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Many companies have quickly pivoted to remote work arrangements for their employees, with some industries working from home for the first time ever. But with the rush to enable remote workforces, many employees end up working 8-12 hours a day off their laptop screens. This is not ideal, especially when working on spreadsheets and switching between different applications for prolonged hours.
Monitors are an essential tool for an effective work from home environment—they can improve your employee’s work experience, boost productivity and be a smart health investment. As the global leader in PC monitors for seven years running, we are offering some tips for selecting the right monitor for your remote work needs.
Screen Size and Resolution
Determining the right screen size and resolution is an important first step. Having more screen space to see and do more has a direct correlation to increasing productivity. The typical screen size for most office work, including emails, Internet browsing and Microsoft Office documents, is between 24 and 32 inches.
If bigger and wider screen space is a priority, you should consider more than one monitor or go with one ultrawide curved monitor, commonly between 34 to 49-inches. Monitors with ultra-thin bezels are ideal for creating seamless multi-monitor configurations, resulting in less distraction from bezel breaks.
Resolution and screen size go hand-in-hand. With more pixels in each square inch of the display, users will get more realistic and sharper images. A higher resolution is recommended for larger monitors. For example, 27-inch QHD (2560 x 1440), 32-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) and 34-inch WQHD (3440 x 1440) displays are the recommended size and resolution with more than 100 pixels per inch.
Ergonomics & Well-Being
Remote work employees tend to put in longer working hours, so having the right equipment to support employee well-being is crucial. According to Forrester Research, 92% of workers believe ergonomically optimized monitors are critically important for improving their productivity. Squinting at a screen or slouching over your monitor can lead to poor posture, back issues and eye strain. To help with these issues, it’s important to choose a versatile monitor with height and tilt adjustability to ensure correct posture and viewing alignment.
Next, consider what devices you want to connect to your new monitor and check your laptop ports for compatibility. Common ports on laptops today include HDMI, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. You can reduce cable clutter and opt for a clean desk setup with a USB-C monitor, which allows users to charge their laptop and transfer data, audio and video signals all in one single cable.
In addition, if you have other accessories that you would like to connect to your monitor – such as a keyboard and mouse, webcam, headset or charging cell phones – make sure you pick a monitor with multiple USB ports. Dell monitors typically provide four USB ports, allowing you to connect to more devices.
Like other home appliances, energy efficiency is important. Monitors that are certified for reduced energy consumption like Energy Star or EPEAT can save you up to $52 USD in annual utility bills. Advanced monitors may also offer features that reduce power consumption by putting the monitor to sleep after a period of inactivity.
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