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highest resolution for monitor

is 1680 x 1050 the max possible?
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25112Author Commented:
what determines the max?
Monitor manufacturer first.  They determine what is the maximum size their monitor will go to.

Also the graphics card manufacturer second.  They determine what resolutions their card will support.  Some may not support extra large resolutions.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Two things determine the maximum resolution:

(1) the bandwidth -- this determines the highest resolution signal it can receive
(2) the number of pixels -- this determines the maximum native resolution ... which is usually the highest resolution supported, although it doesn't have to be (a higher resolution signal can be scaled down to the actual number of pixels supported -- this is common on small displays that support full HD signalling.

The 2560 x 1600 supported by the Dell display noted above (and several others) is the highest for monitors marketed to the consumer market.    There are some panels with higher resolutions available -- but they are VERY costly, and require special graphics adapters to support.

Many displays today use HD panels, with 1920 x 1080 resolution [Note this is a 16:9 aspect ratio, as opposed to the 16:10 typically used for widescreen monitors].

The next-generation of HD panels will bump this resolution up well beyond the capabilities of current video cards -- but fear not, there will be new video adapters to take care of that :-)
As far as standards are concerned there's a lot of room for new monitors to be developed and drop in price:

WUXGA – or Widescreen Ultra eXtended Graphics Array - is 1920 x 1200 resolution with a screen ratio of 16:10 (enough to put two full-size pages side by side) and available now. Just search for a WUXGA monitor.  Make sure your graphics card is up to the job.

As for as the future is concerned standards exist for:

WHUXGA images - 36,864,000 pixels (approximately 37 megapixels). A monitor of 7680×4320 would also qualify as a WHUXGA display. UHDTV video of similar resolution (7680×4320) is 16 times the pixel count of the 1080 ATSC HDTV video standard.

25112Author Commented:
amazing indeed.. thanks for the explanation
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