If you’re in the game for a new computer monitor, you might as well stop looking and go ahead and pick up a 19″ widescreen LCD. While 22″ widescreens might be the new black, 19 inchers are the new flannel PJ’s. They are currently the most attractive price point in the LCD market in my opinion. I was just reading on Tom’s Hardware that the screen real estate on a 19″ widescreen is only about 14% bigger than a standard 4:3 17″ screen. That explains the price point seeing as how 17’s are going as cheap as $140.
The small difference in screen size also means that it won’t tax your graphics card any more than a 17″ would. Here is the breakdown:
- 19″ Wide: Native Resolution – 1440×900 = 1,296,000 pixels
- 17″ LCD: Native Resolution – 1280×1024 = 1,310,720 pixels
- 19″ LCD: Native Resolution – 1600×1200 = 1,920,000 pixels
You can see that the native resolution of most 17″ monitors actually results in more pixels for the graphics card to drive than the standard 1440×900 resolution of a 19″ widescreen. This is definitely the screen to get if you are needing a new monitor but don’t want to drop a whole lot of money.