Why are screen sizes still measured in inches?

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  1. KAZANI

    KAZANI Senior member

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    Why does the rest of the world have to catter to the silly measurement habits of the US consumer? Europe alone is a much larger market, yet manufacturers insist on an inch-based marketing scheme. It's not like updating to the metric system in this situation will be adding to any costs, either.
     
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  3. Soundmanred

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    Dat's jus how we catter.
     
  4. Anubis

    Anubis No Lifer

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    its really not hard to just multiply by 2.5
     
  5. KAZANI

    KAZANI Senior member

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    Exactly my point: Why is it the rest of the world obliged to multiply and not the US that has to divide? Is the US more important as a market than Europe, Japan, Korea, Canada and Australia COMBINED?
     
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    techie81 Senior member

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    yes.
     
  7. corkyg

    corkyg Elite Member<br>Super Moderator <br>Peripherals
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    Yes again. What's to keep non-USA sellers from using cm in their marketing and ads?
     
  8. KAZANI

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    Model names usually contain the inches of the screen and this makes retailers's job of conveying metric dimensions through their marketing complicated. But you still don't address the core issue here: why do manufacturers cater only to the US market's quaintness? What makes the US market so compelling so as put the onus of conversion on the rest of the world's shoulders? If anything, it's the US minority that needs to be punished for dawdling with metric adoption.
     
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    The USA is the #1 country in the world.
     
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    Chapbass Platinum Member

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    Just so the manufacturers can laugh at posts like these :D
     
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    woo hoo [​IMG]USA! USA! thread backfire
     
  12. corkyg

    corkyg Elite Member<br>Super Moderator <br>Peripherals
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    For openers, Kazani's premise is wrong. I just visited the Samsung Germany site, and all of their monitors have metric measurements. Look here . . .

    http://www.samsung.com/de/consumer/tv-audio-video/television/led-tv

    This comes from the manufacturer, i.e., Samsung. Just click on a monitor and the specs are in German - and the first monitor is 138cm.
     
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    Maybe they should rename the i7-3770K as:
    Intel 4 Core with HTT 3.5GHz Base 3.9GHz Turbo HD Graphics 4000 LGA 1155 77W
     
  15. gorcorps

    gorcorps aka Brandon

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    You're not obligated... nothing is stopping the the companies from using other units in other countries.

    In fact until this post I had no idea monitors were reported in inches world wide.

    Suck it everybody!
     
  16. bigsnyder

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    Because Chuck Norris said so.
     
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    And Jack Bauer is backing him up :)

    Seriously, though... All the tech sites that I go to pander to US interests and display sizes in inches... Even the ones in Taiwan and China.

    It's good to be a world superpower, I guess... Although it will probably be the US's turn to pander to India and China soon.
     
  18. Throckmorton

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    Because people are used to measurements. You know what a 19" monitor looks like, and you know what a 24" monitor looks like. Why switch to metric? Who would it benefit? The people who take out a measuring tape every time they hear a monitor size number? It has nothing to do with metric vs imperial.
     
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    Because those are the increments. Do you expect a company to stamp 50.8cm on their product package?

    Are bra sizes in France in cm instead of inches?
     
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    might as well ask why keep using diagonal size when as screens get a higher ratio for wide screen, the same diagonal has less actual screen realestate.

    but then might as well point out HDD makers still using a base 10 to report a drive size with windows using base 2
     
  21. KAZANI

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    LOL, double units is a relatively new thing and is of little consequence on a practical level. The naming scheme is still in inches and retailers can't effectively use it to push metric throughout the board. If you are being honest then you wouldn't mind if the US market would be the one that had to deal with metric naming and double reporting of units, for a change.

    It's not like that at all and if it was you wouldn't go out of your way to defend your right to stick to your imperial system. I can maybe have a vague idea of which monitor is larger but on a practical level it's a nuisance because I cannot fathom the unit you are using without some effort. You guys are hilarious in trying to pretend that there is nothing wrong with the current situation. You are avoiding the core issue here: Why should the rest of the world be the one that has to do the conversion instead of the US? There is no logic in it.


    No, but I think making a 51cm screen labeling it with 51 somewhere in the model name and then letting the US market do the sorting in friggin inches would be the fair approach.


    Don't even start me on this, the amount of nonsensical measurements that still plague our markets because of the US is obscene.
     
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  23. Throckmorton

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    The manufacturing is all set up for the standard sizes. They'd have to start making both 51cm and 20" monitors which would cost more!

    BTW, it's not US vs the rest of the world. I'm from Trinidad and people use imperial units for everyday stuff. When you say 51cm, I have to think about how many inches that is.
     
  24. KAZANI

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    I've already answered that argument above. We are going in circles here because you people are just unable to accept a world that doesn't revolve around the US market.

    LOL, if it makes you feel any better, it's the US and Trinidad vs the rest of the world.
     
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    Boom. Roasted.
     
  26. Raswan

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    We're going in circles because nobody cares what you have to say. Plus, we wouldn't even be having this conversation if your economy hadn't tanked after WWII and forced us to intervene just to save you from the commies. Weren't for us, you'd be speaking Russian right now. Argument=subverted.
     
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