Today we will know about what is the difference between Monitors and Television. So i bring this topic “Monitor Vs TV 10 important points”.
Imagine using a TV as a monitor and vice versa. It is very cool to use one large monitor as a TV. But really you want to do this?
The answer to this question is in this article. So, have a glance at this and after reading your view will be clear on this question.
Both Monitors and TVs are playing a great role in our entertainment and education life. Without these two things we couldn’t imagine todays modern life.
As people are spending half of their life either infront of TV or Monitor.
Both Monitor and TV are similar in nature and physical structure.
So, is it ok if we buy a high-end monitor and use it like a TV or buy a high end TV and start using it as a monitor. It is never the same. There is a huge difference in between both of these items.
Let’s start exploring the differences between these two similar things Monitor Vs TV.
MONITOR Vs TV
10 IMPORTANT POINTS
1. SCREEN SIZE:
When we are using a monitor and TV we are very particular about size.
Because, both of these are used for different works. Monitor is used with computer CPUs and need for work or any other web/internet related activity.
Whereas, TV is used as entertainment purpose only.
We cannot do any office work with TV but today with the help of smart TVs we can definitely socialize our life with the help of internet connection or fire-sticks.
So size is a very much particular objective of choosing Monitors and TVs.
Basically we prefer a large screen size TV for our home but a small/medium monitor to do our work which is handy and consuming less space so that we can keep it in front of our sitting table.
2. DISPLAY RESOLUTION
It is the second objective of choosing monitors and TVs.
Today we can get 4K to 8K resolutions in both TVs and monitors.
But the question is, Why we need resolution and what is resolution?
Resolution is the visual dimension of any given display. It is expressed in terms of width and height of monitors. Also it is comprised of specific number of pixels.
It is the number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed.
Todays 4K monitors are common in monitor range (4K means 3840x 2160) .
And for TVs Also 4K UHD, HDR- 5 and above are common.
So if we are choosing monitor for any video editing , photo editing and graphics deigning than we should go for higher resolutions.
Because higher resolution monitor will give you accurate and natural display.
Pixels per inch is good with a larger number of pixels per inch.
Definitely closer spacing produces a sharper image as there are more pixels in a given area.
Generally 96 PPi is good for Televisions and above 150 PPI is good for monitors.
For sharper and detailed image, this specification is very much important.
In TV sets less PPI is required to watch videos but in monitors higher PPI is preferable.
4. COLOR GAMUT:
It is the range of colors that can be displayed in monitor.
It is usually shown by an enclosed area of the primary colors of the device on the chromaticity diagram.
As we know AdobeRGB and SRGB are preferred for LCD and monitors. Out of this AdobeRGB is characterized by a broader range than the other.
Like these today most of the manufacturers provide DCI-P3. It is a common RGB color space for digital video transmission.
It is wider in color variety and recent development in the field of digital colors.
So more the DCI-P3 percentage more colors you will get.
To watch videos in TV and monitor contrast is an important feature.
What is contrast?
Contrast is the ratio of the luminosity of the brightest color (white) to that of the darkest color (black) that the monitor is capable of producing.
The more the contrast the better is the picture and video quality.
Hence for both Monitors and TVs higher contrast ratio is preferable. For TVs this is more important as we are not only watching videos but it affects our eye sight.
6. VIEWING ANGLE:
Angle of viewing is also an important feature of monitors and TVs. What is viewing angle ?
It is the maximum angle up to which images on the monitor can be viewed, without any variation in image quality.
Maximum viewing angle in today’s monitors and TVs are 178/178 (1780 in horizontal viewing and 1780 in vertical).
In reality IPS (In plane switching) and VA (Vertical Alignment) type panels are the only technologies available today, which can truly offer wide viewing fields and are commonly quoted as 178/178 (1780 in horizontal viewing and 1780 in vertical)
So go for IPS technology monitors and TVs.
If you are buying a TV, then this feature is most important.
7. REFRESH RATES:
It is the number of times in a second that a display is illuminated and refreshes itself.
Maximum refresh rate is limited by response time.
Refresh rate of monitors are 60Hz, 120 Hz,144 Hz, and 240 Hz respectively. If you are buying a monitor, than go for higher refresh rates.
Because in most of the video editing and graphical programs higher refresh rates will be useful. If you are a gamer than higher refresh rates are necessary for your monitor. Otherwise ghosting will occur in your screen.
But if you are buying a TV than refresh rate of 60Hz to 120Hz is sufficient as a good quality video content can be seen with the help of this much refresh rates.
In general, 60Hz means refresh rate 60 times per second and 120Hz means your screen will refresh 120 times in a second.
For more details on refresh rates read my previous blog on Frame rate Vs Refresh rate.
8. RESPONSE TIME:
It is the time a pixel in a monitor takes to go from active (white) to inactive (black) and back to active (white) again. It is measured in milliseconds.
For monitors lesser response time is good and for TVs it is of less use.
Because in monitors at the time of various program execution response time will be effective but in TVs you only watch videos 10 or 20 mille seconds will not hamper your video.
Typically a LCD response time is under 10ms (10 milli seconds), now a day’s monitors come with as fast as 01ms.
So choose wisely.
9. OPERATING SYSTEM:
Today we are in a world of advanced internet and web browsing.
People prefer to spend time in Internet more than normal television programs.
There are so much online contents like You tube, Netflix, Amazon prime, Hotstar etc. which are playable only in smart TV.
So a smart TV is a TV having its own operating system and memory.
But this facility is not available for normal monitors. As monitors are not working independently and are dependent on CPUs.
Today most of the smart TVs are available in market with latest Android systems and good quality processors of its own with artificial intelligence (AI).
These are called Next Gen Smart TVs.
AI feature helps in voice interpretation, picture quality management, sound and video quality management and also helps in interconnecting various other devices of your room.
Smart TVs come with its own internal memory. RAM of 2GB capacity is common in smart TVs.
Because of RAM various video contents and links can be saved in TVs.
Also it helps in graphics processor management of TVs.
But monitors are not having any internal memory and they are using computer storage devices for such actions.
Now you can understand the difference between Monitor Vs TV.
Except these ten things other small features like internal sound system, HDMI ports capacity, USB port capacity, wi-fi connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, HLG support, micro dimming are installed in TVs.
And these features are not available with any monitor types.
So decide yourself your purpose and buy your monitor or TV as per specifications you require.
And remember this article “Monitor Vs TV 10 important points”.
Also a big size TV in a home will give you more quality time with family and a matter of pride than an extra large monitor.
For more topics like this stay tuned to my blogs. If you want more knowledge on this topic read my previous articles.
Out of all the features of Monitors and TV two features are little bit confusing, those are frame rate and refresh rate. After reading this article Frame rate Vs refresh rate, your doubts on frame rate and refresh rate will be cleared.
When we talk about any display system let it be smart phones, television sets and monitors these two common words knocks our head. Many times, people find these two terms bit confusing. So i decided to write this article Frame rate Vs Refresh rate which will clear your doubts.
FRAME RATE VS REFRESH RATE
So, in this lesson, let’s understand what is called frame rate and refresh rate. Now we will explore these two words and specifications.
FRAME RATE PER SECOND (FPS)
The frame rate is defined for the content which is going to be shown on these displays and an important feature to discuss in this article Frame rate Vs Refresh rate.
