The screen or monitor on which the computer output is displayed is very important. Its performance can make using computer more relaxing or a battle.
Computer monitors or screens can be used with desktop computers, or when using a laptop back at the office. They can also be used effectively as televisions screens as well, provided the required view input is provided.
The quality and size of the screen have a major impact on the usability of the system. If text and images are indistinct or dim, then this can make using he computer far more difficult. Fortunately, long gone are the days of the cathode ray tube based monitors as these could be difficult to use. Now screens are very much thinner, brighter and the clarity is much greater.
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There are many considerations when looking at buying a computer monitor. With the huge selection of very good deals available through our website, the choice may seem a little bewildering.
However buying a computer monitor need not be too difficult if a logical approach is taken. Fortunately most monitors tase days are really good and offer excellent value so it is unlikely you will go too wrong, but it is always best to make sure that the monitor that is bought is the best one for your needs.
- Manufacturer: There are very many good manufacturers of computer monitors that can be bought. Dell, Acer, Samsung and many others. Often there is not a lot to choose between them. If product from one manufacturer has been satisfactory before then it is often convenient to stay with them. Styling also plays a part in the selection of the manufacturer, but often it is a matter of personal preference.
- Size: The size of the monitor to be bought is key. Dependent upon personal preference, the screen should be chosen to be as large as sensible to fit the size available. If the screen is too small, then it may be tiring to work on it for long periods of time. For text work, the screen does not need to be as large, but many people working on graphics like to have a large screen to help view the fine detail.
Remember the screen size is measured across the diagonal of the screen.
- Definition / pixels:
- Aspect ratio: The aspect ratio of the screen is the ratio of its width to height. Most screens these days are 16:9, i.e 16 units wide by 9 units high. Originally computer monitors and TV screens used to be 4:3, but virtually all of these screens have now gone and it would certainly be difficult to buy them new.
There are some ultra-wide screens entering the market. Intended originally for cinema style aspect ratios, these are available if required. These typically have an aspect ratio of approximately 21:9 which is an approximation to the cinemascope aspect ratio of 2.35:1. There are actually a variety of aspect ratios including 64:27, 43:18 and 12:5.