How to Buy a Monitor

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Photograph: Rick Rizner

Everyone needs a good monitor to get the most out of a PC. But which monitor you need depends on several factors--what applications you use, how much room you have on your desk, how much space you need on a virtual desktop, and of course how much you want to spend. From standard-issue 19-inchers to 30-inch monsters, here's how to sort out what you need.

The Big Picture
We'll explain the advantages of LCDs, and tell you which monitors work best for what you do. more

The Specs Explained
We'll help you sort through the litany of options for LCD monitors. more

Monitor Shopping Tips
Ready to buy? Here's what to look for and what to avoid. more

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