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Trends in Monitor Screen Resolution and Colour Depth Usage

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Screen Resolution Usage Chart

Needless to say, technology has gone a very long way during the past decade. In the world of screen resolutions for example, the past 10 years show a colourful trend taking place. During the Internet’s early years, web developers created websites specifically designed for Internet users with low screen resolutions. This explains why during 2001 to 2003, the standard screen resolution was 800×600. In the years before that, it was 640×480.

However, as new monitor sizes were introduced into the market, and new graphics cards were churned out at an unprecedented pace, computer users all over the world began to enjoy higher resolutions. The advent of 17- and 19-inch monitors also paved the way for 1024×768 screen resolutions to dominate the market, a trend which continued well into 2008.

But progress being constant, this too would not hold for long. As prices of once highly expensive 21- and 23-inch LCD monitors began to drop to friendlier levels, and notebook computers began to sport sharper resolutions, more people also became familiar with resolutions higher than 1024×768.


Of course, a discussion on screen resolutions would not be complete without touching on the subject of colour depth. In the early 2000s, most computer monitors had 16-bit displays, which showed only 65,536 colors. Since 16-bit displays handled most ordinary computing tasks, there simply wasn’t a compelling reason to go for more powerful monitors. Of course, there was also a growing demand for 24- or 32-bit displays, especially in the gaming and media content development sector. This is something which continues to this day. As CRT monitors are slowly being phased out, almost all computer users now use the standard 24- or 32-bit display.

What does all of these mean to your business? If you ask Enform, these numbers only mean one thing, more room for interactivity and showmanship!