The different types of computer displays and how to choose one


Computers have come a long way since their inception, what used to be big and bulky machines have now become an item of daily necessity. It’s rather uncommon for someone not to have a computer at their home, office or school. All the different parts of computers have changed and shrunk, however, the one single component that has changed the most within a few years is the display. Computer displays have shrunk to only a fraction of their earlier size and the technology behind them has progressed rapidly. However, this means that there’s a lot of options out there to consider when buying one, and it can become pretty confusing pretty fast.

To counter this confusion, it’s important that you know about the most popular types of displays so that you know what you need and what you don’t. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most common types of displays, and we’re going to learn how you should choose one for yourself. So without further delay, let’s get to it and find out all you need to know about computer displays.

laptop, notepad (©Nick Morrison)
laptop, notepad (©Nick Morrison)

1. CRT displays

CRT screens, also known as Cathode Ray Tube screens are a rather old and archaic technology that’s not very prevalent today. These displays work by utilizing a cathode ray tube to project electrons onto a fluorescent screen. These are the monitors you think of when you imagine the bulky and large monitors used in the earlier days of computing. It’s best not to choose these as they occupy a lot of space on the table, are heavy to carry around, and are extremely expensive to repair or replace. There are many better alternatives available for a fraction of the price and it just doesn’t make any sense to choose these.


2. LCD displays

These are the most popular types of computer screens, mobile screens, television screens, and pretty much any other display that’s being used today. Standing for Liquid Crystal Display, LCDs are one of the most advanced ones and they’ve been used for quite a long time due to their reliability, compact size, cost, and power consumption. If you think they’re not durable enough then you should take a look at any military lcd monitor to understand the durability these panels provide. There’s a reason why these panels have not been replaced by more modern LED and OLED panels, and it’s the combination of quality and performance.


3. LED displays

The LED screens utilize Light Emitting Diodes which are far superior to others in terms of color reproduction. These screens are more power-efficient than all the other displays and thus, more environmentally friendly. The color contrast provided by LED screens is much better, and the OLED screens are able to produce true blacks by turning off some of the pixels on the screen which makes them very power efficient. Most digital artists and photographers prefer using these screens since they need accurate colors that can’t be produced by other panels. You should go for LED displays if you want high color accuracy, higher contrast, different form factors, and if you’re willing to spend more money than LCDs or CRTs would cost.


4. OLED displays

Organic-LED displays are another type of display that fall into this category and they’re pretty much the same since they carry out the same functions that LEDs do, but better. OLEDs are way more environmentally friendly and this is why they’ve been adopted rapidly all over the world. These screens can be shaped into various forms and this is the technology used in curved displays or bendable phones. However, you’ll also need to splurge more money on these screens since they’re the latest innovation in the industry, but you’ll get your money’s worth due to their quality being superior to almost any other type of display.


These are some of the most common displays that you can go out and get right now. We discussed how all the displays have their own advantages and disadvantages so that you can make a better and more informed decision. Some people need super high color accuracy and they can look into viable options. On the other hand, someone might require low color accuracy but high durability and they can choose accordingly. No matter what you choose, just remember not to be influenced by public opinion which usually tends to sway in favor of what’s latest. Keep your own requirements in mind and then you’ll be able to differentiate between the available technologies much better and you won’t regret your purchase in the future.

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