To tell the size of a computer screen, we measure from point to point, from the top left corner, right down to the bottom right corner, using a measuring tape. Of course, to make things easier for the consumer, this length is usually included in the model number of the monitor.
In today's world of technology, to cater to the many segments of consumers, on the market are displays ranging from as small as 13”, to as large as 55”, big enough to be utilized as a television. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the monitor is, the higher specification it carries, with a corresponding price tag.
Affordability aside, how would you know what monitor you need? What display size do you require? The answer lies in your purpose and usage of the monitor. And so, this is our cue to guide and recommend a suitable monitor for you.
Daily home entertainment
A computer per household is a very common scenario, similar to a television or refrigerator. The more affluent households would equip each child with a computer. Well, technology has advanced to such a stage that many of us need the computer to accomplish much of our daily tasks, such as household budgeting, emailing, web surfing, and especially home entertainment.
For daily home entertainment, we would recommend a monitor size of about 20" to 24", not too large, but a good size to view comfortably in a reasonably sized home. One all-round monitor that we highly recommend that is suitable for everyone at home is Philips Monitors 242M7, with a 23.6" screen size.
This curved display design offers a personal experience with the user being focused at the center of the desk. Yet, with wide viewing angles, there is more to view on the screen, thus being more immersive. Packed with Ultra Wide-Color technology, the wider range of colors renders a more vivid picture, every time, making screen time so much more enjoyable.
At the office
It doesn't matter one's job scope at the office. Having to face the monitor for long hours throughout the workday definitely calls for an even larger screen, as you would want to immerse yourself in work as comfortably as possible, to catch up with the fast paced digital technology.
In such a scenario, you should use a screen that is above 30". This is why we would not hesitate to recommend Philips Monitors 345B1C, at 34". Not only does this monitor offer superior picture quality with its impressive CrystalClear Quad HD resolution that eases your work, its UltraWide 21:9 format lets you do way more. Featuring LowBlue mode setting that reduces harmful shortwave blue light, coupled with Flicker-free technology means maximum eye comfort despite prolonged use of the screen.
Let's not forget that the 345B1C is extremely use-friendly. This display is HDMI-ready for plug-and-play, as well as equipped with DisplayPort connection for maximum visuals.
All things professional
For creative work, meetings and conference calls, an even larger screen is obviously needed. What comes to mind is verily the award-winning 32:9 SuperWide curved monitor, 499P9H1. Winner of the iF Design and Red Dot Design Awards, this 49-incher gives users wide open possibilities, parallel to two high-performance monitors in just one display.
Despite its comparably mammoth size, using 499P9H1 is a breeze thanks to its built-in USB-C docking station, whereby its slim and reversible USB-C connector allows for one-cable docking, therefore simplifying connection of peripherals, from keyboard and mouse to Ethernet cable.
This single USB-C connection makes the transfer of data possible at lightning-fast speeds, and at the same time, re-charges the compatible notebook.
That's not all. 499P9H1's built-in KVM switch means the ability to switch between sources, controlling two separate PCs using just one set of monitor-keyboard-mouse set up. This feature is particularly handy when dual PC computing is required, to display two different PCs.
What makes 499P9H1 stand out in the world of computer monitors, besides its size, is Philips' innovative secure pop-up webcam with Windows Hello™ technology that logs the user into the Windows device in less than two seconds, or three times faster than using conventional password.
In a gist, the monitor size that you may need very much depends on your purpose of using it, and also your usage environment. Additionally, size alone should not be the determining factor of the monitor to buy, as you should also check its specifications to know if it really meets your requirements.
Last but not least, budget should also be taken into consideration, as it is possibly the most important factor that governs our decision.
Nonetheless, we hope that by giving examples of the different usage environments, you would have a better understanding of what physical size monitor would suit you better, and from here, narrow down your options, for an easier pick.