keyboard and a mouse to control your computer. Other accessories like a foot rest can make your working posture even better. A docking station is a useful accessory if you use a laptop. It allows you to connect your laptop to your monitor with only one cable. Be sure to choose the right video cable for your laptop or desktop.