since photos are 4:3, many people prefer a 4:3 monitor, but a widescreen monitor gives you more room for the tool palettes. the choice is really up to you. note that a 19" 4:3 screen will be taller than a 20" widescreen and about the same height as a 22" widescreen. the 20" and 22" widescreens will have a bit more vertical resolution (1050 lines vs 1024 lines).
acer 19" 1280x1024 (4:3), $214: http://www.buy.com/prod/acer-al1916cb-19-lcd-monitor-700-1-5ms-1280-x-1024-black/q/loc/101/203945359.html
acer 20" 1680x1050 (16:10), $210: http://www.buy.com/prod/acer-al2016wbbd-20-lcd-monitor-800-1-1680x1050-5ms-dvi-black/q/loc/101/204394826.html
acer 22" 1680x1050 (16:10), $230: http://www.buy.com/prod/acer-al2216w-22-lcd-monitor-700-1-1680x-1050-5ms-dvi/q/loc/101/202892776.html
I've been reading a little about lcd monitors but I am a little confused about what resolution/ratio would best suit my needs. I will be using it mostly for image editing(ie. photoshop), drawing(ie. sketchbook), and general use(internet, word, spreadsheets etc.). I'm mostly concerned with the first two uses.
Should I be looking at a regular 4:3 monitor or would a widescreen aspect be better?
And if I would benefit from a widescreen monitor, which resolution should I be looking for? WXGA, WSXGA, WUXGA??
I like the idea of having a wider desktop even though it will make vertical viewing smaller. I just need a little direction here. I'm only looking to spend about $200 although I will spend a little more if need be.
Thanks for any help with this.