So, if you take the case of any video, then it consists of the multiple frames or the still images which are slightly different from one another.
And when these different frames are shown sequentially in a very short interval, then it gives the human eye an illusion of the motion.
So, the frame rate defines the rate at which the frame appears on the display. And it is defined as the number of frames per second or simply known as FPS.
And if you see worldwide, the different types of content are displayed at different frame rate. For example, the movies are displayed at 24 frames per second.
But in case of standard television shows, they are displayed at either 25 frames per second or at the 30 frames per second.
Frame rate also defers from country to country.
So, the countries which were following the NTSC standard, the standard frame rate in these countries was 30 frames per second.
While the countries which were following the PAL standard, in these countries the frame rate was 25 FPS.
What are these standards which are driving the world of digital television and digital video broadcasting?
In world there were three major analog color television system called NTSC, PAL, and SECAM.
derived from National television system committee. It is the analog television color standard and was first introduced in America during 1950s.
Now this color system is obsolete and non-effective. The countries using NTSC system are converted to ATSC, DVB , ISDB and DTMB.
ATSC (Advanced television systems committee) standard is the American set of standard for digital television and digital video transmission.
It is the replacement of NTSC and mostly used in United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan. The standard frame rate in these countries is up to 120 frames per second.
DVB (Digital video broadcasting) standard is a set of global open standards for digital televisions and digital video transmission. It is mostly used in European countries.
The standard frame rate in these countries is up to 50 FPS.
ISDB (Integrated services digital broadcasting) standard is a Japanese standard for digital televisions. Initially it was started at Japan in the year 2003. A lot of countries have adopted this standard.
It is mostly being used in Asian, African and American countries. The standard frame rate in these countries is up to 60 FPS.
DTMB (Digital terrestrial multimedia broadcasting) standard is the digital television standard developed by China. Asian and African Countries are using this standard.
Asian countries like Pakistan, Cuba, Laos, China, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Macau. African countries like Comoros and Caribbean countries like Cuba are using this standard. The standard frame rate in these countries is up to 50 FPS.
PAL (Phase Alternating Line) is a color encoding system for analog television used in broadcast television systems in the most countries broadcasting at 25FPS.
This system is an old system and countries using this system are converted to above new standards like DVB, ISDB and DTMB.
SECAM (Sequential color with memory) is an analog color television system first used in France. It is one of three old standards and no longer exists.
The countries which were using this standard, are converting to DVB system.
So, currently four standards ATSC, DVB, ISDB and DTMB are effective throughout the world.
So, apart from these television shows, if we talk about the high action sports or some live broadcast, then it is broadcasted at 60 FPS.
And apart from that if we talk about the games, then usually they are played at 60 or higher frame rates.
And the content provided by the video-sharing or the streaming services on the internet varies from 24 FPS to 60 FPS. So, as you can see, the different types of content is provided at different frames per second.
And when we watch or interact with this content on our smart phone display or on the television, then the refresh rate comes into the picture.
So, basically, the refresh rate defines how many times per second the display is getting updated.
For some television display, if the refresh rate is 60 Hz, then it means that the display will get updated at 60 times per second.
The ideal refresh rate of today’s monitor and television is 60 Hz.
But there are some displays which are also available at higher refresh rates. And usually, there is a belief that the higher refresh rate gives a better viewing experience.
But actually, it depends on the frame rate of the content which is going to be shown on the display.
So, for example, if you watch 30 FPS content on either 60 Hz or 120 Hz display, then you won’t feel much difference in terms of the viewing experience.
So, in case of the 60 Hz display, the same frame is displayed twice per second. In the case of the 120 Hz display, the same frame will be displayed 4 times per second.
On the other end, if you are watching any movie which is filmed at 24 frames per second, then on the 60 Hz display it is shown using the pull-down technique.
That means every alternate frame is displayed 3 times and the two times respectively on the display screen. And except some panning shots, this technique won’t get noticed by the human eye.
On the other end, if the same film is displayed on 120 Hz display, then each frame is displayed 5 times per second.
In short, to get a better viewing experience, the refresh rate of the display should be more than the frame rate of the content.
So, if you watch 30 FPS content on 60 Hz or120 Hz TV, then it won’t make much difference in terms of the viewing experience.
But these high refresh rate displays will be very useful when you are interacting with the contents which is displayed on the screen.
For example, with high refresh rate displays on the smart phone, when you are scrolling the screen or the interacting with the screen, it gives you a smoother experience.
Or even when you are playing the game with the high frame rate on such screen, it gives you a smoother experience.
So, let’s say you are playing some game on the PC which renders the frame at 120 FPS.
So, to play such a game, the native refresh rate of the display should be at least 120 Hz. So, if you play such a game on the 60 Hz monitor, then it can show only 60 frames per second.
On the other end, let’s say, you have a 120Hz display and the PC is able to output the frames at the 90 FPS.
So, if there is no synchronization between the monitor and the graphics card, then you might see a screen tearing while playing the game.
That means the information of two or more frames will get displayed on the same frame. So, to avoid such screen tearing, the different synchronization techniques like G-Sync and the Free-synccan be used.
So, to use such technology, both monitor and the graphics card should support these technologies.
So, in case of the G-Sync, there is some special chip in the display which communicates with the graphics card.
And in a way, it lets the monitor to vary its refresh rate to match the frame rate of the graphics card or vice a Versa.
The graphics card can match its frame rate based on the maximum refresh rate of the display.
So, this AMD’s Free-Sync is similar to the G-Sync technology, but it doesn’t require the proprietary chip in the monitor.
And instead, this Free-Sync relies on the display port’s adaptive sync specification.
So, in short, using this synchronization technology, it is possible to use even lower refresh rate monitors with the high-end GPUs. Or vice a Versa, the higher refresh rate monitors with the low-end GPUs.
But of course, with the high refresh rate monitors, the gaming experience would be much smoother.
And today, not only 120 Hz but even 240 or480 Hz displays are also available. And these displays claims to provide the motion blur-free viewing experience with the high frame rates.
So, for this displays, the native refresh rate is still either 60 or 120 Hz, but using the different techniques like interpolation and the black frame insertion, virtually they increase the frame rate of the display. And using this they try to reduce the motion blur.
In case of the interpolation, based on the current frame and the next frame, the display itself generates the intermediate frames.
BLACK FRAME INSERTION
While in case of the black frame insertion, to reduce the motion blur, the alternate black frame is inserted between the regular frames.
Using these few techniques, TV manufacturers market the high refresh rate displays.
So, in conclusion, the high refresh rate displays are only good when the content is also available at the high frame rates.This is the end of my article Frame rate Vs Refresh rate.
I hope in this article Frame rate Vs Refresh rate, you understood what is Frame rate Vs Refresh rate, and how they are related to each other.
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720p resolution or 1280x 720p, is the lowest of the HD capable resolution and widely used by HDTV broadcasters.
1080p resolution or 1920x 1080p, is a non-interlaced monitor resolution that is marketed as the first resolution to take full advantage of HDs complete range of capabilities. It is currently the standard resolution for televisions, internet streaming services, video games and smart phones.
1440p resolution or 2560x 1440p, known as Quad HD. It is 04 times stronger than the base HD variant. It is not fully widespread in nature. It is largely found within computing and Smartphone of well known companies like HTC, Samsung, and Apple.
