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LCD Monitor Reviews

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These days, most computer users will choose an LCD when they are shopping for monitors. LCD monitors offer excellent image quality and they hardly take up any space. For those of you that previously worked with old-style, computer monitors that were bigger than your kitchen TV, this is a sigh of relief! You can expect to pay quite a bit when purchasing an LCD monitor but once you have it up and running in your home, you will forget the dent it made in your wallet!
Below are reviews of some of the popular brands in LCD monitors.

Samsung
Samsung monitors come with a hefty price tag. Their prices tend to be in the upper ranges of comparable monitors by other brands. When it comes down to it though, Samsung do great LCD monitors. If you are a gamer or do a lot of graphics work, you will be very happy with a Samsung monitor as they provide excellent picture clarity. Samsung monitors usually come with speakers built in to the monitor itself. This is not an option I prefer however for many consumers it offers convenience.

Dell
Dell monitors are very popular among computer users. In its upper ranges, Dell offers its UltraSharp line of LCD monitors. These monitors offer great image quality and come in average and larger than average sizes. Dell monitors usually give users a lot of flexibility by building in a wide range of ports into their monitors. This gives users the option of attaching external videos, computer games and other peripherals to the monitor. Some users have complained that the base of some Dell monitors are unstable. Be sure to check this is not the case with your model before you leave the store.

HP
HP LCD monitors are not rated among the best in LCD monitors but they are still a good option for the every day computer user. HP LCDs do offer a crystal clear image in most cases however they seem to struggle with clarity when movies are being played on them. The design of HP monitors are attractive and eye-catching. HP LCDs are fine as a first time LCD screen but if you use your computer for movie watching or gaming, then you may want to look for something else. Do leave room, however, for HP to improve on this in coming years.

Acer
Acer monitors are great functionally. They deliver a crystal clear picture, they are lightweight and they are practical. Whether you like your monitor to come with speakers is a matter of personal preference. Personally, I like my speakers separate from the monitor so on this point, Acer monitors get a “thumbs up” from me. There are some design issues with some Acer models. Users have complained that the stand for the monitor only allows for backward and forward tilt but not swivel. This poses somewhat of a limitation. Acer monitors can be found for a great price but this does not mean they are cheap. Acer gives you great value for money.

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Basic Photo Management

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The introduction of digital cameras and digital photos has allowed us the freedom to take photographs with complete freedom. We do not have to worry anymore about the cost of developing a roll of film or printing copies of photos for family members. The only limitation these days is perhaps storage for all of those photos.

If you haven’t found a good method of managing your photos, you may find that you have a problem finding the great photos that you have taken. There is nothing more frustrating than knowing you have a great photo but not knowing where that photo is. This can happen with hard copy printed photos but it can also happen with digital photos on your computer.

It is important to have some type of filing system for storing your photos. The system that works wonders for me is to store photos in folders according to the event at which they were taken. So, all of the photos from an event will go in to the same folder. I will then label that folder by date (yyyymmdd) and then with the name of the event, for example, “20081225Christmas”, or something similar.

There are a few editing tasks that most digital camera users find they need to do on a regular basis. Often, they want to adjust the lighting in a photo. Either the photo is too dark or too light. Another issue is, knowing how to crop photos. Have you ever taken a beautiful photo of someone only to look at it later and find there was someone in the background pulling an ugly face or making some type of symbol with their hands? This is the type of thing you would want to crop out. Also, you will often have photos that need to be turned 90 degrees so that they are right way up.

All photo editing software functions slightly different to another. Usually, when you buy a digital camera you are offered some type of free software that allows you to edit your photos. It is important to read through the basic instructions that come with this software to learn how to do the three basic editing tasks listed above. If you did not receive editing software with your camera, your computer usually has at least one program installed upon purchase that offers basic photo editing. With PCs running Windows software, Paint is that program. If you don’t already know how to do these tasks, check out the Help section in Paint (or other programs) to learn how to use these great features.


What is Skype and what do I need to use it?

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Skype is an excellent and revolutionary service that allows people to speak to one another just like they do on the telephone, only through the computer and the Internet.

Skype is very simple to use. It is free to download from the Skype web site (https://www.skype.com) and it is free to use with anyone else in the world that also has Skype on their computer. The great news does not stop there! Skype can also be used to make calls to regular business and house phone numbers as well as cell phones too. The price that Skype charges for these calls is absolutely rock bottom! International calls can be made to many countries for just 2 cents (Euros)! This was unheard of before Skype!

This technology has been a long time in the making. For many years, attempts were made to make phone calls through the Internet. The problem at that time was that there was not enough bandwidth so conversations would be dropped or reception was gargled. Paired with increasing amounts of bandwidth, Skype upped the standard and offered us a product that for the first time, made Internet phone calls feasible.

If your computer comes with built-in speakers and a built-in microphone, then you have everything that you need to use Skype. If not, don’t worry, you can still use Skype. You would need to purchase a headset with a microphone combined.

If you have family members overseas, Skype is a true opportunity to stay in touch and save money. Phone calls have never been so cheap! The thing to remember is that even if your family or friends overseas do not have Skype or a computer, you can still call them at extremely reduced prices by opening your own account with Skype and calling them.


What’s the fuss about plasma TVs?

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Plasma televisions are much like today’s fashion models; they are sleek, slim and very attractive. A plasma TV requires very little floor space. Gone are the days when TVs were chunky and bigger than any other item of furniture in the house. Flat screens and tiny electronic components mean that today’s televisions only need a little space on your wall.

Plasma TVs are the fancy, flat TVs that you often see hanging on the wall in homes these days. They are popular because they produce a crystal clear, high definition picture without any glare. They can also be configured to display your computer screen or video games. Plasma TVs are often paired with a good surround sound system to create the feel of having your own personal movie theater.

When buying a Plasma TV, do your research before you leave the house. Visit a price comparison web site to get an idea of what you should be paying. Secondly, when you have found a model you like, do a Google search to see what every day consumers are saying about it. Thirdly, ask around. Word of mouth is still a great way to get the “low down” on a product. If a certain model has a reputation for breaking down, you will hear about it!

The science behind plasma TVs is the use of neon and xenon gases to produce colour. Very much like a neon sign, miniscule tubes of neon are used to create the picture rather than the traditional pixels in older TVs and computer screens. Plasma technology produces a picture that is clearer than we have ever known as TV watchers.

Plasma TVs do have vulnerabilities. Screens are weak and susceptible to expensive or irreparable damage and they generally have a lower lifespan than traditional TVs. With time, neon tubes can lose their responsiveness or begin to leak.

Be sure to purchase an extended warranty and as much damage coverage as possible for your plasma TV. If you have a local retailer that offers to replace or exchange damaged items, this is the option you should choose when buying plasma as they can be very costly to repair.


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