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Tracking LCD Display Trends

(September 2007) posted on Wed Sep 12, 2007

Bigger is in, wider is better.

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By Molly Joss

Whether it has been a concern about costs or the color-fidelity capabilities of LCD technology, some graphic-arts professionals have elected to keep their CRT monitors. More and more, though, professionals are choosing LCD monitors over CRT. Part of the reason may be that they no longer see a big difference in image quality.

"We’ve seen a lot of progress in the past few years with LCD technology, making the quality comparable to CRT," explains Andrew Weis, Samsung Electronics Americas’ senior product marketing manager, display products. He adds that economies of scale are beginning on the manufacturing level, reducing the cost of LCD displays across the board and making them much more affordable than they were even a few years ago.

Daniel Mayer, color business unit manager at LaCie, acknowledges that quality of LCD panels was an issue for some time, but he says that has improved over the last few years. He also says that quality improvement has opened the way for monitor manufacturers to add larger-format models. "This generation of quality is significant enough to have people reconsidering their tube displays."

LCD monitors, he adds, are more stable than CRTs in that the colors do not shift or drift as much because LCD technology is less susceptible to environmental disturbance.

The big and the wide

Even if you don’t yet have a wide-screen monitor sitting on your desk, you’ve likely seen them in stores. It’s still possible, of course, to buy a graphic-arts-level LCD monitor that is not wide-screen, such as the ViewSonic VP930b 19-in. LCD with a nearly square display area of 14.8-in. horizontal and 11.9-in. vertical. And although most people who have an LCD monitor on their desks spend their days looking at a 15-, 17- or 19-in. monitor that is nearly square, much wider screens are beginning to make their appearance in the workplace.