There have been huge changes with computer LCD monitors over the last few year. Prices have decreased, LCD monitor sizes have increase and pictures have improved. All provide a good reason to consider replacing your older monitor.
Question: I have a 17″ four-year old LCD monitor that seems to work fine but I’m thinking about replacing it. Is there any real difference between my current monitor and a new LCD monitor?
Answer: Actually there is. Let’s compare apples-to-apples – your current 17″ monitor to a new 17″ LCD monitor. The main differences will be in brightness, contrast and overall sharpness of the image. Color accuracy will also be better. Significant progress has been been made with LCD technology represented by significantly better images and color accuracy along with larger screen sizes. Besides providing a better looking image these improvements can also reduce eye strain and fatigue.
LCD Monitor Size
Another point to consider is monitor size. Upgrading to a monitor that is larger than your current one is worth considering. Prices on 19″, 20″ and 22″ monitors have come down significantly in the last couple years. If you haven’t priced LCD monitors since you bought your last one you are in for a pleasant surprise.
There is also something to that old saying of “seeing is believing.” While retail stores don’t always show LCD monitors at their optimal resolution they can be a good place to start. If you know anyone who has a relatively new LCD monitor it can be helpful to get them to “demo” it for you so that you can getter a better sense of the differences with your own eyes.