What it’s Like to Upgrade Your PC Monitor at Costco
Times are changing around the Clever Dude household. As Mrs. Dude battles the discomfort demons that besiege her during her final weeks of pregnancy, I have been upgrading our home office. We have been in desperate need of a technology update in our office for a long time now. My wife especially, as she has been working on an arthritic Lenovo laptop ever since her MacBook Pro died about a year ago. The first quality of life upgrade I decided to go with was a new PC monitor and there’s no better place to look than Costco. Today, we will go over what it’s like to upgrade your PC monitor at Costco.
How to Choose the Right PC Monitor
The first thing you need to do when searching for a new PC monitor is to decide what you will be primarily using it for. Are you a gamer? Do you plan to do any video editing? Or do you just want to be able to watch high-definition videos while your spouse or kids hog the big TV? If you said yes to any of these questions, Costco has plenty of panels to choose from.
Next on our list is the budget. Typically with technology, the more money you spend, the more you get but there is a point of diminishing returns. There is no point in buying a $1,000 32in 4k monitor if your computer can’t output the proper signal. So, be sure to match your budget to the hardware you will be running the monitor off of. For me, the sweet spot was around $300.
The Good, Better, and Best PC Monitors at Costco
Starting with the good, we have the Acer Nitro 27” FHD gaming monitor. This is a great option for entry-level PC gamers or anyone looking for a quality 1080p screen to stare at. FHD stands for “Full High-Definition,” which is just marketing speak for a 1080p max resolution screen. This Acer Nitro screen runs at 75hz, allowing you to run 1080p video or games up to 75 frames per second (FPS). FPS is important because it determines the smoothness of the images you see on screen. At a price of only $149.99, this monitor is an easy choice for people looking to play eSports titles on the cheap as 1080p is the standard resolution for games like Call of Duty and Battlefield 5.
Moving on to the better, we have the LG UltraGear 32GN50T-B gaming monitor. This is another 1080p gaming monitor but this time from LG. This monitor cost $229 but has a 32 -inch screen and a massive 165hz refresh rate. This is the closest monitor I could find on the Costco website to the one I actually bought at my local warehouse. The one I decided to take home with me is the LG 32GN63T, which cost $299. It is the same monitor as the 32GN50T-B but has a max resolution of 1440p and a 165hz refresh rate. As I said, I could not find the actual monitor I bought on the website. That just goes to show it is worth visiting your local Costco from time to time to see what exclusive deals they have.
Finally, we have the best option, which is the MSI 32” Creator Class Monitor. This monitor is for someone who wants no compromises when it comes to visual quality and isn’t afraid to pay for it. The price of this MSI monitor is $649.99 which gets you 32 inches of 4k display at a maximum refresh rate of 60hz. While this monitor can be used for gaming, it is better suited for video editing and entertainment. This is mainly due to the refresh rate. Most gaming rigs or consoles can’t even run 4k let alone push it at a high framerate. If you’re looking for something to watch Netflix on or edit the video of your family vacation, the MSI has got you covered.
When it comes down to it, Costco is a great place to find quality technology items. Whether you’re looking for a PC monitor or new TV, Costco has got you covered.
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Drew Blankenship is a former Porsche technician and lifelong automotive enthusiast. Recently, he began writing for several websites and is enjoying the career change. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and their dog Enzo.