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    Help understanding LCD Monitor specs

    I've had several requests for recommendations re: LCD Monitors, of which I know virtually nothing. What I'm wanting to know is how to interpret the specifications that are given for these beasts. For example "3ms" vs. "6ms" and the contrast ratio "500:1" vs "700:1", etc.

    Can someone tell me what these and other relevant specs mean and what to look for when considering a LCD monitor, i.e., what is better in regard to these specifications?

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    Re: Help understanding LCD Monitor specs

    Apparently LCD displays are more complicated than they appear. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I was reading discussions when a particular monitor was on sale, and although it had an 8ms refresh time, which is quite good, those in the know criticized it for using some technology that was slower than some other technology. (Obviously I didn't retain the details.) If you do find a good hardware site summary, it would be helpful to post the link back here.

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    Re: Help understanding LCD Monitor specs

    Hi Pilgrim,

    If you enjoy some humor mixed in with lots of stuff about monitors, then take a look at this thread beginning with <post:=556,997>post 556,997</post:>. I ended up with ViewSonic's 17" VX724 but I think I would have been happy with any good name brand flat screen. It just happened that this one was "on sale" at a very good price and I couldn't pass it by! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Help understanding LCD Monitor specs

    Jeff,
    I will try and provide a few answers when I return home from a trip at week's end.
    Paul

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    Re: Help understanding LCD Monitor specs

    Sorry for the long response.

    Contrast is the most important parameter on a list of parameters that affect the readability of a display. Contrast Ratio is more commonly seen in display specs and refers to the luminance of full-on or white pixels (or areas) divided by the luminance of full-off or black pixels (or areas). Generally, higher contrast ratios are more desirable than lower ones. You should know that specifications for displays are not much different than specifications for other gear meaning that the specs can range from being accurate to being misleading or worse.

    Consider that liquid crystal (LC) displays are light valves. If you want a brief introduction you might look here . That is, they produce no light. Rather, they control the transmission of light, pixel by pixel, from a light source behind the display to the viewer

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