Byte Me #69 Big screens and less eye strain

14 April, 2012

Can you remember doing written assignments at school or trying to get paperwork together for end of year tax time – “wow, if only I had a bigger desk”!  The same applies to computers and the size of your screen.  There is nothing worse than squinting at a small screen or having to juggle two spread sheets or an accounting package while also often needing to see new emails.  The computer industry rapidly changes and this is also evident with computer screens.

Most people started off with 14” and 15” CRT screens which were the old school bulky and heavy items that also slowly killed our eyesight with constant radiation.  No-one today should be using one of these old clunkers as LCD screens have become the norm.  Also LCD screens do not emit ANY of the same eye sight killing radiation that the old style screens did.  Once again even LCD’s started off at around the 15” mark and rapidly increased to 17”, 19” with now 22” being standard.

The inch measurement is hard to replicate as it is measured across the diagonal but it is not a measure of the actual usable screen size but rather about half way into the bezel (the screen surround) which is not viewable area.  So the most popular size nowadays is the 22” models with 24” and 27” also readily available and very cost effective.  One of the latest trends is the LED LCD which, just the same as TV technology gives a more vibrant and crisp picture with the associated power saving benefits of LED technology.

The models that we recommend and sell are these new LED models but also with built in speakers.  These are particularly suitable for business use as they cut down on clutter on your desk however a home user will normally want separate larger speakers often with a dedicated sub-woofer for room filling music and movies.

Back to juggling several computer programs at once.  This is an area of change, particularly in the last few years, where we are seeing the increasing use of two screens on the one PC to make the user more efficient as well as less stressed.  Many studies have found that in an office environment the typical user is around 20% more efficient during a day’s use of a PC with two screens and is also less stressed at the end of the day.  Both of these benefits are worthwhile and easily justify the purchase of a second screen as long as space permits.  Kerr Solutions is at 128 Musgrave Street & is contactable on 49 222 400.


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