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  • 71% (5)
    Three x Widescreen
  • 28% (2)
    One Widescreen + Two 4x3 Standard Monitors
  • 0% (0)
    Other
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    Still using my trusty Apple IIe
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post #1 of 9
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What would you prefer to use?

Nowadays there isn't a huge difference in price between 4x3 and Widescreen monitors, so it comes down to preference and desk usage. For me, I'm not sure I'd want 3 Wides, they'd monopolize far too much of my desk, and I don't think I'd use all of that periphery.

To that end though, does anyone know a good window sizing utility? I love Windows' Half Screen auto snapping, but with multiple monitors, you can't do it on the center, which I really miss. I'd also love the ability to toss things into quarters!

Edit: One legit performance reason to get Three Widescreens is that it is much, much simpler to color match when you have three identical model monitors.
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post #2 of 9
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Originally Posted by joavery View Post

To that end though, does anyone know a good window sizing utility? I love Windows' Half Screen auto snapping, but with multiple monitors, you can't do it on the center, which I really miss.

Not true. Simply use Windows Key + Left arrow or Right arrow. Windows Key + Up arrow maximizes, and Windows Key + down arrow unmaximizes or minimizes.

And for the record, I'm a three widescreen guy.
post #3 of 9
Three widescreens will probably serve you better in the end. It might take more space, but it also has more room, you'll get a matching set and at least a decently matching image, and you can use them for games (surround or eyefinity), since mixed combos aren't supported in multi-monitor gaming. tongue.gif
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post #4 of 9
I currently have a 24" windscreen and a 19" 4:3 for a second monitor. They are actually really close in both physical size (screen height) and resolution (1920x1080 for the widescreen, 1280x1024 for the 19").
I actually like the fact that the 19" has a touch lower resolution, it allows me to set it so I don't go off the main monitor when going to the start menu (I have the monitor on the left and lined up at the top).
I had a 2nd 19" 4:3 on the right for a while, but never really used it, so it is my monitor for in my garage (where I build and work on computers).
I don't think I would like 3 widescreens, just takes up a lot of room. I don't use surround or eyefinity, so no need for that.
As far as color match, I guess I got lucky, I don't notice much difference between my monitors (or just don't care).

As said, a lot comes to personal preference and need.
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Out of the available choices I'd have to say three widescreens. I used my Samsung 204T 1600x1200 next to my Samsung 305T+ 2560x1600 for a while in both portrait and landscape modes and didn't really do much with it. 95% of the time everything I was doing fit on the 305T+. Triple matching widescreen monitors would be better as you can max out a window on each one and it's much better for eyefinity.

One setup I'd love to try would be triple 4:3 1600x1200. Perfect for working with a document/browser maxed out on each screen as well as gaming and you'd barely have to turn your head at all. Unfortunately the only 1600x1200 panel still available is around $400 and there are much better choices for that price. Another interesting setup would be 1920x1080 flanked by a pair of 1280x1024. Problem is that the heights don't match up and eyefinity gaming would need some work... could you even run 4480x1024?
 
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I love 3 wide screens in landscape. As long as you switch to extended mode when on the desktop, you can snap to each screen on the left and right. Eyefinity breaks the Windows snap feature which people always seem to complain about.

Another option though if you're on AMD GPU is Hyrdavision, makes snapping super easy in Eyefinity, but some applications don't support it (Steam, iTunes, Skype, any other application with a custom window decoration).
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One setup I'd love to try would be triple 4:3 1600x1200. Perfect for working with a document/browser maxed out on each screen as well as gaming and you'd barely have to turn your head at all. Unfortunately the only 1600x1200 panel still available is around $400 and there are much better choices for that price.

New, yes. However, the dell 2001fp, 2007fp, and the HP LP2065 are all easy to find for dirt cheap and in good condition used. If someone really wants such a setup, that's something to consider. The 2007fp is not the same as the 2007wfp, by the way. And the 2007fp also comes in S-PVA, which you might want to avoid if you want IPS.
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Another interesting setup would be 1920x1080 flanked by a pair of 1280x1024. Problem is that the heights don't match up and eyefinity gaming would need some work... could you even run 4480x1024?

You can't do monitor grouping on different resolutions. Extended works fine.
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New, yes. However, the dell 2001fp, 2007fp, and the HP LP2065 are all easy to find for dirt cheap and in good condition used. If someone really wants such a setup, that's something to consider. The 2007fp is not the same as the 2007wfp, by the way. And the 2007fp also comes in S-PVA, which you might want to avoid if you want IPS.
You can't do monitor grouping on different resolutions. Extended works fine.

So the 2007fp had an IPS option? Were all of those IPS? My Samsung has an S-PVA panel and I like it better than any of my other monitors, even with its input lag. I don't remember if it's 16ms or 25ms, but it's definitely considerable. Mine's also started to yellow, although it's about 6 years old.
 
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New, yes. However, the dell 2001fp, 2007fp, and the HP LP2065 are all easy to find for dirt cheap and in good condition used. If someone really wants such a setup, that's something to consider. The 2007fp is not the same as the 2007wfp, by the way. And the 2007fp also comes in S-PVA, which you might want to avoid if you want IPS.
You can't do monitor grouping on different resolutions. Extended works fine.

So the 2007fp had an IPS option? Were all of those IPS? My Samsung has an S-PVA panel and I like it better than any of my other monitors, even with its input lag. I don't remember if it's 16ms or 25ms, but it's definitely considerable. Mine's also started to yellow, although it's about 6 years old.

The dell 2007fp was both in IPS and S-PVA. You could tell which one it was by looking at the serial number. The IPS models' serial number ended with L if I recall that correctly.
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