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Which screen resolution do you prefer?

by Marc Bennett CNET staff/forum admin / October 20, 2005 3:35 AM PDT

Which screen resolution do you prefer?

640x480 (really?)
800 x 600 (on what size monitor?)
1024 x 768 (on what size monitor?)
1152 x 864 (on what size monitor?)
1280 x 768 (on what size monitor?)
1280 x 1024 (on what size monitor?)
1600 x 1200 (on what size monitor?)
1900 x 1440 or higher (can you read this?)
Other (do tell)

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Depends on which monitor/type in use
by Steven Haninger / October 20, 2005 11:38 AM PDT

I'll generally set as follows

1024 x 768 on 15 or 17" CRT
1152 x 864 on 19" CRT

But will use native resolution on any LCD and adjust icon size and/or make web page adjustments to suit.

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moniter size = graphic card
by freezeframe / October 20, 2005 7:59 PM PDT

when using a 19 inch moniter do you need to use a faster graphic card and greater memory on board yours freezeframe

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yes and no
by H3LL5P4WN / October 20, 2005 11:23 PM PDT

I have a 19" Samsung Syncmaster 910N. It's native resolution is 1280x1024. By native resolution, I mean that essentially, that is what the monitor is designed to run at. You can run LCD monitors at lower than thier native resolution, but often the image quality suffers.

For normal everyday use, you wouldn't need a high end graphics card (GPU) or increase your system's memory. However, if you plan to do any graphics work or gaming at that high of a resolution, you really ought to look into high end cards, and quality (and quantity) memory.

I use an ATI Radeon X800XT All-in-Wonder 256mb AGP, and have 1gb of Corsair XMS XL Pro, with memory timings of 2-2-2-5 (Which means that it's faster than "value" PC3200 memory).

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resolution of a screen
by deyaa fahmy / October 20, 2005 9:36 PM PDT

My screen is 19

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It depends.
by H3LL5P4WN / October 20, 2005 11:27 PM PDT
In reply to: resolution of a screen

If you have an LCD monitor, the "best" resolution would be your monitor's "Native Resolution."

Otherwise, pick whatever resolution you think looks best, and you can still read. Also make sure you set your refresh rate high enough that you cannot see flicker.

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19" screen
by pvaken1 / October 25, 2005 6:00 PM PDT
In reply to: resolution of a screen

I schould think a 19" screen schould for best results be set to 1240x1024, eventually adjust the size of icons and of the fonts. The overall image quality will increase, and ypu'll have smaller menu's and more space to work.

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screen resolution
by p_ranade / October 21, 2005 12:10 AM PDT

I have a 2.4 ghz, intel 845gvsr system with 15" monitor. I use a screen resolution of 1154x864 out necessity because I find 1024 x 786 cramped.

Am I the odd one out?

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1154x864 on a 15in monitor
by lucky76 / October 21, 2005 4:49 AM PDT
In reply to: screen resolution

How can you see 1154x864 on a 15 inch monitor? I have a 19 inch monitor and I don't like it that small on it.

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by AZ_user / October 21, 2005 12:44 AM PDT

I am getting old, and my eyes aren't what they used to be. So at work I have a 21'' monitor, but it is 20'' from my eyes. So, for that, I use 1024 X 768.
However, on my laptop's LCD, I go to 1400 X 1050 because I can put on my reading glasses and get the screen closer -- And because the graphics in the laptop (IBM T43) are very good, 1400 x 1050 looks very sharp.

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by metman4u / October 21, 2005 1:42 AM PDT

Using a 20.1" Viewsonic LCD, 1280X1024 is ideal, though Viewsonic recommends 1600X1200.

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1280x1024 Please.....
by Mark0 - Technologist / October 21, 2005 5:15 AM PDT

My desktops use 1280x1024. I use this resolution on a 17" CRT, 19" LCD (native resolution) and a 20" LCD (this one has a native resolution of 1600x1200 but the dots are to tiny to see).

Both my laptops clock in at 1024x768. (14" and 15")

Why noone offers a SQUARE pixel (1024x1024 or 1280x1280) is beyond me at this point.


