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Last updated June 14, 2021
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The computer screen that you look at daily is a window to the online world, specifically your remote work world. Because we use computers to view so much data, many work at home jobs require their workers to have multiple computer monitors. Having 2 or more monitors makes taking in a lot of information more efficient.
In the post, How to Choose Your Work at Home Computer Monitor, you can find guidance on getting the right monitor to fit your needs. We discuss multiple features that you should consider as well as their corresponding benefits.
Most work at home job postings do not specify a monitor size. However, of the employers who do require a specific size, the requirement ranges from 17 inches to 22 inches.
I suggest that you get the biggest monitor that you can reasonably afford AND that you can reasonably fit into your office space because in a year or two you are less likely to regret having a large monitor than you are to regret getting a smaller monitor just because it was cheaper.
resolution refers to the number of pixels contained within its on-screen display. Resolution is given as the width of the display by the height of the display. Therefore, a monitor that has 1600×1200 resolution is capable of a display that is 1600 pixels wide and 1200 pixels tall.
Currently, the standard for computer screen resolution is 1366×768. To be on the safe side, I recommend a resolution of at least 1600×900 or 1920×1080(which is full HD).
HDMI (High-definition Multimedia Interface) is the best and most common way to connect your monitor to your computer.
VGA (Video Graphics Array) connections are pretty old-school. They are analog while others are digital. VGA is perfectly sufficient for connecting a monitor, but images will not be as sharp as with a digital connection.
USB (Universal Serial Bus) connections are not optimal for connecting a monitor and computer. However, a monitor’s USB port can be used to connect devices like a smartphone or tablet or for viewing images from a camera.
A monitor with built-in speakers is not necessary since you can purchase computer speakers separately or, if you are connecting the monitor to a laptop, rely on the laptop’s built-in speakers.
Make sure any monitor you choose can tilt forward or backward or swivel so you can turn it from one side to the other while on its stand to cut down neck tension and help encourage better posture while sitting.
If you’re looking to mount your computer monitor using a monitor arm instead of conventionally placing it on your desk, make sure that it has VESA mounting capability. Make sure that the monitor’s weight and VESA pattern match that of the arm you plan to purchase.
Blue light is the light emitted by electronic devices like smartphones, LED TVs, and computer monitors. Doctors warn about the effect blue light has on our sleep patterns about the potential damage to our eyes. Therefore, blue light filtering is becoming a standard feature for computer monitors and laptop screens. Make sure that your monitor has this feature.
Below I have listed some of the top computer monitors that rank well with the specifications listed above.