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Screen resolution statistics – January 07

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday January 25, 2007 )

It’s been around 4 months since I last took note of screen resolution statistics in relation to Taming the Beast.net’s visitors, so here’s a breakdown based on around 80,000 visitors over the last week.

1 51.80% 1024×768
2 12.04% 1280×1024
3 10.88% 800×600
4 8.83% 1280×800
5 3.58% 1152×864

All sorts of weird and wonderful screen resolutions make up the remaining 12.87%, but mostly higher than 800×600 resolution. I notice a few people running resolutions as high as 2560×1024! Didn’t know it existed.. it’s almost… unnatural :).

For those of you who have been around long enough to remember 640×480 resolution; I’m seeing around 0.15% of visitors running that these days; bless them. A bit of screen resolution trivia I found digging back through Taming the Beast.net’s stats archives – in December 2001, 52.32% of our visitors were running 800×600.

Another bit of trivia in case you’re not sure what display/screen resolution is; it’s simply the number of columns and rows of pixels (abbreviation of picture element – a single point in an image) used to project the display. In for example 800×600, there’s 800 columns of pixels across the screen and 600 rows down.

Just on that point, I still believe it’s wise to design sites using 800×600 as the lowest resolution where the full width of a page can be viewed in a browser. Of course, this depends somewhat on your target market. For example, I believe most gamers tend to run higher display resolutions, as do the graphic design set. On the other hand, many notebook users, myself included, still run displays at 800×600 resolution.



 

 
10 comments for Screen resolution statistics – January 07
  1. Thanks for this info, very useful to have up-to-date data of this sort. Obviously the user-base changes from site to site but still very helpful. I predict the year will end with less than 1% using 800×600 or lower as people adopt 17″+ LCD monitors. Which will without doubt increase the 1280×1024 percentage. I think 1024×768 will remain the most common for the short- to medium-term though.

    Comment by Oli — February 2, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

  2. Of course there is the other issue of all the toolbars such as Google, Yahoo and assorted others the users have taking up real estate in the screens!!

    Can’t program for that – can you??

    Comment by Nick — February 16, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

  3. To alleviate your “unnatural” display resolution worries, 2560×1024 are simply people who run a dual-screen setup (two 1280×1024 screens).

    Comment by MaxVT — May 11, 2007 @ 10:03 am

  4. Hey Max, thanks for the enlightenment!Mystery solved :)

    Comment by Michael Bloch — May 11, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

  5. Actually – I have a screen at 2560 x 1600. The Apple 30″ Cinema display – I highly recommend it…

    Comment by Dane — June 10, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

  6. Dane, that’s some heavy duty resolution you have running, but you certainly have the screen width to require it. I’m just running a 15″ notebook screen :)

    Comment by Michael Bloch — June 11, 2007 @ 4:08 am

  7. 10% of users are running 800 x 600px in mid 2007 – Mr Magoo is alive and surfing! ;)

    Comment by refreshweb — June 23, 2007 @ 3:27 am

  8. Thanks for the update – and I’m still one of the Magoos :). I’m finding myself having to increasingly scroll horizontally on many sites these days. I just took a peek at my own stats and it’s showing 8.48% of the 60k of visitors to TTB recently running 800×600; so that’s quite a drop since last time I checked.

    Comment by Michael Bloch — June 23, 2007 @ 4:44 am

  9. I’ve just posted an update on screen resolution stats here (current for July 2007):

    http://www.tamingthebeast.net/blog/web-development/screen-resolution-statistics-0707.htm

    Comment by Michael Bloch — July 10, 2007 @ 5:45 am

  10. Has anyone ever seen a product that would resize contents of webpage? I use .NET framework 2.0 to develop applications… I’m really starting to think about inventing a web browser that would resize content (ie. 1280×1024 would be resized/compressed into 1024×768)

    I just experienced a problem. I developed a website with great graphics, but when my friend looked at it on a lower resolution screen, it looked really bad…. If a Webbrowser would compress the image to match screen resolution, we could still see one full page….

    Just an idea…

    Comment by Richard — October 19, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

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