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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to purchasing a monitor, consumers run into a number of questions that they want answers to. Some questions are more common than others. Here are some of the questions we run into most frequently with detailed answers to help you find the monitor that’s right for you.


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What Factors Affect the Sharpness of a Monitor?

There are a number of factors that can affect the sharpness of a computer monitor including resolution, high bandwidth and a quality video display card. The more pixels there are in a given area on the monitor, the sharper the picture will appear to be on the screen. The dot pitch will also affect sharpness. The lower the dot pitch, the smaller the space there will be between the pixels on the screen. This will result in a higher image quality.


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What is Vertical Frequency?

The vertical frequency of a monitor is known as the refresh rate. The term refers to the number of times the picture displayed on the monitor is drawn per second. For example, a monitor operating at 80Hz is drawing the picture on the monitor 80 times in one second. A higher refresh rate is desired. It is important to note, however, that the monitor will only be able to display a refresh rate that is equal to what your video card is set to. So even if your monitor has a refresh rate of 80Hz but your video card is set at 75Hz, the monitor will only be able to refresh at that lower rate.


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What is the Best Size Monitor to Buy?

The size of monitor you will want to buy will depend on your personal needs and the space you have available to you. Today’s LCD and LED computer monitors take up less space, which means you can fit more monitor into the space you have to work with. The larger the screen, the less eye strain you will experience.


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Why Can’t I Just Use a TV as My Computer Monitor?

It is true that many of today’s TVs and computer monitors look similar, but that doesn’t mean that they work in the same way. Computer monitors are made with a smaller dot pitch so that they are able to display fine lines. TVs have a larger dot pitch. Because of this, they are unable to display fine lines properly.


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What is Screen Resolution?

The screen resolution of a computer monitor is the number of pixels that are on the screen. The resolution number is defined as the total number of pixels. For example, a computer monitor with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 has 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically. The higher the screen resolution, the better the picture will be.


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What’s the Advantage of Working with More than One Monitor?

When you have more than one monitor, each monitor can be set at its own color depth and screen resolution. If your computer is running on Windows, the OS will allow you to specify the position of each monitor. If you’re a gamer, working with two monitors will allow you to “dual box” more effectively. In addition, recent studies have indicated that individuals who work with multiple monitors are 42 percent more efficient when compared to those who only use a single monitor. Moreover, if you tend to run multiple programs simultaneously, working with two monitors can allow you to do so more effectively.


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If I Have My Screen Saver Activated, Do I Need to Use Power Management?

Even if you utilize a screen saver on your display, you should still utilize your power management features. This is because screen savers generally don’t save energy. In fact, if you have a graphics-intense screen saver, you may be using even more energy than when the screen saver isn’t running. Because of this, you will want to make sure you utilize the power management options that your monitor features.


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