"How do I
compare LCD Monitors? Is 800:1 ratio better than 500:1? And what's up
with these brightness numbers?"
- Dave, Riverside, CA
When comparing LCD monitors, here are some features to compare:
Brightness - The measure of how much light a panel can
produce is measured in candelas per meter squared (cd/m²), also known
as nits. LCDs usually run from 250 to 300 nits. HDTVs go up to 500 or
Pixel Pitch - The distance between like-colored pixels
in the display. The closer the pixels, the sharper the image.
Response Time - This measures how fast the image is redrawn
on the LCD screen measured in milliseconds (ms). The smaller the number,
Contrast Ratio - This is the difference between the darkest
black and the brightest white. The larger the ratio, the better.
Resolution - Make sure the LCD has a native resolution
that matches your video card. The native resolution of an LCD is an important
because if the LCD has to scale the image to fit a different resolution,
it won't look as good.