What’s The Difference Between An LED Monitor And An LCD Monitor

When it comes to computer monitors there are certainly dozens, even hundreds, of choices out there. From design specs to technology, there are so many different display types that it is truly helpful for buyers to understand a bit about each type. The two most common computer monitor technologies is of course LCD and LED.

Knowing a few basics about each type of screen is a great way to start the selection and comparison process.

Liquid Crystal Diode (LCD)

LCD technology is perhaps the most common and most widely used when it comes to monitors overall. This type of monitor does not emit heat as some other monitors that use light bulbs may. The technology works quite simply, this type of lighting uses cold-cathode fluorescent lights to light up your screen. This type of technology makes for much smaller emissions, less interference, and a better look overall.

Because these fluorescent lights are often very compact, it is possible for manufacturers to create very slim, very stream lined designs using LCD displays. These screens can be as thin as ½ an inch making for a very modern and sleek feel. These screens are also far lighter which is why LCD technology is commonly used in laptops and other portable computers.

Light Emitting Diode (LED)

An LED screen is another option when it comes to computer monitors. LED technology works on the principle of dozens of small bulbs behind the glass screen of your monitor. These bulbs are either spaced around the rim of the screen where they can emit light and picture to the center of the screen or they are evenly spaced along the entire screen.

LED is great for several reasons that are unique to this type of technology, first off, they are incredibly energy efficient. This means that they will save you money in the long run when it comes to powering your monitor. They also last very well and are incredibly bright so they work well for those that need a bit of extra help when it comes to seeing the screen.

Which To Choose?

Choosing your monitor is far more complicated than simply looking at the pros and cons of each monitor technology. Both are very efficient, both work well with portable and sedentary machines, and both are advancing and improving each and every day. Both give you great energy savings and clear visuals, and both are widely available for purchase.

There are some cons to each product however. Since LED screens work with micro bulbs, if one goes out, there is nothing you can do short of having your machine cracked open and worked on.

Likely, this will cost more than a new monitor making it a very cost ineffective machine for those that want something they can fix over and over. With LCD however, if something goes wrong with the fluorescent bulbs that light it, there is little that can be done to salvage.

Another issue with these tech types is that LED technology is often more expensive at the start than LCD so people tend to go for the cheaper option. Though that may seem like a great idea, it can also make for a very hefty bill when the LCD display wears out which they tend to do more often.

With any choice, it is important to review all the options prior to simply saying I will take this or that. Taking the time to consider your options and what they have to offer is the best way to get what you want.

+Katrina Matthews is a tech expert and product specialist for RackSolutions, manufacturer of custom racking solutions for businesses! She likes giving data center tips and advice on our blog.