i think amir made his point, so ill ignore that part of the post and answer the question. honestly, if you think youll have problems reading the higher res, you dont need it. a lot of people, myself included, enjoy having the extra screen "real estate" as its been phrased. This is particularly helpful for graphics and video, or anything where you may need to have many large objects at the same time. As the pixels are also smaller on a high res screen of the same size, the picture may appear sharper. I dont know if this is noticeably so or not, as i havent had to same brand, same size moniters with different resolutions to compare.