My new TFT monitor arrived this morning. It’s a brand new 19″ screen, and has given me loads more desk space! For those who are interested and who understand the jargon, it’s made by Suyama (no, I hadn’t heard of them before either), max resolution is 1280 x 1024, 8ms response time, 700:1 contrast ratio, has built in speakers and is black and silver.
To put that in layman’s terms, it’s a very nice screen! It looks the part, both in terms of the case of the screen itself and the image that it displays. The 8ms response time is to do with how quickly each pixel changes colour – because of the way TFT screens work there is always a slight delay between the computer telling the screen to change the colour of a pixel and it actually finishing changing it. With cheaper (or older) TFT screens the longer response time meant that there was a lot of blur whenever you did anything graphical. For instance, moving a window around the screen would leave a blurred trail, or ghost, behind it. More than that, videos would looks dreadful. 8ms is a very respectable response time – I’ve played a couple of video files I had lying around and not noticed any difference between this and my CRT monitor, which is very promising! Moving windows around the screen is also handled very well.
As has been pointed out by a couple of people on previous posts’ comments, TFT screens are actually much better for your eyes too. A CRT monitor emits some sort of radiation, which long-term can damage your eyes considerably. In fact, I’m sure that’s what caused me need glasses in the first place! The screen is nice and big too, which is very nice. It’s not just a status symbol, it means that I don’t have to squint or put my face up close to the screen to see what I’m doing, which I’m sure is also bad for my eyes! Sadly I haven’t got a bigger resolution; generally speaking you only get better resolution TFT screens when you spend several hundred more pounds on them and get 21″ screens or bigger. And I couldn’t afford that.
The down side of all this is that now my little teddy bears can’t sit on top of my monitor, so they’ll need to find a new home…