A monitor is more than just another piece of computer equipment. In this day and age, the monitor is more like a window to the world. The biggest reason many computer users have for not buying a new monitor is the price. Advances in production and technology have drastically reduced the price and made cheap flat screen monitors available to all consumers.

Things to Consider

Many of the things a consumer should consider are technical and can appear overwhelming. Fortunately, these attributes are easily researched on the internet and most manufacturers publish charts and graphs for easy comparisons.

Two measurable signs of quality are dot pitch and latency. Dot pitch is also called pixel count. The only thing that a consumer should remember about dot pitch is that the lower the number the sharper the image. Most monitors produced in today’s market are comparable with respect to latency speed. The better monitors have a latency speed of faster than 5 milliseconds.

Perhaps the most important thing to be aware of when purchasing a monitor is the video input. The consumer must make sure that the type of input on the monitor matches the computer’s output type. This may seem difficult but is actually quite simple. The three types of inputs are DVI, HDMI and VGA. For the average computer user, there is no real advantage to either and whatever comes with the monitor, as long as it matched the output, will work fine.

When purchasing online, customer reviews and manufacturer guidelines can be a big help when dealing with these considerations. Many flat monitors such as Viewsonics’s VX2250VM include integrated speaker systems. The ASUS VE228H 21.5 inch monitor comes with unique settings for game play, night viewing and an adjustable theater mode.

The modern flat screen monitors are thin, can fit into tight cramped places and come in a wide variety of sizes. A cheap flat screen monitor can completely alter the way a computer user experiences the internet and is key to having an effective computer setup.