High-res please

I always want high-resolution monitors. It's 2004 and I don't care what size the display is, it had better do 133 pixels per inch (or "dpi") or better. That's 0.0075 inches per pixel or better.

I don't want a 15" monitor that does 1024 x 768. I don't want a 17" monitor that does 1280 x 960. Those are for 2002. Must I remind you again that it's 2004?

What I do want is surprisingly simple, and it's something that modern technology can accomplish with ease because it's done every time a laptop is built. I want desktop LCD monitors with:

  • The pixel density of high-end laptop displays.
  • The panel thickness and bezel width of a laptop display.

Got it? That's not asking too much, right? We have the technology.

What is wrong with you monitor manufacturers out there anyway? There is no good reason for desktop LCD monitors to be over an inch thick and so low-resolution.

To be sure, there are about 2 or 3 super-high-resolution desktop LCD monitors out there in the world, such as the ViewSonic VP2290. 3840 x 2200. Now that is what I call a monitor. If anyone is looking to buy me a Happy April gift, I'll take five of these VP2290s. Preferably black. Thanks!

The VP2290 clocks in at a mere $6,200. But you see where I'm going with this, right? Keep innovating and driving manufacturing costs down. Eventually it will hit $3,000 and then $1,500, then... we celebrate.

The pixel density of a 15" laptop monitor that pulls 1600x1200 is roughly 0.0075 inches per pixel. The same density on a 21" unit means you should get about 2240 horizontal pixels. 2240 x 1680. That should be considered a minimum for a 21" LCD display.

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