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4 business uses for an ultra high-definition monitor

Krishan Sharma
Technology Journalist

Krishan Sharma is a freelance journalist who writes for various consumer tech and business IT publications

Krishan Sharma
Technology Journalist

Krishan Sharma is a freelance journalist who writes for various consumer tech and business IT publications

Why your business should consider buying a 4K resolution monitor.

Desk jockeys rejoice, 4K monitors has officially landed! There is a lot of hype about what 4K or ‘Ultra HD’ enabled televisions can do for content consumption in the living room, but why exactly should businesses consider buying a 4K resolution monitor for the office? Read on to find out.

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1. Make your content pop with razor sharp text, images and video 

A 4K monitor allows more pixels to be shown on screen, up to four times full HD; which equates to a resolution of 4096x2160. This means 4K effectively quadruples the two million pixels in today’s 1920x1080 resolution display to eight million pixels.

What does this mean for you? It means that all of the content you look at on a 4K resolution display whether it be text, images or video, will look a hell of a lot sharper. And truth be told, once you experience the sharpness of a 4K monitor, it’s hard to go back to anything less.

So regardless of whether you spend your working day looking at email, editing documents, reviewing spreadsheets, whipping up PowerPoint presentations, editing images or video, you will notice a substantial difference in picture quality.

2. Increase productivity with more screen real estate 

Aside from content appearing a lot sharper, a 4K resolution monitor simply gives you much more screen real estate to play with. This means that you can pack more open windows and applications alongside one another. If you constantly find yourself switching back and forth between applications, then a 4K monitor is worth the price of admission for this feature alone.

Video and image editors can also see more of their application. For example, video editors can use the extra space to view multiple video tracks and other media files all in the same window or a graphic designer will be able to have more Photoshop tools open on-screen.

3. Remove the need for expensive multi-monitor setups

Multiple monitor setups have become commonplace in the business world, boosting productivity in areas like trading desks, editorial, finance, content creation, start-ups and multimedia companies.

Anyone who uses multiple monitors for work will benefit with a 4K monitor as the jump in resolution negates the need for having more than one monitor on your desk while also saving on costs in the process.

Investing in four 1080p monitors requires an expensive graphics card with four video inputs, an appropriate monitor arm and a mess of cables to manage, not to mention the additional electricity required to power the monitors.

In comparison, you can pick up a single 28-inch 4K monitor from as low as RRP $599 with one cable for power and one cable for video, while enjoying the same screen real estate as four 1080p monitors. It also makes it ideal for docking your laptop to the monitor as notebooks tend to have only one video output.

4. Run content from different video sources simultaneously

4K monitors like the LG 34UM95 support ‘Dual Link-up’ feature which allows two devices to be displayed simultaneously on a single screen. For example, you can connect two notebooks to a single 4K monitor in the boardroom which could be useful for collaboration or a presentation. Or, you can connect and watch a movie from a Blu-ray player while working on a Excel spreadsheet from your PC.

4K monitors from other big name manufacturers like Samsung, Philips and Dell also offer the ability to run two sources simultaneously on-screen.

Prices correct at time of publishing.

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