Do LCD monitors last as long or better than a CRT monitor?

By erwin1978 ยท 13 replies
Apr 3, 2002
  1. Do LCD monitors last as long or longer than a CRT monitor? I have a monitor that's almost 4 years old and not a day that goes by when it's not used. The picture quality is has gotten a bit blurry and not as bright as my other monitor. I'm guessing this is because the phosphors are wearing out. Since LCDs don't use phosphors, I would guess they can last forever.

    I wish I had the money to get a flat panel monitor; I'm afraid my CRT monitor could be emitting harmful radiations and I won't know about it until it's too late.
  2. SleeperDC

    SleeperDC TS Rookie Posts: 184

    i guess no one knows...LCD monitor are only out on mass market for a year or two, while people are using CRTs from day one.

    but i really feel CRTs last longer.
  3. SleeperDC

    SleeperDC TS Rookie Posts: 184

    just got informed.

    LCDs might have black dots (non-working LCD dots) as time goes.
    that means you will see some dots without color somewhere on your screen.
  4. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    Well, my thought would be that LCD's would last a longer because there is no tube burning. Sure pixel's can go out on an LCD monitor but its better than a tube going out. You can still use an LCD monitor even it has 50 pixels out. If the tube goes out on a CRT its all done..
  5. T-Shirt

    T-Shirt TS Rookie Posts: 289

    Nope, the black dot syndrome (dead pixals) will make it unusable much sooner than a similar quality (but still much cheaper) CRT.
    The big advanages are smaller footprint, less heat, less electricity,.
    Oh, and coolness:cool:
  6. XYZ359

    XYZ359 TS Rookie Posts: 113

    I agree with T-Shirt...

    But, to sum it all up, which is better?

    CRT or LCD?

    (I would really like to know before I get another monitor... Is it also based on personal preference?)

  7. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    I dont know what this Black Dot syndrome is all about but Ive been selling LCD's for almost 3 years and I have never heard of one going bad over time. This goes for the 20 display model monitors that are on 13 hours a day everyday. Some of them are over 3 years old and they still look perfect.

    Meanwhile, I or probably see 1 or 2 CRTs per month go bad..
  8. T-Shirt

    T-Shirt TS Rookie Posts: 289

    Well, wait until one developes a (or 5 or 6 bad pixel) and then go through the warranty BS ("you have to have 9 or more in this pttern, we don't believe 6 in the center of the screen is a problem")
    Then you will Know!
    that being said quality is much better than it used to be, and Yes, theroreticly (if not abused) the electronics (transistors, LCD's, etc. SHOULD last much longer than CRT's.
  9. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    Oh yeah, I know the whole deal with the replacement policy. I sell them so I need to disclose the replacement policy.
  10. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Posts: 1,006

    Well LCD has come a long way but still has a long way to go. LCD's are great for most things except playing games. An LCD monitor cannot refresh fast enough at high frame rates. If you have a GF 4 and are a hardcore gamer, you want CRT. Personnally, I will stick with my CRT for a long time to come !
  11. SleeperDC

    SleeperDC TS Rookie Posts: 184

    LCD has it's advantages, but not for gamers.
  12. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    TFT screen have come a long way. Laptops from dell now have the option to have an Enhanced UXGA screen which provides -higher brightness & contrast ratio, wider viewing angles than normal TFT displays with faster response time.
    But I recently upgraded my monitor and I opted for a 19" CRT. Its still the best option for gamers at present ;)
  13. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 672

    Having a 19" monitor at home and having the experience of moving it around a few times, get the LCD. It's portable, saves you tonnes of space and right now, it's surprisingly quite affordable; unless you're aiming for a 19" :D

    I was skeptical last time becoz they said that the LCDs weren't that suitable for gaming, especially FPS. But I was wrong when I saw a shop owner playing FIFA on it. It was clear enough for me. I'm sure it'll be quite ok even while playing a FPS game.

    However, having seen 4 LCDs next to a normal 17" CRT monitor, the LCDs still lack the sharpness CRT monitors have. Either that or it's the LCDs calibration/settings.

    Anyway, if it helps, Toms Hardware has reviewed a couple (14) LCD monitors. It's well worth the read. The article even tells you what to look for when choosing an LCD.
  14. ss1

    ss1 TS Rookie Posts: 94

    Well I just returned a Philips 105s 15" TFT Monitor because of one dead pixel. Philips wanted at least 6 dead pixels before I could get a replacement.

    Hopefully the 15" TFT monitor I buy won't have a dead pixel. Any suggestions?

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