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i was thinking buying a nice 19" monitor for under €200, but the shop next to me is selling a 19" viewsonic HD ready monitor for €400. it will save me waiting and postage and package
so i want to know the advantages of HD screens.
so far i know that HD videos look good on them but what else? games?
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The "HD ready" monitor probably supports HDMI or something, which means that it isn't really any better except that you will be able to watch HD movies through Vista without having to break any protection schemes on the disk. HDMI was what MS had to agree to in order to get licensed by the movie studios to provide HD playback abilities. It's ridiculously complicated, expensive, and unnecessary, but we'll all end up paying for it anyway so you might as well get it now if you have the extra cash, especially if you plan on watching HD movies on your PC any time soon.
 
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post #3 of 18
I play HD content through my non-HD monitor through the DVI although it isn't DRM'd. What is the resolution of the monitor anyway? If it's 19" it can't be that high, in which case you'll never fully utilize Full HD anyway.

EDIT: As far as games go, they don't care about HD support. The only thing that matters in games is resolution.
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post #4 of 18
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well that monitor is the same res as any other 19" ...but "its x4 sharper"?
and why do graphics cards say "designed for extreme HD gaming?" does that mean that there is a difference in games?
i wanna know if the extra 200 euro worth it over a normal 19". and what are the advantages over it....appart from watching hd movies
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post #6 of 18
aside from the extra inputs ( hdmi ect.) the "HD'' monitor is probably the same, you need to look @ the naitive resolution, Contrast Ratio's and response times. POst those and then we can really tell you if its worth the extra money or not ( im guessing not tho)
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post #7 of 18
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19" 1400x900 or what not...5 ms.. not sure about contrast...but what about HD games and HD being x4 sharper???
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HD is just a selling point and an excuse for them to jack up the price, HD content comes in a few Flavors 480P ( which is ED not HD) 720p and 1080i, 1080p. What those numbers represent are standard computer resolutions. There is a FAQ somewhere that gives a really good rundown or what all this kinda stuff means. most people consider "true" HD to be 1080p. and HD games is again just a selling point. Heck a x300 will put out HD video, but dont expect it to play games at high resolution. The HD games is just to let you know that the card can play games at high resolutions
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post #9 of 18
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so it aint worth it all then
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post #10 of 18
On your choice of monitor? Maybe not. HD itself? Totally different story.
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