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Screen resolution statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Tuesday September 26, 2006 )

It’s been a while since I checked on screen resolution statistics in relation to our site visitors, so here’s how the various resolutions stack up based on around 40,000 visits over the last 4-5 days

1

52.55%

1024×768

2

12.76%

800×600

3

12.10%

1280×1024

4

6.69%

1280×800

5

3.66%

unknown

6

3.48%

1152×864

7

1.74%

1440×900

8

1.28%

1680×1050

9

1.27%

1280×768

10

0.90%

1280×960

Looking back through previous statistics on screen resolution in 2005, I see that in May, still approximately 30% of people were running in 800×600; so much has changed over the last year or so. 640×480 is now nearly off the radar at one-tenth of a percent.

Even though 1024×768 and higher resolutions are by far the most popular, it’s still wise to bear in mind that 12% of users running 800×600 when designing a site. I run my notebook at that resolution and I’ve noticed on many sites optimized for 1024×768 that some crucial elements immediately aren’t visible. Scrolling horizontally is somewhat of a pain in the butt. It’s very distracting and a distracted visitor may miss important information or special offers.

It’s very interesting to see how many people run screen resolutions higher than 1024×768. I don’t think I’ve ever tried surfing the web at 1680×1050 :)

As for color depth, the most popular setting according to our statistics is 32 bit at 82% of visitors. 256 colors hardly registers now. Ah, the memories :).



 

 
1 comment for Screen resolution statistics
  1. Consider that all internet users are not clear eyed 20 year olds and it will become apparent why the use 800×600 resolution. They can’t read the small type comfortably. Nor can they read page after page of reversed type on the ludicrous web sites who use such crap. A basic principle of typography is to mack your printing easily legible. Artsy-Craftsy sucks. Don’t try to get fancy and use hard to read type faces. Good serif and sans serif type faces abound. Pick a good one.

    Comment by Igor — September 26, 2006 @ 12:44 pm

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