Is it time for you to upgrade your LCD computer monitor? Guess what? It’s not as simple a process as you may 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 simply 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. All of this matters when you’re searching for the right LCD monitor for you.

Size isn’t everything that matters

The Lifehacker Web site just recently took a look at the different monitors on the market today. The lesson from this site? Monitors are definately not created equal. Some, for instance, feature lightning-fast screen response times. These monitors are favored by hardcore gamers who want their video screens to move as fast as their thumbs. Others do a incredible job of reproducing colors and boast clear viewing angles. These monitors might work better for graphic designers and other visual artists, according to Lifehacker.


The Coding Horror blog, by writer Jeff Atwood, says that most monitors sold these days are TN models. This is because these monitors are less costly. They also have screens that respond swiftly. But TN monitors aren’t perfect. Coding Horror ranks their viewing angles and color reproduction abilities as only average. Users can also pick 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? They are the most expensive monitors out there.

The middle choice?

VA monitors are also well-liked. Coding Horror ranks them between IPS and TN monitors. These monitors feature better color reproduction and viewing angles than TN monitors. They also feature slower screen-response times than do TN monitors. They are more costly than TN monitors are but less than IPS versions.

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