Although a computer monitor is used as output display for our computer, it has several features which are often overlooked by us. And while shopping for LCD computer screens, especially recycled LCD monitors, we will get ripped off if we are not careful.
Why do people shop for recycled LCD monitors when there are brand new PC monitors? This is because second hand LCD monitors can be half or even a quarter of the original price, which is extremely cheap. While shopping for used LCD computer monitors, here are some shopping tips that you need to be aware of.
Length of Usage of used LCD Monitors
Always check with the seller about the usage length of the monitor. Ask him questions such as the daily usage of the LCD. Although there is a chance that the seller will lie about the usage length, use his answers as a rough guide. If possible, ensure that there is still manufacturer’s warranty on the computer monitor. At least you are able to send the computer monitor for free servicing should it becomes faulty after you used it.
The more hours the screen is used daily, the lower the price. However, if warranty is till in effect, that will boost the price of the monitor.
Size of LCD Monitors
This is probably the most important question which decides the price of the used LCD computer monitor. Typically, the standard size that most people are looking for are 17 inch to 22 inch.Any size bigger than 22″ will be uncomfortable to view in close proximity.
The norm is that the bigger the computer screen, the higher the cost of owning one. However, the features listed below, does affect the price of the LCD screens.
Computer Ports Connection
Before deciding on a purchase of the monitor, check if the type of video connection that the computer LCD is about to support. The typical video connections are VGA (Video Graphics Array), DVI (Digital Visual Interface) and HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
The image quality, from the highest to the lowest is, HDMI, DVI and lastly VGA. HDMI connection ensures that your LCD is displaying the best possible display image from your computer.
However, this does not imply that a VGA connection will give poor video quality from the PC. If you are using the PC for light gaming and office work, VGA is ample for your display needs. However if you are an extreme gamer or using your PC to watch blu-ray movies, ensure that your LCD monitor have DVI or HDMI connection to ensure that you have the best visual experience.
However, ensure that your PC’s video card has HDMI connection before buying a used LCD monitor with only HDMI connection. The price of a recycled computer screen is cheaper if it has only VGA connectors, with the add-on of DVI or HDMI, the price will increase.
Brands of LCD Monitors
The brand of the computer screens affect the pricing. A well known brand will have a premium tag attached to their stuffs. And this applies to second hand stuffs as well. A Sony LCD brand monitor will always cost more than brand XYZ’s monitor. Hence, to save on costs, shop for cheaper brands. Although you will feel more assure while using a Sony LCD monitor, it will not save your pocket.
Physical Condition of the used computer monitor
Another way to price a recycled LCD computer screen is the physical conditions of the LCD monitor. Usually, if the owner is careful enough, the LCD screen will not have any physical defects as it is usually left on the computer table. Physical defects such as cracks or scars, scratches which exists on the monitor itself will greatly affect the price. This is because we do not know what causes this accidents and physical damages could affect the working performance of the used computer LCD screen.
The last cheap used LCD monitors shopping tips is to request for a personal warranty from the seller before buying. This is to ensure that the used LCD monitors you purchase is in working condition after buying. the warranty usually ranges from 3 days to a week.