4K resolution or Ultra HD
The name is derived from its horizontal pixel count. As 4k resolution is equal to 3840x 2160. It has 4 times more pixels than 1080p. Its usage is limited to internet video streaming, video projection and commercial television.
5K resolution or 5120x2880p and 8K resolution or 7680x4320p
These are being used for highest monitor resolution. These technologies are new in market and little bit costlier than old ones. These technologies are in process of integration with TVs, Monitors for PC and broadcast cameras.
But today companies are integrating small monitors with high resolution for better picture quality.
Hence if you are interested in small size monitors for PC than go for higher pixels and resolution.
4. CONTRAST RATIO:
It is the ratio of the luminosity of the brightest color (white) to that of the darkest color (black) that the monitor is capable of producing.
It is of two types
Static contrast ratio
It is the luminosity ratio comparing brightest and darkest color the system is capable of producing at any instant of time.
Dynamic contrast ratio (Advanced contrast ratio)
It is the luminosity ratio comparing brightest and darkest color the system is capable of producing over time when the picture is moving.
There is no official, standardized way of measuring contrast ratio for a system. Different manufacturers observe different techniques.
One of the measurements techniques is by Full on/Full off method, DLP projection method and ANSI method of measurement.
Generally Dynamic contrast ratio of display is better than its static contrast ratio. A plasma display with 4,000,000 : 1 static contrast ratio will show superior contrast to an LCD with CCFL backlight/LED with 30,000,000:1 dynamic and 20,000:1 static contrast ratio.
5. VIEWING ANGLE
It is the maximum angle at which images on the monitor can be viewed, without excessive degradation to the image.
It is measured in degrees horizontally and vertically.
Viewing specifications like 170/160 (1700 in horizontal viewing and 1600 in vertical)
Remember the general rule of viewing angles are IPS-type> VA- type >TN (Twisted Nematic) film .
In reality IPS (In plane switching) and VA (Vertical Alignment) type panels are the only technologies which can truly offer wide viewing fields and are commonly quoted as 178/178 (1780 in horizontal viewing and 1780 in vertical)
6. REFRESH RATE :
It is the number of times in a second that a display is illuminated. Maximum refresh rate is limited by response time.
It is also known as the number of times in a second that a display hardware updates its buffer.
It includes that the repeated drawing of identical frames.
Basically it is different from the term frame rate. Frame rate measecond that a display hardware updates its buffer.
It includes that the repeated drawing of identical frames.
Basically it is different from the term frame rate. Frame rate measures how often a video source can feed an entire frame of new data to display.
Example most movie projects runs at 24 frame rate means 24 FPS (frames per second) but has a refresh rate of 48 or 72 Hz .
Refresh rate of monitors are 60Hz, 120 Hz,144 Hz, and 240 Hz respectively.
In general, 60Hz means refresh rate 60 times per second.
So 240 Hz means Screen can refresh 240 times in a second.
7. RESPONSE TIME :
In lame language it is the time taken by your monitor to shift from one colour to another.
It is the time a pixel in a monitor takes to go from active (white) to inactive (black) and back to active (white) again, measured in milliseconds. Lower numbers mean faster transitions and therefore fewer visible image artifacts.
Typically a LCD response time is under 10ms (10 milli seconds), now a day’s monitors come with as fast as 01ms.
8. DOT PITCH:
It is also called as Line pitch, stripe pitch, phosphor pitch. It is the distance between sub-pixels of the same colour in millimeters.
In general, the smaller the dot pitch, the sharper the picture will appear.(It is measured in length)
But dots per inch is good with a larger number of dots per inch. Definitely closer spacing produces a sharper image as there are more dots in a given area.
So watch it carefully and see the specification thoroughly.
In general a typical entry level 0.28 mm diagonal monitor has a horizontal pitch of 0.24mm or 0.25 mm, and a good quality 0.26mm diagonal unit has a horizontal pitch of 0.22mm.
9. COLOR DEPTH :
It is measured in bits per primary color or bits for all colors.
It is also known as bit depth. It is the number of bits used to indicate the color component of a single pixel.
High /Deep colors
10. COLOR GAMUT:
It is the range of colors that can be displayed in monitor. It is usually shown by an enclosed area of the primary colors of the device on the chromaticity diagram.
For example the primary colors of a monitor are RGB (Red, Green and Blue).
It is measured as coordinates in the CIE 1931 color space or CIE XYZ color system.
The three standards frequently cited in relation to monitors are AdobeRGB, sRGB, and NTSC.
Here sRGB and AdobeRGB are for LCD and monitors.
Out of these two AdobeRGB is characterized by a broader range than sRGB in G (Green ) domain.
It measures the amount of change in visual perception of two colors. It provides valuable insight into how color accurate a display/Monitor.
A person could not notice a Delta-E error that is less than 03. However a trained person can see down to errors of 1. Errors less than 01 are usually considered imperceptible.
In lame language Color accuracy is measured in delta-E. A delta-E of below 1 is imperceptible to the human eye. Delta-Es of 2 to 4 are considered good and require a sensitive eye to spot the difference.
Delta-E 2000 (dE2000) is the latest formulae updated by International commission on illumination.
So if you are going to use your monitor for some art and graphics and color preference is utmost than go for less Delta-E.
It is measured in candelas per square meter (cd/m2 also called a Nit).
Brightness is more often used in marketing literature, refers to the emitted luminous intensity on screen. The higher the number the brighter the screen.
Now we will know about what are the internal circuits preferable for our monitors.
The curve design mirrors the most common formats people use to consume content. Like reading our books, newspaper and watching movie in theater.
A display curvature is measured by the radius the curve would deliver if it formed a complete circle.
When measuring the curved monitors, the value of “R” is used to indicate the curvature radius. For example, a 4,000R curvature monitor would form a circle with a 4,000 mm radius.
Hence we know that the smaller the “R” value the higher the monitors curve.
14. Flicker free/ Less ghosting
Flicker free monitors will reduce eyestrain , making them more comfortable to use for longer periods of time.
It is different for person to person. Some people more sensitive to flicker and can easily get headache from it and some are less prone to headache.
The use of CCFL tubes for LCD monitors and regular on /off of LED backlight create flicker effect for some people.
Here refresh rate again comes into effect. Generally monitors with 120 Hz and more gives high refresh rates and due to speed flickering effect is not perceived by common eye. It also gives less ghosting effect inside working environment.
13. POWER CONSUMPTION
Older LCD monitors uses CCFL backlight technology hence required more power than todays monitors.
Today monitors are using 20-30% less power than the old LCD and CRT monitors. In terms of overall energy use by a computer with monitor may go upto 400 kWh. In other words, if we are environment lover, than we should try to reduce the use of energy in every means possible.
For 400 kWh energy 240 kilograms of carbon dioxide emission by coal based electricity plant. So reducing energy we can reduce the effect of carbon dioxide in atmosphere.
Power consumption is measured in watts. Hence at the time of purchase go for less watt and more star ratings monitors.
DIFFERENT PORTS OF MONITORS
AV input is a common label on a connector to receive (AV) audio/visual signals from electronic equipment that generates AV signals (AV output).
The then-leading IBM computer manufacturer developed the first connection standard, used today too, in 1987 for its PCs.
The blue trapezoidal interface worked perfectly with old CRT displays, thanks to its analog nature.
