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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.