144 Hz monitors, or monitors with high refresh rates in general, are recommended for gaming. But is it just for gaming? If you work on a monitor with a high refresh rate, it can be difficult to go back to traditional 60 Hz.
Monitors with 144 Hz refresh rate are indicated not only for gaming / Photo: Jura, Unsplash.com
Why the latest iPad Pro has a refresh rate of 120 Hz, while cheaper models don’t necessarily? Why is it the same for top smartphones and laptops? Despite appearances, the best hardware is not only more efficient and therefore suitable for gaming. A higher refresh rate has become a feature for which many customers are willing to pay extra. And manufacturers are aware of this.
Refresh rate, expressed in Hertz (Hz), is simply the number of screen content updates per second. The vast majority of displays run at 60 Hz, which means that the maximum frame rate for such a screen is also 60 fps. If we play the latest games and have very powerful hardware, we can easily get more than 60 fps, and then a monitor with a higher refresh rate is advisable. A popular model is one with 144 Hz refresh rate. However, there are also 75, 90, 120 or even 240 Hz models.
144 Hz monitor – why it is also good for work
All tasks at work can easily be performed on a 60 Hz monitor. However, when you invest in a 144Hz monitor, your comfort at work improves significantly. It’s a bit like exchanging a simple chair for a professional ergonomic chair, or a low-quality keyboard for a great mechanical keyboard with macro support. These are not essential things for work, but they certainly significantly improve comfort or increase productivity.
The same is true with 144Hz monitors. The computer immediately seems more responsive and this applies to working in the system, browsing the internet or even texting. Everything from moving the cursor and dragging windows to launching applications is smoother and gives a better experience. There’s no way to tell the difference between 60 and 144Hz – it’s visible to the naked eye.
But beware: if you want to buy a 144Hz monitor, make sure that your HDMI or DisplayPort connection will support the appropriate refresh rate at the monitor’s nominal resolution. Also make sure that your graphics chip will support the appropriate mode.