Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Resolution may refer to any of the following:

Different screen resolutions

1. Resolution is the image quality produced by a printer or displayed on a monitor. With monitors, the resolution is measured by the number of pixels horizontal by pixels vertically as shown in the picture. Printers also have a measure of resolution called DPI (dots per inch).

What happens with increased resolution?

When resolution increases, images become crisper due to a higher pixel density. In fact, text and images may also become smaller because more pixels per square inch are being displayed. For example, going from 800x600 to 1024x768 would increase the total number of pixels by 306,432. Those extra pixels are added to the screen with the same amount of text, thus making the text appear smaller.


As the resolution is increased, so are the performance requirements for your CPU and GPU. Computers with old hardware may not support high resolutions.

What happens when the resolution is decreased?

The opposite of what happens when you increase the resolution; text should appear bigger, images are not as crisp, and performance requirements go down.

What are the different resolutions for monitors?

All manufactures today produce either widescreen or ultrawide monitors. Examples of their different resolutions are shown in the tables below.

Common widescreen resolutions

Monitor size Resolution
19-inch 1680 x 1050
21-inch 1920 x 1080
23-inch 1920 x 1080 to 2560 x 1440
27-inch 2560 x 1440 to 3840 x 2160

Common UltraWide resolutions

Monitor size Resolution
25-inch 2560 x 1080
29-inch 2560 x 1080
34-inch 2560 x 1080 to 3440 x 1440,

2. A resolution is a term used to describe a set of steps or procedures used to correct an issue with a product.

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