Computer Monitors

What to look for in a computer monitor

The advances in computer monitor technology affect offices everywhere, as bulky display boxes have given way to sleek, slim and mobile screens. If you are in the market for an entirely new desktop computer system, or would simply like to upgrade your computer monitors, you'll need to know about some basic features and trends, to help you choose the best one to suit your needs.

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Flat Screen Computer Monitors

Although you may have the latest and greatest software, you won't get far without a well-functioning computer monitor. Coupled with computer keyboards, monitors will be the most important tools in your day-to-day computing, so you will want to find a size and model that will fit with your business tasks and your workspace.

Among the types of flat screen computer monitors that are available, LCD computer monitors are quickly becoming the most popular choice for many offices. Their light and slim design allows them to nestle into a desk corner, hang on a wall or attach to a table to free up desk space. In fact, mounting systems that hold two or more monitors together can increase productivity, and the ease of reference that comes with a multi-screen arrangement can be very useful for advertising, medical and finance businesses.

Although LCD monitors are more lightweight, more adjustable and generally require less power than CRT displays, the latter variety does carry some significant advantages. To begin, CRT displays are more rugged, will display color gradation better and will cost less than comparably sized LCD screens. If budget is your primary concern, look into refurbished computer monitors to save a substantial amount of money. These monitors will have been repaired and restored by either the reseller or manufacturer, and so it will be a good idea to ask them about the usage history of the monitor before you buy.

Monitor Cables

You will need a selection of computer cables to connect your computer to its accessories and power supply; the type of monitor cables you use will depend on the data you will need to transmit. The HD15 cable, or Standard VGA, is the most commonly used cable to transfer digital video data to analog CRT monitors. When shopping for an SVGA monitor cable, consider the width and length that you will need to ensure your computers can be easily hooked up to the office power supply.

If you are using LCD monitors, you will most likely need a DVI connection, which keeps the data in digital form from the computer to the monitor. Whether you have a CRT or LCD display, cables can be pretty expensive. Keep in mind that, as long as it connects the machine to the monitor properly, an inexpensive cable may be all you need.