A Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitor is also called a flat panel. Before the LCD, there were CRT Cathoid Ray Tubes, which were similar to the analog televison. CRT’s were big, bulky and most had a curved viewing area. Later the CRT upgraded to the flat screen look but were still big and bulky. The LCD is thinner and less bulky and the graphics capabilities outshine the CRT by one hundred percent. The LCD television can also be used as a computer monitor.