Is the LCD monitor right for you?
The pros and cons of owning an LCD
LCD monitors have a lot to offer, whether you're using one in your home or workplace. They are incredibly lightweight and take up little desk space. With so many models out on the market, how do you know if this is the right one for you?
First, you have to consider what you will be using you computer for. Will you be e-mailing? Surfing the web? Playing video games? Watching DVDs? Typing documents? Take a look at the space that will become your screen's new home. How large is it? Are there windows close by? These are all things that should be taken into account. LCDs are much more compact than CRT monitors, and they can be mounted on the wall to free up even more room. They also have flat screens and don't give off a glare. If you choose to purchase an LCD, you may want to experiment with the angle of the screen for better viewing.
There are advantages and disadvantages to an LCD monitor.
- Lightweight and compact. These monitors are only a few inches thick and weigh a fraction of what CRTs weigh.
- Because of their compact size, LCDs take up very little desk space.
- They use far less energy - approximately 40 watts, compared to CRT which uses over 100 watts.
- Very little flicker helps reduce eye strain.
- A flat screen eliminates glare from indoor or outdoor light sources.
- Because LCDs are designed with a single resolution, any alteration to that resolution would decrease the quality of images appearing on the screen. For that reason, this kind of monitor may not be the best choice for someone using graphic design programs.
- LCDs are still more costly than CRT, although they are coming down in price.
- Response times are still not fast enough for DVD viewing or playing video games. Games or movies with a lot of action may come across blurred.
Your choice of monitor may be influenced by whether you're using it at home or at work. At home, you may have more space for equipment and might not want to spend a lot of money if you just plan on sending e-mail. If you have a Web camera and plan to use it to communicate with the outside world, you'll probably be looking for a screen that can produce high-quality imaging. If you use your monitor for watching videos, DVDs or playing games, you may want a larger screen, but keep the resolution in mind.
If you're in the market for a new monitor for your workplace, size will definitely be a consideration. You won't want a piece of equipment that will take over your desk. The nature of your job will also likely influence the size of screen you will need. If you regularly have multiple files or documents open on your screen at one time, you will probably want a larger or wider screen for easy viewing. LCD screens also put less strain on the eyes because they're flatter and images are less distorted.