CRT vs. LCD monitors
July 13, 2005
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I already have a decent CRT monitor, but I like the look (and size) of LCDs. I hear that LCDs have been improving over the last few years. Will they get better? Should I wait to buy?
Technology, including that of LCDs, is always improving. LCDs include an ever-increasing amount of functionality--HDTV, for example. Many of the units we've looked at recently offer picture-in-picture along with HDTV so that you can keep an eye on the game while "working." Contrast ratios, response times, and color performance are also improving. And they're becoming less expensive than they used to be; you can find a good LCD monitor for around $200.
I can't tell you that LCDs are as good as they're going to get. But right now, for most uses, LCDs are where it's at. Unless you're a hard-core gamer or a serious graphic artist who needs precise color, go for an LCD. You'll have more space on your desk and a sleeker-looking workstation.
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