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If you work from home or play video games and use your computer a lot, you will soon realise that a larger monitor is much more comfortable for your eyes and more practical for complex documents.

However, if you also have limited space in your home office, you may have to make some sacrifices in size. A monitor with a size of 22 inches offers you the best compromise. Our editorial team has put several 22-inch monitors under the microscope and presents the favourites in our 22-inch monitor test 2021.




Summary

  • A 22 inch monitor is ideal for working and when you don't have much space.
  • There are 2 different image generation technologies for monitors. With LED you can build smaller and flatter screens and with LCD you can create a high brightness.
  • Depending on the intended use, the 22 inch monitor should have different features. For gaming, fast response time, for video and image editing, high resolution and contrast.

The best 22 Inch Monitor: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a 22-inch monitor

What are the dimensions of 22 inch monitors?

Since the size of the screen diagonal is only given in inches, it is often difficult to imagine what it means. To make it easier for you, we have put together a table so that you can see the exact dimensions at a glance:

Diagonal in inches Diagonal in cm Width in cm Height in cm
10 25,4 22 12
12 30,5 26,7 15
14 36 31 17
17 43,2 38 21
22 55,9 49 27
24 61 53 30
26 66 58 32
32 81,3 71 40

The screen diagonal is the measurement from one corner of the monitor to the diagonally opposite corner of the monitor and is usually given in inches.

Now when you buy a screen, you also have to look at whether it has a border and how wide it is to find out the exact size of the screen. (Image source: pixabay.com/ Mediamodifier)

Which monitor is right for you?

Depending on your use and preferences, you have to decide on a type of monitor. In this chapter we want to make it clear which options you have and which application makes the most sense.

Monitor type Application Key features
Touchscreen Everyday or business solutions Supports apps and easier to use without keyboard
Curved Gaming, movies or media work Less distorted display and you feel like you are drawn into the screen
Office Office Good font resolution and small size
Gaming Gaming Fast response time and high resolution
Professional Media work, image and graphics editing Best resolution, true colours and as much screen space as possible

The latest and most modern are the "Curved Monitors", they offer a new insight into the digital world.

What does a 22 inch monitor cost?

When buying a 22 inch monitor, you can expect a price range of 85-250€.
Inexpensive monitors are often available for less than 100€, but high-priced and often high-quality monitors can quickly cost 200-250€.

Extras, such as a touchscreen function or additional connections, can drive up the price of a monitor even further.

To reduce costs, you can of course also buy a second-hand monitor. We will go into this topic in more detail below.

Can you buy a used monitor?

If you want to save money when buying a monitor, you can of course buy it used. Of course, this is best done on Ebay or other comparable sites.

TIP: If you buy used monitors on the internet, watch out for scammers! It is better to pick up the monitor in person and only hand over the money when you have the device.

But if you do, there are a few things you should watch out for, which we have compiled for you here:

  1. Test or ask whether the monitor has the connections that are important to you.
  2. Test the functionality of the monitor or have it shown to you on site.
  3. Check that the monitor is clean and in good condition.
  4. Ask the seller how old the monitor is and whether it is still under warranty. If so, ask to see the warranty certificate or the invoice.
  5. If the price is extremely different from the original price, you should look again very carefully or ask why.
  6. With a dubious seller, or if you have a bad feeling, better cancel the purchase.

If you want to save money, you can also take advantage of Amazon's so-called "warehouse deals", where you can buy functioning new devices with small flaws at a low price.

What are the alternatives to a 22-inch monitor?

If you are still wavering between the various options, we would like to make it clear which size you can choose.

Film fans

If you're a film buff, it's a good idea to go for a larger monitor, as you may have more than one person sitting in front of the screen and want to be able to comfortably watch the action from a distance. So something between 24 and 30+ inches.

Media and graphics work

Here, resolution is incredibly important, and as a graphic designer you naturally want as much working space as possible. So it's a good idea to get something large, like 24 to 26 inches, or create a multi-screen setup with several 22 inch screens.

Gamers

For video games, a large screen is often not necessary; resolution and response time are more important here. For gaming, a 22 inch screen fits very well, but of course you can also upgrade to a 24 inch screen.

In the office

In the office, you usually don't need much screen space, so screens as small as 19 to 22 inches are perfectly adequate. If you work a lot with spreadsheets or media, however, it can also be helpful to have a larger work surface.

Of course, these sizes are only recommendations and guidelines and ultimately it depends on your own preferences, space requirements and wishes.

Decision section: What types of 22 inch monitors are there and which is the right one for me?

Before buying a 22 inch monitor, it is now important that you decide what type of 22 inch monitor you want to get:

  • LED
  • LCD/TFT

LED, LCD and TFT many abbreviations and no exact description of what it actually is. In the following section we will show you what the abbreviations mean and what their respective advantages and disadvantages are.

What is an LED monitor and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

LED means light-emitting diode and these are used here as the basis to illuminate a mixture of liquid crystals in the monitor. The liquid crystals have the property that they can change the polarisation direction of light and the light-emitting diodes can therefore project a very accurate image with different colours.

Advantages
  • Better black levels
  • Flatter
  • Durable
Disadvantages
  • Often more expensive
  • Not as bright
  • Uses "rare earths" for manufacturing

LED is the trend nowadays and many find it superior to LCD because of its flat aesthetics and better black levels, but if you want to save money you can go for the simple LCD technology.

What makes an LCD/TFT monitor and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

LCD means "liquid crystal display" and TFT stands for "thin-film transistor display". Both work according to the same basic system and a TFT monitor also belongs to the group of LCD monitors. LCD or TFT makes no difference when buying.

In LCD, fluorescent tubes are used to irradiate the liquid crystals in the monitor and thus produce an image.

