Wednesday, March 4, 2009

LCD Monitor Picture Quality Challenge CRT Displays

LCD quality has improvedPicture Quality of LCD Monitors, Are We There Yet?

The days of heavy CRT based monitors weighing down your desk and occupying valuable workspace is pretty much an artifact of the past. The mass transition to the lighter and thinner LCD monitor is nearly complete. However, even as the last few holdouts cling to their favorite CRT, questions of picture quality still arise. While the LCD’s have replaced CRT’s on desks around the globe, the main complaints have been inaccurate colors and hard to read text. This was a serious problem in early LCD models, but gradual improvements of the technology behind the LCD’s have eliminated complaints from all but the most picky of consumers. So are we there yet?

Modern LCD’s have not only grown in screen size while decreasing in cost, but many have beautiful and functional displays as well. Screen brightness and refresh rates have nearly matched their CRT counterparts, allowing gamers to play the latest shooters, and artists and photographers work on their masterpieces using the latest technology. The latest models also offer nice extras such as USB ports and HDMI connections for video applications.

As with most things, it’s still a matter of “you get what you pay for.” There are still some cheap models that have the same issues that have previously plagued adoption of the technology. However, even most mid-priced models and above have overcome the majority of issues and are ready for prime time. There are even a few inexpensive gems out there.

Street prices for LCD monitors range from $99 on up, with the best values found in the $199 to $249 range.

So, are we there yet? The answer is a resounding yes!

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