Upgrading to a bigger computer monitor

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 17, 2007
Updated • Dec 2, 2012

I do work with a Samsung SyncMaster 19" LCD monitor which is an awesome monitor. I used to work with two Samsung monitors of the same size but the second monitor had to replace the defect one at my mothers computer. Monitors with higher resolutions become more and more affordable and I thought it would be nice to purchase a monitor that is capable of displaying images in a higher resolution.

I'm thinking to replace my old monitor with either an 22" or 24" monitor and would like to hear your opinion and tips. Can you recommend a computer monitor of that size ? I'm not that much of a gamer but I do play games sometimes which means that the monitor should support that and have a good enough response time.

I tend to favor the 24" screen size slightly because of the higher native resolution of 1920x1200 compared to 1680 x 1050 of the 22" monitors. What's your opinion in this matter ? Would you go for the 24" or stick with a 22" screen size?

Update: I have bought a Samsung 24" monitor shortly after posting the question, and while it takes up more room on the desktop, it has improved my workflow tremendously. I can for instance display two browser windows side by side without having to scroll horizontally or zoom out to view all contents at the same time on the screen.

Games too benefit from the larger resolution, but only if your video card and processor are up to the task. If you have a fairly decent system, you will be able to take full advantage of the larger monitor.

Update 2: I have bought a new monitor, a 24" HP monitor that I'm now using on my second PC. Both are excellent monitors, and while I have thought about getting an even larger monitor, a 27" or even 30" monitor, I have decided against it at that time due to space constraints on the desktop.


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  1. deny.de said on December 21, 2007 at 11:22 am

    make sure you have a great graphic card :D

  2. Tobey said on December 17, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    I’m very satisfied with my (black-silver) Asus MB19TU which I’ve been using for about half a year now. Though, it’s a 19″ only but great enough for all my work as well as entertainment.


    If you do insist on a larger screen, check out the other models (got no experience with em):


  3. rruben said on December 17, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    I am also looking for a new screen and I think I will buy a Samsung SyncMaster 20″ or 22″ depending on how much I have to spent at the time I buy it. I just love the screens from samsung, not only because of the quality but also because the whole screen just looks awesome.

  4. Seth B said on December 17, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    I have a 24” HP 2408 with the gloss coating screen. Thus far, I’ve had no problems and I LOVE the way the screen looks. Has the nice ’90 degree tilt’ feature which is kinda nice for documents, though I don’t use it much.

    Honestly, though, I’d say go with the 22″ for cost purposes, or just wait a bit longer. The new display ports and LED tech is coming out soon, and that’ll change the price of a good monitor.

  5. noneck said on December 17, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    I have a hanns-g 22″ Wide, 1080p HD, 1680×1050, 5ms response and 1000:1 contrast ratio. Haven’t had 1 problem with it, no dead pixels and its BIG. Easy on the pockets too at just 259.99!!

  6. Steve said on December 17, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    My one suggestion is to get a size where the resolution you wish to use will look sharp and clear.

    For instance, a few years ago, a former company was switching from CRT to LCD (non-wide format). 19″ was desirable to most people ‘cuz it’s bigger. To my eyes, however, a 17″ was sharper, since the max res was 1280×1024. With that res in 19″, I could practically see the dots.

    As before, there is such a thing as “too big” with wide formats. To me, there’s no sense in a 24″ if the best you can drive it at is 1400×900.

    I’d love to have 1920×1200, but the machine I have at work won’t come close. It’s only because of the adapter in the Dell docking station that I can do 1600×1050 on my Dell E228WFP. The laptop itself only puts out 1400×900.

    Bottom line, don’t let your monitor dwarf your video card.

  7. Angel said on December 17, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    I use a 24″ Dell at home and I love it. My main reason for buying it was because it gave me a lot of features for a lower price than a few other monitors I was considering at the time.

  8. AussieRodney said on December 17, 2007 at 11:51 am

    At work, I have a Dell 24″ running native 1920×1200 & I love it.

  9. slapjimmy said on December 17, 2007 at 11:29 am

    i’ve always been a fan of samsung. build quality, specs, warranty support.

    24″ i’d have a look at the 245B :)

  10. Bob Jones said on December 17, 2007 at 11:27 am

    The 1920×1200 will be great, thats full HD (more infact) of over 1080 pixels.

    Of course I think most manufacturers add a lot of money just for that reason …

  11. Arne said on December 17, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Hi, I am using a Philips Brilliance 23″. The monitor was more expensive to buy one year ago, but the quality is great. Playing games is also possible and for regular working I use 1920×120 resolution (looks pin sharp, if you ask me)


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