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Monitor Buying Guide

Find Your Fit: Monitors for Every Lifestyle

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Monitor Screen Size

Monitor Screen Size

When choosing your monitor screen size, it is crucial to consider a model that fits your needs. Here are a few suggested guidelines:

  • Monitor screen size uses a diagonal measurement in inches – similar to TVs.
  • Find a monitor that fits your desk space and provides a large enough screen.
  • Larger screens provide more space for enhanced productivity and multi-tasking in one place.
  • Smaller screens are perfect for day-to-day tasks like email or browsing the internet.

Monitor Screen Sizes

Monitor Resolution

Monitor resolution depicts how clearly a monitor can show visual content.

  • Monitor resolution shows how many pixels a monitor has in width x height format.
  • For example, a 1920x1080 resolution means the width has 1,920 pixels and the height has 1,080 pixels.
  • The higher the monitor resolution, the more pixels, the clearer the picture will be displayed.

Refresh Rate

Refresh Rate

The number of times per second that your monitor screen refreshes the image being displayed on your screen.


Refresh rate is measured in hertz (Hz) and ranges from 60Hz up to 240Hz. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother your image will be.

If a monitor has a 60Hz refresh rate, this means that the picture on a screen would refresh 60 times per second.

Here are a few examples of how different refresh rates can be used:

  • 60 Hz - Creating spreadsheets, streaming movies or music
  • 144 Hz - PC gaming, photo sharing, video editing
  • 240 Hz - Competitive, eSports, and FPS gaming
  • 360 Hz - World's Fastest Refresh Rate

Response Time

Response Time

This refers to how much time it takes for monitor pixels to change from one color to another.


Response time is measured in milliseconds and is as fast as 0.5ms.

Unlike refresh rate, you want a lower response time – the lower the millisecond, the faster the screen can change an image.

Faster response times are key for gamers:

  • Reduce image ghosting
  • Minimize distortion and blurring
  • Sharp pictures for fast-moving gameplay

Which monitor is right for you?

Shop S Series Monitors

Dell S Series Monitors

Discover an entertainment experience with rich color and screen clarity. Featuring ultra-thin bezels for a virtually borderless screen and a modern design.

Dell S Series Monitors can be used for:

  • Email
  • Social media
  • Photo sharing
  • Streaming movies

Alienware Monitors

Alienware Monitors

High performance gaming monitors offering the best in speed and immersion for gamers who want an uncompromised, ultimate experience.

Gaming Experience:

  • Adaptive sync
  • Refresh rates of up to 360Hz
  • As fast as 1ms response times
  • Clear details and life-like images

Dell UltraSharp Monitors

Dell UltraSharp Monitors

Create visuals that meet demanding graphic needs using these top tier monitors that provide technology and design for the ultimate performance.

Dell UltraSharp Monitors can be used for:

  • Content creation
  • Video and photo editing
  • Present highly detailed charts and graphs
  • Create and view multiple documents at once

Dell Gaming Monitors

Dell Gaming Monitors

Gaming monitors designed to offer a range of performance levels with core essentials and delivering the best value for money to our gamers.

Gaming Experience:

  • Adaptive Sync
  • Edge-to-edge gameplay
  • Crisp resolution and rapid refresh rates
  • Vibrant graphics and reduced motion blur

Dell Video Conferencing Monitor

Dell Video Conferencing Monitor

Collaborate like you’re there with an integrated 5MP camera, dual 5W speakers and a dedicated Microsoft Teams button.

Dell Video Conferencing Monitor can be used for:

  • One button connect to Microsoft Teams
  • Video Conferencing
  • Present highly detailed charts and graphs
  • Communicate clearly with 5W integrated speakers and noise-canceling mic

Dell P Series Monitors

Dell P Series Monitors

Enhance productivity and improve user comfort with these professional, height-adjustable monitors designed with non-reflective screens.

Dell P Series Monitors can be used for:

  • Ergonomic home office setup
  • Create presentations and spreadsheets
  • Multi-task between different applications
  • Work seamlessly across one or more screens

Dell E Series Monitors

Dell E Series Monitors

This suite of monitors are affordable, stylish, and eco-friendly. They are efficient and reliable for everyday computing at home and work.

Dell E Series Monitors can be used for:

  • Email
  • Browsing the internet
  • Writing papers for school or work
  • Receive notifications through the integrated speakers

C series

Dell C Series Monitors

Featuring a wide range of displays built for world-class collaboration whether you are working from home or from the office.

Dell C Series Monitors can be used for:

  • Conferencing
  • Portable options
  • Large screen size options

C series

Dell SE Series Monitors

Experience productivity on a new level with thoughtfully designed features.

Dell SE Series Monitors can be used for:

  • Email
  • Social media
  • Easy Setup
  • Superb Clarity

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