Best cheap monitor for back-to-school, distance learning? Here’s my answer

Ever since the pandemic lockdown, I’ve been fielding questions from friends and family about technology buys. Recently, it was a relative asking what monitor she should buy for her daughters who are going back to school—but doing distance learning at home.

“It’s the first day of school and we’re now realizing we should get monitors and keyboards for the girls,� she said. “It’s too hard to be on a tiny laptop or Chromebook all day. What do you think of these?� All three monitors, sold by Office Depot, ranged from $70 to $80, and to the casual shopper would look the same. 

  • ViewSonic VA1903H
  • Acer V196HQL
  • ViewSonic VA2055SA

Spoiler: None of these would be my top picks. Instead I’d go with an Aopen model. But let’s delve into my relative’s queries nonetheless, and learn a bit about monitor specs.

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