My current 19" is 1280x1024, I deliberatly chose this over a 17" 1280x1024 because I wanted readable text (even now it can seem too small) and bigger viewing area for movies etc. I am awaiting a 2209WA 22" WS monitor, again for the better movie viewing experience and that I will be able to use things like sidebar in windows without taking up my traditional workspace. If the resolution was higher eg. 1900x1200 everything would be way too small and text hard to read. I do also occasionally game and 1280x1024 does not feel blocky at all, in fact sometimes I game at lower res in older games and 800x600 is also fine, the only problem been coming from it not been a native res rather than been a lower resolution. I just wish 24" existed that had the same res as the 2209WA, would have very readable text then.