A new article in the online publication New York magazine claims that some monitors are “more prone to water damage than others” and that some monitor manufacturers are “overpaying for water-resistant displays”.
In a piece entitled “It is hard to picture any monitor that you’ve owned that you have never used,” the magazine says the “high price tag” for some high-end monitors is partly due to the “cost of water resistance”.
“It’s no secret that the high-priced monitors often suffer from water damage, and the cheap ones are often made of water resistant materials.
This can make it harder for the monitor to stand up to repeated water usage, and, as a result, it often becomes increasingly difficult to monitor your work with a simple digital pen,” the article says.
The article adds that some “cheap and easy-to-use” monitors are also “significantly less water resistant than their high-profile rivals”.
“In fact, there are monitors that don’t even require a water resistant screen, yet they still require expensive accessories to protect the screen,” the report says.
It goes on to say that monitors are usually made from glass, which is “a highly porous material” which can “frequently become water-based in a short period of time”.
“This is why you may have found that the cheap monitor is more prone to getting damaged during frequent use than its high-price rival.
The glass in most of these monitors can sometimes cause water to build up on the back of the monitor’s LCD display,” it says.
A spokesperson for monitor manufacturer BenQ told the New York Times that the company has “strong technical and environmental requirements” and “does not recommend the use of any water-sensitive material”.
“If you’re using an older monitor or you’re worried about water damage caused by its glass, BenQ recommends you replace it with a water-resisting screen,” they said.
The magazine also warns that the water resistance of certain monitors is “not always as robust as other products”, saying some “laptop monitors, tablets and smart TVs are not water resistant”.
“As far as I know, this is the first time in recent memory that a brand or brand of monitor has been called out for water damage,” it writes.
“The fact that it’s not even water-related suggests that the manufacturer of these devices is underpaying for their water-proofing.”
A spokesperson from monitor manufacturer LG told New York that the brand “has no tolerance for water contamination”.”LG monitors are designed with a variety of environmental protection features, including water-repellent film and moisture-absorbing coating, which will help to protect against water damage and minimize damage from humidity,” they wrote in a statement.
“All LG monitors are water resistant to at least 1,000 times their rated capacity, and these monitors are fully waterproof for up to 100 hours, depending on the monitor.”
“If your monitor is not compatible with LG’s water-tight seal, LG is committed to ensuring that the monitor you purchase is safe and water resistant,” the statement continued.”LG is also proud to be the only manufacturer of water- and dust-resistant monitors.”
A spokesman for LG told the Times that its monitors are more “resistant to moisture than other brands” and were “well-protected” against water and dust.
“In the future, we will continue to develop more water-wicking, dust- and humidity-resistant screens for our LG monitors, which can be purchased with the help of our premium water-absorption coating,” he said.
“We take this issue very seriously, and will be in touch with you in the coming days to clarify this matter.”
The New York article was written by the magazine’s managing editor Jodi Goldstein.