Computer Monitors

Computer Monitors Buying Guide

A computer monitor is the screen which displays content as part of your PC; a monitor is essential for a standard computer but can also be used alongside a laptop or dual-monitor system to be able to display multiple screens at once.

Types of computer monitors

Modern day computer monitors come in two types for those of you who are geeky enough to worry about it!

LCD - This stands for liquid crystal display and they are what we commonly refer to as flat screen monitors. This are very much the most popular monitor on the market nowadays. The prices of LCD monitors have decreased alot in recent years and they are more cost effective to run and easier on the eyes.

CRT
- This stands for cathode ray tube and they are the traditional, glass screen television like monitor. These are fast getting phased out and you will struggle to buy one of these brand new nowadays.

Considering the resolution

The resolution of your monitor refers to the quality of image you’ll see as it is a measure of how many pixels are displayed in each direction. A higher resolution means a far greater quality and detail of images. The average monitor usually has 1080 lines of resolution; which is enough for watching a movie in good quality as well as standard office work. If you are planning more complex design work it can be worth investing in a high resolution monitor but the price difference is usually fairly significant.

Considering the size

To the average consumer the size of the screen is also just as significant as the resolution; some people prefer to work off a wide screen where they won’t need to scroll through pages of information or images whilst others prefer a small display. Consider the size of your current laptop or computer monitor screen to determine what size you prefer to work with. If the screen is an additional one to a current computer set-up then it is easier to pick one with similar resolution and size to keep work consistent; if purchasing a separate new monitor make sure it will be compatible with your PC and check reviews to determine the most reliable monitor for your needs.

Considering the connection

Most PC's nowadays are bought as one whole unit, so you will get your monitor, tower, keyboard and mouse as a package. There may however be occasion that you will buy a new monitor for your existing PC. The first thing you need to consider is how to connect the monitor to your current computer or laptop; modern PCs use a DVI connection which enable information to remain in a digital form throughout their transfer. However, older technology uses a VGA connection which will need a convertor to connect to any new monitor.

One monitor or two?

You can, reasonably easily connect up a dual-monitor system to be enable you to display multiple screens at once. This is very commonly used in financial companies like stock brokers or web design and development studios. It is an incredibly useful setup and will certainly increase your productivity as you will not have to flick between numerous open windows.