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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 2013-07-15, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Monitor Size Question

I curently have a 19 inch LCD monitor. It's beginning to die and I will soon have to replace it. I realize that I'm going to have to get a wide screen monitor as there's aren't any "square" monitors manufactured anymore. My question is how big does my wide screen monitor have to be in order to offer me the same screen height (12 inches) as my current 4:3 monitor? I ask this because spec. sheets give the overall dimensions including case and stand. That doesn't amswer it for me. I just want the dimensions of the viewing screen which doesn't seem to be readily available. Thanks.
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You'll need 24". That's what I replaced my 19" 4:3 monitor with.

You could also have invoked Pythagorus.

Just as an FYI, my monitor (BENQ 2400) can also be used in portrait mode, but I have not yet found the need for 21" of vertical space...

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Thanks 57. I was afraid of that. 24 Inches Is going to be a challenge to fit in. Math was never my strong point but next time I will consult Pythagoras Of Samos.

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Interesting that my spell checker didn't catch Pythagorus. Must be some weird variant that's in my spell checker. Good luck with your monitor hunt.

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If your 4:3 monitor actually is exactly 19" diagonal, then the screen height is 11.4183" (not the 12" you mentioned).

If you want the same screen height with a 16:9 monitor, it would have to be 23.3124" diagonal.

If you get a 23" 16:9 monitor, its height will be 11.2659"
If you get a 24" 16:9 monitor, its height will be 11.7557"

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Except that monitors are not TVs. Some have 16:10 aspect ratios, some have other aspect ratios. For example, the following monitor from Dell is almost 13" high, but only 20" wide (roughly), (apparently usable in portrait mode like mine)

http://accessories.dell.com/sna/prod...1&sku=320-9567

while mine is 12 x 21 (roughly).

http://www.benq.ca/product/monitor/bl2400pu/

Therefore since width is an issue for the OP, then a 16:10 may help with that, perhaps in a size smaller than 24".

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Except that monitors are not TVs. Some have 16:10 aspect ratios, some have other aspect ratios.
True, except that 16:9 monitors are far more popular than any other ratio. You'll pay a premium for anything else. Since this is just a replacement for an acceptable monitor that's starting to fail, I considered that price might be an issue. I did include aspect ratios in my response.
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Therefore since width is an issue for the OP, then a 16:10 may help with that, perhaps in a size smaller than 24".
Good luck finding a 16:10 monitor that's less than 24" diagonal.

Another thing to consider is how important physical height is, as opposed to resolution. The original 19" monitor is probably 1280x1024, or perhaps even less. A 22" 16:9 1920x1080 monitor's screen would only be 10.78" high but would have more pixels vertically (and far more horizontally) than the original monitor, although the pixels would be smaller. A 21.5" 1920x1080 would be slightly smaller again. Perhaps one of these would squeeze in, if a 24" or 23" was just a little too large. That's assuming your eyesight is good enough and it's acceptable to have slightly smaller pixels.

Lastly, 19" 4:3 monitors can still be found, if you look around, but the cost will probably be more than a wide screen one of similar size and resolution. If you can find a used one that someone has collecting dust, they may almost give it away. You could keep an eye out on Kijiji or Craigslist.
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I must apologise and correct some errors that I made earlier in this thread.

I forgot that 1920x1080 was a standard resolution for 4:3 CRT monitors but the pixels weren't square. When they made 19" LCD monitors with the same resolution they squared up the pixels, so the aspect ratio was 5:4. Therefore, the screen height of the 19" monitor at issue is probably 11.87". This is higher than even a 24" 16:9 monitor, which would be 11.77".

If considering my suggestion to go with a 22" or 21.5" 1920x1080 monitor:

For a 22" monitor, the pixels would be 13.84% smaller.
A line that was 10" long on the 19" monitor would be 8.62".

For a 21.5" monitor, the pixels would be 15.80% smaller.
A line that was 10" long on the 19" monitor would be 8.42".

Without modification, all text and other images would scale accordingly.
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I see that I'm late to the party, but I always go to DisplayWars when I'm wanting to compare screen sizes as you get a nice visual aid to go with the numbers and it's dead simple. In this case, I'd go with a 24" 16:9 screen.
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Display Wars is a nice site. What would make it even better would be a way to enter the resolution of each screen and then show a box or circle or something, of a given dimension in pixels, once each in two different colours, to show what size that object would appear as on each screen.

However, that site is more oriented towards TV's, so having such a comparison doesn't make as much sense as it would for computer monitors.
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Thank You

Thanks to all of you who have contributed to this thread. You've certainly all endeavoured to answer my initial question without straying off topic. It does look like something between 23" and 24" would suit me best. Most likely, because of the size of my desk, I'll settle for a 23".

At this point I'd like to ask the moderators to close this thread as it has served its purpose unless of course they think it can be turned into a thread that is worth continuing. Once again thanks to all of you for your contributions. Long live DHC !

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