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Bigger Doesn’t Always Mean Better When It Comes to Computer Monitors

by Tony Lovasco

It’s not uncommon for shoppers looking to upgrade their monitor to seek out the biggest display they can afford.  This temptation is unsurprising – when one shops for a television, the physical size of the display is typically the most important decision – why would it be any different for a computer monitor?  To answer that question, we must examine how a typical digital display renders content.

If you were to look closely at a modern flat-panel LCD screen, you’d discover that the images shown are made up of an enormous number of tiny colored rectangles.  These boxes—called pixels, or sub-pixels depending on how narrow you focus—are arranged in much the same way as the holes in a screen door.  Each pixel renders a very small part of the image, and when viewed at a distance your brain blends them together to create the illusion of a continuous picture.  The number and arrangement of these pixels is denoted as a measurement called “resolution”.

Resolution is expressed in the form of a ratio – the number of horizontal pixels by the number of vertical ones in the grid.  In the world of televisions, there are only a handful of common resolutions (for example, 1920×1080 is the resolution for TVs advertised as being 1080p). But in the world of PC monitors and laptop displays, there are dozens of different common resolutions, even when comparing two displays of exact same physical size.

A higher resolution display of the same size will naturally appear to be sharper and more refined than a lower resolution one, by virtue of the fact that your eye is able to more easily blend together a higher number of smaller pixels.  But equally as important is how much content will fit on screen. If the content occupies a fixed number of pixels, a higher resolution monitor will be able to display more on screen at any given time than the same physical size display with a lower resolution.

It’s important to remember that a larger physical display does not always have a higher resolution than a smaller display.  While resolution often increases with the physical size of the panel, some larger monitors are sold with lower resolutions in order to meet a budget price point.  The result is that you might buy an “upgraded” monitor, only to discover that you can’t fit any more on the screen than with the smaller one.

Due to the variety of different screen resolutions and the labor involved, many vendors don’t advertise detailed specifications of the monitors they sell, and instead only provide basic details such as the size and model number.  In those cases it’s always best to check out the monitor manufacturer’s website, where you should be able to find complete resolution information to make comparison shopping easier.

EPC’s Monitor Buyers Guide…

 

NEED: Everyone loves a larger screen, especially when it comes to your computer screen. Whether it’s being connected to a laptop as a second monitor, or a complete replacement for that huge CRT monitor you’ve got, getting into a business-grade 27” LCD monitor with EPC is easy!

Stop into our 5500sqft Retail Showroom where I can help you get what you need from our always-growing inventory of product!

SPACE: So it’s time for a second monitor. Awesome! A quick question though: have you got room for it? While LCDs are thin, and take up much less space than the huge CRT monitors, it probably is larger than your existing monitor. Have you got the physical desk space to accommodate it? Will it fit on the “stand” or desk that you’ve got in place right now? The cost on these special monitors is now, but don’t take on the cost of a larger desk or shelving unit to accommodate it! Measure the area you’re going to be using and we’ll help you find the right larger LCD monitor that’ll literally fit the bill!

MULTIPLE MONITORS: If you haven’t tried a system with multiple monitors (whether it’s with a laptop and an additional LCD as a second screen) or two or MORE monitors to extend your visible desktop are all really great ways to use the quality inexpensive, business-grade LCD monitors we have. Social media experiences, video editing, desktop publishing and watching movies – even surfing the web are a completely different experience with multiple monitors. The reduced cost offers great power when buying LCD monitors from EPC!

RECYCLING: Are you still sitting in front of a large, bulky CRT-tubed computer monitor? Do you have several of them piling up in the basement, garage or closet? Now is the time to upgrade your system and recycle those large DANGEROUS CRTs with EPC – a certified, experienced Electronics Recycler. Contact us today to tell us more about the CRTs/Computers/Electronics you have to discard and learn more about how getting into a new LCD monitor(s) can.

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EPC Celebrates MO Sales Tax Holiday by Opening Warehouse to the Public

In an effort to help parents with the costs of sending their students back to school, Missouri has established this weekend as a Sales Tax Holiday. From 12:01 a.m. on Friday August 7th to midnight on Sunday the 9th, certain back to school items are deemed tax exempt.

Included in these tax exempt back to school items are personal computers and computer peripherals. To enhance this tax holiday, EPC is opening our warehouse to the public for a huge sale. All items will be at least 15% off of our already low prices in addition to the discount from the exempted tax.

On Saturday, August 8th, from 8am to 2pm only, customers can browse through the thousands of laptops, desktops, servers, printers and every other computer-realted hardware and peripherals that can be found in our warehouse – a space that is about the size of two football fields.

For more information about the Missouri Sales Tax Holiday stipulations, you can check out the Department of Revenue’s website.