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  1. 1. Open_Source_Web_Design_Tool : Part IChoosing The Right LCD MonitorLooking to replace your old CRT monitor? If so you might want to look at a LCD monitor.Unlike CRT monitors, LCD monitors dissipate less heat, occupy less space, are muchlighter and cause less eye strain. However, the search for a new LCD monitor can be adaunting one, especially for new customers who are unfamiliar with LCD monitors and theirfeatures. Hence, in this article we will examine some points when choosing a LCD monitor.Screen sizeThe screen size is dependent on your computer usage. If you are a casual web surfer, or asmall business owners than a screen size of 15 to 17 should be ideal. These sizedmonitors are the most economical and offer all the benefits of a LCD monitor. If howeveryou are a student, graphic design or a multi-tasker then you should consider getting amonitor with a screen size of 19 or higher.Monitor ResolutionA LCD monitor resolution, or the number of pixels that make up the actual screen viewingarea, is another important feature to consider when choosing a LCD monitor. Most LCDmonitors come with a standard resolution of 1280x1024 pixels, this resolution should beadequate for most users. If however, you are a gamer or use your computer to view movies,than you should consider getting a monitor with at least 1680 x 1050 pixels in resolution.Contrast RatioThe contrast ratio or the rating of how distinguishable various shades of color are on thescreen, is another feature to consider. The higher the contrast ratio of the screen, the betterthe color representation is by the monitor. LCD monitors generally come in either an aspectration of 16:9 (wide screen) or 15:9. Generally an aspect ratio of 16:9 is ideal for mostusers.Viewing AnglesLCD monitors are also rated for their visible viewing angle for both the horizontal andvertical axis. This rating is the angle to the arc of a semicircle whose center is at theperpendicular to the screen. The default viewing angle is adequate for most users, unlessyou require a higher privacy in which case you would pick a monitor with a viewing angleclose to 90 degrees.LuminanceThe LCD monitor luminance or the measure of how much light can the monitor produce isanother important feature to consider. For the casual web surfer, or the small businessowner a LCD monitor with an output of 200 to 250 nits is ideal, however 500 nits or higher isrecommended for users who view TV and movies on their monitor.Response TimeThe LCD Response times refer to the amount of time it takes for the crystals in the LCD
  2. 2. monitor to turn on and off. The lower the response time, the less of a blurring effect therewill be on the screen. For the casual web surfer, or the small business owner a LCD monitorwith 8 ms latency is deal, however 4ms or less is recommended for gaming users.Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you backa few thousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and dropsimple for mere pennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.comfor details!OPEN_SOURCE_WEB_DESIGN_TOOL : End of Part IOpen_Source_Web_Design_Tool : Part IIChoosing The Right Monitor - A Buyers GuideThere are several considerations when you plan to purchase a monitor.Monitor sizes are the dominant feature. Larger monitors are more expensive. Monitors aremeasured diagonally, though the length isnt exactly the correct. It is almost always a littleshorter in real life than the length shown.Resolution is the number of pixels displayed. This is normally shown as the number ofpixels wide and the number of pixels tall the screen displays. The larger the numbers, thesharper the image displayed on the screen. Normally, a monitor will be able to display arange of resolutions with more pixels resulting in a slower refresh rate.Another big concern is LCD or CRT. LCD refers to Liquid Crystal Displays, and these areflat screens. CRT refers to Cathode Ray Tubes, and these are the classic television shapedmonitors. LCD monitors produce less eyestrain typically, and have no distortion since everypixel is the same size and shape. This isnt true for the CRT monitor, due to the shape ofthe glass screen. LCD monitors are flat, and thus take less space on the desktop. Theylast longer and consume less electricity. CRT monitors are able to change displayresolutions over a larger range and still keep a sharp image. CRT monitors can also reachhigher refresh rates with potentially noticeable results for games and multimedia. If thecomputer will be the only light in the room, the LCD should be better, while the CRT willwork well when more than one person is likely to be viewing the screen at once.For LCD monitors, the contrast ratio is a measure of how easy it is to tell colours apart.Higher is better. Luminescence is a measure of the light given off by the screen. For mostuses 200-250 nits is ideal, but for those who watch movies or television on their monitors,500 nits is better. Response time is a measure of how quickly the monitors are able torefresh their image. 16 milliseconds is normally sufficient, but a gaming machine should be
