Handy Tools To Tune Your Computer Monitor
10 december 2013 

Handy Tools To Tune Your Computer Monitor

When you are like me, sitting behind your computer several hours a day, you might want to tune your computer monitor a bit. You sure can make it a lot easyer on the eyes.

On most computer monitors, you can manually adjust the brightness and contrast, and on the keyboard of any modern laptop you will find the option to manually set the brightness of the screen.

In addition, there are some handy tools that give you extra capabilities to tune your computer monitor.

I tested some of these for you.

ScreenBright

ScreenBright  is a very simple program that gives you a number of sliders with which to adjust the screen characteristics, including brightness, contrast, color and warmth.

This freeware tool does not require installation; just download, and it’s ready to start.

Unfortunately, it has a somewhat crappy layout.

Please note! This program is not compatible with evry type of monitor.

Display Tuner does have to be installed, but this tool is small, efficient and free. With this, it’s possible to adjust the brightness, contrast and resolution, among other things.

Tip: You can save multiple “profiles” – e.g. for night work, for your desk with artificial light, for watching movies… – and these link directly to handy “hotkeys”.

Note: Display Tuner also lets you customize the sound and the volume of your speakers.

Monitor Brightness Reducer is a bit older and very compact tool with which you can quickly adjust the brightness of your screen.

Caution! In my test, Monitor Brightness Reducer used an annoyingly high amount of RAM memory on our PC.

tools to tune your computer monitor

F.lux

Your computer screen is designed to be as bright and clear as possible. Thus, if you sometimes work late at night, then you’re actually looking at artificial daylight.

Over time, that can disturb your biological clock, with possible consequences of burning eyes, headaches and sleep problems.

The free program f.lux  – which after a long beta period is now finally available in a stable version – can help.

It automatically matches the color warmth of your screen to the time of day. As a result, the lighting in the evening is softer, and it’s brighter during the day.

This results in a somewhat yellow glow, but it works well. Regular breaks remain necessary though.

After the quick installation, f.lux sits in the system tray of your PC. In my test, I had to specify my location (because the tool takes into account the time zone in which it is located).

With a click on the Change Settings button, I was able to set my location.

To do so, I had to manually copy and paste my coordinates. That’s somewhat cumbersome, but once that’s done, you don’t need to even look at this tool again, although you can customize some settings.

Rebekka Deforce

About the author
Rebekka Deforce is the owner of magicmediaforce.com. Working over 18 years in the audiovisual sector and developed a great passion for internet marketing, she now helps on- and offline businesses to get magnificent conversion results through video marketing and social media marketing. She also loves to help people with the technical aspect of the video production process.
Henk van der Wijk
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Henk van der Wijk

on 10 Dec 2013

I often wonder and never understand what happens in your brain to come up with such remarkable solutions. Gonna give it a try with one of the mentioned tools at least.Thank you Rebekka!

Rebekka Deforce
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Rebekka Deforce

on 10 Dec 2013

Not much happens in my brain Henk, I use Google ;)

Michiel Van Nessen
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Michiel Van Nessen

on 10 Dec 2013

Yeah, Google tends to be (a) Big Brother ;-) Never the less: "Your info/research is awsome!" Thanks Rebekka!

Henk van der Wijk
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Henk van der Wijk

on 10 Dec 2013

F.lux on my screen is a real treat for the eyes when working with artificial light. Freakin' awesome Rebekka!

Matthew
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Matthew

on 11 Dec 2013

Great post! Clever :) Mine was further off than I imagined! Thanks for sharing

Rebekka Deforce
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Rebekka Deforce

on 12 Dec 2013

Thanks all above for your kind comments. Glad I can be of some help.

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