# Solved: Weird, non-important, curiosity question

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#### apr911

So I was responding to a post today regarding an resolution at 1680x1050...

Why do they call monitors with this resolution 16:10? Wouldnt they be 8:5? Thoughts? Opinions?

Again, this is a strange anomaly/curiosity question designed purely to get you to think. The answer does not affect me one way or the other.

#### MaverickUK

I guess it is 16:10 because the first two numbers of the resolution make this up. 1680x1050. It isn't 8:5 due to the fact that the first two numbers are the thousands and hundreds, which is a closer description than using the tens and ones unit and better represents the true value.

Thousands Hundreds Tens Units

1 6 8 0
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1 0 5 0

#### apr911

MaverickUK said:
I guess it is 16:10 because the first two numbers of the resolution make this up. 1680x1050. It isn't 8:5 due to the fact that the first two numbers are the thousands and hundreds, which is a closer description than using the tens and ones unit and better represents the true value.

Thousands Hundreds Tens Units

1 6 8 0
x
1 0 5 0
While your arguement makes sense, with that theory, a 1280x1024 should be 12x10 not 5:4 and 1024x768 and 800x600 should be 10x7 and 8x6 respectively not 4:3

#### kiwiguy

The aspect ratio is expressed in terms of current video standards, being 4:3 and 16:9.

Therefore it's not uncommon to see 16:10 to denote an aspect ratio, on the basis that the 16:9 is a norm and it makes the variation somewhat more understandable, but 8:5 would be acceptable.

#### RootbeaR

apr911 said:
So I was responding to a post today regarding an resolution at 1680x1050...

Why do they call monitors with this resolution 16:10? Wouldnt they be 8:5? Thoughts? Opinions?

Again, this is a strange anomaly/curiosity question designed purely to get you to think. The answer does not affect me one way or the other.
Closer to 17:11 than 16:10, which is probably why it isn't 8:5

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