There are many kinds of computer monitors available. Today we have a choice between flat-panel/LCD and traditional (cathode ray tube or CRT) monitors. Here are some tips on choosing the right monitor for your home or office computer.
Factors To Consider
* '''Size and Space'''
** How much deskspace do you have?
** Is your desk space deep enough to accommodate a large CRT monitor?
** Some CRT monitors have stands; take this into account when calculating the size of the monitor.
** If you do a lot of multitasking, you might want a large screen for the increased desktop area you'll have at your disposal.
** CRT monitors are the cheapest. A decent 17" CRT can cost less than $200 and often are included in package deals with new computers.
** LCD monitors are slightly more expensive. A quality monitors can be bought for $200-500, but a very large LCD can cost upwards of $1000.
*** If you plan to use your computer for visual projects (photo editing, graphics design, etc.) you'll probably want a large, sharp screen. Try and strike a balance between monitor size, your budget, and a moderate to high resolution LCD monitor.
*** Likewise, using a computer for more than computing (say watching movies or TV) you'll want a better resolution monitor.
* '''Built-In Speakers'''
** may be sufficient.
** For home use, especially if you do a lot of gaming or use your computer as your main music player, you probably want to consider separate, highSpeakers'>Computer Speakers Guide.
** How long is the included warranty?
** For LCD monitors, what is the warranty policy with individual pixel damage? Some manufacturers like Other Fancy Options
* Touch Screen
* TV Integrated