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Chapter 46. Upgrading Your Video Card an... > Upgrading Your Video Monitor

Upgrading Your Video Monitor

The main reason most users decide to upgrade their video cards is to gain higher resolution, which enables them to see more (often, a lot more) on their screen. But resolutions of 1,024×768 and 1,600×1,200 are nearly unreadable on 14- and 15-inch monitors unless you have a passion for squinting.

In the past, the biggest deterrent for most users interested in purchasing larger monitors was cost. As recently as a few years ago, most 21-inch and larger monitors were in the $2,000 to $2,500 range. Nowadays, these same monitors are advertised with prices in the $400 to $650 range, in part because of competition from the newly released 19-inch monitors in the $250 to $400 price range. For the average PC user, selecting an upgrade among this glut of lower priced, larger monitors can be confusing.


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