HD Monitor

By nate39
Apr 12, 2007
  1. My Samsung monitor is over 5 years old and still works great (have 2 of them). I keep waiting for it to die so I can get a LCD. My question is, what kind of LCD monitor will do High Def? Is there a certain resolution I need to get or what? Sorry for the ignorance, but I don't want to get something I will regret or won't do the job if I want to watch HD on my computer. I currently use it to watch TV. Thanks.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Depends on what "HD" you are wanting. Nearly all LCDs will do the lower HD resolution which is 720p, meaning anything with the 2nd number in the resolution higher than 720 will work, like 1024x768. The other HD is 1080i or 1080p and that one is significantly higher and more expensive. You are looking at at least a 21" LCD widescreen to do that. Most 20s will get you close, doing a 1680x1050 resolution, but to get everything shown you'd need one that can do say 1920x1200.
  3. nate39

    nate39 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    thanks, I that's what I thought but haven't done HD with the computer yet, just the TV
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Except that 720p is 1280x720, so 1024 pixels would be too narrow.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Good point Mict.

    That leads me to a question then. Why are (all?) the 720p tvs 1366x768? The signal as you pointed out is 1280x720, so to get it to fill the screen the image has to be zoomed, which no longer means 1 pixel of the source gets 1 pixel on screen. Each source pixel then gets 1.383 pixels on screen, that isn't going to be as 'crisp' then I'd think.
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