Advantages
  • High luminous efficacy
  • Good power consumption
  • Inexpensive
Disadvantages
  • Need to be thicker
  • Not as durable
  • Heavier

Here, as a successor to the old CRT screens, a big step in modernisation has happened, because they also offer a higher luminous efficacy with low power consumption. Unfortunately, however, they are inferior to the new LED screens in terms of design and durability.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate 22-inch monitors

Here we show you which types of 22-inch monitors you can differentiate and what you should look for when buying:

  • Screen resolution
  • Connections
  • Response time
  • Height adjustable/ rotatable
  • Contrast and brightness
  • With loudspeaker

When you start looking for a monitor to buy, you will quickly feel overloaded with descriptions and numbers. To get a better overview, we explain more about the individual criteria in the following paragraphs.

Screen resolution

Of course, a good monitor needs a good screen resolution, but what do these numbers mean?

Screen resolution describes the number of pixels on a screen. These are usually written in a specific system, such as "1024x768". The first number describes the height of the screen and the second the width, multiplying the two gives the resolution.

The more, the better is the resolution, but for format reasons it is sometimes not possible to have a higher resolution.

Screen resolution for 22 inch monitors there are 2 common ones available, which makes the decision at least a little easier.

The WSXGA+ which has pixels of 1680 x 1050 and a format of 16:10 and Full-HD which has pixels of 1920 x 1080 and a format of 16:9.

Choose a resolution and format according to your preferences and requirements for the device. Both formats are well suited for any purpose.

Connections

When you buy a monitor, the various connections it has will be indicated or visible on the back. These include HDMI, DVI and VGA. If you have an old computer with an old graphics card, you may not have an HDMI connection.

However, most of today's graphics cards mainly have this.

HDMI

If you want to connect a screen with Full HD, this connection comes into play. HDMI allows very good picture and sound file transmission and is therefore also standard on many entertainment devices (such as game consoles or DVD/Blue-Ray players).

DVI

DVI has become the standard for new LED/LCD monitors and is also used in many TV sets. Compared to the old VGA, this connection allows the transmission of analogue and digital files, which means that no conversion is necessary.

VGA

This is an old type of connection that is still mainly used in old computers or DVD players. It transmits analogue signals that have to be converted in order to be recognised by the monitor. Of course, this means that some of the picture quality is lost.

If you have your computer, or the device you want to connect the monitor to, look at the connections and check what kind of connection it provides.

Response time

As mentioned in the guide, if you are a gamer and/or action movie enthusiast, there is another value you should pay attention to. The response time describes how fast the transmission from the medium to the monitor can happen. Usually this is given in milliseconds and you should pay attention to a low value.

6-12ms is good, anything below that is very good and anything above that should be avoided as the picture will appear blurred.

Height-adjustable/rotatable

You should also pay attention to the mechanics of the monitor, whether it is movable or even rotatable. For authors or programmers, for example, the portrait format of a screen is much better than the usual landscape format.

A screen in portrait format offers many advantages for list items such as articles, music lists or programming texts.(Image source: unsplash.com/ Josh Sorenson)

The stability of the stand is also particularly important, because you don't want your monitor to fall over, so look for a model that is also well produced and made of high-quality materials.

Contrast and brightness

Candela per square metre is the unit used to indicate the brightness of monitors. There is usually a range of 200 cd/m² to 400 cd/m². To be able to work optimally and so that the eyes do not tire too quickly, a value of 250 cd/m² is recommended. A good screen can also be identified that gives you the option to precisely adjust brightness values according to preferences.

Another quality criterion is the contrast ratio. It describes the difference between the deepest black and the brightest white and is often given as a ratio.

The standard nowadays is the ratio 1000:1, which produces a good contrast. If you need something higher for image editing or other activities, there is of course also a contrast ratio. But if you only need to do office work, you can choose a lower-quality model with a ratio of 700:1.

With speakers

If you want to buy a monitor with integrated speakers, you have to pay special attention to their quality when you buy them.

Screens with external music speakers take up more space, of course, but deliver better sound for less money (Image source: unsplash.com/ Niclas Illg)

However, integrated speakers are a good idea when space is limited and simply for practical reasons, and if nothing else is available, even such speakers will suffice.

Just note that external speakers are often connected either to the monitor itself or to the PC and whether the necessary connections are available if you buy any.

Facts worth knowing about 22-inch monitors

What is the power consumption of my monitor?

A computer with a monitor can definitely be a medium power guzzler. Of course, these figures should only be seen as a guide, as each monitor has its own consumption values and it also depends a lot on usage behaviour.

To find out the exact value of your own monitor, it is worth taking a look at the manual or the technical data sheet of the device. Of course, the power consumption also increases for a larger screen size.

Exemplary values, which we were able to research for you, are:

Inch Approx. watt consumption
22 inch approx. 20-45 watts
24 inch approx. 20-60 watts
27 inch approx. 50-100 watts
30 inch approx. 100-150 Watt

Of course, the result varies depending on the model, which is why we also give an approximate range.

What distance do I need to be from my monitor?

The distance to the monitor should be at least 50 cm to avoid health risks. In fact, a distance of 60-100cm is often recommended.

Of course, this distance also depends on the size of your monitor. With your 22 inch monitor, it is recommended that you keep a distance of at least 70 cm.

I don't want anyone to be able to look at my monitor from the side, what can I do?

If you like to be out and about in public cafés and other places, it may happen that you were uncomfortable with someone looking at you while you were working, making payments or doing other things on your computer.

There are protective films for this purpose, which can protect you from strangers' glances. They are easy to apply to the screen and offer protection up to a viewing angle of only 60 degrees.

Keep in mind, however, that these films are often not suitable for touchscreens!

Image source: Unsplash.com / Daniel Korpai

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