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I'm hoping to pick up a new monitor in the sales to go with a planned new computer.

However I've always been a bit behind the times with monitors as I always preferred the reassuring sturdiness of a CRT for a long time and have never liked the idea of wide screen.

But looking around it seems most 22" are wide screen and seem quite well priced in the sales so im tempted to try one out. What im wondering is how it works with regards to general computer use and gaming.


Are there games out there that don't support wide screen?
Do things get stretched whenever it isn't or do you get blank spaces etc.


I'm sure they are silly questions but as I said I've always remained a bit old school with monitors and TVs so this is really my first venture into wide screen, HDTV etc.


I appreciate all your help.
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Once you get a widescreen you wont go back. There are games that dont have "widescreen support" but they all scale and will not stretch the image. Last time i got a game without widescreen support it was simcity 4 in 2003.

No blank spaces either with gaming or web surfing. Im sure some DVDs will still show black areas, but i dont think you can fix that.
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Hey! I play SC4 on my widescreen all the time! just gotta add a command to the launcher path.

mine looks like this for my 1680*1024---

"G:\\Games\\Simcity 4\\Apps\\SimCity 4.exe" -introff -r1680x1024x32 -w

Which is to say...
There pretty much isn't a game out there that can't be made to run widescreen. If the engine can't be made to work with your resolution with command like in Sim City 4, then there'll be a 3rd party patch or you can use your VGA drivers to letterbox your screen.
Edited by Ltar - 12/26/08 at 3:42pm
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Any game you buy right now and for the last year or so will support widescreen.

There are also older games that support widescreen.

And in many instances through editing the .ini file or the game shortcut you can force an older game to assume any resolution you want (you can Google and you will often find the trick to get the game to play in the wanted resolution).

Go for a new LCD monitor and enjoy the new dimention of widescreen!
 
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Well ive found a few in the sales be interested to hear if they are any good.

"Misco Saver" 17" £60 http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/...79814&catcode=

HANNS.G HW173AB 17" £67 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/126874

Hanns-G HG191A 19" £70 http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/...&sourceid=1197

Acer X201W 20" £90 http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/347644...tml?P36=BPAWLK

LG W2234S 22" £120 http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.204-5771.aspx


Also in regards to how the image display does it actually result in a wider ingame view, so for example in an fps your FoV would be at a wider angle or do you just get a larger image of the standard view?
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Originally Posted by Ltar View Post
Hey! I play SC4 on my widescreen all the time! just gotta add a command to the launcher path.

mine looks like this for my 1680*1024---

"G:GamesSimcity 4AppsSimCity 4.exe" -introff -r1680x1024x32 -w

Which is to say...
There pretty much isn't a game out there that can't be made to run widescreen. If the engine can't be made to work with your resolution with command like in Sim City 4, then there'll be a 3rd party patch or you can use your VGA drivers to letterbox your screen.

Yup i run that for SC4 also thanks!!

I run an acer widescreen and im very happy with it. Awesome quality for the price.
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I've heard alot of good things about the Hanns-G Panels, and they're quite a popular choice, however if you can afford it i'd reccomend my current panel, a Samsung 223BW. I absolutely love it, it runs a native of 1680x1050 as it's a 21.6" screen, which means you've got a great sized screen at a great performance resolution.
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I've looked and seen that 20" is the start of the next resolution so it seems like a good idea to go for that.

However since 20-22 use the same resolution the bigger screen must be slightly spread apart, does this have any effect on performance?

Is it better to go for 20" or 22"?
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Originally Posted by Isileth View Post
I've looked and seen that 20" is the start of the next resolution so it seems like a good idea to go for that.

However since 20-22 use the same resolution the bigger screen must be slightly spread apart, does this have any effect on performance?

Is it better to go for 20" or 22"?
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I've found pros and cons for each.

With a CRT, there's almost no limit to the viewing angle, so I don't have to have that perfect tilt angle to have a nice balance between the top and bottom. Nor do I have to worry about showing somebody something and having to say, "stand here for the best image".

With a CRT, the picture quality is a little better in some respects. I've never liked laptops because I could always see the pixels. And now that I have an LCD, it's like I have a really big laptop, but with a superior panel.

With a CRT, I don't have to worry about motion blur (like with LCD's, you can have almost no motion blur with a 2ms panel).

But...

With an LCD, I have far less eye strain. It's like the difference between staring at incandescent lighting vs. fluorescent. I really like that.

With an LCD, I can have widescreen. That in itself has many benefits and absolutely no negatives. Not even when I'm playing a game that doesn't support widescreen because there are black "bars" on the left and right.

With an LCD, I think the colors are a little better. Everything is certainly sharper and a little more defined.

With an LCD, I have MUCH more desk space.

With an LCD, my rig becomes portable.

With an LCD, my rig consumes less electricity.

With an LCD, I don't have to worry about popping my hernia if I lift it.


I admit that I really miss my CRT, but as you can see, I think the definitely positives outweigh the negatives.

There are probably more I didn't think of, but that probably covers it pretty well.
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