But then flat LCD digital screens appeared, resolutions began to grow, and the time-honored VGA port started to give up ground.
Today, it is more rarely integrated, but until now, an array of devices such as home players, projectors, TVs, etc. are still equipped with VGA ports. Probably, for several more years more, it will remain not as desirable, but still the ubiquitous standard.
For many years, computers were rarely equipped with this competitor of HDMI this in spite of the fact that DisplayPort has many strengths: • Support for very high resolutions along with stereo signal; • Audio transmission; • Impressive length of cabling
This interface technology is even more profitable for manufacturers than the licensed HDMI: they do not need to pay the developers that would be necessary for users of HDMI.
Although in its first years of existence this type of connector was not particularly popular, now computers are more often equipped with a pair of Display Ports.
HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface.
In modern home entertainment devices, such as flat-panel TVs and Blu-ray players, HDMI is the standard connection interface.
As in the case of DVI, the signal is transmitted in digital format, which means maintaining the original quality.
Together with HDMI, HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) technology was developed to prevent the piracy and illegal copying of video materials.
The first devices with HDMI support appeared in late 2003. Since then, the standard has been changed several times; in particular, support of new audio and video formats has been added.
HDMI become so popular due to following reasons: • Length of cabling up to 25-30 meters; • Sound transmission (even multi-channel) together with video – no need for separate speakers; • Convenient small connectors; • Support for many different devices: players, TVs, projectors, DVRs, game consoles, etc.; • Ultrahigh resolutions; • 3D-picture; possible together with ultra-high resolutions (versions of HDMI 4b and 2.0).
In 2013, the specifications of version 2.0 were adopted; this standard is compatible with old wire connectors, but it supports resolutions that are more impressive and other excellent features.
This abbreviation stands for Digital Visual Interface. It transmits a video signal in digital format while maintaining high image quality.
In the mid-2000’s, DVI replaced the rapidly outdated VGA.
The ability to transmit both analog and digital signals, support for large (in that era) resolutions and high frequencies, and the lack of inexpensive competitors led to DVI becoming a standard port for today.
Low-cost video cards are equipped with the Single Link DVI. The maximum resolution, in this case, is 1920×1080 pixels – Full HD.
More expensive video card models have a Dual Link DVI interface. They can be connected to monitors with a resolution of up to 2560×1600 pixels.
The connection with the help of USB connector became possible when version 3.0 appeared.
Using the Display Link adapter, you can connect a monitor with a DVI / HDMI connector to the USB port of your laptop or computer.
Such ports are the standard for connecting external devices, which all manufacturers of these devices are eager for.
USB ports connect mice, keyboards, printers, scanners, modems, card readers, flash drives, cameras, cell phones, players, hard drives, optical drives, etc. This connector is needed for those who plan to work simultaneously with multiple monitors.
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
It is an industry standard for a mobile audio/video interfaces that allows you to connect mobile phones, tablets and other portable (CE) devices to your monitor and give you more options than just your standard HDMI connection.
Now a day’s inbuilt speakers are common for high end monitors. But the sound quality of these speakers is not much effective. Hence you need to buy external speakers.
Like all these ports anti glare screen is also important. Anti Glare Screens reduces the overall stress on your eyes.
If you are a person who sits in-front of a computer most of the time then you will be better off with these type of screens.
Also at the same time make sure that your brightness is not too low and not too bright. It will save your eyes from reflections and brightness related problems.
So today we learn about different features of monitors through this article “Monitors for PC(Part-2). How to choose and buy a monitor by comparing these features.
For more knowledge on monitors go through my previous blog on “EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MONITORS (PART-1)”.
When we first see a computer we see to its monitor.Without monitors for PC, computer is only a box of electronic components.
It is the only things which gives us our desired output and help us monitoring our job in computer.
If we are unable to get the output from computer, than it is useless for us. So, it is the most important component of our computer. My article is about “Monitors for PC Part-1”.
MONITORS FOR PC (PART-1)
So lets get into the topic and exlpore more about Monitors for PC.
What is a monitor?
It is one of the output devices of a computer. It gives the output in a visual manner called display. Out of all the output devices monitor is the mostly used output device.
Monitor from its word we can think of what it is for. Monitors for PC defines something to keep a through watch on ongoing task or job.
The same thing is done by a monitor. The monitor keeps watch on the computer and tells users about its health and ongoing job inside a computer. It is also known as video display terminal (VDT).
HISTORY OF MONITORS FOR PC :
Early computers were fitted with a panel of electric bulbs, where the state of each particular bulb would indicate the on/off state of particular bits of registers inside the computer.
This type of monitoring was developed by the engineers operating the computer to monitor the internal state of the machine, so this panel of lights gradually known and called as ‘monitor’.
EARLY MONITORS FOR PC :
CATHODE RAY TUBE TECHNOLOGY(CRT MONITORS)
In early monitors for PC electric bulbs were used. Gradually the monitor changed its shape and cathode ray tubes (CRT) were used inplace of bulbs. ).
Prior to the general purpose computers in the late 1970s, it was common for a terminal (VDT) using a CRT to be physically integrated with a keyboard and other components of the system in a large chasis.
Some of the earliest computers like TRS-80 and C PET were having monochrome CRT display.
In the year 1977 colour features are introduced in CRT displays by Apple in their computer Apple II.
After that more graphically represented and sophisticated monitors for PC introduced in market.
First monitors for PC were introduced for data processing but gradually they were made to entertain the users.
After 1980 we can see a new era of monitors which were not only used for data processing but for entertainment purpose like TVs.
In 1981 IBM introduced the CGA (Colours graphics adapter) which could display four colors with a resolution of 320 x 200 pixels, or could produce 640 x 200 pixels with two colors.
In 1984 IBM introduced the EGA (Enhance graphics adapters) which was capable of producing 16 colors and had a resolution of 640 x 350.
Towards the end of the 1980s color CRT monitors that could clearly display 1024 x 768 pixels were widely available and very affordable.
The dynamic range of early LCD panels was very poor, and although text and other motionless graphics were sharper than on a CRT, an LCD characteristic known as pixel lag caused moving graphics to appear noticeably smeared and blurry.
1980s onwards, computers (and their monitors) have been used for both data processing and entertainment, while televisions have implemented some computer functionality in them too.
The common aspect ratio of televisions, and computer monitors, has changed from 4:3 to 16:10, to 16:9.
We will later know about what is aspect ratio.
Liquid crystal display technology (LCD MONITORS)
LCD monitors are those monitors which are using Liquid crystal display technology.
The first TFT-LCD display panel was prototyped by United States T. Peter Brody and team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Throughout the 1990s, the primary use of LCD technology as computer monitors was in laptops.
Because of lower power consumption, lighter weight, and smaller physical size of LCDs it was costlier than CRT. This was only used in Laptops.
The first standalone LCDs appeared in the mid-1990s selling for high prices.
As prices declined over a period of years they became more popular, and by 1997 were competing with CRT monitors.
Among the first desktop LCD computer monitors for PC was the Eizo L66.
In the mid-1990s, the Apple Studio Display in 1998, and the Apple Cinema Display in 1999. In 2003,
TFT-LCDs (Thin film transistor- LCD) outsold CRTs for the first time, and becoming the primary technology used for computer monitors.
