Flat Screen Monitor

Do you remember when a computing work station was huge? With large computer CPUs, gigantic peripherals, and enormous, heavy computer monitors, any type of desk was dwarfed under all that hardware. Luckily for those of us with home computer work stations, things have improved significantly on the size front.

As with most technology, advancements have led to miniaturization in computers and their peripherals, and now days even apartment dwellers can get away with hiding the entire computer work station in a tiny closet or nook when visitors come over. While all computer parts and peripherals have gotten increasing smaller, one of the most important miniaturizations – at least in terms of the look and feel of a computer work station is concerned – is the computer monitor.

Clunky, heavy and, let’s face it, not very attractive computer monitors have today been replaced with flat screen monitors, and our work stations, home offices, and workplaces are all the better for having made the change.

LCD monitor has become another word for flat screen monitor. And size is not the only advantage LCD flat screen monitors hold over their older, bulkier predecessors. LCD monitors (LCD is an acronym for liquid crystal display) also provide superior picture quality. And now that they are becoming more popular, the price has dropped substantially, meaning that these little monitors are now nearly ubiquitous in home and offices.

LCD flat screen monitors got their start on laptop computers. Their small size made them perfect for this application. LCD flat screen monitors (and television, projectors and anything else using LCD technology) have five layers. You can think of the layers like a sandwich: start with a backlight, add a sheet of polarized glass (akin to a piece of bread), a sheet of colored pixels, a layer of the eponymous liquid crystal solution, and another polarized sheet of glass (i.e. the second piece of bread.) When supplied with an electrical charge from a matrix of thin-film transistors, the liquid crystals untwist and, using the backlight, begin filtering light, and thus color. Interesting enough, it is the process of subtraction that allows LCD technology to produce such verdant colors. The projected light starts out as plain white light, and the many bright colors you see on your monitor when watching are the result of blocking out certain wavelengths of that white light.

LCD monitors come in standard sizes from 15 inches to 21 inches, but technology has allowed them to go beyond even 21 inches. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the screen, the higher the price tag, so when in the market, be sure you know what size display you can live with before making your purchase.

For the office worker or even the harried person who can’t seem to keep a clutter free desk at home, flat panel monitors offer more much needed desk space. Interesting enough, some clutter busting experts though (yes, they do exist!), disagree that miniaturizing computer components automatically makes a messy person keep a neater desk. Instead they insist that innovations like flat panel monitors simply allow messy people more room to roam with their mess. I don’t know if that harried office worker who keeps knocking files off his desk would agree, but the notion of whether miniaturization leads to better organization or just more clutter certainly offers some food for thought.

Whether you think flat screen monitors are the answer for messy people and clutter control or not, it is clear that the technology is bigger and better than CRT monitor technology in the past. What you do with all that extra desk space, of course, is up to you!

This Flat Screen Monitor Review is Written/Updated on May 26th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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