Choosing A Child Computer Monitor

The second most important piece of hardware you need to buy is the child computer monitor. It’s a bit obvious, as without it your child won’t be able to do anything with the computer system.

Since the child computer monitor is the piece of hardware that deals with the display of the image, its worth to spend a while on choosing the best one.

The quality of the image, as well as some other factors I’ll mention below, is critical because the monitor is the most “dangerous” component of a computer.

No, it’s not dangerous as a bomb or boiled water. The danger comes from the fact that, over long periods, it can affect you child’s eyes and sight. Follow the advice below when choosing a child computer monitor and you’ll know how to choose the safest hardware for your kid. It might get a little technical, but it’s very easy to understand.

Factors to consider when choosing a child computer monitor

A child computer monitor that produces a clear image, without trembling is very gentle to the eye. It doesn’t require concentration when reading the characters or deciphering the images on the screen.

There are two types of computer monitors you can choose from: CRT and LCD. CRT monitors have a higher quality image, but they emit radiations that can hurt a child’s sight after prolonged exposure. LCD monitors don’t produce radiations, but the image quality is lower, they can have only one natural resolution and are more expensive. They are thin, occupying less space.

Older monitors weren’t al capable of doing this. The image trembled and from time to time you had to shut it down. After about an hour, the head started to hurt so bad that you couldn’t spend any more minute in from of the computer.

CRT Child Computer MonitorThe refresh rate is another important factor when choosing a child computer monitor. Basically, the images you see on the screen, the letters, movements and everything are created by the monitor by drawing successive image on the screen at a very high rate. The refresh rate represents the number or such images that are drawn in one second.

A refresh rate lower than 75 will give your child a powerful head ache. It’s best to buy a child computer monitor with a refresh of over 100.

The next factor to consider is the resolution. The resolution represents the number pixels (dots you see on the screen) displayed on the horizontal X vertical. 1024 X 768 or 1280 X 1024 are two examples. The child computer monitor you choose should easily support at least 1024 X 768, with a refresh rate of 85.

And last but not the least, you must also consider the look of the computer monitor. There are plenty of designs to choose from, but DON’T buy a white monitor. A black or gray monitor is much more suited.

Once you’ve chosen a monitor, the next thing you need to look for is a child computer keyboard.

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