Advantages of LCD over CRT:
The main advantages of LCDs over CRT displays are:
LCDs consume less power,
take up much less space,
Active matrix TFT-LCD technology also has less flickering than CRTs, which reduces eye strain.
High dynamic range (HDR) technology has been implemented into high-end LCD monitors to improve color accuracy.
Since around the late 2000s, widescreen LCD monitors have become popular, in part due to television series, motion pictures and video games transitioning to high-definition (HD), which makes standard-width monitors unable to display them correctly as they either stretch or crop HD content.
Other advantages of widescreen monitors over standard-width monitors is that they make work more productive by displaying more of a user’s documents and images, and allow displaying toolbars with documents.
They also have a larger viewing area, with a typical widescreen monitor having a 16:9 aspect ratio, compared to the 4:3 aspect ratio of a typical standard-width monitor.
LIGHT EMITTING DIODE TECHNOLOGY(LED MONITOR):
Light emitting diode monitors are those monitors using light emitting diode technology with a flat screen and flat panel.
The first LED DISPLAY is considered to be developed BY James P. Mitchell in the year 1977.
Difference between LCD and LED monitor is the backlighting. LCD uses CCFL instead of LEDs.
An organic light-emitting diode (OLED or Organic LED), monitor is a monitor using organic-LED technology.
The principle of this technology is that when current flows between a cathode and an anode, an emissive layer of organic molecules like polyanilin sandwiched between them become illuminated.
Passive matrix OLED screens consists of cells with opaque cathodes and transparent anodes laid perpendicular to one another in strips
Active Matrix OLED. These type of screens are having cells contains molecule layers and anodes arranged in small sheets (pixels), sandwiched between a large cathode sheet and integrated into TFT matrix.
Because of TFT matrix are more efficient than external circuits of PMOLED displays, AMOLED is extremely energy efficient in comparison.
In future we can see transparent displays or foldable displays using TOLED and FOLED technology.
1. No backlight required
2. Very thin transparent film than other monitos
3. Less power consumption than all monitors
4. Very high Contrast and real colour
5. Response time of 0.01MS
6. Refresh rate exceeding 1KHZ (1000hz) possible
7. Viewing angles
8. Flexible and transparent
Disadvantages of OLED:
Organic materials used in OLED display degraded over time, like other organic material.
Blue emissive pixels degraded more rapidly than their red and green counterparts, which leads to color balance issues.
Image retention issue, problem arises in static content display for an extended period. This problem can not be noticed in moving contents like TVs but for PCs it will be of serious concern.
Advancements in OLED:
Spray organic materials onto substrate surface and by using slightly different molecules, so that life time of blue pixels could be extended from 14000 to 60000 Hours or (approx 07 YEARS). It is called solution coating technology.
During trade shows SONY and Panasonic unveiled prototypes of large OLED displays with 4K (4096X 2160) resolutions. These monitors uses a technology called “SUPER TOP EMISSION” which incorporates an RGB pixel design and color filters.
QLED a non organic LED technology which will increase the life span of monitors and reduce the color degradation issues of future monitors.
Also some companies are working on hybrid technologies of monitors like QD-OLED, which is a mix of non organic and organic material use in LED cathode substrate.
So future of monitors in coming ages will be more interesting and amazing.
Which hard disk is good as per our requirement HDD or SSD.
Hard disks are very important in todays life style. Everything we want to store in large capacity is possible because of these two types disks. So we will know through this article Which is better HDD or SSD.
HDD OR SSD- WHICH IS BETTER
Both these drives HDD or SSD are available in market as external storage drives and internal storage drives.
For internal storage of computers and laptops internal drives are used and for storing data outside computer we are using external storage drives HDD or SSD type.
Internal drives are fitted in computer mother board or circuit board. But external drives are created with casing over the drive and USB interface for connecting to computer and laptop.
Let me explain the features of HDD from HDD or SSD. HDD is a type of storage device. HDD first invented by IBM in the year 1953. Its first commercial use is started in the year 1957.
It created a new level in the computer data hierarchy. Basically HDD divided into two categories. One is external storage device and another one is internal.
In laptops or desktops internal HDD or SSD are used. These are open and not in their casing.
But for other storage purposes we can use external storage devices if our system data capacity is low or about to fill.
You can get HDD external storage devices of various ranges starting from 256 GB, 500GB, 1TB , 2TB and upto 12TB in market.
But in today’s technology all requirements are based on fastness and durability.
Now question will come which is more durable and faster than HDD?
The answer to this question is SSD. SSD stands for Solid state drives. In future HDD will be replaced by SSDs. Because SSDs are faster and durable.
So today we are going to compare the two types of storage drives which are commonly used to store the data permanently in desktop and the laptops.
Now, conventionally these hard disk drives are used as a storage solution in desktop and the laptop.
And these hard disk drives are in use for more than two decades. But in recent years, the SSDs or solid state drives are gaining the popularity because of its speed and the performance.
Let’s compare these two drives in aspects like speed and performance, working principle, cost and the storage capacity and many other aspects.
Now we will compare some of its overall aspects of HDD or SSD:
Access time(in ms)
Speed of reading (in MB/Sec)
Weight (in gm)
Power consumption (Watt)
Price of unit (500 gb) (in Rs.)
Now we will compare the aspects thoroughly to have a better picture of HDD or SSD.
SPEED AND PERFORMANCE
So, first of all, let’s compare these two drives in terms of their speed and the performance.
Now, the technology of hard disk drive has improved significantly over the past two decades.
And the data density of this drive has increased tremendously. But the speed of hard disk drive hasn’t increased at the same pace.
Typically, the access time of today’s hard drive is in the range of few ms. And the sequential read or write speed is typically around 100 MBPS.
If you are thinking the speed of the hard drive is not bad then let me tell you that the access time of RAM and the cache memory which is used in the computer is in the range of nanoseconds.
Which is significantly less than the access time of these hard drives.
So, even if you have very high-end CPU, coupled with graphics card and RAM, still you will not be able to extract the best performance out of that system if you are stuck with the slow hard disk drives.
Now, here don’t get me wrong, with the use of top CPU and GPUs, the performance of the system will definitely increase.
But because of the limitation of the hard drive, the system boot time and the opening of the applications will not be that fast.
While on the other end, if we talk about the SSDs, they are much faster and have access time typically in the range of microseconds. And typical sequential read and write speed is in the range of 400 to 500 MBPS.
In fact, even it is possible to achieve the sequential read and write speed in the range of Giga Bytes per second using this SSDs.
So, now let’s look into the internal structure of these drives and let’s find out why SSDs are so fast and hard disk drives are relatively slow in comparison to these SSDs.
So, if you look inside the hard disk drive, it consists of rotating disk, which is commonly known as the platters.
So, these platters rotate at the typical speed of 5400 or 7200 RPM in laptops.
And it can go up to 10000 RPM in desktop computers. And in some enterprise hard disk, the speed can go up to 15000 RPM.
So, in these hard disk drive, the data is stored magnetically on these platters using the head. Typically the data is stored in this hard disk drive in form of tracks and the sectors.
Now, as it involves the mechanically moving parts, there is a limitation on the speed at which the data can be accessed or written on these hard disk drives.
On the other end, the SSDs are designed using the flash memory. And to be precise if I say, they are designed using the NAND flash memory.
