Hook Up Your Personal Computer to a Monochrome Monitor

Whether you want one for nostalgia sake or because you need a monitor that's compatible with your classic computer, a monochrome monitor could be what you're looking for. Take a look on eBay for a wide variety of monochrome monitors.

Which brands made monochrome monitors?

Some common brands of monitors include:

  • IBM: This company started in the early 1900s as a Computing-Tabulating-Recording company, and it has gone on to make computer hardware and software.
  • Apple: Apple is known for making a whole host of technology-based products, but in the 1970s and 1980s, it made mostly PC-related products.
  • Packard Bell: This company makes computers, monitors, and laptops. It is now a subsidiary of Acer.
  • Totoku: This company makes monitors for medical use.
How do you choose a used monochrome monitor?

The first thing you will need to consider is your intended purposes. Some screens are intended for medical use while other screens are intended for use with a personal computer. Deciding if you want an LCD or CRT screen will be another factor. LCD screens create sharper images, but you can find used CRT screens at a lesser price. You will also want to consider what kind of computer you intend to hook it up to if you are buying for a personal computer. Also, check to see if it is refurbished, new, or used. Refurbished means that the monitor has been checked and anything that is broken has been fixed. If a monitor is labeled as "used," then it hasn't been tested, so you're taking more of a chance on how well it will work.

What is the difference between LCD and CRT monitors?

LCD stands for "Liquid Crystal Display." It's often used in laptops and flat-panel computer screens, and it produces clearer images than CRT screens. In an LCD screen, liquid crystals rotate polarized light to create the image. CRT stands for "Cathode Ray Tube." It was often used in computer monitors and televisions screens until the LCD and plasma screens replaced them. This type of screen creates images by sending electrons from the back of the tube to the phosphors at the front of the tube.