Cheap LCD Monitor Buyer’s Guide
It is the goal of every LCD monitor buyer to get not only a cheap LCD monitor but also one that has good performance for the tasks that need to do. LCD monitors have a few specifications that you should be aware of when you buy so you get the perfect monitor for your needs and budget.
So many LCD computer monitors to choose from!
The best plan is to get a cheap LCD computer monitor that does what just you want so you don’t pay for extra stuff you don’t need.
let’s get started with the LCD computer monitors guide.
LCD Monitor Size
The size of the LCD panel probably has the biggest influence on price. If you simply surf the Internet and write email then all you’ll need is a cheap 15″ LCD computer monitor. If you do a little more demanding stuff such as graphics or you surf the net with a few windows open then a 17″ SXGA LCD computer monitor is probably your best choice. For those who spend a lot of time in front of their computer monitor (perhaps editing photos) then I suggest top of the line 19-24″ models.
The size of the LCD computer monitor does give an indication to what resolution. If you already know about computer resolution then skip ahead but if you don’t then read the next section carefully. LCD computer monitor resolution is important.
LCD Monitor Resolution Explained
You see… a computer screen is made up of colored dots called pixels. The resolution of the screen is the number of pixels along the top and the number down one side. Obviously if you multiply those two numbers together you get the total number of pixels on the screen.
The most common resolution is 1024 by 768. This means that there are 1024 pixels along the top and 768 pixels down the side. Sooo… if you were displaying an image on a web page that was 500 pixels wide by 400 pixels high then it would take up about half the screen.
This is why at lower resolutions things look bigger as images of a certain size take up more room on the screen.
As you increase the resolution things get smaller and you can see more. However at high resolutions, say you’re a smarty running 1600 by 1200, text in particular can get very small and you have to sit close to read it. However high resolutions are best for graphics work.
Each Standard Resolution Has A Special Name Here’s What Each Name Means In Terms Of Pixel Resolution:
VGA : This is the oldest (by that I mean ancient) resolution and is 320 by 240 or 640 by 480 no modern LCD computer monitors come in this resolution (I remember the days when I though this was wicked).
SVGA : Called super VGA and is 800 by 600 again no modern LCD computer monitors come in this resolution
XGA : Probably the most common resolution. 1024 by 768
SXGA or UXGA : Super XGA and Ultra XGA. Either 1400 by 1050 or 1600 by 1200
WSGA/WUXGA : 1640 by 1024 and 1920 by 1280 (wide screen format)
Generally speaking all 15″ LCDs are XGA, all 17″ LCDs are SXGA. Some 18-19″ LCDs are SXGA and some are UXGA. All LCDs 20-24″ are UXGA. The only sizes you have to worry about are the 18-19″ since these are the only kind of LCD monitor that come in two different native resolutions.
LCD Computer Monitor Response Time
The lower the response time the faster the LCD computer monitor refreshes. If you simply do office work then a response time of 24ms is fine. If you want to play games then you’ll need a response time 20ms or below. You have to pay extra for fast response LCDs so only get one if you need/want to play action games.
LCD Monitor Contrast Ratio
The higher the contrast ratio the better. Any monitor with a contrast ratio above 400:1 will do fine for surfing the net and games. However a high contrast ration has some benefits for graphics work as the monitor can display more defined shades of greys and ‘blacker’ blacks. If you do a lot of image editing you’ll want a contrast ratio of at least 700:1
These last 2 specifications are improving all the time so if you need a high quality LCD monitor for graphics work then make sure you’re buying the latest model.