i need help! what should i buy?

computer monitors - lcd vs crt
@secretbear (19476)
Philippines
October 19, 2007 3:54am CST
im going to buy a new monitor for our computer. i cant decide what kind of monitor to buy. i want an lcd but its kinda expensive and i feel it wouldnt be practical to buy such. but having an lcd would mean lesser space to occupy for the monitor. while a crt is so bulky. and a friend said an lcd uses less electricity. but its just so expensive and i feel like it wouldnt be fair for the family since we have so much bills to pay. but i so like to have an lcd! ^__^;; guys! help me to decide! tell me the pros and cons! ^__^
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@angelface23 (2502)
• United States
19 Oct 07
What kind of computer do you have? Our desktop crashed a few months ago but we have a flat screen 15" gateway monitor. It's black. I am trying to get rid of it so if you are interested in buying it I will sell it for like $20. email me air_of_the_east@yahoo.com
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• United States
19 Oct 07
wow see? that's a great offer!!
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@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
19 Oct 07
It is quite simple... if you cannot afford a LCD... buy a CRT. I don't have a LCD. I don't think the space taken by a CRT is a good excuse to spend money on a LCD. The only thing I like about LCDs is their bigger screen. A 17 inches LCD is the equivalent of a 19 inches CRT. Every LCD is 2 inches bigger than a CRT because the screen does not have a frame around it. That said... I am surprise that you find them expensive because monitors are dirt cheap in Australia. Their cost have dropped by half during the last four years. If you have some computer markets where you live... you could also look for a second hand one. In Australia you can buy a second hand 17 inches CRT for less than $50.00.
• United States
19 Oct 07
I bought a new monitor earlier this year, I found mine for $180. Its an LCD 19' V7 series monitor. I did a lot of shopping around and finally found one that I could afford. They are very expensive, especially if your looking for a bigger screen to work from. I just did a search and and didnt impulse buy. It wasnt like the CRT monitor I had wasnt working so I was still able to use it. I found really good deals at places like Circuit City and Best Buy, but they were selling so fast they ran out and the wait was rediculous. Just dont jump on the first one you see, check as many places as you can by doing a search of the specific size you would like. Good luck! Bay xx
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@kimthedane (1000)
• Denmark
25 Oct 07
I don't use stationary pc as we have laptops in our house. But if i was going to buy a new screen, it sure would be an lcd screen, for 2 obvious reasons. It uses less energy and it takes up less space. I know these can be rather expensive if you go buy them in shop, but you can make some real good bargains by looking around. There are plenty of sites around where you can go looking for an lcd screen and compare prices. Unfortunately i don't have any links to give you as those sites i use are all in Danish. But plenty of trustworthy sites around will sell you a screen that wil save you 50% or more.
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@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
22 Oct 07
Hello secretbear, Everything depends on your budget. Of course, LCD is better than CRT but the problem is, if you think it is very expensive and way too much for your tight budget right now, you better buy a CRT for the time being. I know it is bulky and consumes more energy, but since you don't have a better choice (need to think of your family too...the bills and so on) why don't you opt for the cheaper one? By the way, you didn't mention here whether you really need to buy a new monitor for your computer or maybe you can wait a little bit longer until you have enough to pay for LCD. Good luck in making your decision!
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@fracktion (154)
• Philippines
21 Oct 07
Think of it on the long term. If you think you can save more on LCD (long-term) then go for it. Sometimes we just have to take more risk and enjoy the fruits later...
@pedowii (39)
• China
21 Oct 07
Well,LCD is much better.An LCD might be a little expensive,but it's worthwhile.I just sold my CRT last week,and got an lCD.As you mentioned,a CRT looks so dull.you would find it boring if you buy one.If you have a low budget,i think you may try to get a second-hand lcd,it won't be more expensive than a new CRT.
