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Everything you need to know about screen resolution

With the increasing number of available technologies on the market, it is difficult to keep track. The subject area of screen resolution is also growing from year to year. Due to the continuing growth of industry and technology in this area, it is becoming more and more difficult to see through. To make this easier, the following article explains some interesting facts about monitor resolution in more detail.

What is meant by the term "screen resolution"?

The term screen resolution describes the display size or the number of pixels, which are also known under the synonym pixel, that are displayed on the screen. They are always indicated in the form of two numbers that are marked with a multiplication sign between them. The front number is the height of the screen and the back number is the width of the monitor in pixels. If these two are then multiplied with each other, you get the total number of possible pixels of the display. Meanwhile, there are more than 20 screen resolutions, as these are aligned according to the dimensions of the screen.

How do you get the best screen resolution?

Due to the many possibilities, one wonders rightly which screen resolution is the best one for oneself. This is because it has to be individually adapted to the technical requirements as well as your own needs. For example, it is suitable to choose a larger screen resolution for viewing problems, for which a smaller screen resolution must be selected. However, it is important to note that a resolution that is too low can cause damage. However, most devices take care of this and issue some warning messages to the user beforehand. In some cases it is advisable to use a higher resolution. For example if you want to open several windows at the same time.

But also the screen format and the display size play an important role. At that time, there were mainly monitors with a 5:4 format, today the 16:9 or 16:10 format has prevailed in today's monitors. Somewhat newer are monitors with a 21:9 format, which usually also have a much higher resolution.

Ultimately, the best screen resolution depends on your needs and what your monitor, graphics card and operating system can do. With the latter, one should especially pay attention to a harmony between the certain objects, as this is decisive for an optimal result.

Screen resolutions and formats at a glance

Most monitors today usually have a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which corresponds to the so-called Full HD. The standard for normal HD is 1280 x 720 pixels. Some monitors with a 5:4 format have a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels (SXGA). Today, however, the technology is so advanced that there are monitors with a 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), also known as UHD (Ultra High Definition).

The possible resolutions always depend on the screen size and the respective format. The most common resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels. Since there are so many resolutions, which are meanwhile also more than 20, there are also several formats that can be used. The most common formats are 16:10, 4:3, 5:3, 3:2, 5:4 and 16:9.

A 2560 x 1600 resolution (WQXGA) is usual for 28 inch screens with a 16:10 display. For 22 and 20 inch displays, for example, a 1680 x 1050 resolution (WSXGA+) is also recommended with a 16:10 display. For a monitor with only 18 inches and a 16:9 display, a monitor resolution of 1366 x 768 is recommended. The optimal screen resolution can be found in various tables on the Internet.

When do I need a very high or low screen resolution?

A very high screen resolution is required especially for applications with HD, Full-HD or 4K products. However, a high resolution is also very advisable for various video games. However, you have to make sure that the other aspects are correct. So in such a case you should definitely use a gaming graphics card as well as the appropriate format and screen size. But there are not only video games with such a resolution but also movies or smaller videos with high screen resolution. In order to be able to watch these in the high quality optimally, the prerequisites are also needed as with the video games.

However, in certain cases it may also be advantageous to use a lower screen resolution. This should be done if the images are perceived as very jerky or if, for example, various games do not run very smoothly. A reduction of the monitor resolution can do wonders here. But you should also be careful not to use a wrong or even untypical screen resolution for too long, as this can cause considerable damage to the devices.

The difference between native and scaled screen resolution

By native screen resolution one understands the resolution which was already determined by the manufacturer. This usually corresponds to the optimal representation at pixels and thus also the best image representation is guaranteed. But of course, this can also be changed, but then the result can be deficient results. Because the native screen resolution is the number of pixels that can really be displayed by the screen in this form.

If these are changed, certain details can be lost or simply no longer recognized as visible. If this size is changed or one chooses the maximum screen resolution, if this deviates from the native resolution, then this is the scaled resolution. In this case, the pixels are then calculated up or down depending on the resolution. As already mentioned, however, the details are usually lost in this case.

Thus, the native screen resolution is not necessarily the maximum resolution that is possible, but it is the optimal screen resolution that can be used.

Additional information: Screen settings

In most cases, the screen resolution required can be easily selected in the computer's operating system (Windows or Mac) under Screen settings. But sometimes it is also necessary to change the monitor settings. Here the settings of the graphics card are changed and adapted to the resolution. As already mentioned above, there has to be a certain harmony between monitor, graphics card and operating system in order to get an optimal image result.


Screen resolution is an important part of today's technology and should not be underestimated as a factor for optimal graphics. But not only for special applications, but also in general, the correct setting of the monitor resolution can work wonders. These should be selected according to your own needs and technical requirements. If, for example, you play a lot on your PC and want to do this in a certain quality, a high screen resolution is highly recommended, but it also requires a certain quality of the graphics card.

The screen resolution should also be kept rather low for some applications in order to avoid jerking. In addition, you should make sure that the settings you make do not cause any damage to the devices or the displays.