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Shopping For An LCD Monitor

What you need to know about LCD monitors

LCD monitors are the current buzz on the computer scene. They are becoming increasingly more affordable and most PC bundles now come standard with LCD monitors instead of traditional CRTs.

The prices of LCD monitors have dropped to the point where they have all but replaced traditional CRT monitors.

There are a few things you need to consider when shopping for an LCD monitor:

  • Screen size tends to affect price more than any other factor. If you plan to use your new LCD monitor primarily to surf the web, a 15" unit will probably be all you need.

    If you'll be working with graphics, photos, video, or multiple windows, you will probably be better served with a 17" or larger LCD monitor.
  • Another specification to consider when shopping for an LCD monitor is the screen resolution. The most common resolution as of this writing is 1024 pixels wide x 768 pixels high, but as prices continue to fall, LCD monitors with higher resolutions are beginning to become commonplace.
  • If you plan to use your LCD monitor to play fast-paced games, you'll need to take into account the screen's response time, which is a measure of how quickly the LCD monitor's screen refreshes. Avid gamers should buy an LCD monitor with a response time of 20 milliseconds or less.
These are the three most important factors to consider when buying an LCD monitor. I would recommend staying with a name brand such as Viewsonic or Sony. They cost a bit more, but they are high quality units, and in my opinion this extra cost is money well spent.

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