Sweet spot in monitors

The best bang for the buck is a square 19 inch model

We answer questions on The Personal Computer Show and I thought a recent one would be of interest. A listener wrote (paraphrasing):

I want to buy a new monitor, to be used mostly for Office type work (spreadsheets and Word documents, etc). At present, I am using a small old CRT. Can you make a recommendation for the "sweet spot" as far as best value.

Our monitor/TV expert, Alfred Poor responded:

"A 19" monitor is probably the sweet spot these days. Keep in mind that a 19" wide format monitor is actually much smaller than a 19" standard (4:3 aspect ratio) monitor. The extra width is not of any particular use except to watch movies and HDTV content, so don't expect any productivity gains from a wide format. So I'd recommend that you look at 19" normal aspect ratio monitors from the major brands."

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