Traditional CRT monitors have been quickly replaced by the thinner, brighter, more crisp monitors we see more and more commonly today. TFT LCD monitors, which is short for Thin Film Transistor Liquid Crystal Display - say that ten times fast - are known for their sleek, light builds. While TFT displays are superior to their predecessors in many ways, there are still a few advantages and drawbacks that a potential buyer should be aware of before pulling out his or her hard earned cash.

Pros of a TFT Display

• Sharpness of picture. TFT displays are known for crisp and vibrant colors. This is because instead of having images projected as with CRT monitors - which can cause blurring - a TFT display has thousands of individual light sources.

• Environmentally conscious power use. TFT displays can use up to half of the power of a traditional monitor. This is a huge energy and money saver, particularly for large offices that require the use of a lot of monitors.

• Weight, size, and overall ease of handling. The significantly reduced size and weight of a TFT monitor means that it can be carried and situated onto a desk far, far easier than older, bulkier CRT monitors.

Cons of a TFT Display

• Viewing angles. While recent developments have made this issue far less significant than it was even just a few years ago, viewing a TFT monitor from an awkward angle will still result in a distorted or less-than-perfect image.

• Static resolution. This means that the resolution of a TFT monitor typically cannot be changed. Fortunately most newer monitors of this type offer high definition displays.

• Accuracy of colors displayed. LCD monitors have difficulty being properly "tuned" for color, particularly strong blacks and bright whites. For example, it may take some tweaking on behalf of the user before a TFT monitor will accurately display the spectrum of colors on an image as they will be printed out.