Discount Computer Parts Online
Learn How and Where to Buy Discount Computer Parts and Laptops Online



Buying Guide

Discount Computer Systems
Discount Laptops/Notebooks
Discount Motherboards
Discount CPUs
Discount Computer Memory
Discount CD-RW / DVD-RW
Discount Floppy Disk Drives
Discount Hard Drives
Discount Sound Cards
Discount Printers
Discount Network Cards
Discount Mouse
Discount Keyboards
Discount Computer Monitors
Discount Modems


There are some important considerations to look out for when buying a monitor. 

  • Pixels (Picture Elements):  Images are formed by pixels
  • Dot Pitch:  The distance between pixels

Therefore, the more the pixels and the smaller the dot pitch, the better the resolution.

Dot Pitch

The various dot pitch sizes include:

  • 0.22 mm
  • 0.24 mm       

Resolution of Monitors

The 3 most common standards of monitors are:




VGA Monitor

640 x 480

16 (4-bit)

SVGA Monitor

800 x 600
1024 x 768
1600 x 1200

256 (8-bit)

XGA Monitor

1024 x 768

65, 536 (16-bit)
16.7 mil (24-bit, 32-bit)

Types of Monitors

The 2 most common types of monitors are:

         CRT (Cathode-Ray Tube):  Conventional monitor

         LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) / Flat-panel monitor:  LCD monitors are portable monitors that use liquid crystals technology.  They are much thinner than CRT monitors.  Besides being portable and space-saving, I also find it more soothing to my eyes compared to CRT. 

Screen Size of Monitors

Screen sizes of monitors vary.  The most common ones are 15-inch, 17-inch (It makes quite a lot of difference with extra 2 viewable area from the 15-inch), 19-inch, and 21-inch.