by Samson Chiu
Having discussed the docking station in the previous article, let's now turn our attention to the second essential element of a home office setup: the monitors. A common motivation for establishing a home office is the inadequacy of laptop screens in terms of size. When I initially entered the IT industry, laptops were designed to be portable but often lacked the power required for extensive computing. Laptops have undergone significant advancements and have become sufficiently powerful to serve as a primary computing device. However, the laptop screen size may still prove inadequate for everyday work.
When selecting a monitor, the screen size is certainly a factor to consider, but there are other important considerations as well.
Screen resolution is a crucial aspect to consider, and your choice should align with your specific requirements. For regular office tasks, a Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) screen typically suffices. However, if you engage in graphic-intensive work, you might opt for a 2K or 4K (UHD) display. While some argue that higher resolutions are superior, it's essential to note that they can come at a higher cost, and they may not always be necessary. In certain cases, users might adjust resolution settings to increase font size for better readability.
The previous article touched upon video inputs, emphasizing the importance of choosing a monitor with the latest or most widely used video input options. In today's IT landscape, HDMI and DisplayPort are considered the current standards.
Lastly, let's discuss the value of a monitor arm. While not everyone may consider purchasing one, many individuals are content with the monitor stand that comes bundled with their monitors. However, it's not uncommon to see users resorting to stacks of paper to elevate their screens. The ideal monitor height is with the top of the screen at or just below your eye level. A standard monitor stand may not offer the perfect height adjustment for your needs, and this is where a monitor arm can significantly enhance your setup. It provides greater flexibility in terms of height and angle adjustments, ultimately allowing you to create a more comfortable and ergonomic workspace.