I have a 14" 1080p laptop, which is very crisp. When I connect it to my 21" 1080p monitor, the external monitor looks blurry and ugly. What external monitor (i.e. what specs, but specific examples are welcome too) should I buy, so that I can connect it to my laptop and have both be good looking and as similar as possible?

Also, how do I know if the laptop will be able to output to the monitor, if it's high DPI? (I have an Intel HD 620, fyi)

Some details:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Budget: ~300€, but open to recommendations with good reason
  • Interesting; the DPI is 2/3 that of the laptop, but you say it looks blurry. Are you sure you have everything properly configured?
    – JMY1000
    Feb 2, 2018 at 2:53
  • Also, could you give us some more information as to what you're looking for? How big? Target resolution/DPI? Use case?
    – JMY1000
    Feb 2, 2018 at 2:54
  • Are you sure you have the resolution set properly on thr extern monitor? The "blurriness" might come from not using the native resolution of the monitor. Feb 2, 2018 at 16:39
  • @JMY1000 everything's properly configured. I'm looking for something not bigger than 24", don't care about DPI/resolution as long as it looks as crisp as my laptop, and use case: productivity and work (no games, no videos, etc.)
    – Martin
    Feb 2, 2018 at 16:57
  • @BennettYeo yes I'm sure - the monitor looks as it should be looking. It's the (very) crisp display of the laptop next to it that's making it look ugly.
    – Martin
    Feb 2, 2018 at 16:57

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TL;DR: The LG 24UD58-B

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First, let's figure out what resolution we need to have.

Since pretty everything on the market right now falls into either 1080p/1440p/2160p, we can ignore pretty much all other resolutions (at least for considering what we'll need in terms of resolution.)

Your 14" 1080p laptop gets you of 157.35 PPI. Targeting a standard 23.8" 16:9 monitor, 1440p gets 123.41 PPI and 2160p gets 185.12 PPI. That in mind, you're sort of in a weird middle ground relative to your laptop. I opted to go for a 2160p monitor, but if you're fine with it, a 1440p monitor would be perfectly valid.

That alone gets us down to two monitors: the LG 24UD58-B and the Dell P2415Q. The price difference is pretty negligible, so it's down to picking features.

(LG review, Dell review)

  • Both are IPS panels (the Dell actually uses the same LG panel)
  • The Dell is slightly brighter
  • The LG offers FreeSync

I'm aware you don't have an AMD GPU, but given the rather negligible difference otherwise, I'm strongly inclined to recommend the LG monitor.

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