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Crystal Clear

Sure, they're a little pricey. But it's plain to see that oversize flat-panel displays can be great investments for your business.

This story appears in the December 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Liquid crystal displays (LCDs) are fast nudging old-fashioned CRT monitors off business desktops everywhere. What you see are mostly cost-effective 15- and 17-inch displays that duplicate the viewing area of traditional monitors and are suited to regular business applications like word processing, Web browsing and e-mail.

But there are times when a still-larger LCD can spell enhanced productivity for an information worker. Not every entrepreneur and employee needs a 19- or 21-inch or larger display, but certain computing activities are a lot easier- can be completed more quickly- you can see more. Anyone dealing with legal-size documents or jumbo spreadsheets, or workers who need to tile two or more applications in separate windows, can benefit from the extra viewing room a large-size LCD provides. So can anyone in the graphic arts, where resolution is crucial. If that fits a job description or two around your organization, it may be time to start looking at larger displays.

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