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20 Oct 07
Sorry but I can not help you with this. Denise
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@qradav (154)
• Philippines
20 Oct 07
LCD's are not that expensive anymore. a regular 15inch CRT (i.e. AOC,samsung, LG) will sell for about 100USD while a 15inch LCD cost around 150USD (same brands mentioned above) of course, there are still the expensive ones. basically, those are for people who are very particular about the quality of the output (i.e. gamers are very particular abour response time) in the long run, LCD's will be cheaper compared to CRT. first, they consume less electricity (a 15inch CRT will consume about 75W while a 15in LCD will consume only around 30W). LCD's also last a lot longer than CRT. A CRT has a typical lifespan of around 5-7 years. LCD has a typical lifespan of 15-20 years
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20 Oct 07
go for a hp monitor with lcd screen , Hp is the best company and they are also not so expensive if you are looking for quality go for HP nothing else beats it
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• Malaysia
20 Oct 07
buy what you want! which is an LCD :) haha. anyways yeah i think u should get an lcd instead of crt, like you said lcd occupies less space and your workstation would look much neater. lcd monitor might be expensive, but i think it's much better than a crt monitor, and it's much safer for your eyes too in a way. plus you'll be using it for long-term, so it's okay. anyway whether you'll be purchasing lcd or crt, i hope you'll be happy with it :)
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@daryljane (3439)
• Philippines
20 Oct 07
if you think your old monitor is still working fine, then use it temporarily while saving for additonal money until you can afford lcd monitors...
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@suspenseful (40330)
• Canada
20 Oct 07
The LCD monitors are getting cheaper and that is what I would go for. Saving electricity and having more room on the desk is a plus, as well as it would be easier to move. The other monitor is cheaper, but it is more bulky, it takes more room on the desk and you have to adjust the refresh rate. It is also cheaper. It depends on how much money you saved and how soon you need it. If it is right away and you have saved nothing, you had better get the other type of monitor, but if you have saved some money, go with the lcd.
• United States
20 Oct 07
we just purchased an acer 19 inch lcd monitor for $149 about a month ago. If you really want an Lcd though I would suggest that you wait a few more weeks as it will be starting the holiday shopping season. You will probably be able to get a pretty good deal on one than.
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@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
19 Oct 07
Definitely an LCD for spacing reasons and efficiency. If you are having trouble shopping, try Newegg or Tigerdirect. http://www.newegg.com/Store/Category.aspx?Category=19&name=Monitors here go $100-200 LCD monitors http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010190020%204017&bop=And&Order=PRICE
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• United States
19 Oct 07
well i have a viewsonic flatscreen LCD. boy it sure does help with space on my desk. BUT it was a christmas present. i couldn't have bought it myself. but it's handy i'll tell you that, and good clarity! but buying it yourself, that IS a big decision. i wouldn't have bought mine for myself. i just deal with what i have, cuz we do have bills and live on a tight budget. but you said it wouldn't be fair for the fam? but do you ALL use the computer, or just yourself? if you all use it, talk to them about it, see what they think. if it's just you, see if they think you should have one...you deserve it right!! heehee, BUT you do have to look at all the bills and groceries and such first, the bummers haha! were you planning on just buying it with a credit card? or in full? maybe it depends on how you buy it, or if they have specials or sales, some way that wouldn't break the bank for this month ya know? BUT if it also uses less electricity, that would help you all in the future bills! see!! it is a big decision. but i think you'd really enjoy one!!
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• India
19 Oct 07
Buy the CRT ,dont go for the LCD if you feel its costly for you. I dont think it could save enough power to compensate for the cost of it. It is always appealing but not a necessity. If you still feel that you could only be content with a LCD then go for it or else you will lose a few days sleep thinking of it.
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@youless (75199)
• Guangzhou, China
19 Oct 07
I suggest you buy the LCD monitor because it uses less space. It seems it'll be better for eyes.
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• China
19 Oct 07
CRT is out of date. it's rather big. it gives off heat and radiation. i recommend LCD
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• United States
19 Oct 07
LCD is nice..but the other is not too bad either..I sit here at my desktop and my computer monitor is now probably about 2 to 3 years old. It's the tube monitor..and I like it.. It's sturday and it takes more to knock it over..With cats..it's the better deal. Not saying if I go looking for a desktop someday that I wont have to accept the flat screen.. Flat screens are nicer but they are easier to knock over..this is my final thought.