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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) About LCD Monitors

There's nothing worse than trying to work, watch a movie, or play games on a lacklustre screen. Whether you’re a professional looking for an upgrade or a gamer tired of getting pwned because of screen lag, Best Buy is here to help find the best LCD monitor for you.

What is an LCD Monitor?

An LCD monitor is a flat, fluorescent panel screen that uses a liquid crystal display (LCD) instead of conventional cathode ray tubes (CRT). LCDs operate by applying voltage to a layer of liquid crystal, thereby changing the optical properties of the liquid crystal. The liquid crystal makes LCD monitors thin and lightweight. They also use less power than CRT monitors and, unlike some CRTs, don't contain mercury.

Why should I buy an LCD monitor?

LCD monitors offer excellent colour reproduction and crisp images making them a great wallet-friendly option for artists, graphic designers, animators, or photographers. Gamers and movie-lovers looking for a budget-friendly monitor will also want to consider an LCD thanks to its fast response rates and great viewing angles.

But, I already have a high-resolution LCD display. It's called my TV. Can't I just use that?

You definitely could use your TV as a monitor. But, make sure your computer has the right video output to connect to your TV. Also, remember that the bigger the HDTV you have the lower the resolution you have. That means text will look fuzzy when compared with a high-resolution monitor. You might also find it hard to set up a proper ergonomic workspace when using your LCD TV as a monitor.

What should I consider when buying an LCD monitor?

Compatibility

Most desktops and laptops have the proper video outputs you need to connect them to an LCD monitor. But, double check that the monitor is compatible with your current system.

Screen size

While bigger may seem better, a large monitor might not fit your workspace. But if you have the room, consider a 27- to 30-inch monitor for watching movies or playing games. Beyond that, if desk space isn't a problem consider a dual monitor setup which is ideal for increasing productivity.

Resolution

As a rule of thumb, 17- to 20-inch monitors will likely only give you HD 720p resolution. If you're looking for Full HD 1080p resolution, consider a 22- to 24-inch monitor. If you're a graphic artist, photographer, or serious gamer a 27- to 30-inch LCD monitor will give you the best viewing experience.

Response rate

The faster the response rate (measured in milliseconds), the better the monitor is at displaying video without ghosting or blurring of moving images. Most people won't notice screen lag, but gamers should consider an LCD monitor with a response rate of at least 5ms.

Adjustable design

Having an ergonomic workspace is important so consider an LCD monitor that offers tilt, swivel, and height adjustments for your most comfortable viewing angle. Also, consider a monitor that allows you to rotate the panel for portrait viewing.

Anything else I should keep in mind?

While it's nearly impossible to futureproof your purchase, you might want to consider a couple of other things. Audio is a big part of any movie or gaming experience so if you don't already have a boss sound system, look for a monitor with a powerful set of speakers. Also, with the rising popularity of 3D movies and games you might want to consider a 3D-enabled LCD monitor.

Want more info? Check out this resource:

Computer Monitor Buying Guide


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