Building a Home Recording Studio – Computer Monitor

Computer Monitor - Think Big

While reviewing audio recording software products having a computer monitor in mind, one thing was pretty obvious from the start. There is a lot of stuff going on on the screen. Just click on the image on the left to see what I mean.

The bigger the screen the better you can see and operate all the many elements on it. The higher the resolution of the screen (and the video card serving it) the more detailed and crisp the image will be.

I decided to go with a large UHD (4K) monitor with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and started looking what was on the market.

Curved or Flat

What caught my eye first was one of those ultra-wide curved monitors. But even though having a larger width than flat monitors, their resolution is the same.

It looked like they took a regular 16:9 flat monitor with 3840 pixels across and just stretched it in width without adding horizontal pixels. I checked out a few at my local media store and I didn't find them too convincing for my purpose.

I also had to consider that space to the left and right of it on my Zaor desk that I needed for my nearfield speakers.

I concentrated on regular flat monitors of at least 27" in size.

My Pick

The AOC U3277PWQU turned up in several best lists. It had excellent technical specifications for an amazing price. I picked the 32" version of it for under 500 €.

It has a matt display, 5ms reaction time, 60 Hz, all connectors I would ever need and comes with a USB hub on top. That comes in handy when charging smaller devices at the desk like a wireless mouse or smartphone.

The screen can be lowered to the bottom of the stand. That is important because the monitor stands quite high on the top level of the Zaor desk.

I probably won't need it but the monitor can also be turned into a vertical position.



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