Not long ago, there were two ways in which to view a movie: at an actual movie theater, or in one's home on a television. Within recent years, however, viewing movies on many other media, including computers, cell phones, tablets, and laptops, has become more commonplace.
This development is largely thanks to the development of streaming technology as well as to the increased popularity and availability of LCD panels. Besides being more accurate, less cumbersome, and exponentially more energy-efficient than their predecessors, LCD panels are also now the most popular television screen as well. Laptop screens and other LCD panels are ideal for watching films because of the quality of the image in combination with their compact size and light weight. Before shopping, it is advisable to educate oneself on the definition of LCD panels, their many uses including the watching of films, where to find and purchase them, and how to shop on eBay.
What Does LCD Mean?
LCD stands for liquid crystal display and refers to flat-panel displays, electronic visual displays, and video displays that use the liquid crystal technology. LCD does not emit direct light; rather, the images are displayed through light modulation of the crystals. LCD displays both arbitrary and fixed images. Arbitrary images include computer screens, while fixed images refer to such items as alarm clocks, where images are either visible or hidden depending on the setting. Such settings on a clock include AM versus PM and the numerical display that changes based on the time. While the technology is the same for arbitrary and fixed images, arbitrary images rely on a great many small pixels, and fixed images utilise larger elements.
In the past, televisions and most other electronics used cathode ray tubes (CRTs). These have been all but replaced by LCD displays, which find use in computer monitors, televisions, gaming devices, instrument panels, airplane cockpits, video players, and much more. As LCDs do not produce their own light, they do require backlighting for all non-fixed images. Although the technology was first discovered in 1888, it was not until 1978 that the first liquid crystal display was created. By 2008, LCD televisions were purchased by nearly half of consumers who bought a television that year.
Advantages of LCD Screens
There are many factors that give LCD screens the advantage over other technologies. LCDs are compact and lightweight, and can be made in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. LCDs use at least fifty percent and up to ninety percent less power than CRTs use. When used as a computer monitor, LCD screens, which are run from the computer's power source, will power down when not in use, saving money on electric bills. Additionally, because of several technical components, LCD provides a very sharp image with no risk of picture bleed.
Disadvantages of LCD Screens
Despite all these features, LCD screens are not without their issues. First of all, because of the manner in which an LCD screen projects an image, the angle at which the viewer is watching affects the quality of the experience. Additionally, when total blackness is meant to be displayed, the way in which the crystals project images do allow for some light seepage. Viewing on LCD screens in direct sunlight may also prove difficult. In older LCD screens, backlights may become dim, causing a poorer picture display.
Why Choose LCD instead of Plasma?
With the near-extinction of CRTs, monitors and screens are primarily LCD or plasma. So why should one choose LCD over plasma? Both LCD and plasma provide sharpness and clarity far superior to what is possible on CRTs; plasma screens, however, have less picture lag and do offer a sharper resolution when it comes to high-definition viewing. On the other hand, plasma screens require far more power usage than do LCD screens because plasma screens use self-lighting pixels instead of having a backlight. Since computers and televisions are run for extended periods of time, the cost of energy usage is a significant consideration.
Another downside of plasma screens is burn-in. Images can be permanently etched in the screen because the display is made of glass, unlike LCD screens. Moreover, LCD screens use more pixels in each concentrated area, a feature that is especially helpful in data display. Finally, when it comes to costs, while plasma and LCD computer monitors are close in pricing, larger displays such as televisions increase the cost of plasma significantly, making the LCD screen a more budget-conscious choice.
How to View a Film on a Laptop
When a laptop has an LCD display, one can view films in the comfort of one's home or on the go, in the car, airplane, or pretty much anywhere. There are a number of ways to watch a film on a laptop computer: using the DVD/ROM drive, watching a film saved on the laptop, or using Wi-Fi and streaming a film.
Watching a Film on a DVD or CD
To view a film on a laptop from a DVD or CD, one must first power the laptop on, then insert the disc into the CD/DVD-Rom drive. The user will now need to select from a number of programs, including Windows Media Player and RealPlayer. Once the program is open, the film should play automatically. If the laptop does not have a program for playing discs, one can be downloaded.
Watching a Film Saved on the Laptop
To view a movie that has been saved on the laptop's hard drive, the operator must first locate the film on the computer. After determining the location of the file, the next step is to right-click on the film and choose "open-with" from the drop-down menu. Finally, the viewer must choose between the available programs for playing the film. As with DVD programs, these are available for download.
Watching a Film Using Streaming
There are several ways to stream films to a laptop computer for viewing. Firstly, if the laptop owner subscribes to cable, many companies offer streaming as part of cable packages. To learn more about the possibility of streaming from the cable provider, one must visit the cable company's website for more information. Another way to stream movies on a laptop is to subscribe to Netflix or other subscription-based streaming services. For a flat monthly fee, users can stream unlimited movies and other programs to televisions, laptops, and other devices. Finally, laptop owners can stream films and other programs from Hulu and YouTube.
There are three main ways for viewing films on laptops, and countless films available for viewing on the LCD screens of laptop computers. Using laptops to view films is a great way to enjoy entertainment content whether at home or away.
How to Buy Laptop Screens and LCD Panels on eBay
To purchase laptop screens and LCD panels on eBay, utilise the search bar found on most eBay pages and carry out a simple keyword search, such as 'laptop screen' or 'LCD panel'. Generally, the resulting list of items will be far greater than you need. An easy way to narrow it down is to further restrict the search by adding more keywords, select a category within the search results such as TV and home audio accessories or televisions, or select another qualifying label such as price point, item location, or preferred shipping method. The condition of the laptop screen or LCD panel is also a deciding factor. If you are only interested in purchasing a new laptop screen, selecting 'new' will eliminate all used laptop screens from the search results.
Once you have found a listing, take the time to read all of the details carefully. If photos are provided, compare them with the written description. Pay close attention to all requirements related to payment and shipping. If you wish to ask the seller a question about the listing, click on the seller's name to be redirected to the eBay feedback page. You can also read feedback from past buyers on this page. Using eBay to find a laptop screen or LCD panel is a great way to search through a number of possibilities to meet a wide variety of needs.
When purchasing a laptop screen or other LCD panel, the potential buyer should take the time to learn the basics of LCD technology as well as the various options for purchasing. Whether one is seeking a laptop screen, television, computer monitor, or other LCD screen, information is essential for making a well-informed purchase. In addition to learning about the technology and its applications, anyone looking to purchase a laptop screen or other LCD panel should learn about the various features available in all of the price points.
Regardless of whether one chooses to make a purchase at a box store or online at an online marketplace such as eBay, learning all of the possible options will create the best purchasing experience. With just a little bit of research, those looking to purchase a laptop screen or other LCD panel for the express purchase of viewing films should be able to do so with confidence.