Computer monitor prices have fallen dramatically in recent years.
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Quality LCD and flat panel models are now well within the reach of budget-conscious small business owners. But even though prices have dropped, many entrepreneurs still overpay for their monitors because they fail to properly match the technology with their company's needs.
The key to getting the most mileage out of your computer monitor investment is to determine what you need your monitor to accomplish before you head out to the electronics store. When it's sitting next to an oversized model, a decent business monitor can look extremely inadequate. With that in mind, here are the price points you can expect to encounter when you shop for a new computer monitor.
- Budget models. Budget-priced monitors are an attractive option for the average computer user. Entry-level LCD monitors run from $100-$200 and are capable of delivering the necessary features for general-purpose use or for individuals who are converting from an old CRT monitor. Screen size runs from 15" to 20", and resolution maxes out at 1600 x 900.
- Average business use models. Most small business computer users are looking for computer monitors with slightly more versatility than the budget models offer. Commonly sized at 22", these products give users the ability to adjust brightness, viewing angle, tilt and other characteristics that allow workers to stare at the screen for longer periods of time. Anti-glare and anti-static features are also options to consider. Prices range from $200-$500, but most businesses can find a suitable product in this category for around $250.
- High resolution gaming & editing monitors. Video gamers and editors usually require monitors that are larger and produce higher resolution images. HD monitors in this category start at 22" and go up to 40", and are compatible with Blu-Ray players, DVD players and game consoles. Although you probably won't be playing any video games in your office, some business users place a high value on gaming monitors' high resolution video features. If absolutely require high-res imaging, expect to shell out $500-$1,800+ for your next monitor.
Other Computer Monitor Cost Factors
- Monitors should come with basic accessories like a stand, power chords and connection cables. Some models also come with hardware for wall mounting. Check the box of your specific model to see what's included with your purchase.
- The cheapest time to buy a new monitor is when you're purchasing a new computer. Ask the store clerk about available discounts.