Choosing a Computer Monitor

The monitor is the most important component in the computer and it is also the most expensive one in it. There are a few factors that are to be considered carefully while choosing a monitor. Size of the unit is very important. If it is for replacing an existing one, consumer will be aware of the reason for the change. Very often the user may want a larger size as a matter of convenience. In that case there are possibilities of cost escalation. Space available is another factor to be taken into account while deciding the size of the monitor. Besides the physical size, resolution of monitor is also important. Resolution is a factor that indicates the ability to render more details and offer clarity. If it is for casual use in a personal computer it is better to go for branded products which are widely available in the markets. Usually they will be with 0.28 dot pitch, SVGA non interlaced and capable of 1024 x 768 resolution. Modern products come with anti glare coating, digital controls, built-in microphones, built-in speakers and USB ports. The prospective buyer should make sure about the controls. If the purpose of the new monitor is gaming or graphics, higher resolution is necessary. Otherwise for normal use higher resolution will be counterproductive. This is a matter to be decided on a technical perspective and if the shopper is not conversant with the subject, it is better to seek experts’ advice.

Another technical factor is the video card. If the user is having a monitor with resolution of 1280 x 1024, a video card with lower resolution, say 640 x 480, the output will be a picture of 640 x 480. As a result of this deficiency the capacity of the monitor will remain underutilized. The bottom line is that the monitor and the video card are to be compatible with each other to render quality output.

It is well known that there are two types of monitors available in the markets. Traditional bulky cathode ray tube (CRT) and the sleek liquid crystal display (LCD). The LCD monitor is stylish and a space saving device. It offers crisp and clear display. But it is very expensive. The user should make sure that the new LCD monitor is compatible with the existing PC. For digital LCD monitor, a video card with digital video interface is required. It is important to follow the instructions given in the manual supplied with the new monitor while connecting the cables. Most of the systems will have provisions to install the monitor without hassles. In case of difficulties it is better to use installation CD to install drivers. Again, those who are not conversant with such technical exercises should seek the help of technicians.

Latest models of sleek LED backlit LCD monitors are becoming popular as they offer superb quality output. Obviously it is a very expensive product. There are relevant websites which can offer valuable information about various types, models and brands of computer monitors. Product reviews appearing on the special websites are good sources to learn about the positive and negative aspects of various brands of monitors. Price comparison sites are of immense help for the shoppers to verify the costs and to strike bargains.