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square pixels??????
by pvaken1 / October 25, 2005 6:06 PM PDT
In reply to: 1280x1024 Please.....

all pixels on tft screens are square. If you schould aply 1024x1024 this would result into a square screen. Because your screen is rectangular, the resolution is allways uneven

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by visaksen / October 20, 2005 7:51 PM PDT

my screen is 1440 x 900


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15" Laptops, 17" CRT
by bjameel / October 20, 2005 7:58 PM PDT

1024 * 768
15" Laptops, 17" CRT

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Same resolution, pretty close monitors
by cmartin / October 21, 2005 12:55 PM PDT
In reply to: 15" Laptops, 17" CRT

12" laptop screen, 15" and 17" CRTs.

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Screen resolution
by TritonAlfa / October 20, 2005 8:07 PM PDT

1440 x 900

Standard on Medion Laptop

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best screen ever!
by p.lefebvre / October 20, 2005 8:14 PM PDT

The SGI 1600SW is still the best ever with its 17" extra wide screen and the smallest pixel for photo res.ever and not to hard to find (ebay) for a good price , to bad SGI stop making this one years a go .

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by ve2zc / October 20, 2005 10:27 PM PDT
In reply to: best screen ever!

On 19" monitor..

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by madlib / October 20, 2005 8:20 PM PDT

Ok I'm messing up. I have a dual view setup running two monitors at 1280x1024 each on a GeForce 6600GT 256MB from Gainward.
One LCD and one CRT by the way.

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Screen Resolution
by salmanzk / October 20, 2005 8:47 PM PDT

I preffer 1600 x 1200 on 22 inch monitor

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They're all too small
by runyononyon / October 20, 2005 8:50 PM PDT

I mostly work with text (I'm a university researcher and lecturer, so I write papers and reports; and I'm an ex-professional programmer and still cut a lot of code); and with the simple graphics generated by statistics programs.

In the past I've used 1600 x 1200 on a 19" Phillips monitor, but that sometimes gave me problems with text size.

Currently I run two monitors: 1280 x 1024 on 17" LCD and 1024 x 768 on 15" LCD.

But they're all too damn small. For example I once worked on developing a hospital nursing system, and the idea of computerising the drug logbook had to be dropped. A screen just couldn't display as much information as two pages of a book (and nor could a realistic - overloaded - system compete with the access and search speed of a ward-nurse using such a book).

I really believe we need screens the size of a wall or thereabouts, and some kind of feedback system so the screen reacts to where you're looking in some appropriate fashion. In fact, I heard of something very like that way back in 1984. The head of the computer department I worked for was completing his phd, and had read of research into something just like that. Whatever part of the display one looked at enlarged.

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Screen resolution
by markblintman / October 20, 2005 9:03 PM PDT

My PC monitor is LG Flatron776FM which I'm happy with on 1280 x 1024. My HP laptop has a widescreen plasma 17" screen and 64 bit ati chip & looks pretty amazing running DVD's or games. MY laptop will run happily at a high resolution but as the main programme I use is designed for 1280 x 1024 I stick to this (unless watching a movie!

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you have no plasma on laptop !
by eeee / October 20, 2005 10:29 PM PDT
In reply to: Screen resolution

who sold you that!

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17" LCD 1280x1024
by jer2eydevil88 / October 20, 2005 9:14 PM PDT

I use an NEC 1760NX with DVI input via my GeForce 6800 on my pc. I use the analog (vga) input from my mac mini at 1280x1024 as well.

The screen is fabulous and any higher of a resolution would put to much strain on my eyes.

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1024 X 768
by angeles75 / October 20, 2005 9:39 PM PDT

Samsung Syncmaster 753DF 17" CRT. Angel

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by miketkrw / October 20, 2005 9:55 PM PDT

I use an iMac 17". The perfect personal computer.

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1280 X 1024
by jedinc / October 20, 2005 10:16 PM PDT

ViewSonic VA721 - My eyes are not the best - but this screen work well for me. Does a reasonably good job with movies, excellant for business purposes.

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1024x768 on 19-inch monitor
by davfried / October 20, 2005 10:22 PM PDT

because I'm 70 with poor sight.

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Screen Reso..
by how / October 20, 2005 10:26 PM PDT

I like 1024 x 768 on 19" monitor.

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by pvaken1 / October 25, 2005 6:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Screen Reso..

you schould visit a eye-doctor

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