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Interpreting Monitor Specifications

Display Type

This is the panel technology the monitor is using. The most common variants are TN (Twisted Nematic), MVA (Multi Domain Vertical Alignment), IPS (In Plane Switch) Please see our screen comparison here for more details.

Screen Size

The screen size of the monitor measured diagonally.

Dot Pitch

How sharp the displayed image can be.

Maximum Resolution/Native Resolution

The maximum resolution that the monitor supports. Ideally you want to output the resolution that the monitor natively supports for best picture quality and clarity.


Measured in candelas per square meter (cd/m2) is the measurement for luminance. It is also equivalent to the measurement “Nits” that is used in many other specifications and devices.

Viewing Angle

The angle at which the screen can be viewed without color distortion or inversion. Most VA/IPS panels have wider viewing angles than TN panels and are more ideal for being viewed in a larger room. Smaller viewing angles equates for the user to be directly in front of the monitor for best color distribution and clarity.

Vertical Frequency

Is the refresh rate the monitor refreshes the image at measure in Hertz(Hz), most monitors have 60hz, but a few gaming models do have 120hz and 144hz for more fluid and faster refresh rates.

VESA Mounting Pattern

Is the 4 screw pattern on the back of the TV measure in millimeters. This determines any desk type mount or any wall mounts compatibility with the monitor you will be ordering so make sure it fits.

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