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When choosing a computer monitor, usually bigger really is better. This is especially true when shopping for LCD monitors, especially if you have the desk space big enough to support a large monitor. The advantage of purchasing a large size monitor is the ability to view text and graphics on the screen more clearly.
The screen size that can be viewed will vary based on the size of computer monitor selected. The viewable screen size for a CRT is determined by measuring the distance diagonally from the outer edges of the computer monitor including its casing. However, the viewable screen size for a LCD monitor is determined by measuring diagonally the inner edges of the computer monitor without its casing. The most common size of computer monitors range from 15-24 inches for desktops, and 12-17 inches for laptops.