Computer Monitors

By: Olly Fallon

If you're getting ready to replace that old monitor or even buy a new computer system, choosing the right monitor may seem a little intimidating. New technology has given us more choices when shopping for a new monitor.

There are basically two types of monitors, a CRT monitor and the newer flat panel TFT type. Either of these monitors will serve it's purpose and give you years of usage. So, your decision will probably be based more on what you want, or what you can afford!

If you're on a tight budget, you may not have a choice in which monitor you'd prefer. The basic CRT monitors have become less expensive and if price is your main obstacle, this could be your only choice!

Most new computer systems come pre-packaged with the newer TFT monitors. However, depending on where you purchase the computer, sometimes you will still have a choice. Especially if you're buying from a smaller computer shop or having your system custom built.

First of all let's clarify, there is a huge difference in a flat screen monitor and a flat panel monitor! And, knowing the difference between the two is very important.

Buying a monitor with a flat screen doesn't mean that you're getting a thin, lightweight monitor. A flat screened monitor is just basically what it the name implies, the screen is flat instead of having a curved surface!

There are several benefits to having a monitor with a flat screen. The flat screen will cut down on the glare that comes from both the image on the screen and your surroundings!

Flat screens are specially coated so that lights or other objects in your room don't reflect off of the screen. The images will be sharper, the text will be much easier to read and you'll see a noticeable difference in eye-strain.

The CRT monitors are the ones that most of us still have, though are being phased out. They're the older styled monitors that are large and heavy. These monitors use tubes similar to those in televisions.

You can find many CRT monitors that now have the flat screens. Even though most newer models are now slightly more compact, they're still large and can be quite heavy.

Although the newer TFT monitors have flat screens, they're actually called flat panel monitors. They're very thin and compact and provide a greater picture quality than the old CRT monitors.

Aside from a more vivid picture with less distortion, flat panel monitors are the best choice if you're short on space! They're usually only a couple of inches thick, so they take up a lot less space than CRT models.

Most flat panel monitors can be mounted on the wall behind your computer desk. They can also be mounted to monitor arms that will allow you to adjust the height and angle of your monitor.

If you are considering buying a flat panel model, make sure you read the specifications. One of the things you'll definitely want to check is the viewing range.

The viewing range on earlier flat screens was limited. Simply put, if you weren't sitting directly in front of the monitor you wouldn't be able to see the images. But, most newer models now provide a wider viewing area, just be sure to check before purchasing.

Another thing you will want to consider when purchasing a new monitor is how much you use your computer. If you spend hours in front of your monitor or you're an avid gamer, the picture quality will be of major importance.

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