I definitely think higher resolutions are the way to go if your eyes are good enough to view the small characters. With lower resolutions, your eyes have to work harder to grasp the full picture by continuing to scan the peripherals of your central focus. I personally use 1600x1200 on two 21" monitors. By the way, I purchased two Samsung Syncmaster 1100DF CRT monitor for $500 each. They are the best deal around if you have the desk space. Crisp as a Sony, and the dot pitch is superior.