This is area where costs can be cut in order to provide a budget price PC. It is arguably the most important component – especially if it is to be used for extended periods. Unfortunately, written specifications cannot convey the overall quality of a monitor for daily use, which can be very subjective.
If you can, see the monitor you are considering in action. If you intend it to be used for long periods during the day, don’t be tempted to cut corners. You might have to replace the monitor if it proves to be impractical.
You should expect the monitor size to be at least 17 inches (the diagonal size of the viewable area of the monitor). It should display at a resolution of at least 1280 x 1024 pixels. Higher resolutions will allow people to have more programs running at the same time and be visible on screen.
Many suppliers feature high power graphics cards. In business these are useful only for programs that have complex display needs (such as design or video editing programs).
In laptops there is a compromise to be made between screen size and battery consumption. It is also one of the main distinguishing features between budget laptops and mid-sized ones.
Note that you can compromise on screen display by using an attached monitor while working at home or in the office. However, bear in mind that the display resolution is determined by the electronics of the laptop. Attaching a higher resolution monitor may not give you any benefit if your laptop does not support it.
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