Computers are becoming easier to use and own than ever before.
They have become easier to own because prices for the component parts of computers have gone down significantly over the years, and thus the price of a fully assembled computer has also been significantly reduced. And there are even cheaper PCs that have certain limitations but are still more than useable (think a netbook or a chromebook).
Where a single stick of 4 Megabytes of RAM might have cost a pretty penny back in the 90s, 2 sticks of 8 Gigabytes each now cost a mere fraction of that.
It also helps that these parts have also become way faster/powerful and a lot more reliable than they used to be mere decades ago. Hard drives, for example, have become capable of not only holding more data, but spin at higher speeds for faster access and become a little more shock resistant. And we’re talking about regular Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). With a Solid State Drive (SSD) you can get the fastest possible access with a guarantee of never skipping or breaking if for some reason the drive gets a bump or two.
Of course, all of these advancements and innovations would not mean much if people couldn’t interact with them. And on that front, there have been quite a few advancements as well.
Gone are the days of operating a PC through a command line, like MS-DOS or PC-DOS. During those days, you needed to have at least a bit of understanding in how to interact with a PC, which commands to type in so that it understood what you wanted to do. Interacting with a PC required its own “language” of sorts, and so the barrier for entry was a little bit higher.
One of these parts, or we should say components, is the computer monitor. Advances in display technology have been making leaps and bounds since late 80s, when CGA, EGA and VGA (all of them graphics standards) were being developed.
Having said this, let’s take a quick look at some of the types of display monitor that can be used with a PC these days.
- Before we begin though, remember this: it doesn’t matter if your monitor is top of the line or huge, you can’t do anything without it if you can’t hook it up to your machine. So, make sure you know the type of connector that you need. Currently there are 4 types of connector:
o VGA (or 15-pin) connector
o DVI connector.
Each of these do have adapters that can help you out if for you forgot to check the connector type. Nevertheless, try not to forget.
Right now, there are 2 types of displays that are widely used. However, there are 3 types of display that are compatible. Let’s take a look:
- LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Monitors. Liquid crystal display, also known as liquid crystal diode, is one of the most advanced technologies available at present. Typically, an LCD monitor consists of a layer of color or monochrome pixels arranged schematically between a couple of transparent electrodes and two polarizing filters. Optical effect is achieved by polarizing the light in varied amounts and making it pass through the liquid crystal layer. At present, there are two types of LCD technology available. These include the active matrix or TFT and a passive matrix technology. Among these, TFT technology is more secure and reliable, and generates better picture quality. On the other hand, passive matrix has a slow response time and is slowly becoming outdated.
- LED (Light Emitting Diode). LED monitors are the latest types of monitors in the market today. Like LCD, it is again a flat panel display making use of light-emitting diodes for back-lightning instead of Cold Cathode Fluorescent (CCFL) back-lightning used in LCDs. Primarily, the display is of LCD only but the back-lightning is done by LEDs. LED monitors are said to use much lesser power than CRT and LCD. Thus, they are also considered environmental friendly.
- CRT (Cathode Ray Tube). The old, fat, heavy as a really heavy thing monitors. Yes, they are still compatible, with some having VGA or DVI connectors. These monitors employ the CRT technology used most commonly in the manufacturing of (old) television screens. In this, a stream of intense high energy electrons is used to form images on a fluorescent screen. A cathode ray tube is a basically a vacuum tube containing an electron gun at one end and a fluorescent screen at another end. These electrons travel through a narrow path within the tube with high speed using various electro-magnetic devices and finally strike the phosphor points present on the fluorescent screen, thus creating an image.
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