  3. 3. more like 5 ms. Typically an LCD monitor will be harder to view from an angle, and this ismeasured in degrees from directly in front of the screen. Some come with glass screens toprotect the LCD display from damage. TFT is Thin Film Transistor and uses transistortechnology to improve the image. These TFT displays are a type of LCD display.For CRT monitors, refresh rate is one of the most important considerations. This is the rateat which the screen redraws the images. Rates below 70 MHz often cause eyestrain. 75MHz is the industry standard to avoid this issue. Dot pitch is a measure of the spacesbetween the pixels. Smaller pitch is better, and 0.22 mm to 0.26 mm is the range bestsuited for normal use.Another consideration is whether or not to use integral speakers. Dedicated speakers canbe more powerful and higher quality than those normally built into monitors, and can beplaced to maximize effectiveness. They also take up precious desk space, and unless thesound quality is important, the usual result is to rely on the speakers on the monitor.Now that you have the basics on choosing your next or first monitor, you might want tocheck out some of these top manufacturers XEROX or HANNS G.Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you backa few thousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and dropsimple for mere pennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.comfor details!OPEN_SOURCE_WEB_DESIGN_TOOL : End of Part IIOpen_Source_Web_Design_Tool : Part IIIChoosing The Right Monitor - A Buyers GuideThere are several considerations when you plan to purchase a monitor.Monitor sizes are the dominant feature. Larger monitors are more expensive. Monitors aremeasured diagonally, though the length isnt exactly the correct. It is almost always a littleshorter in real life than the length shown.Resolution is the number of pixels displayed. This is normally shown as the number ofpixels wide and the number of pixels tall the screen displays. The larger the numbers, thesharper the image displayed on the screen. Normally, a monitor will be able to display arange of resolutions with more pixels resulting in a slower refresh rate.Another big concern is LCD or CRT. LCD refers to Liquid Crystal Displays, and these areflat screens. CRT refers to Cathode Ray Tubes, and these are the classic television shaped
  4. 4. monitors. LCD monitors produce less eyestrain typically, and have no distortion since everypixel is the same size and shape. This isnt true for the CRT monitor, due to the shape ofthe glass screen. LCD monitors are flat, and thus take less space on the desktop. Theylast longer and consume less electricity. CRT monitors are able to change displayresolutions over a larger range and still keep a sharp image. CRT monitors can also reachhigher refresh rates with potentially noticeable results for games and multimedia. If thecomputer will be the only light in the room, the LCD should be better, while the CRT willwork well when more than one person is likely to be viewing the screen at once.For LCD monitors, the contrast ratio is a measure of how easy it is to tell colours apart.Higher is better. Luminescence is a measure of the light given off by the screen. For mostuses 200-250 nits is ideal, but for those who watch movies or television on their monitors,500 nits is better. Response time is a measure of how quickly the monitors are able torefresh their image. 16 milliseconds is normally sufficient, but a gaming machine should bemore like 5 ms. Typically an LCD monitor will be harder to view from an angle, and this ismeasured in degrees from directly in front of the screen. Some come with glass screens toprotect the LCD display from damage. TFT is Thin Film Transistor and uses transistortechnology to improve the image. These TFT displays are a type of LCD display.For CRT monitors, refresh rate is one of the most important considerations. This is the rateat which the screen redraws the images. Rates below 70 MHz often cause eyestrain. 75MHz is the industry standard to avoid this issue. Dot pitch is a measure of the spacesbetween the pixels. Smaller pitch is better, and 0.22 mm to 0.26 mm is the range bestsuited for normal use.Another consideration is whether or not to use integral speakers. Dedicated speakers canbe more powerful and higher quality than those normally built into monitors, and can beplaced to maximize effectiveness. They also take up precious desk space, and unless thesound quality is important, the usual result is to rely on the speakers on the monitor.Now that you have the basics on choosing your next or first monitor, you might want tocheck out some of these top manufacturers XEROX or HANNS G.Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you backa few thousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and dropsimple for mere pennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.comfor details!OPEN_SOURCE_WEB_DESIGN_TOOL : End of Part III

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