Standard or Wide Screen: Choose Your Monitor Wisely!

For some users, standard size of monitor is good and some feel satisfied with the wide screen monitor. The difference in choice depends upon the difference in need. Few of them enjoy watching movies, playing games and doing other activities in wide screen monitor.

For other users, standard size monitor suffices the need. Users, who need to work on documents or presentations, will be satisfied with the standard size monitor. Both the kind of monitors have pros and cons. It is you, who has to decide the kind of monitor for your needs. What we are talking about is—how to select the perfect monitor screen for your computer. Many factors come into play, while selecting the perfect monitor. Here you are!

Size:

Monitors are usually, measured based upon the diagonal. This doesn’t mean that a 19-inch standard monitor is same like a 19-inch wide screen monitor. For example, the height of a 19-inch standard monitor could be 11 inches and the width could be 15 inches. However, height and width of a 19-inch wide screen monitor could be 9-inches and 16-inches respectively. So, the monitor‘s diagonal size is misleading often. By now, you would have observed that wide screen monitor is bigger and shorter.

Compatibility:

Operating systems like Windows 7 and Mac OS X are compatible with both standard and wide screen monitors. In fact, most of the operating systems are compatible with both the kind of monitors. However there are programs, which do not really blend with wide screen monitor.

If your personal computer is too old, then buying a wide screen monitor without checking the compatibility will be a risky approach.

Widescreen monitor:

The name says for itself. Wide screen monitor accommodates bigger part of the program. If you’re working with spreadsheets, then you do not have to worry about the part of spreadsheet from being hidden on the screen.

Of course, the movies and games are worth playing in wide screen monitor, as these can be enjoyed in detail. Programs like Adobe Dreamweaver are easy to use in these monitors, as several panels of this program can be feasibly accommodated in these monitors.

Standard monitor:

Standard monitors serve better in other purposes. For example, if you are working on a document, it requires scrolling from top to bottom and vice versa. Wide screen monitor could be difficult to use in such cases, as those monitors are shorter. However, standard monitors are more comfortable to use for developing documents.

Also standard monitors are better than wide screen monitors, for some games.

Perhaps, it will be easier for you to make a better decision of buying the kind of monitor that will suit you the best.

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How to Watch TV on a PC

In general, the cost of cable tends to be between $40 and $100 when you don’t include the costs of Internet. Within a year, that can add up to as much as $1200, which is the cost of one month of mortgage for plenty of people.

Nowadays, many people are cutting their cable bill in favor of a cheaper, and in some cases, completely free, alternative. Here are few ways you can watch TV on a PC.

Hulu Plus:

Would you rather pay $7.99 to watch the shows you enjoy, or would you rather pay around $60 for a package hundreds of channels, 90 to 99 percent of which you will never watch? Most people would pick the cheaper option.

With a subscription to Hulu Plus, you will have access to unlimited streaming of all your favorite shows and movies, such as Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, and much, much more on your personal computer.

Hulu Plus truly has a wide variety of movies and shows available. They have classic movies, award-winning movies, and movies and shows you won’t find anywhere else, and all of this in HD as well.

Not only will you be able to watch TV on your personal computer, but you will also be able to watch TV on many other devices, such as your smartphone, tablet, iPod, and even your gaming consoles.

You can try out Hulu Plus for free for one week before you subscribe, and once you subscribe, you’re free to cancel the subscription any time.

YouTube:

When people go on YouTube, they typically want to watch music videos, the videos of the channels they’ve subscribed to, as well as viral videos. Despite the popularity of YouTube, there are a shocking number of people who do not know that there’s a section of YouTube where you can watch TV shows and movies.

You’ll find all your favorite TV shows as well as movies in almost every genre imaginable, such as comedy, romance, music, crime, science fiction, classic, family, horror, animated, drama, action and adventure, and even Indian Cinema. Most of these TV shows and movies cost money, ranging from about $2 to $15.

