Picking a Monitor for Software Development

If you search for “best monitor”, odds are the first results will be from the Wirecutter, PC Mag, Anandtech or other review sites. These places can be a good general resource to get information about contrast levels, brightness, and color accuracy.

But these guides try to find the best overall monitor. Sometimes they’ll break things out into more specific categories like gaming or watching movies. But getting more niche than that is rare.

That’s why I really enjoyed this article, which goes into what you should be considering when getting a monitor for software development. He’s not focused on recommending a specific monitor. Rather he’s gathered together the considerations that will really matter to software developers, and how that applies to things like refresh rate and screen resolution, and other often overlooked items like the included stands, and parsing user reviews.

Source: Nick Janetakis

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Rich Stroffolino

Rich has been a tech enthusiast since he first used the speech simulator on a Magnavox Odyssey². Current areas of interest include ZFS, the false hopes of memristors, and the oral history of Transmeta.

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