LCD monitors vs CRT monitors

The monitor is the face of the computer. You spend hours staring at it. If you are not looking at the right one, you are probably stressing yourself out. So, how do you decide which monitor is good for you? Here is an overview that will give you an insight in the working of LCD monitors vs CRT monitors.

We all know that there are two kinds of monitors: CRTs (Cathode Ray Tubes) and LCDs ( Liquid Crystal Display). Most of us would have grown up with CRTs. They formed the TV screen and the sturdy box like monitors of our PCs. Even today, they continue to be the preferred form of monitors for many.

A CRT has phosphorus dots on the inner sides of the tube. When these phosphors are bombarded by electrons, they emit red, green or blue light. CRTs have multiple resolution, they reproduce full-motion video very well and provide better control over color calibration. On the flip sight they are not compact, take up lots of space and are not very energy efficient.

LCDs, on the other hand, are compact, light, energy-efficient and good to look at. LCDs have liquid crystals between two glass sheets. Each crystal is a pixel point and can be made to emit color by passing an electric current through it. LCDs offer clearer picture but have only one resolution called its native resolution.

The monitor size is an important factor. Generally, the monitor size is defined as the diagonal length of the screen while the viewable area is the actual area on the screen where the image appears. This area is usually an inch or so smaller than the screen size. When you compare LCD monitors with CRT monitors, there is little doubt that LCD monitors are available in much larger sizes.

Another important point is emissions. CRTs are known to give out more emissions than their LCD counterparts. You should check for appropriate certification irrespective of the type of monitor you are planning to buy. The label low emission is not enough.

The refresh rate decides whether an image will flicker on a screen or not. If you are opting for CRTs, you should go for monitors with high refresh rates. LCDs are flicker free so this specification is not important.

Finally, you should take your time and decide what you want. You must remember that it is you who will be sitting in front of it.

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