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Entertainment Wins–Hi Resolution Loses

Headline: 1920 x 1200 resolution loses out to 1920 x 1080 (1080p).

Not news, but it seems to have gone unnoticed by many. I was thrilled when the higher resolution monitors came out. They were expensive, but I still enjoy my Dell 2407WFP monitory that has 1920 x 1200 native resolution. It rotates to make reading a book easy and I have plenty of screen real estate. But then I saw monitors of that class stall out about 4 years ago. And I saw the rise in popularity of computers as entertainment devices rather than tools for work… the HD (High Definition) format started to win out. And they kept things hidden for quite some time. “What’s 1080p vs 720p?” The number is simply the number of pixels of resolution in the vertical direction.

At first I noticed that the 1920 x 1200 monitors stopped dropping in price. It seemed like they were always about $600. Meanwhile, the televisions were working to use 1080 rather than 720 and driving down the price. They started blurring the boundaries between televisions and monitors. As a result of the mass production, the prices kept coming down.

Here is a screen shot of all the 20”-23” monitors on one manufactures site:


Notices how popular the lower resolutions are… Only 2 of 75 monitors in that class are 1920 x 1200. Less than 10{f073afa9b3cad59b43edffc8236236232bb532d50165f68f2787a3c583ed137f} of the monitors in that class are the higher resolution.

The HD 1080 (1920 x 1080) monitors range from $159-$339 (excluding touch monitors). Then I found out there was a mistake in the website. There’s only 1, not 2 higher definition monitors. The one and only monitor cost $5800!!! If you are in the high-tech imaging and color matters, then this might be a requirement…. It’s not for me Smile

I hope my Dell 2407 lasts a long time!

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