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Just curious... How come PC monitors never seem to mention PPI (Pixels Per Inch) in the specifications? Is it assumed that everyone sits the same distance from their monitor?

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dot pitch might be what you are looking for. Otherwise you can compute the PPI manually. It doesn't change for a certain size screen with certain resolution.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dot_pitch

look at the chart for PPI information.

Also look at this. It should roughly apply to computer monitors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimum...ewing_distance
Edited by dum noob - 3/9/11 at 4:15pm
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It's pretty easy to calculate once you have the numbers and a calculator infront of you.

Here's a quick way to do it by hand.

Or here's an online calculator.
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Thanks for the calculator! I bookmarked it.
So would you notice a pretty big difference in clarity between a 24inch monitor running 1920x1080 vs. a 21inch monitor running 1920x1080?

The PPI is 11004 for the 19inch and 8425 for the 24inch.

Is there an "ideal" dot pitch / pixels per inch for PC monitors?
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Originally Posted by revlimiter View Post
Thanks for the calculator! I bookmarked it.
So would you notice a pretty big difference in clarity between a 24inch monitor running 1920x1080 vs. a 21inch monitor running 1920x1080?

The PPI is 11004 for the 19inch and 8425 for the 24inch.

Is there an "ideal" dot pitch / pixels per inch for PC monitors?
Higher is generally regarded as better.

More often than not, you'll just want to get one with a better panel though.

The Dell U2410 has a better picture than the U2211H, but the U2211H has a higher PPI (94 for the U2410, 100 for the U2311H) but the U2410 has a better panel so it looks better overall.

Finding a monitor close to 100 PPI is generally a good range though.

The U2711 has the best PPI of any current LCD (besides the Apple 27" LED Cinema Display) and it's around 114PPI, but it's not that noticeable vs a U2410 or U2211H
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Importance:

1. Quality of pixels (IPS, PVA)

2.) Density of pixels (<0.3mm Dot Pitch)
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2.) Density of pixels (<0.3mm Dot Pitch)
Basically, 720P screens shouldn't be bigger than 18.5" ( @ TV Makers)
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Basically, 720P screens shouldn't be bigger than 18.5" ( @ TV Makers)
No, <0.3mm is for monitors.

If you're sitting 10 feet away, 720p on a 50" starts to look decent.

Although at that distance, you might as well have an 18.5" screen right in your face
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Nah, even on a TV it doesn't look right.

From 10 feet, a 32" 1080P picture will almost always look better than a 720P one if the source material is shot in that resolution and all factors between them are the same (IE: no crappy down sampling, etc)
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Nah, even on a TV it doesn't look right.

From 10 feet, a 32" 1080P picture will almost always look better than a 720P one if the source material is shot in that resolution and all factors between them are the same (IE: no crappy down sampling, etc)
Ah, but would a 32" 1080p @ 10f look better than a 60" 720p @ 20f..
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