Photo by Matt HammIntroduction The flat screen monitors of today’s computers were in the inchoate stages when people realized that the vision of the monitor needs improvement. The inception of the flat screens has completely sabotaged the production of both the cathode ray and plasma monitors. The motive behind which the flat panels were developed was the polarization of the emitted signals would provide embellishment for the viewers in viewing the colorful content. Even though, the flat screen panels took over the market, there are a lot of pros and cons desperately available for them.
Cost and Quality: The acme of the advantages of the flat screen panels lies in the cost of the monitors. The cost of the flat panels varies linearly with their sizes. A flat panel costs double the amount of a panel if it is double in size of that panel. This is not the case with the CRTs and plasma screens. Here the cost rate varies exponentially with the size of the screens. The next peak of advantage of course lies in the quality of the vision. For example, 16:9 videos cannot be watched with picture perfect quality on a CRT screen. Flat screen monitors are the only ones that support colorful videos satiating the viewers in their vision. Of late, several self adaptive flat screen panels are being made by several manufacturers serving as a pioneer in this field.
How do they work? The flat screen panels are also known as the Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD). Polarized glass plates, two in number are incorporated into the flat screen panels that are separated by spacer balls. The liquid crystal serves as the core for the polarized glasses being the back light of the signals. The crystal allows only certain colors of light to pass through when electrical signals bombard on the crystal. This is achieved by programming the crystal to follow some patterns as defined by the manufacturers. This reduces the strain in the eye when viewed and also prevents the screen from flickering often like the CRTs.
Why do people admire flat screens? Flat screen monitors are elegant, known for their simplicity and provide luxury to the people who buy them. The LCD can be handled very easily by amateurs and adds beauty to the place where it is kept. The LCD screens can not only be placed in stands but also can be mounted on the wall for providing an awesome look and convenience to the viewers. Flat screen monitors come along with a Video cable port wherein both the audio and video signals flow in a single cable enhancing the quality of the vision. Flat screen monitors also occupy less space when compared to the enormous CRTs. There are also several options like color correction, brightness and contrast which is naturally easy for the users of the flat screen panels.
Limitations of Flat Screens: One of the major disadvantages of the flat screen monitors is their long lasting and durability. When kept switched on for a long time, their picture quality gets degraded. Static images when displayed for a long time are not salubrious to the monitors. The next limitation is obviously the viewing angle. Even at an angle of 60 degrees, the picture gets distorted, whereas the CRT monitors can be viewed from various wide angles. Next is the pixel response of the flat screen monitors. Complaints have been continuously coming that flat screen monitors are not comfortable for playing games because of their low pixel response with the gaming drivers. In such cases, people tend to stick with CRT monitors.
Conclusion: The one more evolving technology of flat screen panels is the LED monitors which exhibits more enhanced picture quality when compared to the LCD. Newly born crystals and panels are in continuous development to bridge the gap between the real and virtual life. Scientists and researchers are constantly trying to eliminate the negative side of the flat screen panels, thereby making them much more constructive.