Mick Madigan asked:

For healthy wealthy computing at your monitor,you need to take care of your eyes and not put up with an out of date computer monitor.

Why struggle on with an electricity guzzling ,overweight, antique CRT with fuzzy outdateddisplay defacing your desktop? You should

consider a quality replacement LCD computer monitor screen as a Christmas gift for yourself or someone you care about.

This is why –

For healthy computing you need whatever gives you least eyestrain, best display and positioning flexibility, along with durability and reliabilityat the lowest price.

Cool neat styling helps too- and upgradingthat old screen will a lot cheaper thanreplacing your whole computer system!

From a health and safety viewpoint, a replacement flat panel screen can be regarded as an investment and insurance combined…not a luxury gift. Can’t it bewritten off against business expenses?

While you can pay out software around thatcan sharpen up graphics and text a little in the short term, your monitor hardware should be doing most of the hard work.

Two types of monitor screen are CRT (cathode ray tube) and LCD (liquid crystal display) monitors. LCD monitors are also called flat panel monitors.

Why favor LCD?

Well,to start – generally, the bigger the screen the better you see, and the more you pay.

Entry level for most screens is now 17-in. (Screen size is measured diagonally, not straight across the screen.)

With a LCD you get more screen for size, as viewing runs close to the edge, so a 17-in screen gives you about the same display as a 19-in CRT. You get less flicker too!

LCD monitors cost more than the equivalent sized CRT ones, but are less heavy and bulky (only about a third of the desktop space and

weight of a monitor).

They have a tad less resolution and color matching, but unless you are buying for a rabid gamer or graphics editing freak,however, this is unlikely to matter.

The LCD screen image is more dependant on your viewing position than a CRT, so set yourself right. Near straight in front is best as

with all computing.

Flat panel screens are the way to go, they are much more popular already than the CRT option. Three in every 4 of us are buying LCD,

and manufacturers are pushing LCD computer monitors hard.

Rough price comparison – at present, you can expect to pay $200 for a reasonable 19-in LCD flat screen monitor, $250 for a 21-in CRT.

A 19-in LCD is the best size for all day users. Price differences shoot up with size though, a 24-in LCD can cost over $700! However the

natural resolution on an LCD screen goes up with size, and prices can be expected to fall as output increases.

A further point is that LCD panel screen monitors use a lot less power, so you can recoup spending over time and avoid wasting energy.

If you’re worried about the environment, LCD screens cannot be dumped owing to theirliquid crystal content. They can be recycled,

and a fee is usually charged.

Check your local laws and agencies for information on this.

If you think you should look over the flat panel screens available, start looking at ads now. Compare a number of firms offering monitors, and note their web addresses. Some may be offering sales discounts and there may be bargains out there.

We aren’t talking just price either. Some bargain models can amaze you.

Compare some of your top choice flat panel monitors against reviews on online computer magazines and consumer organizations websites.

Check the monitor has controls like brightness and contrast settings to allow individual choice, that its fittings are compatible with the PC system it is connecting to.

LCD computer monitors are the way to go. Three in every 4 of us are buying LCD, manufacturers are pushing LCD monitors hard, and refinements and improvements are coming thick and fast.

So for top eye protection, consider a new LCD computer monitor as a surprise Christmas present for healthy computing 2006 and beyond!

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