: I actually do have a 19" 1280x1024 LCD monitor, but my parents need it much more than I do. My father in particular has vision so bad he actually can't read the "E" at the top of an eye chart. Their previous monitor (a 15" flat CRT) was small enough that they had to run at only 1024x768 for things to be large enough, and nowadays 1024 pixels is starting to not be wide enough for some websites.
Also, I'm an absolute sucker for black levels & contrast, and my CRT is just awesome at that (also response time to a lesser extent). At least for non-realistic content, having the contrast at max and brightness at zero gives an absolutely GORGEOUS image, which I myself still find somewhat surprising at times...
The point is that I can run at lower resolutions without my image looking like crap. Also a CRT at low res has very high refresh rates, which is useful for vsync.
Originally Posted by Murlocke
My vision dropped dramatically when I viewed a CRT 12 hours a day for about 5 years. After switching to LCD, almost a decade later, my vision has barely changed.
I have an extremely high-contrast yet easy-on-the-eyes color scheme of light-blue or white text on a black background for my OS and Firefox which I've used for something like 5 years now. I also have Firefox default to 120% zoom, which I commonly increase even farther. Surely not coincidentally, I haven't gotten a new glasses prescription in over 5 years as well.
Interestingly enough, I also got this monitor around 5 or so years ago from a family relative of sorts that was hardly even a moderate computer user at all, so the monitor was almost like new. Remember that it is a Trinitron, which were pretty much the best CRTs in existence. Those two things plus my mostly black color scheme should mean that it'll have a sharp picture for years to come.
If all else fails, I can always lower the resolution to 1152x864.
EDIT: And the kicker? I sit like two to three feet away from said monitor.Edited by Nintendo Maniac 64 - 4/17/12 at 12:21am