4K Computer Monitors – Are They Worth The Investment?
Before buying new technology it’s always important to do the proper research first so you know whether or not you’re making a worthwhile purchase – this is important for individual consumers, but even more so for businesses. 4K has widely been hailed as the display technology of the future, but are they a wise investment for businesses now?
It’s all in the detail
4K displays offer the ultimate experience when it comes to the finer details, allowing the user to enjoy enhanced visuals in comparison to what lesser monitors can provide. Unlike 4K televisions, for which there’s barely any content at the moment; computer operating systems can already deliver resolutions higher than 1080p. As long as your graphics card is powerful enough to support higher resolutions, your 4K monitor will provide a resolution of 3840×2160.
Already popular among die-hard computer gaming fans (on account of the exceptional image clarity), 4K monitors are recently gaining more of a following among businesses too. In fact, they’re particularly useful for those who work in graphics or editing roles.
Just how usable are they?
Of course, to benefit from the superior display offered by 4K monitors, you’ll need to ensure your computer’s operating system is equipped to support it. The more up-to-date your OS and apps are, the easier you’ll find it to adjust settings so that it works alongside the monitor. For now, these scaling features are not yet perfect, although the Mac OS X is generally well-optimised.
To get the most out of your 4K monitor, you’ll need to invest in one of a decent size. With a larger monitor you’ll be able to easily multitask, boosting your productivity. It’s not hard to see why these monitors are an attractive prospect for businesses.
Buy a smaller 4K monitor however and you may suffer from a scrunched-up display, making it harder to see and use certain features – not practical for many users.
Always check the specifications!
Before investing in a brand new set of 4K monitors for the whole office, remember to check the specs carefully. Some monitors offer the high resolution that 4K supports but provide a low refresh rate. Unfortunately, the lower the refresh rate, the jumpier and more sluggish the display is likely to be.
Look for a monitor with a refresh rate of at least 60Hz (some go as high as 120Hz) for the best experience. Monitors with a refresh rate in the region of 30Hz may cause some issues with the display.
Make use of apps
Using the right apps will help you get the most out of your 4K monitor. While there are still some issues with OS optimisation, many apps are already optimised to support 4K. Adobe Photoshop for example is already well-optimised for 4K, so if you’re a firm that specialises in photo manipulation and graphics production, this alone would make investing in a 4K monitor an attractive prospect.
That’s because 4K enables the user to edit high-definition videos and photos at a resolution closer to that at which it was originally shot. This gives a higher-quality end product as you’ll be able to make more precise edits.
Cost is a factor
Despite 4K televisions starting at around £1,000, by contrast, 4K monitors are a lot more affordable. You can find a good one for around £300 – and as more and more become available, the cost is likely to go down.
As a business, you’ll have to weigh up whether this slightly elevated cost is worth the output you’ll get from 4K technology. Delivering noticeably higher detail than standard monitors, depending on the nature of your firm, this could be enough to make investing in 4K a wise decision.
For companies specialising in visual arts and design however, there’s a strong case for adopting 4K technology sooner.