Monitor Size/Resolution Landscape & Timeline

1981 1987 1990 1995 2001 2006 2009 2012 2013 Beyond
14"/15" 640x480 80x25      

CRT to LCD

New Era

  15" to 17" 800x600 / 1024x768 (20-year span)  
  17" to 19" 1024x768 / 1280x1024

Old Era

19" to 21" various transient resolutions
from 4:3 CRT to wide aspect ratio LCD panels
 

Transition

23" 16:9 HD1080p (1920)
  2560/2800/3840 (4K)

Related Development in the Marketplace

Multi-Screen Display:

Rare Start Popular Mainstream

Touch Screen Input:

  Commercial Kiosks Start Popular
Large Screen TV as monitor:     Conference Rooms Homes Popular Common
Mobile Form Factor (lo res):     Geeks Start Popular Mainstream

Pertinent Aspects:

  1. Display Size (physical dimensions)
  2. Display Resolution (H & V number of pixels)
  3. Pixel Density (linear resolution/dpi)
  4. Resolution Translation & Interpolation
  5. Support by Devices/Drivers/OSs/Applications
  6. Display Aspect Ratio (DAR)
  7. Pixel Aspect Ratio (PAR)
  8. Hard vs. Soft Pixels (physical/"painted")