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You probably are already aware that there are two types of computer
monitors available today: the big and clunky cathode-ray (CRT) tube
monitors and the newer flat screen monitors. These flat panel monitors
have a number of advantages over the older type of computer monitors.
They are far sleeker, more space-saving and weigh much less. Flat screen
monitors are also designed to be more energy-efficient and reduces eye
strain. Flat screen monitors use the technology called Liquid Crystal
Display or LCD. There are also flat screen CRT monitors available. Both
LCD flat panel monitors and CRT flat-screen monitors are fast gaining
popularity as a much sleeker and more modern alternative to traditional,
bulky monitors of yesterday.

An LCD or liquid crystal display is characterized by a thin and flat
display device that is composed of either color or monochrome pixels that
are arranged in front of a light source or a reflector. There are two
types of LCDs: transmissive and reflective displays. These types differ
according to the source of light. A reflective LCD is illuminated by
exterior light. A common example of a reflective LCD is the display of a
digital watch. Meanwhile, a transmissive display draws its light source
from the back through a backlight. This category of LCDs usually requires
high luminance levels. Televisions, computer displays, PDAs and mobile
phones use transmissive LCDs.

Flat screen monitors have significant advantages over the traditional CRT
monitors. Because these monitors are perfectly flat visually and
physically, they offer a clearer, more vivid and undistorted pictures
from any angle. The images on a flat panel monitor is much more crisp and
high quality. This is the reason why flat screen monitors significantly
reduce eye strain among its users, another important advantage. There is
no curvature on the screen’s surface that will distort any on-screen
images. And since the pictures are sharper with more brilliant colors,
staring at a flat screen monitor becomes more of a pleasure than a

Flat screen monitors are also much more ergonomic. This means that these
types of monitors follow ergonomic requirements and thus add comfort and
convenience for the worker. The flat screen monitor is viewable from any
angle and is typically fitted on a swivel base with adjustable headlight.
This allows for more freedom of movement for the user since the flat
screen monitor can be easily adjusted to meet the specific viewing needs.
Flat screen monitors are also very space-efficient taking up less desk
real estate than older computer monitors. Most LCD flat screen monitors
are only about an inch thick and weighs nearly five kilograms.

If you are planning to buy a new flat screen monitor, there are some
aspects you should consider. First, choose the resolution that is most
appropriate to your needs. Next, assess the price. Generally, flat screen
monitors will cost you about $200-$250 for a CRT screen while LCD flat
panel monitors cost $500 to $700. Both LCD and CRT flat screen monitors
have an average lifespan of about 5 to 7 years, and also come with
warranty ranging from 1 to 3 years. Before you purchase, make sure that
you do your research on the many different brands of flat screen monitors
available in the market today. A flat screen monitor will definitely
enhance your computing experience, whether for work or for play.

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