Large Computer Monitors – Why You Need One

by Mike McEvoy on June 17, 2010


Large computer monitors are rapidly becoming the standard for desktop computers and even for some laptop workstations. Gone are the days when 15” monitors or even 17” monitors were the norm. With the significant drop in prices on larger LCD flat panel monitors over the last few years computer monitors measuring 20”, 22”, 24” or even 27” are now quite common.

Another trend that has become more pronounced recently is the use of two separate monitors on the same computer. While multiple monitors have been used in parts of the financial world and certain other industries for some time, the downward trend in monitor prices has put the dual monitor computer within the reach of many more people.

Do I really need a large computer monitor?

Besides lower costs, what are the real benefits of using a large computer monitor? Why would it make sense to replace a five year old 17” monitor that seems to work OK?   Here are several good reasons:

  1. Larger monitors can increase user productivity. Different studies have shown that people performing certain tasks complete the given tasks more quickly on a larger monitor. From personal experience I can firmly say that using a program like Microsoft Outlook on a 22” monitor is significantly more functional than on an older 17” or 19” monitor.
  2. Newer monitors are brighter and sharper. Over the last several years LCD panel technology has made significant advancements. In addition to being larger, newer generations of LCD monitors are also sharper, brighter and have better resolution which can reduce eye strain from computer use.
  3. Large monitor prices have decreased substantially. It is now common to find good quality 22” LCD monitors in the $200 price range and some bargains can be found for less than $200. There are a wide range of 23” and 24” monitors currently in the $250 – $325 range. Depending on your needs you can also find larger (how about a nice 30” monitor?) displays and some with additional adjustments for business and professional use at higher price levels.
  4. Watching movies and videos. As online videos, television programs and movies have become increasingly common on the Internet more people are watching video programming on their computers. Having a larger, brighter display makes this all the more enjoyable.
  5. Large computer monitors look really cool. Of course, at the end of the list there is the “Coolness Factor.” Aside from being functional and boosting productivity these things look really slick. And if your computing experience dates back to the days of 12” green or amber monochrome monitors like mine does, then you will definitely have an appreciation of the latest generation of large, widescreen computer monitors.


Aunt Debbie July 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I think we still have a 13 inch monitor, which is not even a flat screen. LOL!!! Take your brother, please!!!!!!!!! 80)

Mike McEvoy July 25, 2010 at 10:29 pm

@Aunt Debbie — Thanks for stopping by. A 13″ Monitor !! Is it a green phosphor or amber? lol.

Time to spring for an upgrade. Afterward you’ll look at your new 22″ monitor saying, “Why did we wait so long”? :-)

Matthew H August 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I think you nailed it on the head when you talk about “productivity” – Through my experience, I have seen a significant advantage in using dual-monitors. Being able to have several applications open and visible is crucial in multitasking. I’d be curious to see the productivity difference between one large monitor versus two monitors (using about the same monitor landscape).

Devo August 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I am in need of a large monitor because I homeschool my legally blind son. All of our curric is online and ours just isn’t doing the trick! Do you know where I might could purchase a used one? Or of any services that he might could apply for so that they would possibly purchase one for him?

Thanks for any imput!

Mike March 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

I’m currently running a pretty up-to-date iMac with the 24 inch screen and am looking to upgrade to a 30 inch monitor which I would connect to the iMac. Which ones would you recommend should I look even larger than 30 inch?

Great article,


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