Not all computer monitors are the same

Is it time to upgrade your LCD computer monitor? Guess what? It’s not as simple a task as you might think. This is because not all LCD monitors are the same. Some respond quicker. Others do a better job reproducing colors. And, of course, some are just pricier than are others. If you’re in the market for a new LCD monitor, you’ll need to have a close look at your computing habits. Do you mostly use your computer for writing reports, searching the Web and sending e-mail messages? Or do you use it watch movies and TV shows? Maybe you use it to create art. This all matters if you are in search of the best LCD monitor to suit your needs.

What matters

The Lifehacker Web site recently took a look at LCD monitors. And, as writer Whitson Gordon says, size isn’t the only factor that matters. In fact, it may be one of the least important considerations. According to Lifehacker, gamers might prefer what is known as a “TN” monitor because their screens refresh at a quicker rate. Graphic designers, though, would likely prefer an “IPS” monitor that boasts sharper colors and better viewing angles. The message of the Lifehacker story? You should do your research before buying your next monitor.

Monitor types

The Coding Horror blog, by writer Jeff Atwood, states that most monitors sold these days are TN models. That’s because these monitors are less expensive. They also have screens that respond quickly. But TN monitors aren’t perfect. Coding Horror ranks their viewing angles and color reproduction capabilities as only average. Users can also choose IPS monitors, which boast excellent color reproduction and excellent viewing angles. Their response times are solid, though not as quick as those of TN monitors. The downside? These are the most expensive monitors out there.

The affordable choice

Consider the VA monitor as being the sound middle choice. Coding Horror says that these monitors boast good color reproduction capabilities and good viewing angles. The response time, though, is only average. Also, the monitors’ colors typically shift when uses view them from the wrong angle. These monitors cost more than TN monitors but less expensive than their IPS cousins.

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