LCD Monitor Guide
Prices of LCD monitors have dropped significantly in recent years, but that doesn't mean the quality has too. Today, you can purchase a low-price monitor without sacrificing features, performance, and screen size. In fact, most LCD monitors offer stunning image quality, style, portability, and space-saving convenience. However, there are certain key features that make LCD monitors different from one another. The following are some important factors to consider when evaluating an LCD monitor:
Size and Weight - For the most part, this depends on two different factors: the space available to you and what you commonly use your monitor for. It goes without saying that if you intend to use your computer for graphic intensive work like fashion designing or 3D animation, then having a large monitor would make more sense.
Resolution - For the sharpest, cleanest image quality, choose only those with the highest number of pixels. But make sure you are comfortable with an LCD's native resolution before you buy it.
Pixel-Response Rate - The pixel-response rate, also known as response time, is the minimum time necessary to change a pixel's color or brightness. The time is expressed in milliseconds, and the longer it takes, the slower the monitor's reactions. Everyone's preferences on response times are different. If you play a lot of games, it would be worthwhile to invest in one with a much faster response time. However, most people who aren't gamers cannot tell the difference.
Viewing Angle - The physical structure of LCD pixels can cause a shift in the brightness and color of images if you view them from an angle. Take manufacturer's specifications with a grain of salt and make your own observations if possible. Also, it's important to understand that viewing-angle issues become more critical as panel size increases.
Monitor Inputs - The type of inputs found on an LCD monitor dictate the flexibility and multi-use capabilities of the monitor. Some models have both types of input but only accept a signal through one at a time, whereas others can electronically switch between the two.
Buying the right monitor for you is a very personal experience and it requires time to research and evaluate the various models. People have differences on how they angle the monitor, the level of ambient lighting, and some just have different design tastes than others. The trick is to strike the perfect balance between price and functionality, and the best way to begin is to find exactly what your needs are. Hopefully, you now have enough information to make an educated decision.
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