When I hear someone talking about trading monitors, I instantly know what they really mean is a multiple monitor array, powered more often than not by a series of video cards, a powerful processor and enough RAM to make the entire run without a hiccup. In this article, however, I want to direct my primary focus on the arrays themselves. So in other words, I’ll touch on the multiple monitor stands, and the monitors themselves that make
up the multi-monitor array. You should expect to know exactly what’s important about each component by the time you finish reading this article, and it should make your selection considerably easier.
Since the stand is the base for the trading monitors array, let’s start with your options on this important piece of hardware. Bear in mind that not all stands are created equally. One of the first differences that you may notice is the difference between horizontal monitor stands and vertical monitor stands. And just to clarify for those not familiar with the various options, vertical stands stack the monitors one on top of the other, while horizontal results in monitors being side by side. Other options include free standing versus mounted. Again, while it should be obvious, I’ll explain the difference. Free standing mean that they are supported by a base, while mounted means you must use the support of a wall, desk, or other background to mount them. While these may seem like obvious choices for you, it’s important consider all your options and circumstances before making a final decision.
When it comes trading monitors, the most important decision you can make is which style, brand, refresh rate, and number of pixels in the monitor you chose. To start, your choice between widescreen versus traditional square monitors is one of the most important you will make. Despite their deceiving look, the traditional square monitors can actually fit a bit more information on one screen. While widescreen may help with spaces concerns, and can help keep costs down (they are typically less expensive.) I also highly recommend you buy nothing less than 1080p- defining the number of pixels available for use. Using 780p could save you a few bucks, but you really want to risk missing a decimal point when you trading because you wanted to save a few bucks on the monitor you chose.
When you pick a brand there are a few that I recommend, and a few I recommend you avoid. Let’s start with the bad (in my humble opinion) first. While as a rule, I love Acer products- when it comes to monitors, STAY AWAY. I’ve seen customers use these to save a few dollars and be consistently disappointed with both life span and quality. Yes, you are typically covered by a 1 year warranty, but even heavy traders can hope to get more than 1 year out of their monitors, if for no other reason than to save the time it takes replace, as well as the frustration of having to operate at less than optimal conditions while they wait for new pc hardware to arrive. Of my favorites, Dell is at the top of the list. They tend to last, unlike the aforementioned. They also can compete in the price arena. Another favorite brand of mine is Samsung. They are certainly leaders in screen technology, being the first to release commercially available LED screens. Cost wise, then tend to run only slightly higher than Dell and lifespan is usually very good to excellent. Finally, NEC is my top choice. They’ve been in the business for a long time, but they are releasing some extremely cool technology that provides for ultra light weight, high quality and ultra-ultra-thin, helping with mount ability and portability! Cost wise you may pay a bit more, but the difference is going to be obvious. But when it comes to trading monitors, NEC is a brand that I can highly recommend!