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21inch monitor 2048x1536 realistic?

By yorman ยท 14 replies
Dec 2, 2003
  1. Hello everyone!

    I am about to buy a 21 inch monitor. A secondhand one from yahoo auctions in japan.
    There are many options, but as a foreigner here in tokyo I prefer to go safe and get an old usual hp.

    I intend to use it for spreadsheets and every pixel space counts for me.

    The question is,
    My first option, Hp p1100 model does not support 2048x1536 at flicker free refresh rates. Is around 100$.

    hp p1110 or later support 2048x1536 at 72hz or more. around 150$.

    Can one use 2048x1536 with a 21 inch monitor for spreadsheets or general use? I mean realistically. If it is an unrealistic resolution then I will not bother about it and get the cheaper one.

    Your experiences would be appreciated.
  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,070

    If $50 critical for you go ahead and get the 1100 .You can run the CRT at a lower resolution and still have the extra territory.
    But get the 1110 if you can. Remember, at the higher resolution ,spreadsheets may be too small so you might have to increase font size.but the letters will be nice and crisp.
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 3,874

    The problem with having such a high resolution will be that everything will appear small on the screen. Even if you have a 21" monitor. So if you have to increase the font size you aren't really getting the full 2048x1536 because the fonts will be bigger, so you might as well just set it at 1600x1200 or a little higher with normal font size. Just another option.
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,235   +496

    I can run 2048 on my 22" and I (who really likes high res) can't use it on a day to day basis at that resolution. It's great at 1920 though.
  5. yorman

    yorman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the advice.

    It seems I would not use 2048x1536 on a day to day basis. It is too tiny. As a solution, one can chang font sizes here and there, but that seems too bothersome to me, so that is that.
    But nevertheless I will get the better monitor. The reason is it is flatter. I want that flat experience. Worth the 50$ difference.
  6. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 3,874

    I agree, I hope you enjoy it.

    BTW :wave: Welcome to TechSpot :wave:
  7. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,049   +11

    Another option would be using two (or more) monitors with slightly lower resolutions, for example both 1280x1024 would make workspace of 2560x1024 in size with good refresh rate at the same time.
  8. yorman

    yorman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    There was no hp on auction and I could not wait longer, so I got an ibm 21inch p260 for around $200. About same level as hp p1110-p1120. This is not as cheap as I expected, but they like ibm here so the prices go up a bit. But I couldn't wait. The seller was a repair service and when they said "color and focusing is good" it sounded reliable. For hp would have to wait for a week or more.

    I will definitely try the 2 monitor idea. I already have one 15inch so when the new 21 inch one arrives, I will have 2.
  9. yorman

    yorman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I just got my monitor. Heaven it is beautiful!
  10. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,235   +496

    Grats Yorman... hope it was everything you were wishing for :)
  11. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 3,874

    I hope it is what you wanted, as it is an expensive paper weight if it isn't, not to mention a HUGE one.
  12. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,645

    Bleh, (my eyes are fine) I kind of got sick of even 1600x1200 on my 21". I'm running at 1280x1024 now. I guess I'm borderline (;)) 1600/1280. I do like wallpapers and the refresh rate better at the lower res though.
  13. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,925   +546

    I'm similar to Vehementi... 1600x1200 seems a touch small for me so I stick to 1280x960. I can't imagine ever going to 2048 on a 21" monitor.
  14. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 615

    Realistically, 1600x1200 is about the best you can run on a good 21 inch monitor. 1920x1440 is doable if you can get 85 HZ refresh. At 75 Hz, flicker starts to becomes noticeable (IMO). Blurriness also becomes an issue at higher resolutions.
  15. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Posts: 166

    I can run 1600x1200 @ 80Hz on my 21 inch...it can get up to 2048 but the refresh rate is too small (60Hz).

    You WANT to make sure that your VIDEO CARD can support the resolution, because if it can't, than it doesn't matter what monitor you get...
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