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Question for those out there with dual monitors.

I wanted to get one for gaming and one for photo work. I was considering a 120hz TN for my primary display (desktop/gaming) and a nice IPS for my secondary (photo/digital work).

Despite the form factor difference of the gaming TN and the professional IPS (23" vs 24"), does the aspect ratio affect both monitors?

For example, on my old laptop I hooked a CRT up to it and to do so, I changed the resolution to 1600x1200. This made the laptop resolution look terrible but the CRT looked great. If I made the resolution 1920x1200, the CRT looked awful and the laptop LCD was pristine.

This leads to me to ask, if I purchased a nice A2310 or SA2311w for my TN and an Eizo for my IPS and used a 16:10 (1920x1200) ratio, would this run the AW2310 in 16:10 or would it still run in 16:9 or not at all? No way I am going to run an Eizo in 16:9. wink.gif
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You can run multiple monitors in different resolution and refresh rate settings if you keep them in extended mode.

Your laptop experiment was probably due to the displays being set to clone mode, no?
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You'll be fine to get different ratios. They'll both display at their recommended individual resolutions as long as you're not doing like eyefinity or something.
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Yes, what he said, I was about to state that, in Extended desktop move, you will be able to set different resolutions and refresh rates per monitor.
   
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You guys just made my day while making me look very stupid. wink.gif Thanks!

Now, does anyone have any images of a 23" TN (or any 23") next to a 24" IPS?
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Provided, I don't have actual pictures. But a tool I find useful for demonstrating size differences between the panels of the displays is the displaywars.com site. http://displaywars.com/23-inch-16x9-vs-24-inch-16x10

Here you see 23" 16:9 (purple) compared with a 24" 16:10 (green). This is panel size, of course, no bezels.


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That's beautiful De-Zant. Just what I needed. Thanks for that.

Now it's just a matter of whether or not I should pull the trigger or not. Can someone talk me in/out of this before buyers remorse/addiction kicks in?

Eizo CG243W w/ i1: $2,000 and
AW2310: $400

I was looking at the SA2311w but it's just ugly compared to the AW2310. Does anyone know which one has better build quality and performance?
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