So, as these SSDs are designed using the NAND flash memory, and does not have any moving part, they have very fast access time and very low latencies.
So, apart from the flash memory, the SSD also contains the micro controller and the small cache memory. So, using the micro controller, the flash memory cells can be accessed or programmed.
And using the cache memory it is possible to store the incoming and the outgoing data temporarily.
Ok, so now let’s compare the two drives in terms of the form factor. Today’s hard disk drives are typically available in two form factors.
For desktop, it is available in 3.5-inch form factor, while for a laptop it is available in 2.5-inch formfactor.
On the other end, the SSDs are available in many form factors. The most common is the 2.5-inch form factor, where these drives can be used or replaced in place of hard disk drives.
Apart from these, the mSATA and the M.2 SSDs are available in very small form factors. And they are used in ultra books and tablets.
Alright, so now let’s compare these two drives in terms of the system interface. The system interface defines how these drives are connected or interfaced with the system.
So, the earlier hard drives were connected to the system using the PATA interface. Which is known as the parallel ATA.
But today’s hard drives are connected to the system using the SATA interface. While enterprise hard drives are connected to the system using the SAS protocol.
On the other end, if we talk about the Solid State Drives, mSATA and SATA hard drives are connected to the system using SATA interface.
While M.2 SSD can communicate with the system using either SATA or PCI express bus.
So, now if we compare these drives in terms of the storage capacity then for the hard disk drive, 1TB capacity is most common in desktops and laptops.
But for desktops, even 10 Tera Bytes of hard drives are commonly available in markets.
If we talk about the SSDs, then as of now the SSDs are available from 120GB up to 4TB.
For laptops typically, it is available from120 GB up to 1TB. While for the desktop it is available up to 4TB.
But if we talk about the cost, then these SSDs are much costlier than the hard disk drives.
As of now the cost per Giga Bytes for SSD is almost 3 to 4 times the hard disk drive cost.
But as the demand of SSD is growing, the cost is also reducing. And perhaps one day, it will become as cheap as the today’s hard disk drives.
So, now let’s compare these drives in terms of the power consumption and the reliability.
These hard disk drives involves the mechanical moving part the power consumption of this drive is more than the SSDs.
Because of this reason laptops with HDD configuration make sounds and uses more power than the SSD fitted laptops.
SSD fitted laptops are consuming less power than the HDD configured laptops.
As we know that HDD are having a number of moving parts which are prone to damage and unserviceable at the time of accidental fall or rough usage.
But we know that SSD are having no moving parts in its core or structure.
So SSDs are less prone to damage and unserviceable at the time of accidental fall or during rough usage.
So, in terms of the data durability, hard drives are more durable and data can be stored for longer times without being powered up.
Apart from that as we have seen, these SSDs are designed using the flash memory. And because of that the number of programs or erase cycles that can be performed on these SSDs are limited.
Typically, it used to be in the range of 10000 to 100000. And depends upon the quality of the controller as well as the internal structure of the flash memory.
Now, some manufacturers also provide the endurance rating for these SSDs. Typically it is defined by the term drive writes per day.
It means that the number of times the user capacity of the drive can be written per day over the warranty period.
For example, if you have 100GB of a drive, which has DWPD rating of 10, it means that 1000GB or 1TB of data can be written in to this drive every day over the warranty period. So, basically, this term defines the endurance rating for the SSDs.
But for most of the users, this rating is quite significant. And even if someone uses this SSD quite extensively then also it will work reliably over more than 5 years.
To know about internal structure of HDD and SSD visit my previous blog “05 LATEST COMPUTER STORAGE DEVICES IN 2020”.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
So, overall SSDs have many advantages over the hard disk drives. But as of now, these SSDs are quite costlier than the hard disk drives.
So, if someone is looking for big storage pull, with the reasonable cost then he can go for the hard disk drive.
While on the other end, if someone wants very fast performance and willing to pay extra money for that performance then one can go for the SSDs.
I hope you understood the basic differences between the SSD and hard disk drive in this article Which is better HDD or SSD.
So, if you have any question or suggestions do let me know in the comment section or mail to me.
Computer is a very known word in our neighborhood.
So today we will explore about computer and its usefulness.
Today I will give a basic idea about the Computer and types of computers around us.
Today everything is technology oriented. This article is about all those people who all are having a little knowledge about computers. With this article you can enhance your knowledge of computer.
So first of all, What is a computer?
In general, we all know that it is a machine.
Now question will come, What is a machine?
Machine is a technological tool invented by man to reduce the efforts of human beings at the time of doing various activities.
Computer first invented as a machine to help our predecessors to calculate. It was a calculating machine.e.g. Abacus.
But now we have come so far in the journey of inventions that computer and its technology works in every field of life.
Starting from getting up from bed by morning alarm clock to comfortable sleep with the AC at Night and watching TV. Every where computer and its technology works and we come across it very frequently.
It helps in our education, Health, Science & Research, Business, Banking, Entertainment, Defence, Governance of Government system. In each and every field of life we have it with us.
Computer word is derived from a latin word “computare” which means calculation.
Computer letters generally stand for :
U- Used for
Each letter of it defines the work and requirement of computer.
Now moving towards its invention period.
Everyone knows about Charles Babbage, he is known as the father of first computer in our human history.
He was an English and born on 26 Dec 1791. He was a mathematician, mechanical engineer and an inventor.
He invented the first computer in the year 1837. It’s name was Difference Engine or Analytical Engine.
His passion was to invent a digital programmable machine. He used the concept of ALU, Basic flow control and Integrated memory concept. These are the basic concept of modern day computer.
PARTS OF COMPUTER
Mainly computer is divided into two parts. One is Hardware and another one is software.
All the components visible to our eye when we see a computer is called its Hardware. Examples are Monitor, keyboard, mouse, motherboard box, speakers, camera, printer etc.
Software:It is not visible to our eye. Like we can see our head but can you imagine how it works. Same concept is with computer we can see its hardware but can not see the software part.
It is a programme developed by our software engineers and companies to run the machine. Examples are Codes, Operating systems, applications and various apps running inside our computer to give us a graphic friendly user interface. It helps us to communicate with computer and make it work as desired.
MODERN DAY HARDWARE COMPUTER MAIN COMPONENTS:
Today we come across various computers with the following basic components attached to it like Input devices, Output devices, CPU (Central processing unit), Storage devices (Memory).
All the devices which we are using to feed basic raw data in our computer are called input devices. Example of input devices are keyboard, mouse, scanner, voice input by mic, picture input camera, etc. Not only numbers and alphabets are coming under input parameters but letters, pictures, videos all comes under it.
It is the main brain of a computer. It processes input data as per instructions given by user. But the instructions must be programmed in it to achieve the desired result. Central processing unit (CPU) is called the main processor of the computer.
These are the components of a computer through which we can get the desired processed data from computer. Examples of output device are Monitor, Various types of Printers, headphones etc.
When we open a computer mother box, we can see different other things inside the component box.
MOTHER BOARD :
It is a small thin plate of circuit designed board which contains CPU, memory, Connectors, Hard drive, Optical Drive, Expansion cards or PCI cards and their designated ports. This part connects with all the system components directly or indirectly.
Inside mother board CPU is a main component. It controls all functions of computer. If a system has a advanced CPU than its operational speed automatically increases.
