CRT Monitors vs LCD Monitors

My old CRT monitor was beginning to flicker from time to time, and then the flickering became more frequent. So I decided to replace it with an LCD monitor before it gave up the ghost.

I’ve been using the LCD monitor for about a week now. Its opitmal resolution is much higher than my old monitor’s resolution, and the everything is kind of blurry and weird looking when I use the old resolution setting. So I really don’t have much choice but to use the opitmal resolution setting. Subsequently, the size of everything on my screen (17 inches, the same size as my old CRT monitor) has been reduced by about a third. To compensate for this, I’ve had to move the monitor in closer.

Besides taking up less space and using less energy, I don’t see what’s so great about LCD monitors. Reducing the size of everything on the screen by a third and moving the montior closer to me is not plus.

I’ve also noticed my eyes gets tired faster. They feel sore within half an hour of looking at the LCD monitor.

I’ve changed the colour setting to something called “warm,” but I don’t think it makes any difference.

If LCD monitors reduce the size of everything on the screen and make your eyes feel sore faster, how are they any better than CRT monitors?

Perhaps my eyes are more sensitive to whatever kind of light LCD monitors give off. Whatever the cause, at this point I’d rather go back to a good old CRT monitor.

Would anyone care to share their experience of LCD monitors? You can begin by saying something like, “Hello, my name is Bill {Hello Bill!} and I’ve been using an LCD monitor for almost two years…”

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8 Replies to “CRT Monitors vs LCD Monitors”

  1. LCD monitors all have that optimal resolution. it’s preferable to find one that has the same optimal resolution that you are used to. I would guess that you have old man eyes and prefer some piddly old 800×600 resolution or something. like my dad playing hearts against computer players at 640×480 because that’s as big as he can get it! Those super low resolutions are almost phased out at this point, and LCD makers don’t really care about old men and their crappy eyes, so they have higher resolutions as the “optimal”

    everything may be smaller, but you can fit a heck of a lot more on your screen too!

  2. The old resolution was 1024 x 768, which wasn’t microscopic, and the image was very sharp.

    The new LCD resolution is 1280 x 1024, and everything is too small. All I wanted was to save space on my actual desk. I don’t need the extra room on my screen. (I’d also rather have the 20+ volume set of the OED than the 2-volume magnify-glass edition.)

    What bugs me is that 1024 x 768 resolution on the LCD is all blurry. The size is fine, but it looks horrible.

  3. 1024 x 768 is the only option my Dell 610 Latitude laptop gives me. It sucks ass! I think it has given me carpal tunnel from all the scrolling. At work, I hook it up to a CRT and I use both monitor to do my work. At home, I have a new 19″ HP LCD monitor with integrated speakers. The sound is making a high pitched noise. I think I am going to return it tomorrow.

  4. I think I discovered a setting for my LCD monitor that doesn’t burn out my eyes. It’s one of the “gamma” settings. There are 4 of these gamma settings. One looks like a regular screen, one is kind of brown looking, one looks extremely blue, and the setting I’m using has a slight blue tint which I can hardly notice. I’ll be writing on the computer most of the day today, so this will be the test, but so far my eyes feel fine.

  5. Greg: I have a Dell Latitude D610 as well. I have it set to 1400×1050. Why don’t you just go looking for updated video drivers?

    But then again, you may be suffering from UTS errors.

  6. Great. I find a LCD setting that doesn’t burn out my eyes, and now Jenny tells me this setting hurts her. Great.

    I think we might need to buy TWO monitors, one for her, one for me, right next to each other.

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