LCD monitor design fail
by, July 12th, 2010 at 07:53 PM (3196 Views)
Why are computer monitors getting wider and shorter? Anyone?
It appears that monitor manufacturers have been bamboozled by *someone* into thinking that all we care about is watching HD content on our computers. I can count the number of movies I've watched on my computer on my fingers... actually, I could limit that to my thumbs. When I want to watch a movie, I put it on a 52" flatscreen and listen to the sound in proper 5.1 surround.
I don't know about you, but I still use my computer for surfing the 'net, reading and composing email, writing documents, scheduling, and so on. All things that work better if you increase the vertical resolution - and, oddly enough, benefit very little if at ALL from horizontal resolution. Ever wonder why newspapers are written in columns? It's because there has been a lot of really expensive research that proves we read faster, with better comprehension, in tall, thin, sections. (The exception to all this is project management - Microsoft Project is the only product I've found that actually benefits greatly from increased horizontal space.)
My old 19" CRT ran at 1600 x 1200, and was pretty good at it. My, now old, Acer 24" LCD runs at 1920 x 1200. Marginal improvement. Virtually everything I look at these days that's 24" is 1920 x 1080. Folks, that's a DOWNGRADE. Hell, the last Acer 27" I looked at ran at 1920 x 1080 too... that's just plain ridiculous. Even Apple is drinking the same Kool-Aid, their 27" monitor is 2560 x 1440 - at least they did squeeze in some extra vertical pixel real estate, however, this doesn't get them entirely out of hot water in my book.
To compound the problem, the guys writing computer software are further reducing the useful area of my monitor. Windows, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Word - all these put the menus and toolbars at the top and the bottom of the screen, taking away another couple hundred of my useful pixels! These guys should look into moving their menus to the side, but that's a topic for another rant.