RAM is known as Random access memory. It is one type of short term memory of computer. It remains with the system until the system is on. If we switch of a computer than this memory will be erased by system. For example if we are writing something in word file than we have to save it in between. If suddenly power cut happens than we may loss our data. By saving the word file in between we are sending the data from computers RAM to hard drive. In hard drive the data remains intact even after switching of our computer.
It is the main storage area of our computer where we store software, documents other files.
It is the main component which controls power supply in our system. Its main job is to supply power to different parts of computer from main power supply.
To upgrade our system there are various expansion cards are required. These are called Peripheral Components Interconnecting cards or PCI cards.
In mother board build in slots are there to incorporate these changes in system by inserting suitable cards as per our requirement. Examples are video cards or graphic cards, Sound cards, Network cards etc.
GENERATION OF COMPUTERS
To complete our knowledge we should know types of computers and the generations of computers till date.
1st GENERATION (1940 – 1955) use of Vacuum Tubes:
In this period vacuum tubes are used in circuit of computers. It generates enormous amount of heat. Magnetic drums are used as computer memory.
The sizes of the computers were very big. Machine language like UNIVAC is used for these computers. It was not for general public.
2ND GENERATION (1956- 1963) use of transistors:
In this period transistors replaces vacuum tubes. Transistors were smaller in size and energy efficient than vacuum tubes.
It shortens the size of the computer and makes it faster. Computer language like COBOL and FORTRAN is used for computers.
3RD GENERATION ( 1964- 1971) Use of integrated circuits:
In this period integrated circuits replaces transistors. Transistors were integrated inside a silicon chip called semi conductors. It was faster in processing.
It made the computer more user friendly with Monitors, keyboards and operating system. Form this era computer is launched in market as business machines.
4TH GENERATION ( 1971- 1980) use of VLSI microprocessors:
During this period thousand of integrated circuits placed inside silicon chip in embedded form and microprocessors developed.
VLSI means Very large scale integrated. It increased the efficiency of the computer remarkably high.
5TH GENERATION (1981- 2002) use of ULSI microprocessors:
ULSI means ultra large scale integrated. In this period millions of circuits placed in a chip. It manifolds the efficiency of computer which we are using today.
New technology like speech recognition, parallel processing used by computer manufacturers.
6TH GENERATION (2003 Onwards ) use of artificial intelligence:
New computers with their own intelligence are the main structure of this type of computers. AI (Artificial intelligence) can enhance the machine capabilities to a new height.
Present day this technology is very costly and only government agencies are using it for enhancing their defence capability.
TYPES OF COMPUTERS
Now we will learn about types of computers.
This is the normal system of computers we are keeping in our home, used in our schools, business and personal use.
This type of computers comes with Monitor, keyboard, mouse, computer case, UPS.
These are miniaturized computers with self battery powered. These are portable computers in nature and can be easily transferred from one place to another.
These are hand held computers. It is smaller than a laptop and can be used with your hands. These comes with touch sensitive screens, touch pads, navigation system. Example are iPAD.
These are one type of more powerful computers which are used to control and manage a number of other computers, programmes and data.
Smart Phone :
These are phones with advanced features in it. These are one type of computers with internet connection and various apps to connect with large Personal computers and servers.
These are also one type of computers with which we can play video games in our computer and TV.
Now a days TV not only plays the normal role but comes with different apps, applications with internet connectivity and voice input. Also comes with internal memory for various application uses.
Different types of gadgets we wear in our day to day life for our health and entertainment purpose are one type of computers. These gadgets come with memory and operating chip inside.
Robots are also one type of computers built to assist human in their jobs. Starting from car manufacturers to defence agencies of various governments are working in this field.
APPLICATION OF COMPUTERS
We are using computers in various activities of our day to day life.
Computer increases our learning performance. Today everything comes online. Various online courses are there to develop our knowledge and enhance our educational quality.
Today computer helps in diagnose our ailments. Different computers and body scanners are used by medical practitioners to help us treat better and early.
Even artificial lambs with chips are there to help disabilities.
Science and research :
Computer is used for various scientific researches, exploring our universe.
It helps various scientists and research institutes to collaborate with other institutes globally.
Business and banking:
Computer helps us to keep our money safe and transferring it from one area to another without any hustle. It helps us to do cashless transactions.
In business it helps to increase productivity, competitiveness, marketing, retailing and stock trading.
It helps in develop our movies, media contents and web/ TV serials.
Today with the help of it we can access any TV content online and various other entertainment sources at any place anytime.
Computer helps to safe guard our country. With the help of it we control our defense forces and assets.
With the help of computers and artificial intelligence our defense satellites and drones work better. In future robots will go to war.
With the help of computers various departments in government work. Traffic, Tourism, Information and broadcasting (media), natural calamity monitor and control, education, defense forces mobilization and other activities are carried out properly with the help of it.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF COMPUTER
Computers can do multiple tasks in a very limited time frame. It can perform multiple operations, problems and equations at a time.
It can accept millions of instructions per second.
With its speed it can help in completing our task in time. It can help to achieve our target rapidly and consistently. It can perform and execute operations very fast.
It gives us low cost solution to our various problems. Saving man hours, cost of using labor etc. It helps us keep our valuable and more quantity data in smart way by using cloud tech.
Computer performs faster and gives accurate data than man. With the help of this accuracy upto one part of trillion times can be achieved to take various satellite projections in time.
With the help of it we can store our data/record in a number of secure places and can keep back up of it. But manually the records may be destroyed and worn out with time.
Computer can perform the job of various labors with very low cost. Hence companies install various computers to do jobs of man. It is harshly effecting employment of a country.
Prone to virus attack:
A computer virus is a destructive program which may harm your computer and steal your data. So extra precautions need to be taken by computer users.
Like, antivirus installation, carefully opening email attachments, carefully using USB devices and pen drives and cautiously opening infected websites are some precautionary steps to be taken by users.
Prone to hacking:
In computer environment hackers can hack your system and steal your data and can blackmail you.
Hence extra precautions like strong password and updated software are needed to be used by users.
Online Cyber crimes:
Various governments around the world have developed legal action against various cyber crimes. Cyber stalking, Identity theft, online transaction frauds are some examples of it.
It has no IQ of its own. It depends on user’s instructions and programs to complete its task.
No Feeling/ emotions:
Computer is a machine, that’s why it has no feelings and emotions of its own. It is not attached to human emotions. But some robots are now created using artificial intelligence can imitate emotions.
Today you learn about computer and its usefulness, its different parts, types of computers, generation of computers, various applications of computers, advantages and disadvantages of computers.
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Laptop and computer both are an essential part in today’s life style. Requirement of this is unlike food, shelter and clothing of basic items in life.
So i bring this article on Laptop and Computer buying guide which will help you to decide how to buy a laptop and computer.
LAPTOP AND COMPUTER BUYING GUIDE
Starting from education, lifestyle, entertainment, business, socialization in every field of life we need it.
So this article Laptop and computer buying guide will enhance your knowledge on both these products.
Basic features of laptop and computer are as follows:
The features of it are basically divided into two main parts (i) Physical (ii) internal
First we will see the physical features of laptop and computer:
In physical features appearance or display is the main part of attraction.
When the father of computer Charles Babbage invented computer, it was a size of two storied building.
But today we can’t even think of something big like a box to keep in our house as a computer.
