Widescreen monitors become more and more common these days. These monitors use native resolutions such as 1400 x 1050, 1680 x 1050 or 1920 x 1200.
Many applications, especially games do not support the native resolutions of widescreen monitors and it is also extremely difficulty to find wallpapers for these screen resolutions as most are designed for regular resolutions instead. While you can stretch those background images it does not look as good as using wallpapers that fit the screen without stretching.
I did discover a resource recently that is offering a nice compilation of wallpapers for widescreen monitors for download.
The site features 11 galleries each with 16 wallpapers that fit widescreen resolutions. My notebook is running on a native resolution of 1280 x 800 and I was very happy to find this resource.
Sure I had to convert them from the resolutions offered on the website to 1280 x 800 but the ratio remained the same. So, if you have a widescreen monitor head out to High Resolution Wide Screen Wallpapers to download some or even all of them.
Update: The wallpaper repository is unfortunately no longer available on the Internet. We have removed the link from the article as it makes no sense to keep it up as it is not leading to anything useful anymore.
We suggest you check out other wallpaper sites, like InterfaceLift for instance which offers high quality wallpaper images that you can download for free from the site. All it takes is browse the available image gallery, select the desired resolution from the menu below each image thumbnail, and a click on the download button to download it to the system.
The site loads the image on the screen and you can either right-click and save it this way, or use the set as background from the same menu right away to save it as your new desktop wallpaper.
You can browse the site by resolution, artist, tags and a variety of other filters. While it may not have the immense database of other wallpaper sites, all images found here are high quality.
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