What Is the Standard Size for LCD Monitors?

by Tom McNamara

Liquid crystal display monitors, or LCDs, have been a welcome addition to the desktop because they take up much less space than the old CRT monitors, and they maintain a sharp picture for several years. There is no one "standard size," but one size is most common: 19 inches.

Evolving Technology

As technology evolves and improves, larger monitors become available for the same cost as earlier smaller monitors. However, 19-inch monitors (measured diagonally) have been common for quite a while.

5:4 vs. 4:3

A 19-inch monitor typically has a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels, if it has a "5:4" shape. This means that for every 5 vertical pixels, it has 4 horizontal pixels. A "4:3" monitor at this size will usually be 1600 x 1200 pixels.

19-Inch Widescreen

If you have a newer 19-inch monitor, however, it will usually be in a 16:9 or 16:10 "widescreen" format. In this case, a 16:10 monitor will have a resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels.

Evolving Retail Options

Manufacturers have introduced larger models as costs have come down. You will now commonly find 22-inch and 24-inch 16:10 monitors (5:4 monitors are rare at this size). A 22-inch may have a 1680 x 1050 resolution, but most have a 1920 x 1200 resolution.

High-Definition Video

Higher-resolution monitors are advertised as "full HD," meaning they are capable of displaying 1920 x 1080 high-definition video (commonly called "1080p" in this context), as from a Blu-ray movie.

About the Author

Thomas McNamara is a technology and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in several magazines and websites over the years, including PC Gamer, Maximum PC, IGN, Yahoo! Games, and GamePro. He currently lives in the San Francisco bay area. He enjoys long walks on the beach and rocking to the sounds of rock.