When looking for a computer monitor there's several things to think about such as; price, screen size, type, connections or any additional features you might want.
The two main types of monitors available are LCD and LED. LCD flat screens took over from oversized monitors and now LED is slowly taking over LCD. The reason for this is LED lights are used to create the backlight which enhances the colour you see on the screen. Screen size is entirely down to personal taste but it's best to first measure your desk to see how much space there is for a computer screen.
Computer monitors can come in different resolutions; this is measured by the width x height of the pixels. The higher the resolution, the clearer and more detailed the picture is but you need a reasonable sized screen to match it. If wanting widescreen you should look for a screen with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200.
You also need to think about the different types of connections e.g. VGA, DVI and HDMI. Nowadays DVI and HDMI are becoming a more popular choice because they can display a clearer picture and support digital video, whereas VGA only supports analogue video. If you want to connect your computer to the TV, check what connections are on the back of the television.
The newest type of monitor is 3D and can also transform your 2D films into 3D if it has a 3D converter. This will work provided you have a compatible high-end graphics card and compatible 3D glasses.
If you're comfortable watching films and shows on a computer screen you might want to invest in a monitor with a built-in TV tuner - this is also a good idea if you live in a small flat and don't have the space for a TV and computer. You'll still need a TV license though; you can find more information about this on the official TV Licensing website.
More common with all-in-one PCs, you can also get touchscreen monitors and built-in speakers.
An up-and-coming trend is to use projectors as computer screens. Nowadays you can get portable projectors that can fit in your pocket and can also connect to your phone, camera or other media devices. The only downside is the resolution will be lower than on an LCD or LED monitor.
Read our article on monitor calibration to get the most from your new monitor.