Art On Line

By Jo Phillips

What Technology do You Need to Enjoy Digital Art? Image on left

Viewing physical art online is never going to measure up to seeing the piece in person. Subtleties of flourish and direct proximity can’t be relayed in any other manner, but this doesn’t apply to every medium. Art created digitally that was meant to be displayed digitally operates on another level, where spectators can achieve the full experience without needing to leave their homes. The only real hurdle to this is that not all methods of observation are created equal, where poor screens and audio could negatively impact the artist’s vision. Fortunately, finding the right devices for the best experience can be simple, if you know where to look.

What’s the Difference?

With so many forms of digital art and artistic disciplines, it can be tricky to find a starting point that everyone can understand equally. Rather than leave some of our readers in the dark, we’re going to use a more easily understood form of artistic expression as a measuring stick, online casinos. Consider what you can see on a simple daily free spins page. While based on offering free spins and deposit bonuses, these websites include clear colours, contrast, animations, and audio. Each of these aspects will change depending on your screen and audio output, and each is illustrated clearly enough that changes to these components will be easily noticeable.


If your preferred form of art comes in the form of still images, then you’re going to want to rely on resolution, grey and black uniformity, and colour gamut. Resolution is the easiest aspect to quantify, as it relays the sharpness of an image. Turning to our above example, have a look at the text at a lower resolution, and then at a higher resolution. High res means more detail, where 4K represents the modern standard, and going above isn’t easily possible or necessary.

Thinkpad T43p IPS and T430s TN display” (CC BY 2.0) by Mar Yung

Grays, blacks, and colour gamut are more difficult to quantify without direct measurement, but they essentially revolve around how life-like the colour output from a monitor can be. There are three major types of panels to consider here, IPS, VA, and TN. IPS tend to be the best for colour, so these should be your first choice.

For non-static art, users also need to consider motion blur. While most media is filmed at 30 or 24 FPS, artistic projects can run at 60 or even over 100 FPS. To this end, it can be best to invest in a 144Hz monitor if you expect to view these types of projects. To see how this works, check how readable text is when you scroll up and down our example page and change your monitor’s refresh rate. The higher the Hz, or FPS, the easier it will be to read, and the cleaner objects will look in motion.


Rather than spend pages talking about the intricacies of creating a massively expensive home theatre system, we suggest users simply invest in a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Again, this is easily testable through uses like online casino games. Good headphones will offer quality drivers, high sensitivity, low impedance, and the right range frequency response.

Headphones” (CC BY 2.0) by adeendreniyan

With these tips as a starting point, you should have some idea of what to look for. Remember to use an example to measure from like the one we’ve suggested, or a piece you’re already intimately familiar with, so you can more easily measure any changes. Be sure to check reviews before making a purchase, and look for options with a return policy if you’re still unsure. With a new device, the difference can be night day, just be sure not to take it for granted.