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Depending on what you're doing, you may or may not need digital video output for your LCD monitor.
I'm thinking of buying a TFT (LCD) screen. The model which I can afford only has analogue inputs, what do I lose out on if I don't have digital inputs?
I love my LCD monitor. I highly recommend them. Not only are they clearer than their older CRT counterparts, but in general they use less power and take up less space.
But what's the difference between an analog or digital input?
In a nutshell, the difference is sharpness.
An analog signal will be somewhat less sharp and has the possibility of some small amount of ghosting depending on the quality of the cable and connection to your computer.
Because there's no digital to analog and back to digital conversion - a digital signal avoids all that. The images will generally be much crisper and clearer.
If you're stuck with only an analog connection, either because your computer has no digital output or because your monitor has no digital connection, you may or may not notice. It depends on what you're doing, the quality of your video card, cable, and specific monitor.
Either way, it'll still be much better than a regular glass monitor.
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