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The Choice is Clear: All About LCD Monitors


Published by on March 7, 2014 under Home

The choice of LCD monitors on the market these days can be baffling. However, by arming yourself with some basic information you stand a much better chance of choosing the right monitor when you walk into the shop. Here are some of the most important factors to consider.

Monitor Size

LCD monitors come in a wide range of sizes, so you should first decide how large you actually want it to be. This will depend upon how much space you have on your desk, along with how you actually use your computer.

If you often watch videos offline, perhaps those that you have downloaded from the internet using something like YTD, opting for a larger screen size may be a good decision. Likewise, if you use your computer for gaming, graphic design, photo editing or something similar, big is often better.

Screen Resolution

Resolution refers to the number of pixels displayed by the monitor. HD resolution is popular, especially if you want to watch HD films. The actual resolution for HD quality will depend upon the size of the screen. The larger the screen, the higher resolution it will require in order to be classified as HD.

Panel Technologies

There are some key things to understand before looking at different panel technologies, including the viewing angle and the pixel response rate.

The viewing angle is the angle that you can watch the monitor without the picture being affected. If people will be watching the screen at different angles – for example, when watching a film – a wider viewing angle is preferable.

With the pixel response rate, the faster, the better. However, it is only really a concern for watching videos and for gaming, where it can make a real difference.

There are a few main types of panel technologies, including:

– TN (Twisted Nematic): fast response time, lower brightness, not great viewing angles, but tend to be cheaper.

– VA (Vertical Alignment): good viewing angles, brighter than TN, but slower response times.

– PVA (Patterned Vertical Alignment): wide viewing angles but a slow pixel response. Tends to be more expensive than TN.

– IPS (In-plane switching): good viewing angles, very accurate colours, but slow response times. Tends to be the most expensive, but prices are coming down.

Connections

You will need to connect your monitor to your computer, and there are various types of connections available. These include:

– VGA (Video Graphics Array)

– DVI (Digital Visual Interface):

– HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface)

– DisplayPort

HDMI or DisplayPort is needed to connect to an HD source, and although HDMI is still more common, DisplayPort is starting to catch on. You can always get an adaptor if you choose a monitor that does not have the right type of connection.

Other Features

There are a whole range of other features that may be included in LCD monitors that could affect the price. These include:

USB ports

– Webcams

– Speakers

– 3D

– Adjustable stands

With these, you should decide in advance whether you really need the features and whether you are willing to pay more for them.

Choose Your Ideal LCD Monitor

As you can see, the choice of LCD monitors is vast. However, by keeping the above information in mind, you should be able to form a better idea about what you really want so that you can make a more informed decision when you come to buying one.

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