Last week we wanted to know how big (or small?) is your main computer monitor is. With laptops becoming more and more abundant, you’d think smaller monitor sizes would become more popular. But is that really the case?
Out of 776 votes in total, these are the final results: 0.5% use a 10″-11″ monitor, 3% use a 12″-13″ monitor, 8% use a 14″-15″ monitor, another 8% use a monitor that’s over 30″ (wow!), 10% use a 16″-19″ monitor, 18.5% use a 25″-30″ monitor, and a full 51% of the voters use a 20″-24″ monitor. That’s some consensus!
In addition to this, 1% of the voters say their main monitor is a tablet or a smartphone.
Comment Of The Week
The winner of best comment this week forgot to tell us what size his/her monitor is, which is a shame, but we did learn about the pros and cons of moving to a much bigger monitor. The winner of best comment is EM! Congratulations!
I bought a Samsung T27C350 last week because my old monitor died after seven or eight years. I’m quite happy with it although I had to fiddle with the image settings somewhat. I knew that I’d try to get the biggest monitor size that was reasonable to afford, as my eyesight isn’t good, and I want to avoid it getting even worse. My last screen was 22 inches; it took me a day to adjust to the larger screen size, but now I don’t really notice it unless I’m doing something where the larger amount of space is very noticeable.
Additionally, on this screen I can work in several programs side by side very comfortably, for example by reading a pdf on one side and making notes on the other, or by having a video window open while doing something that doesn’t require any real concentration. The few days without a PC screen, I used a netbook or my smartphone, and while both are adequate for doing the things they’re intended for, I could not spend any significant time on a screen like that.
I couldn’t use this or any monitor without running f.lux; anyone who experiences eyestrain using a screen at night or has difficulty sleeping after being on the computer late really should look it up.
The TV function is nice too. I hadn’t been using my old TV at all any more, so I got rid of it some time ago, as it really only took up space. Now I can watch an impressive amount of cable channels without needing to have a clunky device standing around. While I’m sure I won’t suddenly watch TV all day, there is the occasional program that interests me, which I no longer have to rely on bad-quality web streams for. And watching DVDs on this screen (via the computer, although I could even attach a DVD player if I wanted) is really better than it ever was on my old CRT TV.
Which RSS Reader Are You Using?
It’s been almost a year since the devastating demise of Google Reader. In the aftermath of its death, there was a mad scramble from users to find alternatives, and an even madder scramble from companies to create those alternatives for us. About a month before Google Reader was gone for good, we asked you which alternative you chose, and the clear winner was Feedly. Much has changed since that time, and now that the dust has settled, it’s time to find out what you’ve all settled on. Which reader do you use for your RSS feeds?
Naturally, not all options are included in the poll. Don’t see your favorite reader? Vote for “other” and hit the comments to tell us all about it. Even if you do see your reader on the list, make sure to tell us what makes it the best for you!