Choosing the Right Flat Panel Monitor for You

By: John Thompson

For anyone that still has the massive computer display that takes up half your desk, this is a fine time to contemplate choosing a flat panel display. They not only take up very little room on your desk, but also represent style and fashion that gives your office or room a modern look.

Since the flat screen display came on the market, not only has it gone down severely in price but also the variety of flat screen monitors has increased. There is now a model and price range to suit almost everyones budget. When choosing a flat panel monitor, there are some things you should consider.

Prices on flat panel monitors vary by size and manufacturer so shop throughout and compare the prices to get a great screen at reasonable cost. Prices vary but on average, the fifteen inch to nineteen-inch displays average price span is $200 – $700.

If your screen does not refresh or redraw itself at a great enough frequency, flickering occurs. When picking a flat panel screen, select one with a refreshing or redraw rate of at least 70 Hz or higher. This way you are not bothered with flickering.

Remember when choosing a flat panel display that the dot pitch on a display should be small as the picture is sharper. The biggest dot pitch you should go is .28 so you have a clear, sharp picture.

The two most common resolutions used on a flat panel display are 800×600 and 1024×768. If you try a higher resolution, it fits more on the screen but is harder on you eyes. Some people work around this by modifying the internet browser font size.

Choosing a flat panel screen means choosing one that has a great contrast ratio. This measures the difference between the darkest black and brightest white. The most common contrast ratio is 300:1

By following these guidelines, opting for a flat panel screen will be less perplexing and you will end up with a screen perfect for you.

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