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Windows 7: LED or LCD displays?

22 Jun 2014   #1
Amazing Aura

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
LED or LCD displays?

Monitors. I didn't know where else to post this. Are LED or LCD displays better? Which give the best picture? I know LCD displays have a more natural look, but what about LED? What's better for gaming?

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22 Jun 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

LCD and LED are one and the same.

LED just refers to the type of back right used.
Some tft monitors use cathodes which is a form of neon light.
these tend not to have very good grey scales and or blacks. they can also look a little washed out.

LED backlights are basically a panel behind the lcd full of hundreds of LEDs. this makes the display bright and vivid, as well as offering amazing black and white colours.

the main types of monitors avaliable are TN and IPS. both have pros and cons, TN tending to be the cheaper but often has faster responses.
IPS monitors look better, have better colours and better viewing angles, but are expensive in comparison.
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22 Jun 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

The opposite to LCD is plasma btw :)
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23 Jun 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-BIT

I have an LCD Monitor and don't know if it is using a Cold Cathode. My monitor is an HP w17e 17 Inch Widescreen monitor by the way
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23 Jun 2014   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

yours is a standard lcd tft using cathodes.

easiest way to tell is the contrast. LEDs tend to have say 1,000,000:1 where as a cathode tends to be 1000-10,000:1.
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24 Jun 2014   #6

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

LCD refers to the type of display screen technology, as Badger stated. Computer flat screen monitors use LCD display screens. All LCD screens need a back light.

For flat panel monitors there are LED back lights and Fluorescent back lights. Fluorescent is the older tech, very few if any fluorescent back light monitors are being manufactured today.

Cathodes were used in the old Cathode Ray Tubes - those old computer monitors that were very deep and looked like old TV sets used the Cathode Ray Tubes. You find these mostly in museums now.
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24 Jun 2014   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

I thought the flourecent back lights were known as cold cathodes??
as some companies deem the back light controller a cathode controller.
may just be a country to country thing though! as the neon strips for case modding are called cold cathodes by some shops in the uk.
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24 Jun 2014   #8

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

You are correct my friend!
(I had to look: )
LED or LCD displays?-capture2.jpg

I've always used the term CCFL, but never bothered to see what that acronym stood for.

I do believe that it is clearer to use the term fluorescent rather that Cold Cathode - for just this reason.

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