Study: 1366x768 now the most popular screen resolution

For a long time, the most popular resolution to view content on a PC monitor was 1024x768. Now a new study from StatCounter claims that size has now been overtaken in popularity by a much larger resolution, 1366x768.

StatCounter says it began recording monitor resolution statistics for the PC in March 2009. At that time the 1024x768 size was by far the most popular resolution. The company's information showed that 41.8 percent of PC users had their screens set at that viewing size.

However, over the past three years the 1024x768 resolution has been slowly losing its popularity while the 1366x768 resolution size, which had just 0.68 percent of a PC monitor's market share in March 2009, has been used by PC customers more and more. Finally, in March 2012, StatCounter claims that the 1366x768 resolution had 19.28 percent for PC monitor users compared to 18.6 percent for 1024x768.

In a email statement, Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, said:

The data reflects a continuing trend of users moving to larger screen resolution sizes. The screen resolution size people are using is a critical factor for developers when it comes to web design, particularly in the case of fixed width web pages.

Indeed, Microsoft has already announced that 1366x768 is the resolution that has been set by the company for full support of Windows 8's Metro features. 1024x768 as the absolute minimum resolution for Windows 8 but that size won't support all of Windows 8's Metro features.

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Wait, are we talking resolution of the monitor, or of what the OS settings have it set to.

Because I also would guess 1920x1080 is probably the most common monitor resolution out there, the people with poor or lesser eyesight change the resolution to something like 1024x768 so they can see it better, and the browser reports that resolution to the stats.

im really surprised the avg is still so low. is it b/c of laptops or what? i mean, even my parents use higher resolutions...

It's year 2012 and it saddens me that most laptops have the same vertical resolution as a laptop I purchased twelve years ago (and is now the most popular resolution?!). Seriously, 768 vertical pixels is just too damn low! I say we move to 1440x900 at least.

2 x 21inch monitors at 1050 x 1680 (portrait)

yup, thats right, portrait.

Used portrait for about 7 years now on differents machines. Widescreen wastes so much space

FuhrerDarqueSyde said,
Home
Monitor 1: 1920x1080
Monitor 2: 1920x1200

Work
Monitor 1: 1920x1080
Monitor 2: 1920x1080


It took me a while to catch that 1200, xD

a much larger resolution, 1366x768.

That isn't much larger it just shows that the majority of people threw away there old 19" 4:3 monitor and bought a new 19" 16:9 monitor with basically the same low resolution on a wider scale...

All those telling people to upgrade their monitors... if only it was that simple! Guessing that laptops make up the majority market share now, there's no way of that happening.

The saddest part is, I looked at getting rid of my 13" Macbook a while back and going to a 15" laptop for a bigger screen res. Most laptops on offer only just matched the 13" macbook res, 1280x800, some 1366x768 - yet this was on a screen 2" bigger! Needless to say, I'm typing this on that very Macbook I was looking to get rid of.

Biohead said,
All those telling people to upgrade their monitors... if only it was that simple! Guessing that laptops make up the majority market share now, there's no way of that happening.

The saddest part is, I looked at getting rid of my 13" Macbook a while back and going to a 15" laptop for a bigger screen res. Most laptops on offer only just matched the 13" macbook res, 1280x800, some 1366x768 - yet this was on a screen 2" bigger! Needless to say, I'm typing this on that very Macbook I was looking to get rid of.

The 13" MacBook Air does 1440x900. The 13" MacBook Pro should be dead soon.

I hate 1366x768 on laptops, I much preferred 1440x900. When you use remote desktop, you have to set the resolution to 800x600 to be able to see the whole screen, which prevents seeing some of the bigger dialog boxes in Windows 7 / Server 2008. Sometimes you can't click on the OK button because you can't move the dialog box enough to do so.

I love my 16:9 (1920x1080) monitor. Windows 7 looks great on it, as does Windows 8.

The lowest screen resolution I'll go down to is 1600x900, which is why I didn't buy Dell's XPS 13 ultrabook.

Laslow said,
Most 720p HDTV's are actually 1366x768 native, so I'm sure that may boost the figures as well.

+1 if you look at TV's and it only says HD ready you can just about guarantee it's only 1366x768 also if you look at a lot of the big OEMs like HP dell etc etc the majority of monitors going out the door are 1366x768 on 19" and 20" monitors or if you lucky you get 1680x1050 on an 22" monitor

I'm using 1280 x 720 @ 60hz on some DLP. I'll never use a conventional monitor ever again. It's big screen or no screen. Go to the salvation army and buy a nice 3D Mitsubishi for about $150 (the usual issue is that the previous owners don't know what a color wheel is lol... so they trash it) Replace it for $80 and you've got an awesome cinema!!

Why does the article not mention that the most common laptop resolution is 1366x768?

That's where the majority of the numbers are coming from as more consumers purchase laptops over anything else.

And still websites don't cater to widescreen users. They still stick with this fixed with BS that you see right now. Stop it web designers!

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