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I know this is a ridiculous question because pretty much everyone uses widescreen these days...here's the scenario. I have a relative that uses some older apps for work. Some of these apps are 1024x768 or 800x600 native resolution (the app forces full screen). These are Windows XP computers. Anyways currently they're using an old KDS CRT 19" monitor and it needs to be replaced. I would like to replace it with a 19" or bigger LED/LCD monitor. I've been digging around and I found there's basically 2 sizes in that range.
19" such as this one:
http://www.amazon.com/1908FP-UltraSharp-19-inch-1280X1024-Adjustable/dp/B002JNR3R4
or
20.1" such as this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SyncMaster-204B-20-1-Inch-Monitor/dp/B000E1CB1Q/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1394120363&sr=8-6&keywords=samsung+syncmaster

I'm wondering which direction I should go. Note that like I said above, this monitor should be able to display 1024x768 and 800x600 fairly well. Not distorted. I'm having a hell of a time figuring out which one above would handle those resolutions better.

I'm also open to any other brands/monitor suggestions that fit the needs above.

Thanks!!!
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Ideally, I'd try to find a big CRT that someone wants to unload on Craigslist and just use that. If you want to run 4:3 or 5:4 aspect ratio, the best option is still a Trinitron tube CRT. I'm still running one myself and have no desire to change.

Between the two LCD's that you posted, I'd choose the Samsung. It's a larger screen and also does 1600x1200 natively, while the Dell maxes out at 1280x1024. Either one will do 10x7 or 8x6, but it's not native on either one and therefore won't look as good as it possibly can.
     
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Ideally, I'd try to find a big CRT that someone wants to unload on Craigslist and just use that. If you want to run 4:3 or 5:4 aspect ratio, the best option is still a Trinitron tube CRT. I'm still running one myself and have no desire to change.

Between the two LCD's that you posted, I'd choose the Samsung. It's a larger screen and also does 1600x1200 natively, while the Dell maxes out at 1280x1024. Either one will do 10x7 or 8x6, but it's not native on either one and therefore won't look as good as it possibly can.
It doesn't need to look exactly perfect a 1024x768 or 800x600, just not terrible.
I know a CRT would be the best way to go, but they really don't want to deal with those big monitors.
Does anyone have a suggestion for any other brands? Such as this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-2001FP-20-1-inch-Monitor/dp/B000BMBUAQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
Or should I just go with the 20.1" Samsung?
Edited by morrow - 3/6/14 at 9:27am
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