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As long as your screen only supports 1920x1200, that's what you'll get. It'll be the same with movies.
What do you mean?
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As in, they will also be stretched and lose sharpness. Also, if by "edges" you mean the black borders, then that doesn't help either. It's the same resolution, so the black borders and the game/video itself has the same amount of pixels, but each pixel is shown over a larger area.

Let me demonstrate with 2 screenshots from a movie, where it's more noticeable.
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Originally Posted by sledgehammer1990 View Post
I am going to return my monitor today and buy the 28"


How is the picture quality? Are you using the HDMI for your computer? Anypics? I want a better view of it.
i too have that 28". i love ALMOST everything about it. The contrast ratio is a bit low, so blacks become washed out. Dark scenes in movies blend into the black bands around them. So, I'm very happy with the picture except at dark points in a game or movie.
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Transformers 1920x1080 http://www.firingsquad.com/media/hir.../images/03.png
Transformers 2240x1260 resize (1920x1080 actual size on 28") http://rapidshare.com/files/96740667...x1260.png.html

With movies, there is another downside to upsizing (or in this case, stretching)... small grain that usually isn't very noticeable grows in size and becomes a lot more noticeable.

Additionally, most software and hardware video players default to "fit to screen" (in fullscreen mode), which basically means that they resize the video to the highest res they can without changing the aspect ratio.

For 16:9 videos, this means that SD videos at resolutions like 704x396 or 768x432 (and others) will get resized to 1280x720 on 1280x1024, 1680x1050 screens, and on 1920x1200 screens get resized to 1920x1080 (though I don't have a high res screen to test this on).

On top of this you'll have your screen "stretching" it by 16.67~%, and with SD movies (like DVDs!) all this means you're in for a very "unsharply" (XD) and grainy experience!
(and if you adjust it to maintain the original res, you'll end up with huge black borders from all 4 directions in full screen)

All in all, I would recommend you use a TV for viewing movies. This 28" will actually probably be fine for gaming, as you say you game at 1920x1200 and the stretch effect isn't that noticeable at that res.

Hardware players/TVs that upscale (not just stretching because of a bigger size) often do more than just resizing (which is what all software players do at default).
They do stuff like reducing the amount of grain, which helps with the grain growing in size and sharpening to make the picture look better.

Also, when you view interlaced material ((HD)DVD, BR movies) on a computer, the player will have to deinterlace or you'll see weird horizontal lines when there's motion. Deinterlacing almost always creates more grain and causes loss of sharpness.

PCs also have square pixels while TVs do not. People will look horizontally stretched (fatter) than they were supposed to.

The same goes for colors: PC monitors and TVs don't share the same colors. Conversion can not usually be done automatically because it results in dark scenes being too dark, and bright scenes being too bright.

Before conversion:


After conversion (more or less how it looks on a TV):


The conclusion: 28" is actually OK for computer/gaming, but you'll hate yourself if you start watching non-HD movies on it. (Bonus: A HDTV will look much better, and not just because of the resolution)
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Here's what my games look like:

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Fishie loves his. I'll send him a link to this thread.
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Yep I love mine lol. Here's some pics.



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Thanks guys, I just ordered it last night. I will post some pics when I get it. BTW, Fishie36 is that desk from Staples? If so, that is what I was going to get today with my Tax refund.
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Thanks guys, I just ordered it last night. I will post some pics when I get it. BTW, Fishie36 is that desk from Staples? If so, that is what I was going to get today with my Tax refund.
Yes it is from staples

Here's a better pic if you wanted to see.

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Same amount of pixels, bigger screen. Bad for the image.

Here is a 1920x1200 screenshot of Crysis: http://resources.vr-zone.com/Firefox...8800gt_new.png (since it's a screenshot, this is how it would look on a 1920x1200 screen with a 1:1 PPI (DPI, Pixels Per Inch) ratio).

Explanation of what I did to get those images, if you're interested:


...and finally, we have a picture of how this image would approximately look on a 28" screen - as resized by a sharp video resizer (Avisynth's Lanczos4Resize, for those interested):
http://rapidshare.com/files/96721757...x1400.png.html
(this one has to be on rapidshare because it's too big for image hosts, 3.6MB)

And versions that fit in a 1280x1024 screen:
24" downsized
28" downsized

You can see that objects lose sharpness, though it's not very apparent in this image since most of it is water. Compare the gun.
I couldn't find another 1920x1200 image that has lots of detail in it (for example, when you're in the woods), so this'll have to do.

If you like what you see, go ahead and upgrade, but I wouldn't. I would even consider it a downgrade, since I'm a sucker for sharpness. Some peoples are suckers for big screens, so if you just love size, get it.
hello really nice crysis screenshot haha!
 
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