If you have a bit of wiggle room in your budget, then you might consider investing in a wide-screen monitor, which allows you to view multiple windows side-by-side, so you can work in more than one application.
Movie content has to be modified to fit the wide-screen format, which is why you may see solid black bars at the left and right or top and bottom positions of the image.
You will find several flat-panel options, HDTV projection systems and large wide-screen models when you shop.
Wide-screen sets come in different sizes than you may be accustomed to.
Most DVD movies and HD programs use a wide-screen format.