[citation][nom]cobra5000[/nom]16:10 should be the standard for ALL monitors![/citation]
While I completely agree, the popularity of movie formats has all but killed it for the rest of us. Personally I like 16:10 because it is a good compromise between gaming, productivity work, wide screen, and full frame without the need for specific use monitors. Sadly, the advent of 2K/4K/8K isn't going to help anything, but at least 4K will have more vertical resolution which is what is important for most things like web viewing and work.
What kills me is the lack of 'cheap' large monitors these days. 5 years ago I was able to get a 28" 1920x1200 monitor for $350. Yes, it was a cheap, poor quality monitor where the backlight is a little uneven, and the colors change pitch a little bit moving left to right (granted you would only ever notice it if you were looking for it). But now that I have a cell phone the low resolution for a monitor that size is starting to drive me a little crazy, and it has been 5 years, so I am starting to look around.
But here's the rub. 5 years later I can get a smaller version of my same screen for $100 less, or for the same price I can get a monitor of the same size, lower resolution (1080p), but of vastly higher quality. The minute you start talking about a monitor that can do 1440p or 1600p then you are talking about $600+ and $1000+ respectively.
*sigh* why don't screens drop in price the same way that most other electronics do?