Which one to go for : 17" or 19" LCD

By maheshk ยท 13 replies
Jan 15, 2006
  1. Hi,
    I need to decide between purchasing 17" and 19" LCD monitors. Cost is not the concern. I would use it for office applications, programming etc. The source of confusion is that both of them have the same resolution 1280x1024. So theoritically, 19" would be more pixelated ( or would have bigger pixels) compared to 17".

    Bigger pixels => less pleasing text?

    Could the owners of those monitors share their experiences on this.

  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    I have to admit, you have stumped me as far as being able to provide a good explanation as to WHY.... (the first step is admitting ;) )

    But a 19" monitor does not lose any clarity. Mine has brilliant color and textures. The detail is amazing.

    Going from a 17" to a 19" was just as big an upgrade for me as going from a 15" to a 17". Once you have made the leap, you can never go back.
  3. hondas

    hondas TS Rookie

    go for the 19" you will know the differeces
  4. Bender99

    Bender99 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    I'd go for the 19".
  5. Sean

    Sean TS Rookie Posts: 100

    Well, which has the higher contrast ratio? imo pick the one that supports the higher refresh rate. Trust me, you dont want to be stearing at a 19" lcd all day refreshing at 60hz, it will kill your eyes.
  6. petedee

    petedee TS Rookie

    I've got a 17" right now, although my 20" widescreen dell is on the way. I think the extra physical space makes a difference, i mean the pixels are so small on the monitors these days that your eyes are ususally the one that struggles rather than the actual monitor, and with a larger display you can be more accurate where you place things and get a bigger overall picture, all in all, i would say go for the 19"
  7. charvey

    charvey TS Rookie Posts: 19

    I just made the switch to LCD with a 19" ViewSonic VX924. It's awesome.
    Images in PhotoShop look like glossy posters. I can't see the pixels.
  8. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Really? LCD displays don't use a cathode ray tube.
  9. Sean

    Sean TS Rookie Posts: 100

    You can adjust the refresh rate. Where did you get cathode tube?
  10. maheshk

    maheshk TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Guys for your inputs. i have decided to go with Dell ultrasharp 1905FP. As far as refresh rate is concerned, it supports 1280 x 1024 at 75hz and that is quite good.

    I will have more to share with you when I get the monitor. I shall be ordering it today!!
  11. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Refresh rates don't really apply to LCD monitors like they to with CRT monitors. With an LCD, the pixel response time is much more important (the lower the better).
  12. iNoob

    iNoob TS Rookie Posts: 68

    Don't worry about the monitor being pixelated. For example, TVs before the HD generation usually have a resolution of 640x480 and the screens are obviously MUCH larger than computer monitors. Even though they SHOULD be more pixelated, you don't really notice it. Besides, 17" and 19" is not THAT big a size dif. so don't worry about the pixelation. Go with one that has a fast response time. Go for the 19" if price isn't an issue.
  13. seanp789

    seanp789 TS Enthusiast Posts: 111

    19 " inches all the way. I bet its a black LCD.
  14. kapeed1986

    kapeed1986 TS Rookie Posts: 19

    the native res of 19" is quite high ... if u're comfortable with it...well
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