The Five Coolest Computer Displays For Back To School

Posted: Aug 9 2011, 2:31pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 9 2011, 2:40pm CDT, in Shopping | Shopping Tips


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If it's time for back to school and you have notebook or desktop computer for learning, but you need a big screen for your dorm or apartment this is the list for you. There are hoards of LCDs for computers on the market today and you can use many of them with your notebook or desktop computer. There are many things to consider when you are buying a new display for your computer.

You need to be sure that your display as the right interface to work with your computer or notebook. Many notebooks today have an HDMI output, but not all displays have HDMI input so you may need an adapter. Not all displays have a VGA input and many notebooks still use that output so be sure you get a screen that is compatible.

The larger the size of the screen the higher the resolution generally. Resolution is particularly important if you want to watch HD video to play video games at high resolutions. Displays can run from cheap $100 units to over $1000 depending on the size you get and feature. The larger the screen the more content you can get on the display at one time making you more efficient. Any of the screens on my list of the five coolest will serve you well so check them out.

1. Dell UltraSharp U3011 30-inch Widescreen Monitor with PremierColor - This is the most expensive display on the list at nearly $1250. It's also the most full featured though with high color and lots of resolution. This monitor supports resolutions higher than full HD and will give you the most resolution you can get on a computer screen. If you plan to play video games at the resolutions this screen is capable of you will need some serious graphics muscle. The resolutions is 2560 x 1600 and the stand is adjustable. The screen has VGA, DVI-D, and composite inputs.

2. Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display MC914LL/A - This is one of the new Apple displays that has a Thunderbolt port. This screen is ideal for the Mac user that has the budget for high-end gear. The screen is up for pre-order right now and costs $994. The 27-inch screen has LED backlight and a MagSafe cable. The resolution is 2560 x 1440 and it has a FaceTime HD camera built in. Connectivity includes three USB ports, Ethernet, FireWire 800, and Thunderbolt.

3. Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch - This Viewsonic screen is one of the best bangs for your buck out there. At under $180, the screen has a big image at 24-inches and supports 1920 x 1080 resolutions for full HD video this display will work for gaming, but is aimed more at the cinema fan. It has integrated speaker and a 20M:1 contrast ratio. The screen is LED backlit for power savings and performance.

4. HP 2011x 20-Inch LED Monitor - This is the cheapest screen on the market and also the smallest. The little 20-inch screen has a resolution of 1600 x 900 and a 3M:1 contrast ratio. The screen has a 5ms response time and should be good for gaming and watching movies. The smaller size might make this screen perfect for those without a lot of space. This screen sells for $129.99 and is available now.

5. Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor - This is one of the larger screens from Dell with 27-inches of screen space and a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The display promises good color with AdobeRGB and sRGB modes. The display has capacitive touch controls and should be great for watching movies and gaming.

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