LCD is a technology for building relatively thin, flat displays.

LCD monitors were originally used for laptop computers where there was a need for a lightweight display so that the computer could in fact be portable. They were originally relatively small and/or low resolution which limited their use in the desktop market.

In recent years the cost of these displays has fallen as the size has increased which has led them to be the standard display for desktop computers too.

Liquid Crystal Display on Wikipedia

See also:

history | show excerpt | excerpt history