Are you still stuck on an old CRT or regular ratio LCD screen?  Does the price, quality or just the sheer amount of choice of widescreen monitors have you holding off on your upgrade?  Check out X-Bit Labs, who have gathered together ten 19″ widescreen LCDs from seven different manufacturers.  See if one of these might convince you to take the step and widen your world.

“Why are widescreen monitors so popular? There are several reasons for that. First of all, widescreen matrixes are more profitable for the manufacturer because they are somewhat cheaper to make. In the highly competitive market this is a very important factor to consider when you are launching a new model. The lower price of a matrix is explained by its lower size: a 19-inch matrix with an aspect ratio of 5:4 has a total area of 1136 sq. mm as opposed to 1047 sq. mm of a 19-inch matrix with an aspect ratio of 16:10. The amount of displayed information is about the same, though: a classic 19-inch monitor has a native resolution of 1280×1024 or 1.31 million pixels whereas a widescreen 19-incher has a resolution of 1400×900 pixels or 1.296 million pixels. From many users’ point of view, the latter is even preferable, producing a smoother picture due to the smaller pixel pitch.”

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