Not only does should this dramatic weight differential apply to safety concerns, but to
stability as well. Heavier monitors require larger and heavier desks to support them.
And don't expect many of your employees to single-handedly move these peripherals
around without help from others and risks to everyone involved.
Desktop real estate is a valued commodity among your colleagues, as well. They may be
overjoyed at the notion of getting a CRT monitor upgrade from an old 14-inch monitor to
the new 17-inch standard. But upon delivery, their joy may turn to dismay as they see
their desktops diminish considerably.
In fact, if you are buying a CRT monitor, you can count on chewing up as many inches in
depth as you get in screen size. For example, a 14-inch monitor is usually 14-inch
deep. Likewise a 21-inch monitor will gobble up nearly two feet of the desk's surface.
The footprint of a FPD, however, doesn't expand with screen size.
Additionally, many corporations have found that with the replacement of CRT with FPD
has allowed them to put more people in the same space.
FOR THE EYES ONLY
Easier on the eyes? My tests have found that with the higher refresh rates of FPDs, the
eyes are comfortable for a longer period of time. The flicker-free factor is just
another advantage that the end user will adore. And, for those of us over age 40, the
flat screens are especially easy on the eyes.
Flat panel displays have already become standard operating equipment in jobs where
people have to see and react quickly. Stock brokers and others who make a living on
quick turns started using these displays several years ago, when prices were three
times as high as today's.
And if you ever need to photograph or make a video of a screen, the FPD doesn't blink.
For use in corporate training videos or promotional material, the absence of the
chronic scrolling refresh lines will be a welcome relief.
Also, some flat panel monitors offer functions like flipping between portrait and
landscape modes. This creates full-sized page layouts for more normal views of the
types of documents most people work on, like a word processing page, a brochure, or a
long spreadsheet. Instead of a view that only shows half of a letter-sized page, with
plenty of blank room on the margins, you'll see a full page neatly arranged to the way
most people work. We recently tested units from NEC, Iiyama, Mag Innovision, and Advan
that included the flip function as a standard part of the FPD.
Flat panels can even become touch-screen displays thanks to the efforts of people like
MicroTouch. This firm partners with major manufacturers to create touch enabled
monitors from either CRTs or flat panel screens.