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Computer Monitor Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a new computer monitor.

Getting Started

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. 

Size

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.

Types

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.


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