Monday, June 2, 2014

Understanding How A Computer Monitor Works Can Make Picking Your Next Monitor More Of A Dream And Less Of A Nightmare

When it comes to the new technology that we use today, it helps to be knowledgeable on the subject. You never want to go in blind when deciding what type of tech product you are going to buy, because you need know if you could be wasting your money. There are some products that we never really think about becoming knowledgeable on however. Take your monitor for example. You're capable of reading this right now on your computer screen, but does that mean you know how it works? What if your monitor were to die on you? Would you know enough about monitors to confidently go out, spend your hard-earned money, and come back with a solid investment? You always want to know about your devices. In the end, it'll help you decide what type of monitor you want/need, and you'll know exactly what you're spending your cash on.

Your monitor is arguably the most important, if not one of the most important, pieces of your computer. You really couldn't do anything without it. You're going to want it to be a high resolution, right? The resolution rate is a big part of why we buy the monitors we buy these days. There are some of us out there who aren't exactly tech savvy, and we may not be familiar with computer monitor resolution rates. There are a myriad of different resolutions, but if we are looking at today's standards, the WQHD resolution is the one everyone seems to be going for. This particular acronym stands for "Wide Quad High Definition", and you've seen it more times than you think. Every time you are looking at the specs for a new tech device and you see the pixel resolution say 2,560 x 1,440, you've been looking at a WQHD display. Another handy tip to know is that the first number is referring to the number of pixels on the horizontal axis and the second number is referring to the pixels on the vertical axis. Just from that alone, you'll be able to tell how good a monitor is and if it's widescreen or not.

Another thing to learn about is the aspect ratio. There aren't a lot of us familiar with this term either, even though we see it all the time. Whenever you see a monitor with an aspect ratio of 16:9, this describes the ratio between the width of the display screen compared to the height of the display screen. This is just one way to describe the size of your monitor. The other way is just flat out finding out the screen size, another fact that can easily be misinterpreted. When a display is 20", that doesn't mean horizontally. It's talking about the diagonal measurement. Measure your screen from one corner to the corner opposite, diagonally, and you'll find out your display's screen size.

The Bit-depth of your screen is something else to take into consideration. The bit-depth of your monitor is basically describing how many colors your screen can emit. Most screens today are 24 bit-depth or 32 bit-depth. They both have the same amount of colors. The only difference between the two is that the extra 8 bits on the 32 bit-depth have to deal with translucency of the image. This is mainly used in video games and different styles of animation to get the desired effects. If you're using an LCD display right now, you're dealing with a lot of different colors. Each pixel is brought up with 3 subpixels. The 3 subpixels come with a red, blue, and green filter and come with roughly 256 shades for each filter. So you figure, 256 x 256 x 256. You're dealing with around 16.8 million colors. This is explains why your screen may, or may not, be as vibrant as it is.

These are just a few basics on learning about monitors. If you're seriously considering upgrading your monitor or just want/need a new one, knowing about them is going to help dramatically in the long run. That knowledge could leave you with a better monitor choice and a fatter wallet!

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