Monitors: Form and Function

Monitors: Form and Function

    One request I commonly receive, as a part of Valiant’s procurement team, is for new monitors. They are heavily requested as they are essential to the modern workplace, but their capabilities and purposes are often overlooked. Modern monitors are essentially optical enhancement devices; their resolutions, color maps, and size work together to optimize how you visually interact with your work.

    One manufacturer I often recommend for monitors is Dell. Dell has an entire line of monitors with features tailored to the various needs of almost any work environment.

    General Purpose

    Let’s begin by looking at Dell’s general-purpose monitors.

    The first entry in Dell’s lineup is the E-series monitor. This is known as the “essential” monitor and is the standard model they recommend. It carries the lowest price point of Dell’s monitors and is geared towards average workloads, making it an excellent choice with no frills or extra features.

    Dell’s second entry is the P-series monitor. This monitor is geared towards workloads that involve significant reading or editing of documentation and includes ergonomic features to reduce strain on the user. This model is also designed to work alongside other monitors.

    Power Users

    Dell’s line of monitors also includes models that are geared towards more intensive applications. The UltraSharp and UltraSharp Plus series monitors focus primarily on color-critical workloads, offer high resolution displays, and vary from 23” to 38” in size.

    Valiant recommends these models when a workload includes heavy use of software like Adobe Creative Cloud, ArtBase, and AutoCAD.

    High Performance

    Dell’s UltraSharp 49 curved monitor accommodates heavy workloads with additional screen space at a 5120×1440 resolution. Not only can this model work with other types of monitors, it can even be seamlessly partitioned, allowing you to display multiple monitors worth of information on a single screen.

    Team Collaboration

    Finally, the last selection in Dell’s lineup is its conference room series. These monitors are essentially smart TV’s with up to 4K resolution and range in size from 55” to 86”. These models are geared towards teleconferencing and collaborative use, all while meeting the guidelines for accessibility listed in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    While these models are not intended for individual usage at a desk, they can be connected to a desktop computer should the need arise.

    Convenience & Modern Connectivity

    Dell has approached the design of this lineup of monitors, addressing common pain points of previous generations. Each new model has a universal USB-C slot, which is meant to reduce the numbers of cables and adapters you may need, leading to a streamlined workspace. They are also designed to be mounted to a wall or monitor arm, further freeing up space on desks for other activities.

    All of these improvements are Dell’s answer to a growing demand for easily-managed, efficient, and work-specific hardware.

    Are your company’s monitors appropriate for the jobs you are handling? Are you trying to create or review artistic productions with a subpar monitor? Are you just trying to create some spreadsheets with a heavy duty UltraSharp? Overkill is just as bad as being underprepared, as it means you are not getting the most out of your resources. We recommend reviewing you monitor inventory to make sure this is the case!

    Ian is Valiant’s Procurement Associate, and he’s in charge of the logistics around all the technology we provide to our clients. From working with vendors to select the best solutions,...

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