If you want to buy small, cheap displays in bulk for general use, opt for a model that can run Windows above VGA resolution without flicker, and which complies with safety standards to cover you well into the future.
Avoid 14in monitors. Instead, opt for a 15in which can comfortably display 800x600 pixel resolution (also known as SVGA) in a non-interlaced mode at above 70Hz refresh rates for a flicker-free display. It should also automatically powerdown and conform to at least MPR-II safety standards ? or even the more stringent TCO-95 for the conscientious manager.
The figures in the graph only account for the indirect third-party monitor channel. They do not include market share held by Compaq and IBM, both of which generally sell PC systems complete with monitors.
How many inches?
According to Romtec, sales of 15in monitors overtook those of 14in displays last year in the branded market, where a typical buyer is upgrading. In the indirect OEM market, where a monitor is bundled with a PC, there is still a bias towards 14in models. But the situation is changing. With the widespread migration from DOS to Windows and other graphical user interfaces, higher quality, slightly larger models are seen as the minimum requirement.
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