Before You Buy a Computer Monitor
Before You Buy a Computer Monitor there are several questions you
need to know the answers to. Computer monitors are expensive and if
you buy the wrong one for your needs you could be potentially wasting
hundreds of dollars. The answers to the questions below will give
you what you need to know before you buy a computer monitor.
What will you use the monitor for? Gamers will need
a monitor with different specifications than a person who does not
game. Gamers who opt for LCD monitors will want to buy the monitor
with the fastest average gray-to-gray response time. The faster the
gray-to-gray response time the less ghosting is noticed on the display.
This measurement is really only important to gamers, most users will
not notice the difference in response times, unless you do a lot of
What size should you get? Typically the larger the
image the more appealing to most computer users. However, there is
a point when a monitor is too large for practical use in a normal
desktop environment (think 42" plasma on your desk 3 feet in front
If you plan to use dual monitors to extend your desktop, purchase
monitors accordingly. CRT monitor buyers will also want to consider
weight in addition to available desk space. Large size CRT monitors
can be very heavy, be sure your desk is up to the task.
What about multifunction monitors? Multifunction
monitors are great for use in areas where you want a TV but need a
monitor for your computer as well. There are many LCD monitors with
built in TV tuners as well as Plasma TVs and monitors that will function
as computer monitors. Multifunction monitors are ideal for use with
What resolution do you need for your monitor? Resolution
is dependent on your video or graphics card as well as your monitors
display capability. It does no good to spend extra on a monitor that
can display a resolution of 1920 x 1200 if your graphics card tops
out at 1280 x 1024. Also the higher you set your resolution, the smaller
things on screen will appear. If you plan to run higher resolutions
larger screen sizes are better.