According to The Inquirer The LCD industry has totally lost it, and I agree.
Recently I realised that my 5 year old Mitsubishi CRT computer monitor was about to die, so I began researching possible replacements. I realised that replacing it with another CRT monitor would be cheap as LCD’s are taking over as most people’s default choice for computer monitor’s, but in the end the allure of lower power costs and the much smaller size of LCD monitor’s won me over.
The next consideration was whether to purchase a 17inch or 19inch LCD monitor, and this is where I realised that the LCD industry had totally lost it because there was no logical reason to buy a 19inch LCD (given different sized monitors within the same product range for the same brand ie: Philips 17inch vs Philips 19inch not Philips 17inch vs Noname 19inch) because:
- Quality 17inch LCD’s have a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024, same for the 19 LCD’s. So both display the same amount of information (text in a document, characters in a game, pictures on a website etc)
- 17inch LCD’s use at least 20% electricity. Lower power bills for you 🙂
- 17 inch LCD’s cost much less eg: 25%. More money in your wallet 🙂
- 17 inch LCD’s take up less space in height and width on a desk. After all the whole point of moving to LCD technology was that it took up less space.
- 17inch LCD’s are a good match for the 1280 x 1024 resolution whereas a 19inch LCD running at 1280 x 1024 looks pixelated and blurry because the same amount of graphical information is spread across a larger area, similar to the useless digital zoom offered in digital cameras
This article was written in 2005 and is now out of date. However I still recommend that you “Dont Buy a 19 inch LCD monitor” get a 20″ inch LCD monitor instead with a detailed 1600×1200 (normal ratio) or 1400×1050 (widescreen) resolution because the cost will be similar to a 19″ with a crappy resolution of 1280×1024