​​While there are no purchasing restrictions on monitors below $1000, listed below are some of the specifications to look for in a modern ​business use monitor that is flexible enough to accommodate the most common usage scenarios found on campus:

  • LED based 21.5” to 24” diagonal screen size
  • Native or maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 (16:9 aspect ratio, FullHD)
  • Around $150 (generally)
  • Accepts both analog and digital inputs
    • VGA (Analog)
    • DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort (Digital)
      • As long as one of those digital inputs is present, typically inexpensive adapters (often comes with PC) can be used to meet device output.
  • ​No external AC adapter, utilizes standard PC type plug for power.
  • Some degree of tilt/height adjustment on built-in stand
  • VESA mount capable
    • Chassis of monitor has standard VESA mount screw holes, allowing for mounting to wall or to special monitor stands.  Commonly described as “100mm x 100mm” flat panel or VESA mount interface.
  • Security lock receptacle (Often called “Kensington Lock”)
    • Standard lock that allows for the use of security cables to deter theft in public areas.
  • Warranty of at least 1 year, 3 or more years preferred.​
Some example monitors that meet these recommendations​ are listed at the bottom of pre-approved computers page.