The main elements of physical features are compact, beautiful and stylish.
Laptop and computer Display:
When we see any computer we see to its screen/display. If we have to carry it with us to various spaces than light weight and small display is required.
For students we should go for small 13 inch laptops. For business related activities slight bigger laptop about 17 inches is preferable.
Because students can carry their laptops in their bags and can roam around various school/college campuses throughout the day.
But for business related activities slight larger screen can be beneficial for displaying projects and various business strategies.
If we are keeping laptop/desktop only for home than bigger screens 24 inch and above will be beneficial for longer working time and better eye site.
Also we should go for LED or OLED Monitors for better performance and energy saving.
Now rotation Laptops come with 360 degree rotation, 180 degree and foldable like note pads hence If you are a junky in laptop, you should go for this type of features.
But if for normal use than don’t go for such screens and buy simple screen.
Laptop and computer Weight:
When it comes to weight, in other items people prefers more weight. But in Laptops and desktops we prefer light in weight.
In general light weight laptops are more handy and transportable. So at the time of buying go for light weight Laptops.
Today desktops are also very light in weight as compared to the 90’s computers. Due to technological advancement in future we can see desktop PCs in our hand.
Go for plane inline keyboards of laptops. Some laptops also comes with outward keyboards.
In this type of keyboards in future you may face key loss due to some mishandling. But inline keyboards are sticky and useful.
Backlit keyboard features are also useful during night time for typing. Scissor switch mechanism is used for laptop keyboards which is brilliant in action.
For desktop compact keyboards with 101 key will be useful. There are mainly two types of keyboards for desktops.
One is wired and standard another one is wireless and compact. Multi functional keyboards are also there for better and optimum use of keyboard.
Today some laptops come with touch screen and touch pad. We can prefer this type of laptops. But touch screens use more power.
Also high quality processors are required for this. More RAM also preferable for this type of laptops. Hence think carefully before buy.
Central processing unit is very essential part of laptop/desktop. It works as a brain of a system. It manages all the activities carried out by the computer.
It controls inputs and give outputs as desired by the user and carry out the internal task of a system. In laptops C2D (core to duo) or multi core processors are preferable.
Multicore means multiple controling units. So in single processing units only one core or CPU is there but in multi core various processing and controlling units are there for fast action.
At present Dual core , Quad core and Octa core processors are there for laptops/ desktops. For example intel core i3, i5 and i7. Again in them generations are important.
If its generation is advanced than company must have upgraded it and it is useful to buy.
Hence go for a higher version of CPU with latest generation so that u can keep it and use it for a longer period of time.
Size of the desktop CPU matters.
Today very compact design CPU are available in market which looks like a small portable cabinet and can be easily placed at any corner of your house.
In storage requirements we need a more powerful RAM to operate smoothly. Now what is called as a RAM.
Basically there are two types of memories in computer. One is RAM and other one is ROM.
RAM is called Random access memory and ROM is Read only memory. RAM is a form of computer memory.
In RAM we can erase memory and write new programs instantly. It can be used a number of times. By switching on and switching off the memory is created and again erased by system.
It is volatile in nature. It is typically used to store working data and machine code.
It allows data items to be read or write in most the same amount of time irrespective of the physical location of the data inside the memory.
But in other data storage devices such as HDD, CD-RW, DVD-RW and other magnetic tapes and drum memory, the time required to read and write data may very according to the medium and mechanical features of the device.
At the time of purchasing Laptop/ Desktop, RAM capacity matters. Now a days 4GB RAM is minimum and provided by company in their systems.
But according to your purpose you can extend it by telling to your vendor. Like if you require system for gaming and coding purpose than RAM capacity may be increased from 4GB to 8GB or 16 GB.
There are mainly two types of modern RAM. One is SRAM (Static ram ) and DRAM (Dynamic RAM).
SRAM is expensive but uses less power and faster than DRAM. So we must go for SRAM.
But in ROM the full form itself suggests that read only memory. Even after switching off the system the memory will not be deleted.
The programs which we write in this will be saved and can not be deleted. It will help activation of programs faster.
So that we can access them instantaneously. Computers have very less ROM space.
Laptop And Computer Hard Disks:
Thank god! Our technology in this field are so improved that large amount of data are stored in just some millimeters length of hard disk.
For example HDD(Hard disk drives ) and SSD (Solid state drives).
Let me explain the features of HDD. HDD is a type of storage device. HDD first invented by IBM in the year 1953.
Its first commercial use is started in the year 1957. It created a new level in the computer data hierarchy. Basically HDD devided into two categories.
One is external storage device and another one is internal. In laptops or desktops internal HDD are used.
But for other storage purposes we can use external storage devices if our system data capacity is low or about to fill.
You can get HDD external storage devices of various ranges starting from 256 GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB etc.
In future HDD will be replaced by SSDs. Because SSDs are fast and durable. At present SSDs are expensive than HDD.
In best systems maximum 256GB SSD are provided by companies. But in future SSD will be rule the computer system environment. It is advisable that you should go for SSD hard disk in system.
With the help of SSDs you can perform the transfer of files and data in a very fast and effective way as compared to HDDs. You also can opt for SSHD, which means both use of SSDs and HDDs in your system side by side.
Laptop and Computer expansion cards like Graphics Cards:
It is also known as video cards. If you want to play video games than graphics cards will be an important feature of your laptop/desktop.
Approximately 4GB graphics cards will be a good choice for your laptop/PC. Also for video editing purpose graphics cards are useful.
There are two types of graphic cards as per its setup in system. One is integrated graphics card and another one is dedicated Graphics card.
In integrated graphics card computer uses your internal memory space from RAM which will make your computer slow.
Hence always go for dedicated graphics cards. In dedicated graphics cards system memory is not getting consumed during operations.
Laptop and computer -UPS/ Backup system:
UPS stands for uninterrupted power supply.
For Laptops UPS is not required. In laptops internal battery is provided by system. If you buy good quality product than it may give you 4 to 5 hours battery backup and working time.
Gradually the battery back up will drain and working time will reduce to 2 hrs approximately. In about 5 yrs of use you should change the battery of your laptop to keep it in working condition.
For Desktop PCs UPS is an essential element. In desktops a good quality of approximately 1 KVA power may be used for better back up of power supply system.
It will give approx 15 to 30 minutes of battery backup during power failure. To avoid breakdown of system uninterrupted power supply is required for desktop PCs. Hence buy good quality of UPS.
In case of poor quality of UPS your system operating system may crash and you have to install it again. So be careful.
Assembled and OEM provided:
OEM provided PCs and Laptops where both its hardware and software are provided by the company itself is effective and trustworthy.
Hence go for OEM provided PCs and laptops. But if you are purchasing assembled PCs, than you have to be more cautious of fraudsters.
Also different genuine softwares need to be purchased from vendors for uploading in your system. Without genuine software your valuable data may be lost or stolen.
Today various other supporting equipment are issued along with main system like Headphones, external hard disks , carry bags, extra keyboards and mouse by various vendors.
Along-with this check for warranty extension and software support by vendors before buying laptop and computer.
So through this article Laptop and Computer buying guide you might get a comfortable idea on how to decide which one to buy.
Now you can decide yourself that which product will be good for you and which one you can buy.
In my future articles i will tell you all about some good products to buy and its technical specifications.