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# I want to by a Monitor

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what is the difernce between 15" and 17"?
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2" :-)!  The 15" monitor measures approximately 15" from the upper left corner to the lower right while the 17" monitor measures 17" from upper left to lower right.  Generally, the 17" monitors support higher resolutions (1280x1024 -> 1600 x 1200) than the 15" monitors (1024x768 -> 1280x1024), but the specific resolution and refresh rates will vary with each model.  Most people prefer 17" monitors; they are large enough that you can view a lot of reasonably sized text on the screen at the same time.  15" monitors are falling out of favor because of their small size and 19" and 20/21" monitors are primarily used for CAD and gaming.  When buying a monitor, look to see what the highest resolution it supports is and what refresh rate is supported at that resolution.  For a 15" monitor, get one that supports at least 1280x1024 @75hz.  For a 17" monitor, get one that supports at least 1600x1280 @75hz.  Any refresh rate under 75hz may cause headaches when looked at for extended periods of time without giving your eyes a break.  Good luck.
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The 15" is smaller then the 17" measured diagonally from the upper left from the lower right.  17" is bigger and take more space the the 15". 2" does make a big diffrence.   You can compare the size of a monitor screen to a TV screen.  It is exactly the same thing.   Just picture yourself with a big screen TV and a small screen TV and decide what is best for you.   I recommend a 17" because you get more for your money.  Having a bigger monitor is better for your eyes.  Small monitors tend to make you squint at the text when typing, and it feels very unrealistic when playing games.

There are also other things to considered when buying a monitor.

I recommend...
1.) at most a .28 (the distance between each pixel)- lower is better
2.) refresh rate at least 60 mhz (better for your eyes so they don't get       tired)- higher is better
3.) noninterlaced
4.) antiglare coating

As a personal note, I like a Sony monitor because of its quality in color, sharpness, and its long life.
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