At Abt we understand that technology changes fast and computer technology
changes even faster. Computer monitors can be an exception to technology
change because a good monitor can last for years and years.
When deciding on the perfect monitor, you should determine the connection
type and the size that will best suit your needs.
LCD (Flat-Panel Display) Monitors
These are the most stylish computer monitors available today. The major
selling point of flat-panel displays is their size. Traditional CRT monitors
were a foot deep or more, so they took up a lot of space on a desktop.
Flat-panel displays are only a few inches deep, making them great for
normal desktops and even better for cramped quarters like a cubicle.
Another nice aspect of a flat-panel display is its digital nature. When
you use this display in an all-digital environment, you can get terrific
accuracy in imaging. For example, if you send a digital signal for a certain
shade of green, your monitor will always produce that precise shade of
green on the LCD display. CRTs, on the other hand, are less accurate.
The size of a computer monitor is very important when making a final decision.
Everyone has their own personal use for their computer, which will determine
what size monitor they will need. At Abt, our computer monitors range
from 19 to 30 inches.
On the other hand, many laptops and some desktops now come equipped with
an HDMI output. This gives you the option of using any HDMI equipped HDTV
as your monitor, providing greater flexibility with monitor size. Keep
in mind, though, that televisions currently are limited to a maximum resolution
of 1920 x 1080.
Below you will find a glossary of terms that will help you on your search
for your new computer monitor. If you find some of your questions unanswered,
you can always call our knowledgeable sales staff at 888-228-5800.
At Abt, we carry LG and Apple monitors.
- VGA (Video Graphics Array): Older analog monitor connection commonly
found on monitors but image quality not as good as DVI.
- DVI (Digital Visual Interface): Newer digital monitor connection commonly
found on monitors with much higher image quality. DVI can be found in
DVI-I (integrated, digital & analog) - Common
DVI-D (digital only) - Uncommon
DVI-A (analog only) - Uncommon
Single Link = for lower resolution monitors 22" or less - Common
Dual Link = for higher resolution monitors 24" or higher - Uncommon
- DISPLAY PORT: Digital display interface standard that defines a new
license-free, royalty-free, digital audio/video interconnect, intended
to be used primarily between a computer and its display monitor, or a
computer and a home-theater system. This connection is not commonly found
HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): Digital connection
that can also carry audio to a monitor or TV with speakers.
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) is an electro-optical amplitude modulator
realized as a thin, flat display device made up of any number of color
or monochrome pixels arrayed in front of a light source or reflector.
Onscreen display (OSD)
The OSD is a menu that comes up on the display and lets you choose the
types of adjustments you wish to make. The onscreen display's best quality
is that it provides feedback when you make adjustments.
The refresh rate, measured in hertz, is the number of times per second
the screen is entirely redrawn. Low refresh rates can make the screen
seem to flicker, causing eye fatigue, and possibly headaches.
Response time is the amount of time a pixel in an LCD monitor takes to
go from black to white and back to black again. It is measured in milliseconds
(ms). Lower numbers mean faster transitions and therefore fewer visible
image artifacts. Long response times can be annoying to a viewer depending
on the type of data being displayed and how rapidly the image is changing
or moving. Many current LCD monitor models have improved to the point
that this is rarely seen.
A figure of 8 to 16 ms for rise + fall times is typical. The response
time was traditionally recorded at the full black to white. However, response
times are now commonly quoted in "G2G" (alternately "GTG,"
meaning: "grey-to-grey") figures and specs of 6ms, 4ms and 2ms
G2G are widely available.
A monitor's resolution is the number of pixels displayed in a horizontal
row times the number of pixels displayed in a vertical column. A resolution
setting of 1,024 x 768 indicates that 786,432 pixels are available to
create an image. More pixels allow for finer detail, making higher resolutions
inherently better than low resolutions. High resolutions also provide
you with a larger usable display area.
Screen sizes are measured across the diagonal. A larger viewing size increases
the amount of information you can view on the screen at once. Larger screens
such as 24" can often accommodate two full size application windows
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