How To Look After Your Laptop LCD Screen

6 February 2011

Ever since laptops came into existence, they have excited the mind and souls of those who love technology. Today, laptops sell far more units than desktops, worldwide. The biggest noticeable difference in a laptop from a regular desktop is the size. Laptops are so compact that it’s hard to believe they carry all that computing power that they actually do. Another advantage of laptops is the LCD screen that comes by default with every laptop.

The LCD screen, though now common even on desktops, made its first large scale foray into the market through laptops. What is an LCD screen is all about? How do you choose the right LCD screen? How can you take good care of your LCD screen?

LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. It is defined as “a thin, flat electronic display that uses the light modulation properties of liquid crystals.” While the detailed properties are beyond the scope of this article, laptop screenthe main thing that you need to know is the difference between your normal CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitor and the LCD monitor: the size, and clarity. Size is a huge factor, as LCD screens are very thin, and thus enable easy transportation and storage. LCD screens are the screens with the best clarity today, and it’s no wonder their usage is on the rise, with no signs of decrease. Apart from laptops, LCDs have a wide range of applications, such as television, gaming devices, clocks, telephones, and so on. They are easy to implement because of their compact size, easy portability, and reliability. Apart from all these, the major health benefit of LCD screens is that they cause less strain on the eyes compared to CRT screens. Also, LCD screens are more energy efficient and use less power than conventional CRT screens.

LCD screens deliver big in terms of quality too. Because the picture resolution (the number of pixels that fit along the length and breadth of the screen) is much higher, it results in clearer images. Most LCD screens support High Definition (HD) viewing. The difference HD makes is best experienced personally. Just get a movie’s HD DVD and pop it in your laptop and you’ll know. Manufacturers are beginning to develop proprietary technologies that promise to deliver even better clarity in terms of pictures. HP, Sony and Toshiba are in the forefront of proprietary LCD screen technologies today.

Being such a marvel of technology, LCD screens also require some special care. The major factor here is the dust-gathering ability of LCD screens. Because the screens are sleek and glossy, they gather dust, fingerprints and lint easily. If you do not clean the screen regularly, the dust is sure to obstruct your viewing experience, not to mention a risk of damage to your screen. Take care while cleaning your screen. Do not use an ordinary cloth that has been rinsed in tap water to clean your screen. Tap water often contains chemicals that might leave a white residue on your screen.

As a matter of fact, avoid using water at all. First of all, be sure to turn off your laptop before you begin cleaning the screen. Then use a micro fiber cloth to wipe the dust, fingerprints and any other particles off the screen. If you can afford to, get some laptop LCD screen cleaning solution, which comes in the form of a spray, and use it to clean your screen. Spray some solution on to the cloth and then wipe the screen in slow motion to clean it.

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