May 16, 2007

The Demise of CRT Computer Monitors

When my Mom died last month, I inherited her three-year-old Dell computer and newer 20" LCD monitor. I replaced my 21" Dell CRT monitor with the 20" Dell LCD because they both have 1600 X 1200 resolution, and the LCD takes up less space and uses less power. I also have a 17" Sony CRT and a 19" Sony CRT sitting out in the garage, so I decided to put all three CRT monitors up for sale. After a bit of research I discovered that you can barely give these units away!

Those three monitors -- the Sony 17" and 19" units, and the 21" Dell -- had an original combined cost of over $2,000, but I'll be lucky to get $100 - $150 for the lot these days. It's a shame because they're all excellent units, but it appears CRT monitors are dead. I know CRTs are still preferred for some applications, but those who need them already have them.

I hope tens and hundreds of thousands of CRT monitors aren't being dumped in landfills around the world. My city, Burnaby, accepts computer equipment for recycling at the Still Creek recycling center.

Posted by Paul at May 16, 2007 09:01 PM