A report (client reg. req.) published today from Meta Group shows how LCD screens (17-inch) are fast becoming the de facto standard for desktop PCs and tells why:
- Procurement costs for flat-panel LCD monitors have dropped 60%-65% during the past two years
- During the typical PC desktop life cycle of three to four years, the energy savings will aid in reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) - even more so considering most LCD monitors last for at least five years
- They generate lower heat and emission levels
- Flat-panel displays typically have less screen flicker or are flicker free. Not only does this provide sharper, clearer images, but it also contributes to end-user satisfaction by reducing glare, thereby reducing eye strain and enhancing productivity
- They reduce office clutter
- They emit very little electromagnetic radiation
- With more regulatory mandates coming into force, flat-panel displays provide the added benefits of being safer and less expensive to dispose of at the end of their life cycle
The report includes a TCO comparison between a 15" CRT and a 17" LCD monitor which considers purchase price, energy cost, asset disposal, and office-space cost differential. The difference? $480 for the CRT compared to $360 for the LCD.
Note that the cost savings wouldmultiply for those workers using a two or more monitor set-up.