As I’m sure most of you will at some point look into buying a monitor for your computer I thought I’d write this post to give a few little hints and tips that might help.
Types of Monitors
There have been many types of monitors available over the years such as ‘CRT’, ‘LCD’ and ‘TFT’.
The new format of Monitors these days are referred to as ‘TFT’ Monitors, for the people who like to be technical TFT stands for ‘Thin Film Transistor’ Monitors.
These are different from previous monitors such as the CRT ‘Cathode Ray Tube’ monitors from before, which the bigger, deep-set monitors you probably used to have.
TFT monitors are much thinner than previous monitors and have a great picture quality.
So that gives a little insight into what a monitor is but now we need to describe what features are best to go for when choosing a monitor.
Screen Resolution will look something like ‘1280×1024’. The higher the number indicates the more pixels the monitor can display for example it can display 1280 pixels horizontally and 1024 Pixels Vertically.
You will definitely see a higher number on a larger Monitor for obvious reasons.
Contrast Ratio will look something like ‘1000:1’, Contrast ratio on the whole is much harder to understand the background to.
It symbolizes the difference between the brightest colour (white) to that of the darkest color (black) that the monitor is capable of producing.
All you need to take into account for this, I would say is “the higher the Contrast Ratio the better” for viewing pleasure.
Brightness or Luminance
The Brightness or Luminance will look something like ‘300cd/m2’ and this refers to the amount of light produced from a TFT monitor.
Again as stated on the contrast ratio paragraph the Brightness/Luminance is sought after if it is higher, for example 500cd/m2 is excellent.
The response time is a guide to how fast the colour of a pixel can change. This is something that is very important to gamers.
The Faster the Response time the better! For example 2ms is better than 5ms response time.
Size of monitor
The size of a monitor is measured from one corner to the other.
For example a 22″ monitor should be 22″ from Top left Corner to bottom right corner or vice versa.
There are numeral types of connection to lookout for when connecting a monitor to a computer.
VGA (Video Graphics Array) this connection is being used less and less frequently as the years go on. It is an Analogue connection and is not competing with the newer standard DVI (Digital Visual Interface), this connection is taking over bit by bit from the old VGA connection as it is digital and results are greater.
So as we can see in the example below.
This is a Samsung SM2433BW TFT Monitor, with a massive Resolution of 1920×1200 and a contrast resolution as high as 20000:1. This also has a brightness/luminance of 300cd/m2 with a 5ms response time.
If you have any handy hints or tips for choosing a monitor be sure to let us know and leave a comment below