Monitors are the window to the PC’s soul. Without a strong display, everything you do on your desktop PC will seem lackluster, whether you’re looking at a game, photos, video or even text.
Monitor manufacturers are well aware of how PC experiences change with different monitors and have flooded the market with all sorts of options. But which features are most valuable for the ways you’ll be using your monitor? Do you need 5K, 4K, Quad HD, Full HD or just plain HD—and what’s the difference anyway?
How much should refresh rates and response times impact your buying decision? Do features like flicker-free, low blue light, G-Sync and FreeSync really matter? And how do your needs vary if your focus is gaming versus professional use versus general use?
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