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Originally Posted by Kolya View Post

I thought everyone is buying the same various Korean offerings on ebay: Crossover, Shimian, Yamakasi and so on.
I can't afford an HP.

Sorry, first time I heard about the korean monitors.
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To answer a couple of follow up questions I saw (sorry if I didn't see them all):

Most panels are capable of scaling. A couple of specialized or super budget panels do not have a built in scaler (such as some of the popular korean panels).

ANY modern video card is capable of scaling, if you're concerned that your card isn't "modern" enough, ask yourself this question: Does it have DVI or newer output? If yes, it is modern enough. If no, you're gonna need to replace that card anyway for a high resolution digital display.

Again, more pixels is still better. Remember, you are never forced to use all of said pixels. If you want to run a game or movie at lower than native resolution, more power to you - nothing lost - but now you still have the option of running native resolution for productivity needs or older (less demanding) games and future (higher res) movies.

As a side note to the above point, a lot of people use the faulty argument that 16:9 is a better aspect ratio because a lot of media is designed for it. The truth of the matter is 16:9 panels were designed purely as a cost-cutting measure for the manufacturers. Any time that media is locked to 16:9 aspect ratio, you can simply set a 16:10 panel to a 16:9 resolution and turn off the scaler - you now effectively have a 16:9 panel for the duration of said media experience. Remember, people might complain about black bars taking up part of their screen, but said areas of the screen don't even exist on a 16:9 panel - You don't gain anything from 16:9 panels, but you do lose pixels that are extremely valuable for just about anything aside from full-screen movies.

As I mentioned earlier, and was also mentioned by another user, I would NOT suggest using a TV. I would also not suggest going over 27 inches at 1920/1xxx resolution. I've already mentioned why in my first post, but to address the specific related question that I remember - "how can TVs be ok with 1080p at 55 inches?" or something to that effect - There are two reasons. 1) Because TV's are designed to display TV broadcasts, and movies, which vary from 300x200 to 1920x1080. Additionally all TV/movie video is heavily motion blurred, lens blurred, has added noise, etc etc to make it appear "film like" and thus acceptable to the average viewer as "quality video". Anything higher would drive up costs without having any visible effect on currently produced TV media. 2) because you typically sit so far away from a TV that your eyes can not resolve details much smaller than the pixels offered. A 2 square mm pixel is huge and obnoxious up close, but from far away is just barely big enough to see.
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My monitor is 2560 by 1600 and it is perfect for having two pages up at the same time. I use this all the time for school, mixing music, coding in HTML while using photoshop or illustrator to make the buttons/mouseover images, all sorts of things. even things as simple as browsing the net and playing music, you can see two windows perfectly.

cant say whether 1440 is as nice. seems like the height would be too short to show a whole page in word though. at 1600, there is already wasted space on the sides of the word document when the entire page is fit to the screen. (perfectly fitting the page to the width of the screen leaves a little hanging off the bottom, which you have to scroll to see.)

hope this helps.

another option would be to get two monitors with lower resolution and place them side by side in portrait.

edit: my monitor requires a dual link DVI cable/capable video source. not just DVI.

edit: i agree that more pixels is always better for productivity. even a nice 1920x1200 monitor is better than a 1080p monitor. also, do not use a TV. TVs are designed to be viewed from far away, so they look terrible from a few feet away. they might also hurt your eyes.

size does not mean more real estate, which a lot of people dont seem to understand. i see people stating the size of their monitor when they really should be stating the resolution all the time. they dont seem to understand that you can have the same number of pixels on two different sized screens, or a different number of pixels on two of the same sized screens.
Edited by Skoobs - 12/11/12 at 2:19pm
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post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 
zero4549 and skoobs, thanks a lot. Very informative. I definitely want the 30"er, I just need to get on with choosing which one, there seem to be a couple of models which are very similar to one another: Crossover 3020MDP and the 30Q5 and the Yamakasi Leonidas. The Sparta seems to be the one with tempered glass and I've read that they should be avoided. Maybe I'll start a new thread about which to choose. Seems silly, I would have thought the question had been posed already. Anyway, I much appreciate everyone's patience and knowledge. Sure makes buying easier.
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