Jan 10, 2012

5 Things To Know Before Buying A LCD Monitor

Nowadays people are fed up of their old CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors and also of the old LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) monitors and are now moving to the new and improved LCDs. The main reason behind the shift is the portability and sharper and clearer images of the LCDs. Just buying any LCD doesn’t cut it out, you ought to know some basic things about a LCD monitor before spending your precious money on it.
1). Screen Size
The first and the foremost thing to look in a monitor is its screen size. Nowadays the most common ones range from 19” to 22”, but you can go for larger screen depending on your usage. The thing about large screen is that they take a lot of space so portability is lost. So choose your screen size wisely or choose between the above range always give best result.

2). Resolution And Aspect Ratio
Resolution is basically the placement of pixels on the horizontal to vertical axis of the screen. Higher the resolution, higher is the quality of the images with high clarity and also more workspace.
Aspect ratio is the ratio of the horizontal pixels to the vertical. I would prefer you to buy 16:9 aspect ratio monitors with 1080p (progressive) resolution or FULL HD monitors.

3).   Contrast Ratio
Contrast ratio is basically the ratio of the brightest white to darkest black. The higher the contrast ration the better the display of the monitor. I have a Dell LED monitor with a contrast ratio of 8,000,000:1 and love its display.

4). Viewing Angle
This is something I really don’t care about as most of us just sit in front of the monitor, but if you use monitors for watching movies you need to check the viewing angle of your monitor as LCD monitors have limited viewing angle.

5). Display Ports
There are four types of widely used display ports: HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface), DVI (Digital Video Interface), DisplayPort, and VGA (Video Graphics Array). If you want my advice always stick with the digital ones like DsiplayPort, HDMI, and DVI.


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