Monitors display the output from a computer's video card.
If you are unsatisfied with your current monitor or want to add a second monitor to your computer (Windows 98 users only), a new monitor is worth considering.
They come in several different sizes and two different picture types.
CRT (cathode-ray tube) monitors are the most common types and have been around since the first personal computers.
LCD monitors are newer and much more expensive, using the same technology as laptop computer screens.
Many people think that size is the most important factor in selecting a monitor, but this isn't always the case.
Some large monitors may support high resolutions, but may also have low refresh rates.
70 Hz is a widely accepted standard for desktop monitors.
A monitor using a lower refresh rate may flicker and may cause eyestrain if viewed for long periods of time.
The refresh rate of a monitor is inversely related to both resolution and color depth.
This is because there are simply more pixels to draw at higher resolutions and more data per pixel at greater color depths.
Keep in mind, however, that video cards are also responsible for refresh rates.
Other factors to consider when selecting a monitor include sharpness, color accuracy, and ease of adjustment.
The best way to evaluate these factors is to view several monitors at once, side-by-side.
The recent decline in the prices of LCD displays has caused these monitors to increase in popularity.
Though much more expensive than comparable CRT monitors, they possess several advantages.
Click here for a comparison between the two.
CRT monitors are usually priced between $150 and $1500, while LCD monitors range from $900 to $2000 and up.
A new monitor can be installed in about 5 minutes. No tools are needed.
Click here for a list of links to monitor manufacturers.