Well actually, 21 and a half will do just fine

With a 16:9, 21.5-inch monitor, you have a native resolution of 1920x1080, whereas with a 16:10, 22-inch, 1680x1050, monitor you have 16 percent less actual usable pixels.

The Lenovo L215p laughs at your 22-incher's resolution. CNET

Right now, many of you are reading this on a 22-inch monitor at a 1,680x1,050-pixel native resolution and you're probably thinking, "Man, this is it. I mean sure, it's not as big as some of my friend's monitors, but hey, 1,680x1,050 on a 22-inch screen ain't bad. Right?"

Wrong! I've already spoken about the 16:9 revolution that's sweeping this nation faster than Swine Flu hysteria and this is where it has its biggest impact, in the 21.5-inch to 22-inch category.

With a 16:9, 21.5-inch monitor you get a native resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels, whereas with a 16:10, 22-inch monitor with a 1,680x1,050-pixel resolution, you have 16 percent less actual usable pixels.

For many, this increased resolution over larger monitors is reason enough to get excited, but check out our full reviews of two 21.5-inch monitors, the Dell SX2210 and the Lenovo L215p to see if anything else is worth getting excited over.

About the author

Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.

 

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