LED Vs LCD Computer Monitors

Except for one LED (Light Emitting Diode) computer monitor I am typing on right now I’ve never had a LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) computer monitor last over 5 years. The LED monitors are usually 15″ and very expensive for their size in the range of $500 to $900. My 15″ square LED monitor cost $400 around 10 years ago but is still going strong. My 25″ wide screen LCD monitor just went black on me after 3 years so I’m faced with picking between another LCD with better image quality or an LED that is much more reliable

I’ve seen LED monitors in larger sizes but a quality LED monitor in a larger size is very expensive. You can get off brand LED monitors for a lot less but they use cheap electronic components so their reliability wouldn’t be that great. All the LCD monitors and monitors I’ve owned in the past before the flat panel LCDs have only lasted 3 to 5 years then “Poof” they go black.

Flat panel T.V. sets use the same technology as computer screens as far as “Backlit Displays” and “Pixelation”. Some T.V. sets are now set up as computer monitors and T.V. sets because the technology is so similar. LED TVs and computer monitors use far less energy and except for the life like image quality they are far superior than the LCDs in everything but life like image quality.

The image quality on LCD monitors is very superior and can’t be equaled by the LED monitors at this time. LED computer monitors are on the rise now with new technology arising that is making the picture quality of the LED monitors that of the LCD. This new LED technology is just starting to appear in T.V. sets. T.V. sets use the same backlit technology as computer monitors, but my problem has always been with computer monitors most likely because computer monitors are manufactured at as higher rate than T.V. sets due to demand of computers over T.V..

The difference between the LED and LCD is the back lighting. The LED uses “Light Emitting Diodes” that light up pixel areas that can last forever and the LCD uses fluorescent Cold-cathode lighting that lights up each individual pixel. Backlighting individual pixels gives more vivid colors and true life images but uses a fluorescent Cold-cathode backlighting that goes bad and not worth the cost of repairing. Purchasing a new computer monitor is more cost effective. The LEDs and the “Light Emitting Diodes” can last forever and your computer monitor may die from other electronic component failure before the “Light Emitting Diodes” fail.

The LED will give you more rich colors, but the LCD will give you a more life like image. More people are flocking to the LCD because of the image quality which lowers the cost of them, but LED displays are on the come back with better image quality.


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