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Different Types of Monitors and Why You Should Buy Them

Whether you’re building a new gaming PC or you need a screen for your gaming console, there are a number...

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W hether you’re building a new gaming PC or you need a screen for your gaming console, there are a number of reasons why you may require a monitor. You may need one for office work, or for your kids, and since all of these are different needs, you can buy different types of monitors for each instance!

In this article, we will tell you about all the recent types of monitors. We will not be delving into previous styles and types that are either no longer functional or no longer common. So, if you go through this list and don’t see a certain type of monitor, it’s probably because it is rarely used nowadays.

What to Know Before Buying a Monitor

Something you should know before investing in a monitor is that you do not necessarily need the newest or the most expensive monitor for yourself. You should buy something that fits your requirements, for example if you are a digital artist then investing in a touch screen makes sense. However, if you simply aim to finish your college assignments or your office work, you probably do not need to spend the extra money to buy a touch screen.

If you will be sharing your monitor with someone, for example your family or your roommate, it would help to take their needs into account as well. If little children will be using the monitor, an adjustable screen such as LCD or LED makes the most sense to buy so that the monitor’s height can be adjusted according to the user’s height.

With that being said, let’s dive into types of monitors!

LCD Monitor

LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display, and it is quite literally made up of liquid crystals. LCDs are the most common type of monitor worldwide, and if you bought a television in the past decade or so, there’s a big chance that you bought an LCD monitor.

They don’t require a lot of space, can be hung up on the wall or kept on a table with a stand, and usually do not consume a lot of electricity. As a result of that, they do not produce a lot of heat either. So, if you’re looking for an option that is not too heavy on the bill, space-efficient, and also will last a long time, get yourself an LCD monitor.

LED Monitor

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. Compared to LCDs, LEDs are newer and provide a better viewing experience. They have a better resolution, and therefore a sharper image. LED monitors can be both flat and curved, and you can buy whatever suits your needs, but keep in mind that curved monitors cost more than flat screens do.

If you are a gamer, you should buy an LED monitor because it has vivid colors and better contrast. For the same reason, LEDs are used by people who are graphic designers or video editors, because LEDs have a better image resolution. If you struggle with migraines, eye strains, or similar problems due to extensive screen time, consider investing in an LED monitor because they are flicker-free, and can possibly reduce your issues.

OLED Monitor

Quite similar to LEDs, OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. True to its name, these monitors are “organic,” as in they are made of some sort of organic material. This can be carbon, polymers, plastic, or even wood, which converts electrical current into light displayed on the monitor. Latest smartphones make use of OLED screens, and so do newer models of laptops.

For people who are aiming to build a home theater or generally enjoy watching movies, OLED monitors are recommended because they have perfect brightness and contrast, amongst other things. OLEDs are famous because of their outstanding picture quality and fast responses, while also providing wide and broad viewing angles. However, OLEDs generally do not have a lifespan as long as LCDs and LEDs do, so if you are looking for something that may last you a decade without deteriorating in quality, OLEDs may not be your best bet.


Most home usage can be covered within the confines of the aforementioned three types of monitors. You probably do not need any other type of monitor, because these are the most common types of monitors and also the most affordable ones compared to everything else that is available. Before deciding on a monitor, make sure to research different brands and commonly occurring problems within those brands so that you are sure you want to buy a particular product.