When it comes to desktop computers, monitors are a necessity rather than a peripheral. A person simply cannot use a computer without having some way of viewing what they’re doing. That’s where a monitor comes in. There are many different kinds of monitors that vary in size, resolution, and price. The type of monitor you purchase depends on what you need it for and what your budget for shopping is.
Monitors are typically thought of as either flat screen or cathode-ray tube. The CRT monitors are much larger than flat screen monitors, not always in screen size but in weight and width. Most stores have a wider selection of flat screen monitors than CRT monitors because flat screen monitors are becoming more popular as they make breakthroughs in technology. If a CRT monitor is what you’re looking for, your best bet is to look at smaller computer specialty stores rather than large chains.
Flat screen monitors are popular for a number of reasons. Their small size is much more user friendly than CRT monitors and are easy to not only set up but also to transport. They also have the option of coming in widescreen. Monitors that have widescreen have a higher resolution as well as a sleek look not found in CRT monitors. Flat screen monitors come in two different display types, LCD or plasma.
LCD is the most common type of display because it has high resolution at a fairly low price. Many 19” LCD monitors can be found for under $300 although some may be more expensive as resolution quality improves. Many people who enjoy using their PC for gaming prefer LCD screen because of how beautiful the images are. LCD monitors are fairly durable with a lower chance of burning out than a plasma monitor.
Plasma monitors have the best display over the LCD and CRT monitors. Their resolution is incredible and the images it displays are very bright and clear. The reason plasma monitors haven’t increased in popularity is because of their cost and lifespan. While most plasma monitors will last as long as any other type of monitor, they are more likely to have screen burn where an image becomes permanently stuck on a screen after a period of time.
The type of monitor you decide to go with depends on a number of factors. Most monitors can be found for under $500 with screen sizes up to 24”. However since budget is the most important factor, what you’re willing to spend can affect what type of monitor you’re looking for. Many people make due with a 19” because computers are used up close and 19” is a big screen when you’re close to it. The difference between LCD and CRT would be what your intentions are for your computer. If you’re looking to watch movies or play video games on your computer, an LCD screen will be your best bet.