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LCD Advantages

  • Very compact, thin and light, especially in comparison with bulky, heavy CRT displays. This makes LCD-enabled portable devices to be lighter and easy to carry. It also means that purchasers of large screen LCD televisions can move their TVs into their home with just two family members; in contrast, moving a 38" CRT TV (the largest screen size available for home use) would require hiring two movers.

  • Low power consumption. Depending on the set display brightness and content being displayed, the older CCFT backlit models typically use 30–50% of the power a CRT monitor of the same size viewing area would use, and the modern LED backlit models typically use 10–25% of the power a CRT monitor would use.

  • Very little heat emitted during operation, due to low power consumption.

  • No geometric distortion.

  • The possible ability to have little or no "flicker" depending on backlight technology.

  • Usually no refresh-rate flicker, because the LCD pixels hold their state between refreshes (which are usually done at 200 Hz or faster, regardless of the input refresh rate).

  • Is very thin compared to a CRT monitor, which allows the monitor to be placed farther back from the user, reducing close-focusing related eye-strain.

  • Razor sharp image with no bleeding/smearing when operated at native resolution.

  • Emits much less undesirable electromagnetic radiation than a CRT monitor (in the extremely low frequency range).

  • Can be made in almost any size or shape.

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  • No theoretical resolution limit. When multiple LCD panels are used together to create a single canvas, each additional panel increases the total resolution of the display, which is commonly called “stacked” resolution.

  • Can be made to large sizes (more than 60 inches (150 cm)) lightly and relatively inexpensively due to established mass production.

  • Masking effect: the LCD grid can mask the effects of spatial and grayscale quantization, creating the illusion of higher image quality.

  • Unconstrained by geographical (hemispheric) location of device with respect to Earth's magnetic field.

  • As an inherently digital device, the LCD can natively display digital data from a DVI or HDMI connection without requiring conversion to analog. Some LCD panels have native fiber optic inputs in addition to DVI and HDMI.

  • Many LCD monitors are powered by an external 12 V power supply, which means that (with a proper cable) they can also be run directly on one of the computer's 12 V power supply outputs, removing the overhead and quiescent power consumption of the monitor's own power supply. This can increase the power efficiency, especially if the computer has a high-efficiency PFC power supply. This is also convenient because the monitor will power on when the computer is turned on, and will power off when the computer sleeps or is shutdown.

  • Can be made with small frame borders. This enables users to put together multiple LCD screens and use the entire area as "one screen".