Large Monitors

Large monitors are an essential piece of equipment for the visually impaired user. They are particularly useful if the user is working with screen magnification software, as the larger screen size will display more information than a standard monitor at any one time.

There are two types of monitor commonly available. Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) and Flat Screen™ which uses LCD (short for liquid crystal display) or Thin Film Transistor (TFT) technology. The (CRT) monitor looks like an old television sets. They are bulky and take up more desk space. Both types of monitors are commonly available with 15, 17, 19, 21 and 24 inch display areas which are determined by measuring the diagonal across the screen.

Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Monitor
Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Monitor

The best choice for the visually impaired user is the LCD Flat screen monitor. The technology produces an image that is absolutely steady or flicker™ free.

Another consideration when choosing a large monitor for the visually impaired is size. Any size above 24 inch can be a hindrance to the user. A visually impaired user may have to adjust seat height, posture or even stand to read text. This is because the distance from the eye to the corner of the screen may be too far.

iRotate (free software)

iRotate provides convenient access to the native rotation capabilities present in contemporary display drivers, via a popup menu accessible from the system tray and optional system-wide hotkeys. It's no longer necessary to resort to additional software layers or phantom drivers to achieve content rotation. In most instances, support is now available directly from the graphics chip manufacturers, who continuously improve and apply quality assurance to their drivers.

By usiing the native rotation capabilities now provided by ATI, nVidia, Intel, Matrox, S3, XGI and others, iRotate offers speed and efficiency, with minimal impact on scarce system resources. iRotate supports multiple graphics cards from various vendors, simultaneously, under every multi-monitor enabled operating system from Windows 98 to Vista.

Link to download iRotate . . .
Screenshot of iRotate software

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