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If you're reading a lot of text, switching to an LCD monitor is a good choice. It'll offer clearer text, a brighter image, and less flicker, all of which make reading text easier on the eyes. Among LCD monitors, text quality does differ from one to another, but you can't guess a monitor's text performance based on resolution. Pixel pitch, the space between pixels, is the spec that best corresponds with a sharp image. Most monitors, whether they're 17 inches or 21 inches, have a pixel pitch between 0.255 and 0.294 millimeter--and, generally speaking, the smaller the pixel pitch, the sharper and clearer the text. However, text quality should not be judged by pixel pitch alone.

Thin, bright LCD monitors have many advantages over bulky CRTs, especially their ability to display crisper, clearer text. But some LCDs perform better than others. Every monitor we test is judged on a number of text-related points: How well does it display white fonts on a black background? Does text blur or run together? What's the smallest point size that it can display clearly? How well does it handle both serif and sans-serif fonts? If you're an editor working on text documents all day or a businessperson mulling over spreadsheets, these things matter. And your eyes will thank you for investing in a monitor with stellar text performance.

The larger the screen, the more windows you can have open at once, and the easier it is to switch from one to the next. This can mean less scrolling though your massive Excel sheets, too.

While video inputs and picture-in-picture capability are fun extra features on LCDs, most business users really need sharp text quality, adjustability, and adequate screen acreage (=grondoppervlakte in acres). Sure, that sounds dull, but your eyes and back will thank you at the end of the workday. We recommend at least a 17-inch LCD for work and general computing. You need at least that much screen real estate to work in multiple windows comfortably. These 17-inch and larger LCDs will be easy on your eyes and wallet, and they'll look spiffy on your desk. Terug naar begin

The 1024x768 and 800x600 screen dimensions

The dual 19-inch monitor option can be less expensive upfront in comparison to a single 24-inch, but there's a number of hidden costs associated with a dual-monitor setup. If you choose to go with two separate monitors, you may have to invest in a dual-output graphics card, which can cost anywhere from $60 to hundreds of dollars. Also, depending on the manufacturer, you may have to shell out twice for extras, such as extended warranties and cables; they're not always included.

For work tasks, dual monitors are more practical: they give you the option to clone screens, putting the same images on each monitor; span the screens to create a single, large image; or use each monitor with a different resolution. With a dual-monitor setup, you can adjust image and ergonomic settings for each unit, and two 19-inch monitors offer more screen real estate than a lone 24-inch LCD.

In addition to programming, design, and photo editing, do you ever use your computer for entertainment? For watching movies and playing games, a single wide-screen monitor usually works best; with dual monitors, you've got two bezels running down the center of the picture. Terug naar begin