Domainers spend a lot of time daily, working hard to identify, acquire, and sell domains engaging in transactions that will hopefully generate a great return on investment.
However, constant use of computer and other electronic devices for many hours a day—such as staring at screens or typing on keyboards—creates a lot of physical stress causing problems that can remain long term. Hand agility can be affected and vision may deteriorate.
No amount of coffee can fix this, so the important part is to use the right computer hardware that will do the trick.
Disclaimer: This article series isn't about promoting a particular brand of products, but rather a prompt to find the best computer gear that works for you. To find that perfect keyboard, monitor and computer mouse you must do your own personal research, just like I did. I do not receive any kickbacks from the manufacturer of the hardware.
Part 2: Monitors - Get the right computer monitor for your domaining needs.
Computer monitors are how domain investors and content creators peruse the information, by displaying and wading through long lists of domain names. Anyone who has dared hand-check 20,000 domain names to find "gems" knows that well. Repeat this feat daily and you'll end up with eyes that become progressively sensitive to light, if your monitor isn't up to par.
What makes a great computer monitor?
Assuming you are using a desktop computer, you have a dedicated desk able to accommodate one or two monitors. We won't debate the use of two monitors here, so the focus is about choosing the right single monitor set up for your desktop. If you're working on a laptop, the same principle applies: get a second monitor to perform your tasks and complete your work on a larger screen.
There are several key points that define a great computer monitor and we will begin with size. A few years ago 21 inch monitors were adequate for office work and even production, but now we're looking into the 27 inch range at a minimum.
Depending on your budget you can get a solid monitor for $300 at that size—more about specific features later—or up the size to 32 or 34 inches. At that size, you're looking at anything between $475 to $600 dollars, or even higher. There are many secondary options that can cause an increase in price, so this is just a price range indicator.
The second parameter is whether a monitor is flat or curved. Flat monitors are traditionally looking but still very effective for a variety of tasks: domain research, data analysis and crunching, and even gaming. Curved monitors, however, are also exceptional for increasing your monitor target size into the 30+ inch range, as they provide more desktop but in a shape centered to your chair. I recently moved from flat monitors to curved and I've witnessed a big increase in my productivity.
Another factor of monitor cost is the availability of multiple connectors: HDMI, DisplayPort, multiple USB ports, and perhaps speakers. In that sense, the more the merrier, although my personal choice is to avoid speakers on monitors; if they break, you are stuck with a mute monitor and a decorative pair of speakers.
Along with the connector types comes the monitor's refresh rate and resolution capabilities, which can range from HD (1080p) to QHD (1440p) to 4k (2160p.) If you're in the 30 inch size range, by all means get a monitor offering 4k resolution and refresh rates of 100hz at a minimum. The same monitors offer higher refresh rates at lower resolutions, but the truth is that you should set a monitor to its maximum (native) resolution and forget about it.
The look and feel of your monitor is important too. Pick a monitor that you can easily adjust its pivot angles, bringing it at an angle suitable to your seating and able to adjust its height off the desk or table. Get a monitor that has a thin frame (bezel) that provides easy access to control settings, such as brightness and contrast.
More than 5 years ago, I bought a Samsung SD850 32" WQHD monitor that lasted for a while. A flat, non 4k monitor supporting up to 60hz refresh rate, it became obsolete once 4k support maturity arrived with newer updates of Windows 10 and more spunky video cards that can do 4k at higher refresh rates.
Its replacement is another Samsung monitor, a brand I trust for monitors (but not for refrigerators:) the Samsung CH890 34 inch curved monitor, at a price 25% less than the cost of my old one. Technology improves with time and prices do drop, even though I bought it on a Black Friday sale. Its current price is higher by far.
What I love about the new monitor is its clarity and sharpness driven by a 4k-capable video card at 100hz. Text appears crisp and after a quick set up the colors are vivid, suitable for both graphic design, web development, and of course domain-related tasks. At full 4k resolution and 34 inches wide, I have the real estate of two monitors and can also do picture by picture (PBP.)
Gaming is also exceptional, and I promise you that I didn't buy it for that reason. I'm particularly impressed by the curved screen that needed some adjusting to, I must confess. Us flat-screeners are partial to the flat monitor universe, but once exposed to the multi-dimensional benefits of a curved screen the possibilities are endless.
Within a couple of days of using the curved monitor, my laptop screen looks overly flat. I can go though domain expiration lists faster than ever although my domain sales won't improve unless the very capable Uniregistry brokers take care of that part.
In a nutshell: A good computer monitor will help you increase productivity and lessen eye strain and eliminate headaches. Do your own research and test several monitors before committing to the one that you'll fall in love with.
Don't forget to read Part 1 - Keyboards for an analysis of what to look for in computer keyboards.