If you don’t want to spend money, you’ll find over 1000 free quality movies, such as Enduring Love and classics like Popeye.

For those who love anime, you’ll find a lot of free anime under the “Free TV Shows” section of YouTube. Fairy Tale and Age are just two of the anime shows you can watch for free.

NetFlix:

Netflix is another subscription-based service that allows you to watch streamed videos. This service, like Hulu Plus, costs $7.99 per month as well. However, one reason why you may want to choose Netflix over Hulu Plus is because they allow you to try out their service for one whole month instead of a week like Hulu Plus.

Otherwise, Netflix is generally very similar to Hulu Plus, as you can watch TV shows and movies on any device and you can cancel at any time you want as well.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can watch TV on a personal computer, and for much, much cheaper than the cost of cable. If you dislike the small screen of a personal computer compared to a TV, then you can get an HDMI cable and hook up your PC to your TV to watch your shows on the big screen.

This has been a guest post from Jayvee at Australia’s TV on PC website. If you’d like to know more about watching your favorite shows on your computer, tablet or laptop, then have a look at their site.

Things you must see while buying a Desktop

Purchasing computer for home or business purpose is a tough call and it becomes tougher with the exceeding number of choices that are prefaced in the market every day. In order to pick the best one around, you need to have thorough understanding of what you need in your PC. Below is a list of computer components that you should check before buying a computer.

Processor:

CPU is one of the most important components of your computer. The processor you choose for your computers will decide your PC’s shape, size and performance. In general, the higher is your CPU’s clock speed; the better is its performance and of course, the higher is its price. Another specification to check is the cache size. More cache size is always better. Core i3 and i5 processors offer 4MB cache whereas Core i7 processors give you 6 to 8MB cache.

If your PC’s requirement is limited to word processing, limited media playback, web surfing an Atom processor should work fine for you. However, if your PC has to handle high-end work or serious gaming, then you’ll need to have Core i5 or i7 processors.

Graphic Cards:

Graphics Processing Unit is responsible for whatever is displayed on your computer screen. Whether you watch videos or play games, a GPU is required to do it. Your computer has an integrated GPU, built on the motherboard or in CPU itself and if you are not interested in high-end games, then the in-built CPU will work perfect for you. However, if you have keen interest in high-end gaming, then need to have a discrete graphic card. NVidia and ATI offer a wide range of GPUs to choose from. If you are interested to buy one, you need to keep on simple thing in mind; the higher the number better will be the graphic card and higher will be its price tag. GPUs also depend on the size and brand of your motherboard. For gamers with generous wallet, its best to go for ATI’s Crossfire or NVidia’s SLI technology. A high-end graphic card will cost you in the range near about $150 to $350.

Memory:

If your computer is for a little more than normal web surfing, emails and word processing, 2GB RAM is well to do. More RAM allows you to run multiple programs simultaneously and it helps improve your computer’s speed and performance. Today, all computers generally come with a minimum 4GB of RAM (though small budget PCs may have 2GB or 3GB).

If your computer needs to handle serious multi-tasking or heavy games, then you need to have at least 4GB RAM. If you do image or video editing, your computer might ask for more (8GB or 16GB). If you are shopping for RAM, you’ll notice two different types: DDR2 and DDR3. Among the two, DDR3 is faster and more expensive.

Hard Drive:

Even the most basic PC should have at least 320GB or hard disk space (though small PCs start with a size of 160GB). Power PCs offer 2TB or even more with options to combine solid-state drive with a hard drive. If your data storage requirement is high, 750GB or 1TB is a fair size.

Keyboard, Mouse and Removable Storage:

Though small but these are also very important components of your PC. Removable storage like CDs and DVDs are necessary and nowadays we have Blue-rays to offer amazing video quality. Wireless mouse and keyboards are good to choose if you get irritated with the tangles on your computer desk.

If you keep these things in mind before buying your PC and choose your computer wisely, you’ll never regret your choice.

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