Standard vs. Widescreen monitors

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  1. Jago

    Jago It helps if you hit it.

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    What's better for web/graphics development? I've used nothing but standard displays so far but the Hanns-G widescreen LCDs on newegg are kind of tempting. I'm worried about distortion. :hs: How bad will an image be streched on a widescreen? Is the only advantage for watching movies?
     
  2. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    If you use the proper resolution, and not try to force a 4:3 resolution onto a 16:9 screen, it won't be stretched at all.
     
  3. Jago

    Jago It helps if you hit it.

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    I see. What if my video card doesn't support a 16:9 resolution? Time for a new card? :dunno:
     
  4. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    It will.
     
  5. Jago

    Jago It helps if you hit it.

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    I checked the current display properties and I dont' see any 16:9 resolutions. :dunno:
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    If your video card can handle the largest res in both directions, it will handle that screen.

    As an example, if you get a 22" widescreen that has 1680 x 1050,
    your card only needs to be capable of handling those two seperate resolutions.

    I have a eVga 7900gt card that supports 2560 x 1600, so I know that it will handle it without seeing that aspect ratio listed.
     
  7. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    It depends on how old the card is. Cards made before wide screens became popular may not support the exact resolution of the panel even though it has plenty of memory and supports much higher resolutions. Try updating the drivers first but if it still doesn't work, get a new card.
     
  8. Jago

    Jago It helps if you hit it.

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    You guys were right. I unplugged the CRT, plugged in the widescreem LCD, then checked display properties. 1440x900 is now there and is the max resolution available. :bigthumb:
     
  9. Doc Brown

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    Once you go widescreen you will not want to go back.
     
  11. o2

    o2 Witty Title Here OT Supporter

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    I got 2 4:3 LCDs. I tried getting 2 widescreens, and it looks retarded. If you have 1 monitor, widescreen is the way to go thou.
     
  12. Zak8022

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    :werd: I love my widescreen on my laptop... even tho i'm getting sick of it and its size (Dell Inspiron 9100).
     

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