A thin, often lightweight video display used in computer monitors and televisions as an alternative to the cathode-ray tube. Flat-panel displays often employ liquid crystals or electroluminescent materials such as light-emitting diodes.
A thin display screen for a computer, tablet, smartphone or TV. The LCD technology is the standard, and the first LCD panels appeared on laptops in the mid-1980s. LCD monitors for desktop computers became available in the mid-1990s and exceeded sales of CRTs by 2003. For TV viewing, LCD/LED and OLED are the competing technologies (OLED is the latest). Plasma TVs are no longer made. See LCD, OLED, plasma display and flat panel TV.Digital Computer to Digital DisplayAlthough flat panel computer monitors accept digital inputs, entry-level PCs may still have older analog VGA outputs. Going digital all the way creates a sharper image (see flat panel connections).Know Your "Native" ResolutionFlat panel monitors have a precise matrix of rows and columns ("native resolution"). Most monitors have at least 1,080 lines (rows) of resolution to accommodate HD video, but business users and graphics designers often take advantage of 1,440, 1,600, 2,560 and more lines of resolution on premium, large-screen displays. See 4K monitor and 5K monitor.