Computer monitors come in quite various types and each different kind can actually affect both your wallet and your workspace. Different varieties obviously have different visual qualities and energy requirements. While some can be bought on a budget, others would require you quite a lot of money. To help you decide which one actually suits your preferences and needs the best, learn about all the types of different monitors below!
CRT or short for Cathode Ray Tube is one of the oldest types of monitors for it has come into existence as early as 1950s and is still enjoying its survival today. CRT relies on a beam of electrons to illuminate various areas of the screen. Moving back and forth rapidly, the beam updates the screen images many times every second.
One of the reasons why manufacturers still continue to produce these things is probably because they are relatively reliable and inexpensive, though they kind of heavy and might be cumbersome but obviously those downsides do not affect much for some people. Maybe it’s because a CRT can emulate true colours better than LCD that makes people still consider this stuff. If you happen to come across a label that says “flat screen” then don’t think it’s misleading for the glass on the front of the monitor is actually flat. It serves for better viewing surface that the old-fashioned convex glass. But don’t regard it as an LCD monitor.
We say and hear people say LCD a lot but not everyone knows what it actually stands for. LCD is short for Liquid-Crystal Display. This type of monitor uses a layers to pixels to show an image. It relies on transparent electrodes instead of electron beam to control the array of pixels and update the image. That’s why, LCDs are typically much thinner than CRTs and they generally require less power too than their CRT counterparts. They also update faster than the previous type. These things do have some drawbacks though. They are bit pricy and the image is sometimes faint if the monitor is viewed from an angle. However, thanks to the newer types that emerged such as LED and plasma monitors, the price on LCDs have dropped quite dramatically in the last few years.
To put it simply, Light-Emitting Diode or LED is an upgraded version of an LCD type. Although both are types of different monitors but they use the same transparent electrodes to control different pixels. However, LED places light emitting diodes behind the screen so it serves as a backlight. That way, the definition as well as brightness of the monitor will increase. It’s an upgraded version of LCD in that it uses less power. It’s definitely ideal to use with energy sensitive devices such as tablets and laptops. Quite unfortunately, such benefits come at a manufacturing cost that is a bit steep compared to the other monitors.
Plasma Display panel
This type of monitor relies on small cells of charged gases in order to create an image. These cells resemble to that of household fluorescent light bulbs. Every plasma cell produces its own illumination that works to eliminate the need for a different back light and thus provides strong contrast. Generally speaking, a plasma display panel is bulkier than an LCD display. Furthermore, the screen also consumes more power than both LED and LCD monitors. This particular type of monitor will also be susceptible to “Burned in” pictures if you happen to leave it on for quite a long time.
Those are all types of different monitors in the world that you need to know!