If you are reading this you are probably using a computer. The screen you are using to view this is called the computer monitor. Monitors these days come in all different sizes where the LCD screen is the most common type of monitor to have. A person’s choice for a monitor depends on the areas the monitor is being used in and one has to also think about graphics cards to support the various resolutions computer monitors have in today’s society.
This article is written to help you choose the write computer monitor for you. In this technological age it can be hard to choose the right computer hardware for your specific needs and hopefully this guide along with some decent research can help you pinpoint the right monitor for you.
There are two different types of computer monitors you will have to choose from. The CRT and the LCD monitor.
The CRT monitor is the standard bulky and deep monitor which many businesses still use today and they operate in a relatively similar manner to a TV. They are the screens seen in the older movies such as the first Mission Impossible, The Matrix and Die Hard. As computers and TV’s are moving towards the digital era, you would be wise to choose from the increasingly popular LCD Screen.
The toned screen computer monitor or much more commonly known LCD computer monitor is the main type of monitor produced today. It offers a sharper image than the CRT monitor, always toned screen to save on space and is lighter in weight compared to the CRT model.
As the LCD computer monitor is growing in the industry CRT models become harder to find. As with all things though, they can be bought online at most big commercial auctioning and shopping sites. A CRT screen will vary in price depending on the size of the monitor. A standard price for a CRT Monitor ranges from $180-$400 where as the LCD ranges from $100-$2000. As you can see, the LCD provides a cheaper option while also giving what many believe to be much better performance. Once again, prices vary depending on the screen size.
A CRT monitors sizes ranges between 15 inch – 24 inch generally. LCD computer monitors will range between 15 inch – 30 inch. Depending on the environment you will be working in while using the monitor, it is not usually the best to go and buy the biggest monitor you can find just because you can! On top of buying a larger screen, other hardware support for screen resolutions will be needed such as a much better graphics card. I tend to tell people that if you are using the monitor for general personal and office use then a screen no larger than 21 inch will suffice. For gaming and graphical use a monitor no smaller than 21 inch should be used as the larger resolutions provide the user with a better picture for much more precise decisions based on the image viewed. It’s also good to choose whether you want a widescreen monitor or a standard monitor, a matter of personal opinion.
Remember also, that a larger monitor size will result in much more pixels being lighted up which therefore results in larger power consumptions.
The resolution of the computer monitor is the amount of pixels displayed horizontally x vertically. 1920 x 1080 is the resolution my monitor is set to as I have a 24″ while someone who has a 17″ monitor will generally use a 1280 x 1024 screen resolution. In the end, it all depends on the size of the screen but it is good to note the resolution a screen can support. If you were going out to buy a 21″ which could not support 1600 x 1200 then you would be getting ripped off. For standard accepted resolutions viewed on different sized monitors look below.
15 inch monitor: 1024 x 768 17 inch monitor: 1280 x 1024 19 inch monitor: 1280 x 1024 21 inch monitor: 1600 x 1200 23 inch monitor: 1920 x 1080 24 inch monitor: 1920 x 1080
Resolutions also vary depending on the brand as a 23″ Dell SP2309W will support a whopping 2048 x 1152!
The refresh rate of a monitor is basically how many times a second the graphics card updates the image on your screen. Say you had a monitor which used a refresh rate of 1MHz. It would take exactly 1 second before a new screen would appear which means that you would have to wait a second to view anything you typed or clicked in that second! It would be extremely frustrating for most people to say the least. An acceptable and standard refresh rate your monitor should be able to support would be 60MHz while it is recommended that you have a refresh rate of 75MHz or over.
From all of the advice and information I have read over the years I was in no way really told about the overall performance a monitor can give out when it is being used in sync with a graphics card. The graphics card really in no way came into the picture when in reality it matters a lot! As I have already stated, larger monitors will have to have a better graphics card to compensate for all the extra pixels the monitor possesses. When buying computer monitors you should also look for a fairly decent graphics card which can support your needs, actually if it means spending an extra $50.
Choosing a computer monitor can be a mind boggling task. Simplifying them into these categories should help you to make a better and much more informative choice. On a final and more opinionated note Samsung monitors, Dell monitors and Acer monitors are among the best in the business as they offer great designs along with good performance.
In the end though, computer monitors are essential to everyone who is buying and using a computer.