Updated: 09/12/2023 by Computer Hope

VDU may refer to any of the following:

Computer monitor

1. Short for visual display unit, VDU is an older British term describing any device used with computers to display text and images. For example, a flat-panel display and a projector are both examples of VDUs. However, VDU most commonly describes the CRT (cathode ray tube) monitor, a now archaic standard replaced by flat-panel display methods like LED (light-emitting diode).

Early VDUs had a 13" screen size. By the mid-1990s, 15" and 17" VDU screen sizes became more common, with some 20" screen sizes being released. By the early 2000s, flat-panel monitors with 15" and 17" screen sizes gained popularity and started replacing CRT monitors.

Commodore computer

2. Short for video display unit, VDU is a computing device that allows input from a user and output to a display, like a computer monitor. A VDU consists of a display device and a keyboard and could include a mouse. In the United States, it is sometimes known as a video display terminal or VDT (video display terminal).

Two of the earliest VDUs were the Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) and the Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 1, both developed in 1977. Other examples of early VDUs include the IBM 2260, Televideo 920C, and Texas Instruments Model 911. Each of these VDUs was a single unit with a built-in display screen and keyboard.

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