Widescreen monitors

  Tim1964 23:29 16 Apr 2006

I've been looking at upgrading to a TFT monitor to replace my 19" CRT.

A 19" widescreen is within my budget but my query is, what does a webpage/program (that is designed for a resolution of 1024 by 768 for e.g.) actually look like at 1400 by 900? I wouldn't want to pay the extra just to have thick black lines down both sides of the screen like a widescreen TV set to 4:3.
Even on this site I get grey bars down the sides and, with the bookmarks list closed, I also have blue bars either side of the grey ones with no 'usable'extra width to the display.

Does anyone, with a widescreen display find it OK for websites/DVDs and games?


  terryf 23:37 16 Apr 2006

I have a 19" gnr lcd monitor with a maximum native resolution of 1280 x 1024, websites look great, the resolution you quoted seems strange to me.

  hzhzhz 23:42 16 Apr 2006

Widescreen monitors are much easier on the eyes.

  Tim1964 00:21 17 Apr 2006

Oops, the resolution should have been 1440 by 900.

There's an example here..

click here

Seems a good price for a large widescreen.

  ddd3 00:35 17 Apr 2006

Excellent price as long as it's a good monitor. Don't forget two things. 1/ A bad TFT monitor is a [i]very[/i] bad monitor 2/ The screen is measured diagonally. A 19" widescreen, by my reckoning, will be smaller but wider than a regular 17", if you get my drift.

As to your original question, it depends entirely upon the website you're accessing and the resolution you choose (There's a third thing... 3/ Some TFT monitors are very unforgiving if you try to use anything other than native resolution, and 4/ Most TFT monitors refresh noticably slower than their CRT equivalents.)

{That's 4 things - The Man in the Great Big Hat}

Blimey, I didn't expect the Spanish inquisition...

  Tim1964 09:59 17 Apr 2006

Thanks for the replies.

I'm not sure my graphics card could be set to the resolution of the monitor so I may have to factor in a card upgrade as well.

  hssutton 10:35 17 Apr 2006

I have a 20" widescreen 1600 x 1200 (viewable area across the screen 16.2") when viewing this site I finish up with a 3.5" blue bar on each side which is almost 50% of the viewable area. some other sites that I visit are even worse.

On the bright side an increasing number of widescreen monitors can be used in "Potrait" mode which resolves the problem. As I use my monitor primarily for photoshop work, widescreen is highly desirable, but for normal PC related work probably not worth the bother.

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