Computer Monitors are an essential item as they allow you to watch and use your Computer or connected devices, and you will spend countless hours using it updating or adding another screen can make monitors a great upgrade.
Current Monitors use LED or LCD technology, and widescreen format is the normal layout now, with many people also turning a monitor on its end for vertical additional screens.
The main monitor sizes are around 23"-40" and depending on the age all new will have HD 1080p or 4K support. Gamers can if desired choose screens with faster refresh rates and improved framerate technology such as AMD FreeSync, or NVIDIA G-Sync to optimise movement at the higher rates.
Professional Monitors for designers or others can choose high-quality IPS panels. The quality has improved across the board as LCD has improved or the move to LED and the retirment of TFT to the display pile of screens.
The monitor market has followed the TV uplift in technology with thin and light screens with sharp, stunning screens or panels. Current Screens take up less desk footprint and make two or three screens the norm in most offices and many home setups as the prices are very reasonable.
Screens come in many different sizes currently the bottom end and smaller sizes are typically 19/21" upwards, things have moved on from the the early days of 14/15 inch CRT was standard. Developments in graphics and HD and 4K technology and the TV world has meant faster and higher quality screens with affordable prices for the office, home or gamer user.
At time of this update a monitor with Full HD around 22" will cost around £80+ with 27" Full HD starting at £120 depending on the make and spec.
I think it is always worth the extra cost for the extra viewing space, if you can accomoate the space especially if you are a heavy user. Or if you use 2 or more screens in the office and regualrly work from home you may know how restrictive it can be going back to one extended or additional display.
TFT ~15" Used to be the starting point in the slow move from CRT to LCD/LED. Touch screens have been around for years but with the changes over the last 15-20 years in improvements in screen and UI designs we now forget how bad and hard the screens and systems used to be.
We now have touch screens on our phones, laptops and devices with sensors built in.
The big boost and rush to TFT was to replace the large CRT beige or Blac heavy monitors and move to TFT then LCD flatscreen become very affordable and their advantages include using less power and requiring less space, whilst still providing a crisp picture quality. Although some still suffered with pixel issues, but that cans still continue in current tech.
TFT Touch Screens back in the day were quite pricey as they were the next step from traditional old monitor technology and with the later arrival of tablets and laptops and advances in tech make us glad we are using the later devices.
TFT stands for (thin-film transistor) which was the most popular monitor standard years ago taking over from CRT and before LCD then LED changed things for the better. Touch Screen TFT was around but these were expensive, used in Gyms and in lots of different areas, the displays were not as good of course as we take for granted now on mobile and laptop screens. They were impressive with their widescreen and small size maing people look to hang screens on walls or pop out of furniture. Screen sizes were sometimes small 7" all the way to 50"
CRT Monitors depending on your age you might not of seen, used or had to lift one of these lovely large heavy monitors. Or maybe you have seen pictures of the beige or black monitors usually around 15"-19" max screens which were very square, with a deep plastic base which contained the technology which was similar to an older TV screen with Cathrodes and boards and the outputs were always VGA, as this was many years before newer connectors made an appearance.