# Anyone know a 15 or 16" LCD Display that does 1600*1200

#### Riedlrob

##### Junior Member
Hi everybody,

i´m searching for a 15 or 16" lcd display that is capable of a resolution of at least 1280*1024,
better would be 1600*1200?

bob

#### chanachana

##### Member
It would probably be hard to find one, as I have never seen such a monitor anywhere. May I ask why it has to be a 15 rather than a 17?

#### Riedlrob

##### Junior Member
Hi chanachana!

This display would be used as an extension for a medical computer; as a second display.
It needs a resolution of 1280*1024 or above and the space for it is very limited. So it
has to be 15 or at maximum 16".
I´ve been searching the websites of lcd manufacturers i know but it was a no go.
I wonder why, because every notebook with a 15" display can do more than 1024....
Maybe too less demand....

#### Gosharkss

##### Senior member
You will not find one. All LCD monitors are fixed resolution devices because the pixel pitch multiplied by the resolution defines the screen size of the LCD monitor. LCD monitors use a matrix of cells so the pixels are in a fixed location and therefore define the native resolution of the monitor. For example a 17 inch; LCD has a pixel pitch of 0.264mm and 1280 horizontal resolution. 1280 x 0.264 = 338mm horizontal. 1024 x 0.264 = 270mm. Using Pythagorean theory this works out to 17 inch; Diagonal.

#### ProviaFan

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: Gosharkss
You will not find one. All LCD monitors are fixed resolution devices because the pixel pitch multiplied by the resolution defines the screen size of the LCD monitor. LCD monitors use a matrix of cells so the pixels are in a fixed location and therefore define the native resolution of the monitor. For example a 17 inch; LCD has a pixel pitch of 0.264mm and 1280 horizontal resolution. 1280 x 0.264 = 338mm horizontal. 1024 x 0.264 = 270mm. Using Pythagorean theory this works out to 17 inch; Diagonal.
Yes, LCDs do have a fixed native resolution, but if the pixel pitch is smaller (thus, smaller pixels), then more pixels can be fit in the same amount of space. Laptop LCDs are frequently seen with 1600x1200 resolutions at 15 inch sizes; why no desktop LCDs exist like this is beyond my comprehension, because it is certainly physically possible. I guess there's just not enough demand for such LCDs.

#### Gosharkss

##### Senior member
There's a distinct difference between the laptop and desktop monitor markets, and therefore between the panels designed for each. Desktop monitor panels tend to be brighter having better contrast ratios and viewing angles then those high-resolution versions used in laptop displays. In many cases the manufactures intentionally keep viewing angles narrow on laptop monitors for privacy reasons.

Desktop LCD monitors have been designed intentionally for lower resolution (pixels per inch), in order to make them more competitive with the desktop standard CRT monitor. Also most people who what higher pixel densities want larger sized monitors not smaller. High resolution on a small screen is often very difficult for most users due to the small size of text and Icons etc. If you look at the trend for LCD monitors the sizes and approximate dot pitches match (or are close) to those of the standard CRT.