ViewSonics wireless Airpanel
Prices for flat-panel displays will continue
to drop as demand increases. Reviews for current offerings
can be found on the Web, but one piece of advice given consistently
is that you should see your dream LCD with your own eyes before
you buy itonly then can you judge whether you like the
screens appearance. While the space and power savings
of the LCD are advantageous, CRTs still offer value, high
quality, and proven technology.
If youre remodeling or building a new office and are
really ready to spend some money, you may want to look into
some of the wireless LCD displays. ViewSonics Airpanel
series has just come on the market, and others will soon follow.
When youre preparing to make financial arrangements
to acquire new workstations through financing or leasing,
look at the net monthly difference between getting CRTs or
LCDs. You may find that, on this basis, the price differential
between the two is insignificant, particularly if the energy
savings offered by LCDs is factored in.
To make the most of your new display, it must be matched
with the right graphics-adapter card. For CAD, photo imaging,
and Web surfing, most of the high-quality video adapters from
3dlabs, ATI, and nVidia with 32 megabites of memory will do
the job just fine for under $250. For high-end video editing,
animation, or rendering, look for specialty cards tailored
to that work. Check your software documentation for recommendations
on which graphics-adapter cards work best.
If you are considering attaching two monitors to a system,
there are graphics cards for that purpose. Manufacturers
Web sites usually have the latest driver upgrades and troubleshooting
software. If your software needs support for OpenGL or Microsoft
Direct3d, make sure your card supports it.