Most business users find it useful to have at least a couple of monitors hooked up to their computer. Monitors tend to be pretty reliable these days, so it’s possible to get a decent second hand buy that will last and last if you’re really looking to save the pennies. But assuming you’re going to buy new, here’s a few things to look out for when buying a computer monitor (these are minimum specs to go for):
- 16:9 Aspect Ratio
- 1600×900 resolution
- 60Hz refresh rate
- DVI, Dsub (VGA), display port video connections/ports
- Size – probably at least 19″
- LED backlight
Note: check for multiple monitor ports to run mulitple monitors from a single computer – these include display port, VGA (Dsub), HDMI & DVI ports.
Free computer monitors
Freecycle is an extensive international giving-network where people advertise anything they’re looking to get rid of for free. There are regularly old monitors on there; all you have to do is respond quickly and be prepared to pick it up. Visit their homepage then enter your location and that’ll direct you to your local group where you can see what’s being offered (and join).
In the future, we’ll update this page with some of the best value offers for business-ready monitors.