Computer Monitor Buying Guide – Need versus Want


Monitor Buying guide

Monitor Buying guide

By Anne Ahira

Monitor technology is improving all the time and now when choosing a monitor the consumer has more choices in size as well as display types than ever.

Which one is best in your situation depends on the use you plan to put it to, the space you have to dedicate to a monitor and how long a life you expect from it.

The biggest and best computer monitor available may or may not suit you. Learn more about your computer monitor buying choices and decide for yourself.

Computer Monitor Display Types

The two main types of computer monitors are the older technology CRT (cathode ray tube) monitor and the newer LCD (liquid crystal display) monitors.

Newer technology is not always better than older but LCD is taking over the computer monitor field but as consumers gravitate to the smaller and more compact LCD technology. When you are buying a computer monitor, you may find a few CRT monitors listed by the merchant or in a corner of the shop.

Unfortunately, they will not usually have the large screen displays and they will be bulkier. However, some people still prefer CRT displays for image editing. The prices on CRT monitors will usually be much lower than the prices of comparable of LCD computer monitors.  CRT monitors also have a higher output of low-level electromagnetic rays.

LCD monitors are usually much smaller and with larger screen sizes than the old CRT monitors. Pricing is relatively reasonable and a slimmer profile monitor can be purchased when space limitations are a consideration.

The color range is for an LCD monitor is more limited than with the old style CRT monitor, blacks are not as black, color contrasts may be less extreme. The average lifespan of an LCD display is around 60,000 hours of use, and they are resistant to image burn in when compared to the old CRT displays.

Computer Monitor Buying Overview – What You Are Really Getting

The image quality in the store or in the merchant’s photo online may have little to do with the real performance of a computer monitor when hooked up to your computer at home. A lot depends on the graphics card as well the resolution desired. In addition, what tasks or entertainment purposes you commonly use your computer for have a bearing on performance and ultimately your satisfaction.

After all, company wants to put their best foot forward when in the showroom or in a promotional photos so when buying a computer monitor do not depend on the showroom or promotional display alone. You should check the computer monitor specifications as well.

Gamers might be require a higher refresh rate, screen resolution with their high end graphics card and  with their computer monitor than someone using a computer monitor for writing a letter or viewing email.

Refresh rate on a monitor is important. The refresh rate is the number of times a computer monitor refreshes the screen. Higher refresh rates mean less flickering. If you spend long hours in front of a computer monitor, you are a gamer, or you are prone to eyestrain this is an important feature in a computer monitor.

Do you want widescreen or standard display on your new computer monitor? Standard display is becoming rarer in new monitors so this may be a non-choice however if you do not often watch movies you may find a deal in a standard display computer monitor.

Is bigger better when buying a computer monitor? Usually, yes it is though the space you have available to place the monitor on should be a high priority, as well as your budget, since the larger the monitor screen, the heftier the price tag.

Screen resolution goes hand in hand with computer monitor screen size. A small computer monitor might be able to display the computer screen at the standard 1280 by 1024 resolution but it may be so small as to be useless and unreadable.

Computer Buying Guide – Summary

When you go computer monitor shopping whether online or in a store, budget and use are primary considerations. You may have to sacrifice one for another or shop very carefully over a longer period to find just the right computer monitor at just the right price.

You may be tempted to buy a used or refurbished computer monitor. This can be a considerable source of savings when buying a computer monitor and some merchants online and retail may offer computer monitors that have been refurbished or are used.

It is wise to read the fine print on these used computer monitors, see if there is a warranty, and be sure of the merchant’s return policy on computer monitors that are used.  If you feel, the savings in price are worth the risk and the computer monitor is satisfactory you stand to save a bundle.

New computer monitors can be purchased on sale and result in significant savings or an upgrade in size. You just need to be persistent, know what you want and keep checking. If you are shopping online, it is wise to choose a merchant who offers customer reviews for products.

Not all of the customer reviews will be positive and that is good for you. Knowing what other consumers liked or disliked about a particular computer monitor can help you finalize your buying decision and feel confident in your choice of computer monitor.

Final words on buying your new computer monitor. Buy from a merchant you can trust and be sure you know the return policies on the computer monitor. Do not rely on just the display in the store or the photo from the shop; know how it will perform on your system.

When buying a computer monitor and space is not a consideration then try and get the largest screen size you can afford, it will be easier to see, and you will not end up wishing you had that HP 20 Inch HD monitor instead of the Acer 17 inch LCD.

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