PC monitors are important because they display what is on your computer screen so to have a good monitor, it needs to be able to show colors well and have a high resolution. The first type of monitor is called LCD (liquid crystal display) and these monitors use liquid crystals which help make images sharper.
There are two types of LCDs: twisted nematic (TN) and in-plane switching (IPS). The IPS technology has better viewing angles than TN but TN’s response time is faster meaning that when there is fast motion on the screen it looks more fluid.
Another type of monitor is LED which uses light-emitting diodes as their backlight instead of CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent lights) which helps make the screen lighter and thinner. The last type of monitor is OLED (organic light-emitting diode). OLEDs can produce images faster than LEDs because there is no backlight needed. However, current technology has not been used widely so it’s really expensive compared to other types of PC monitors.
Buying options – new vs refurbished monitors, size comparisons, etc.
PC monitors come in different sizes and shapes which can be confusing. But you need to remember that there is no such as a perfect size because it all depends on what you will be using the monitor for. For example, if you want to play video games I would recommend a 24-inch or larger screen because those types of screens have higher refresh rates and faster response times compared to smaller screens. The bigger the screen, the more expensive it gets though.
The sizes that PC monitors can range from 7-inches (tabletop monitors) to 80-inches which are mostly used in digital signage. PC monitors, typically range from 20-inch or less to 27-inches or more. You should base your choice on what you will be using it for and the size of your room.
Monitor buying guide and FAQs
Q: What is the difference between an IPS monitor and a TN monitor?
A: A TN monitor has a better response time because there is no need for a backlight but it does not have great viewing angles which makes it hard to see when you’re looking at different angles. An IPS monitor has better viewing angles than TN but its response time is slower. You can either get an IPS monitor or a TN monitor according to your preference for fast fluid motion or great color reproduction.
Q: Why does my PC monitor keep turning on and off by itself?
A: This usually happens when you have a faulty power supply unit because it’s not providing enough power for your monitor to stay on. You can check if this is the problem by using a different power supply unit with your monitor. If the power keeps turning off then it might be a faulty power supply unit.
Q: How do I clean my PC monitor?
A: First, make sure that you have turned off your monitor and unplugged it. Then use a microfiber cloth to wipe the screen gently in circles. Do not use tissue or paper towels because they can scratch the surface of your monitor.
If you’re using an LCD monitor then you should also clean your PC monitor’s frame with mild soap and water to avoid dark spots on the monitor.
Q: How can I adjust my PC monitor’s brightness and contrast?
A: You can adjust the brightness by pushing the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ button on your monitor or you can adjust it in your computer’s settings. To adjust the contrast you should download a program called “Contrast” or “Brightness & Contrast”. You can open it by typing “Contrast” or “Brightness & Contrast” in your Windows search bar.
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