usable screen space

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chiguy, May 30, 2007.

  1. if i have three 18" monitors at 1280 x 1024 resolution...

    how much more or less screen space will i get with two 24" 1920 x 1200 monitors...

    do you just add up the pixels ?


    thanx in advance
     
  2. Tums

    Tums

    where do you get the 18" monitors? I can only find 17" or 19".

    You have asked a good question.
    Shopping for a monitor is more than looking at the diagonals.

    Here's what I look at in monitors:

    -- display area in terms of surface square inch.
    -- total pixel of the panel (the more pixel, the more information you can put on the screen)
    -- pixels per square inch
    -- dollar per square inch
    -- pixels per dollar

    other worthy considerations:
    -- cost of 3x19" vs 2x24"
    -- space/brackets/stand requirement (an extra bracket is an extra $100+ !)
    -- carbon footprint -- how much power they use?


    if you look at 19" monitors:

    diagonal 19"
    viewing area width 14.8"
    viewing area height 11.8"
    sq in 174.64
    pixel-h 1280
    pixel-v 1024
    tot pixel 1,310,720
    pixel/sqin 7,505.27

    multiply that by 3 (popular with Triplehead2go):
    total sq in 524
    total pixel 3,932,160
    pixels per sq in 22,516


    compared that with 24"

    diagonal 24"
    viewing area width 20.4"
    viewing area height 12.75"
    sq in 260.1
    pixel-h 1920
    pixel-v 1200
    tot pixel 2,304,000
    pixel/sqin 8,858.13


    put 2 monitors side by side, you get:
    total sq in 520
    total pixel 4,608,000
    pixels per sq in 17,716


    Have fun with numbers !
     
  3. Tums

    Tums

    correction:
     
  4. i have 3 sony sdm x82 18" 1280 x 1040...

    just wondering if i would be able to fit more info on a pair of 24" screens instead of 3 18" screens...
     
  5. Yes, approx 20% more, but everything will be smaller.