Modern LCD, LED and plasma flat panel monitors offer high definition picture quality, excellent brightness and superior contrast properties. They are everything the old CRT monitors were not. However, some of them have additional features that earn them the moniker “professional monitors”.

Liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors have improved proportionally more than any other monitor technology over the last ten years. Witness old laptop computer monitors’ poor viewability at an angle and the smearing caused by moving images due to the low latencies. Then look at a modern laptop that is free of all these foibles. LCD technology also remains the most affordable technology and many professional monitors are of this tried and tested type.

Professional monitors have added features aimed at executive use, like a swivel action that enables one to view it in both portrait and landscape modes. These monitors support numerous content management formats. They may make provision for interchangeable input modules to allow for different sources and may consequently display video and data content simultaneously. This makes them ideal to display information in public places. These monitors may be set up as part of a display network at visitors’ centres or exhibitions and may even feature network capabilities.

A whole range of mounting options is available for professional monitors. They may be made to stand on a desk, but there are mountings available to affix them to walls or ceilings. Some models’ sizes exceed 40 inches and they are usually made as thin and light as possible, to afford the user many setup options and freedom. Because they are often used in public spaces with good lighting, they offer exceptional brightness and contrast ratios as high as 4000:1. This makes for a brilliant, crisp display that is easy to read, even in venues with ample ambient light.