There are a wide range of computer monitors at different price poitns. When buying monitors, qualities that should be considered include display size, color accuracy, resolution, aspect ratio, viewing angle, and price. Because Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitors are the most popular option, and Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors are largely out of style and production, I will focus only on LCD monitors.
While most LCD monitors are capable of producing a picture that is clear enough for a casual user, there are many reasons to choose one model over another. For instance, individuals who are using their monitors for gaming will probably want a larger, higher resolution model with quick response times. Graphic designers will almost certainly be more concerned with color accuracy (how closely the colors on the screen match those that are printed). What follows is a list of several popular monitors, their strengths and weaknesses, and a synopsis of user and critic reviews.
Dell produces many LCD monitors, and several of their models are considered among the best. Their top of the line model, the UltraSharp 2408WFP, is considered by many to be one of the best monitors on the market. Whether used for gaming, entertainment, or everyday tasks, the visuals are crisp and clear. The screen is 24 inches diagonally, and the maximum resolution is 1920 x 1200, which is generally the highest setting on any monitor. However, the monitor tends to skew some colors toward blue, which could cause trouble for graphic designers. Furthermore, the price tag may be too expensive for casual computer users. Those interested in a similar model that is more affordable should look into the Dell G2410.
Another company that has a reputation for creating good monitors is Samsung, and the T240HD is no exception. While this monitor can be used for many different purposes, it is at its best when watching movies and television and it has a built in HD tuner. With a wide variety of input connections and solid measurements and resolution (24" and 1920 x 1200, respectively), this model is versatile. Unfortunately, the colors do not hold up when playing games, and the monitor is sometimes dimmer than desired. Despite these issues, this model could be a bargain for anyone who uses their monitor primarily to watch TV or DVDs.
Another very affordable and highly rated monitor is the ViewSonic VA1916W. The contrast ratio is incredibly high, and it delivers crisp images and bright colors. However, the maximum resolution is a relatively low 1440 x 900, and the aspect ratio is 16:10. The other models that have been discussed are 16:9, which is what most movies and television shows are recorded in.
The most important thing when buying a monitor is to consider what it will be used for and what qualities are most important to you. Be sure to compare prices and reviews from multiple locations before choosing, and find something that fits your needs.