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Why You Should Purchase a Larger Monitor

Plain and simple, the reason you want a new, larger monitor is that it enables you to see more of what is displayed on your screen. For example, if you are currently using a 15-inch monitor, upgrading to a 17-inch monitor may not seem like a big deal, but a 17-inch monitor gives you about 30% more onscreen viewing area. Upgrading from a 15-inch monitor to a 21-inch monitor gives you more than 50% more onscreen viewing area because you can comfortably set your display to a higher resolution. Table 46.2 shows the recommended resolution for 15-, 17-, 19-, and 21-inch monitors. Keep in mind that these are just recommendations, not chiseled-in-stone guidelines.

Table 46.2. Optimal and Acceptable Display Resolutions
15-inch17-inch19-inch21-inch
640×480640×480640×480640×480
800×600800×600800×600800×600
1,024×7681,024×7681,024×7681,024×768
 1,280×1,0241,280×1,0241,280×1,024
 1,600×1,2001,600×1,2001,800×1,440



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