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I'm shopping around for a new PC and monitor which I will be keeping for 4 years or more. At the moment a 22 inch monitor is fine for most users. Within a year or two I don't think a 22 inch monitor will be standard. Is a 22 inch worth buying at this point?

I am leaning towards a MAC, it is an important decision to make.

asked Jul 17 '11 at 14:42

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edited Jul 17 '11 at 14:42


Just as a side note, it's "Mac" not "MAC". MAC meaning "Media Access Control". The size of the monitor will make no difference whether or not you decide to go with a Windows machine or a Mac.

(Jul 17 '11 at 15:40) DazOwen DazOwen's gravatar image

Why wouldn't it be worth buying? A 30" monitor will have no more function than a 22" monitor except it has more pixels to work with. It depends on what your computing needs are. The bigger the screen the more productive you can be.

I have two 24" monitors and they allow me to be extremely productive and multitask with ease. Are they worth it? Yes, they serve the purpose that I intended them to do upon purchasing. There isn't much point buying a 30" display if all you do is e-mail, it's a waste.

These days most computer users have a generally "large screen", at least in the 20"+ size, most PC bundles will come with a screen at least 20".

To answer your question, Yes, a 22" screen is worth it. They're very affordable these days so it's not like you're spending a whole load of cash in the first place. If your're asking if they're worth it because a lot of people use screens that are 22"+ then yes, they're still worth it if you'll benefit from the extra pixels, otherwise stick with a smaller size monitor.

answered Jul 17 '11 at 14:53

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edited Jul 17 '11 at 14:56

A bigger screen size is good for productivity. I have a 27" display (27" iMac) which is 2560x1440 and a secondary 24" display which is 1920x1080. I use the extra space on screen all the time. I can see myself getting an extra 27" display (most likely Apple Cinema Display) vert shortly to replace my 24".

answered Jul 17 '11 at 15:22

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In my experience with buying screens it's not the screensize that matters, but the resolution you get onto it.

A FullHD ( 1920x1080 ) 22" is definitly going to be a good choice. But the purpose does matter too. This screen resolution will probably be overkill if you are not going to use it, and you might as well get yourself a cheaper 22" monitor with a resolution of 1680x1050.

answered Jul 17 '11 at 15:43

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Yes it’s worth it if your requirement is higher productivity & your finances allow for it.

Monitors have a native resolution that stuff is displayed “best” at, but occasionally a native resolution that’s high makes on screen items, especially text, appear too small. When this happens, setting your monitor to a lower resolution that’s supported by your monitor can make things appear bigger thus making viewing more comfortable for the user.

Windows usually has an option to adjust the screen resolution by right clicking an empty space on your desktop & one of the options in the pop up menu should offer a change screen resolution option that allows you to lower or raise your resolution. This menu usually - but NOT always - only offers the choice of resolutions your particular monitor supports.

Different brands of monitors might have this option located elsewhere because of their software drivers for that particular brand of monitor. But in my experience, that’s usually only the exception & not standard procedure.

answered Jul 17 '11 at 21:54

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Yes, I would buy it for good movie experience and higher productivity.

answered Jul 18 '11 at 03:05

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I have a 22" Full HD monitor and it's one of the best things I ever bought and barely ever see myself using my secondary 20"

answered Jul 18 '11 at 07:27

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I bought a Dell 22" monitor like 2 years ago, i can definitely say it is worth it. I paid 250$ at the time, and even if the resolution is only 1680x1050, the space you have to work with is way enough(at least in my case). I would even say that for a 22" monitor, 1920x1080 is too much, and things can be difficult to see. Anyway, if you can afford a 22", go for it!

answered Jul 18 '11 at 11:12

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