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20" Samsung SM205BW/206BW - Advice Needed

post #1 of 8
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Hello,

I'm planning on upgrading from a 17" LCD to either the 20" Samsung SM205BW or SM206BW. SM205BW being £175.


The resolution is 1680 x 1050. So does this mean I can watch and benefit from 720p video??

I thought that:
720p = 1280 x 720 = about 1 million pixels
1680 x 1050 = about 1.7 million pixels

Are my thoughts right? I'm quite confused about the whole HD thing..

Thanks for reading!

Edit: the 206bw is cheaper at the same store... strange.
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post #2 of 8
Yes and the Samsung can display 1080p perfectly too.
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post #3 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by kennymester View Post
Yes and the Samsung can display 1080p perfectly too.
Yep, those are nice monitors. I am thinking about upgrading to the same thing.
post #4 of 8
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Thanks. I've just ordered one. :-)

About 1080p on those monitors;
I read somewhere that there's no point to run 1080p video if you have the choice between 720p and 1080p. Because running 1080p will result in the display chucking away more information?

Again, I'm just asking because I read something that said this.
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post #5 of 8
I think thats when your comparing 1080i vs 720p.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kennymester View Post
I think thats when your comparing 1080i vs 720p.
Correct. 1080i is 480p doubled. 1080p is the best res you can get, at leasts for the time being.
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post #7 of 8
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Actually, I was talking about the ability of playing 1080p material on this display.

Someone on a popular HD BitTorrent website said this display can somehow play FULL HD...

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A friend of mine also has this display and theres 1 strange thing. you can manually change the resolution to 1920x1080 and also 1280x1024, so you can watch a movie in full HD without problems

So this monitor is 1920x1080? :-s
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post #8 of 8
Its scales the picture so it fits correctly, and it looks great even though its compressing the image.
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