November 23, 2014

A Square Monitor

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:10 am


The first monitors sported the same aspect ratio as a TV set. That made sense because the CRT was already being manufactured, so why pay to develop something new? And the format was accepted. But a square monitor? One with an aspect ratio 1:1? That’s weird!

Today, widescreen computer monitors are the most popular. I had to special order a 4:3 monitor several years back. I always thought that widescreen was simply easier to manufacture. That might be the case. Regardless, people just seem to accept that a widescreen monitor is what you need.

The square FlexScan monitor from EIZO is actually kind of cool. It’s dimensions are about the same as a typical widescreen monitor, although the device is as tall as it is wide.

I’d love to get one, but I just don’t know where to put it!



  1. Really square screen aren’t that odd, video walls (I think the first users on a major industrial scale were MTV). Sony produce several ‘square’ monitors the vast majority are used in air traffic control, as without the bezel they can be fitted together and only one row of pixels have to copied between the screen. I have worked on getting the data screens running and the standard VGA signal is a pain, HDMI, DVI, HP’s display port are all better. I have a feeling that the square 1:1 screen will become common once digital outputs are common.

    Comment by glennp — November 24, 2014 @ 1:34 am

  2. Now if the pixels are square, that would be cool. People don’t realize, but a lot of math takes place to compensate for non-square pixels.

    Comment by admin — November 24, 2014 @ 7:36 am

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