Flat panel LCD monitors are becoming more popular in corporate offices because they provide several advantages over traditional CRT monitors. Not only do flat panel LCD monitors have a greater display resolution, which makes images brighter and crisper, but they also are lightweight, consume less energy, and take up less desktop space.
To simplify the process of gathering information and sifting through the available options for LCD devices, we created the Flat Panel LCD Monitor Pack. It consists of three tools that will help you determine what features you want and assess which vendors offer the products that will address your needs. The pack consists of a Gap Analysis Tool, a Vendor Selection Checklist, and a Vendor Reference Questionnaire.
A look at the tools
The Gap Analysis Tool allows you to identify any gaps in your current display technology. By comparing your present capabilities with those offered by LCD monitors, you can pinpoint where those gaps may exist. This tool lists product requirements, such as the ability to accept both digital and analog input, low disposal cost, wide aspect ratios, and flicker-free display. The tool also generates a gap report identifying areas where your current technology may fall short and explains the benefits an LCD solution might offer.
The Vendor Selection Checklist will help you identify which features are important to you and lets you rate how well particular vendors meet your criteria. Based on your responses, it generates an overall score for each vendor you're considering.
The Vendor Reference Questionnaire provides both standard and technology-specific questions you can ask references to find out how well the product has served their needs and how well the vendor delivered on its promises. The tool collects the answers you obtain from as many as six references and presents them on a comparison sheet for a side-by-side look.
Selecting the right display hardware requires you to consider a number of factors—from ergonomic characteristics to support for high resolution to power consumption and heat emission. The Flat Panel LCD Monitor Pack can help you collect, organize, and evaluate the data you need to make an optimum purchase decision for your organization.
Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior features editor for Tech Pro Research.