Most computer monitors weigh anywhere between 5 and 20 pounds, with the lightest and heaviest ones on the market going just beyond those marks.
I have been an avid gamer since I was a kid. That love of video games brought me into contact with a wide range of computer monitors throughout my life. It is that knowledge of the devices that enabled me to know how much they should (and shouldn’t) weigh.
To give a better breakdown of computer monitor weight, this guide will cover different styles, sizes, and go over why those matter in the first place.
- Most computer monitors are much lighter than they first appear, with lighter models being between five to ten pounds and heavier ones reaching almost twenty.
- Knowing your monitor’s weight is important for several reasons, including understanding what arm to use, properly balancing your desk, and saving on shipping costs.
- If possible, it’s best to get a lighter monitor regardless of its make, model, or screen size.
Average Monitor Weight
When getting a computer monitor, there are many aspects users need to track. That includes things like specs, resolution, and size. However, very few people ever think about the weight. That’s not always an issue, but it can matter every now and then.
Monitors tend to be much lighter than many users may first think. Though it’s easy to assume the electronics, especially bigger ones, are well beyond thirty pounds, that’s not true. In fact, most computer monitors weigh around ten.
The lightest models on the market, ignoring certain special cases, clock in at just above five pounds. The heaviest models weigh anywhere between 18 and 20. On average, home office monitors or ones made for at-home use sit in the 8 to 10 pound range.
That wide spread might be surprising to some, but it means you have a lot of choices when deciding what type of monitor to buy. You can always get something extremely light, but there are other selections for those who want extra heft.
Why Computer Monitor Weight Matters
Many users overlook their monitor’s weight. Most of the time, that won’t be a big deal, especially for more casual use. However, there are a few scenarios where it’s important to know your monitor’s exact weight. Especially if you need to calculate your entire setup.
The first is if you’re using a monitor arm. There are many different arms on the market, and they can vastly improve your computer using experience. However, the devices do come with a specific amount of strength, as well as a weight limit.
If your monitor is too heavy for your arm, it will lead to issues. On top of that, if you have a lighter monitor and don’t need a powerful, expensive arm. Rather, you can get one that supports lighter models and save some money.
In that same vein, it’s important to check your desk weight limits too. Though desks can typically support a computer of any size, most people have a lot of items on their work surface. Also, glass and standing desks are much more fragile. You never want to go too big.
Your monitor’s weight is also important when it comes to shipping costs. Knowing how big the device is will allow you to get more accurate pricing and enable you to decide how much you want to pay for the complete package.
What Size is the Best?
There are many monitors on the market, and they all come with their own weight, shape, and specs. Still, there’s no one correct size. It all depends on your preferences and individual situation.
As mentioned, most users will have the same (or roughly the same) size monitor. That typically means something that sits within the 24-inch range. That creates a large enough surface to do work and surf the web without being too big or overwhelming.
However, if you’re a gamer you want a slightly larger screen (roughly 27 inches). If that’s not enough and you’re someone who loves watching movies, you might need an even larger screen. If you don’t have a ton of space, a more compact model is great.
Just be aware that a bigger monitor doesn’t always mean heavier. There are plenty of smaller monitors with extra weight, while there are larger ones that are light. It completely depends on the model as well as how much you’re willing to pay.
Newer models tend to weigh less across the board, regardless of their screen size. If you don’t mind paying extra, or if you want the absolute best models, go with a lighter option when possible.
These are some of the biggest, and most common, questions users have about computer monitors.
Are Bigger Monitors Better for Your Eyes?
Though it’s easy to assume that a bigger screen will be better for eyes through reducing strain, that’s not necessarily true. In fact, a larger screen can actually cause your eyes to work more as they need to cover more space. Always go with what’s most comfortable for you.
How Long Should a Monitor Last?
Regardless of how big your monitor is, it should stick around between ten and twenty years. That’s an incredibly long amount of time. So long, in fact, that most users will switch their technology long before that mark comes around.
What Monitor Size is the Most Popular?
There are many monitors out there to choose from, but the most popular are ones between 21 and 27 inches. That space allows people to most comfortably view the space, while still being big enough to play games or stream media.
Computer monitors are much more manageable than they first appear. The devices can have some heft, but as technology improves their weight goes down. Everyone has their own preferences. Even so, no matter what model you get, it won’t be too unwieldy.
How big is your monitor? What size do you prefer, and why? Let us know by leaving a comment below!