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Although they were considered cutting-edge technology not so long ago, flat screen monitors and displays for computers and televisions are now standard on most new products. However, as is typically the case with technology, flat screen TV monitors are becoming more and more advanced and it can be hard to keep up with the current options.

The technology behind plasma screens has been around since the 1960s, but they only became cost effective in the late 1990s. At its simplest, plasma screens are made up of two glass panels with inert gases trapped between them. When heated up, these gasses are manipulated into the images you see on your screen. Liquid crystal displays (LCD) have a similar technology, but use liquid crystal instead of gas.

When considering what flat screen TV to buy, the first decision you will need to make is whether to get a plasma screen or an LCD screen. While plasma screens were very popular when they were first introduced, LCD are rapidly growing in popularity and now have a much larger share of the market. Both plasma and LCD screens have advantages and disadvantages. Plasma screens typically have sharper colors and better viewing angles, but they also tend to use more electricity than LCDs and are more likely to get scratched. They are also more expensive than LCD screens and typically have a shorter life-span than LCDs. LCD screens are usually lighter than plasma screens, so it also may be easier to hang these screens on walls and other places for easier viewing.

Once you have decided whether to get a plasma or LCD screen, you will need to look into sizes and brands. With TVs, the leading flat screen manufacturers include popular brands such as Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, and Samsung. Vizio and LG have also gained a large share of the flat screen market in recent years. Most of these companies make both LCD and plasma screens. Although products and personal preferences can vary, LG and Samsung have typically received very good reviews for their LCD products and Panasonic and Samsung have received some of the best reviews for their plasma screens. However, before purchasing a product, you should try to read as many reviews as you can on sites like cnet.com, amazon.com, and other shopping sites.

In addition to the type of screen and brand, you also need to consider what size and resolution of screen you need. The most important factor when considering which size and resolution is best is the size for the room that the flat screen will be in. Far too often, consumers pay extra for larger screens and higher resolutions that make little or no difference in their viewing experience. For the most part, the size of the screen simply depends on your preference. Screens come in all sizes, from 13 inches or less to 60 inches or more. When it comes to resolution, nearly all flat screens have High Definition (HD) technology. Typically, they will have either 720p resolution or 1080p resolution. In terms of pixels, 720p has about 1 million pixels per screen. 1080p has about 2 million pixels per screen. While this may seem like a significant difference and is when viewed up close or on large screen, the difference in resolution is not as noticeable when view on a medium sized screen (32-42 inches) from 10 to 15 feet away. That is to say, before paying the extra money for a 1080p flat screen, make sure that it will make a difference in your situation. Sometimes it might be worth it to get a 720p screen and save a few hundred bucks.

Other recent advances in flat screen technology include OLEDs and 3D TVs. OLED, Organic Light Emitting Diode, screens are ultra-thin, ultra-clear, and ultra-expensive flat screens. They have a very thin organic electron-transmitting materials that emit light and produce a high quality image. Although some OLEDs are currently available, they come with a high price tag. Another recent technology is the 3D TV. Like OLEDs, these come with a rather high price tag. They use recent advances in 3D technology but still need to be viewed with special 3D glasses. With both of these products, it is probably advisable to wait to buy them for a few years until prices go down and any possible bugs are fixed.

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