Ironically, the most overlooked computer component is the monitor. Most power users will spend a lot of money on expensive CPU and fill their main board with tons of RAM, and never give a second thought to the component looking them in the face. Undoubtedly the computer monitor is the most visible component of a computer system, yet many people will suffer along with a small screen when they would get much better performance from a widescreen computer monitor.
If you are a graphics designer or a hard-core gamer, then computer performance is of course very important. However, one of the core elements of each is the visual experience which must be gained. Widescreen monitors give you much more surface area to work in graphic design, and a much clearer and crisp image for gamers. Both gamers and graphics designers suffer from eyestrain from time to time, which could be alleviated by the use of a widescreen monitor.
Gaming companies have begun to build their gaming experiences around high resolution widescreen monitors. In many instances the wider screen is the only way a game can be played to its fullest capacity, so regular screen users will not get the experience intended by the game designers.
Multi-tasking users are another group which can benefit greatly by getting a wider monitor screen. People who work online, such as day traders will have several browser windows open at one time. With the added work area, they will be able to keep an eye on stock trends from several different online brokerages to make the best decision on when to buy and sell. Businesses use several types of built-in programs such as e-mail and spreadsheet utilities which use a lot of monitor real estate. Having a wider screen means being able to use more programs at one time.
If you tried to use several different programs on a regular sized monitor, you would have to resize them to fit. In many instances this means that you would have each one of them so small you could not see them easily, which could result in eyestrain and a sore neck from leaning into the screen. A widescreen monitor takes care of this problem by giving you more space to spread out programs and make them larger so you can see them.
There are those users who like to have the latest and the greatest, and for those of us who have this claim to fame, a widescreen computer monitor is an absolute must. So if you are still stuck with a standard sized monitor, it is time to upgrade and get one which will allow you to get the most from your work and gaming experience.