Widescreen monitor? Or not?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Joe, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. Joe

    Joe Guest

    I am buying a new flat panel monitor, 19"", and wondered if I should buy a
    widescreen or a "square" type. The reason I am not sure is that when I view
    my widescreen television, everyone look smaller and fatter/broader in
    widescreen than in "normal" mode. Would this effect be present on a
    widescreen monitor also? i.e. when viewing photos, videos etc.,.?
    Just a thought.

    Joe, Nov 17, 2006
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  2. Joe

    Meat Plow Guest

    Won't look like a tv. You get visual distorion when you watch tv broadcast
    in 4:3 aspect on a tv set to 16:9. Your tv might have a "format" setting
    to allow you to watch 4:3 broadcasts without distortion however you'll
    have blank screen on each side.
    Meat Plow, Nov 17, 2006
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  3. If you use your pc to watch movies, or prefer landscape format for your
    pictures, or you want to view 2 full pages on one screen, you may want to
    buy a widescreen. Take care of the actual resolution: a normal 19" screen
    usually offers 1280x1024 resolution, while some "widescreens" only have
    1280x960 or something alike.
    Walter Mautner, Nov 17, 2006
  4. Joe

    Joe Guest

    I just tried those two resolutions on my own pc here at home, and the
    difference is one which makes me wonder what would happen if I did the same
    thing whilst actually using a widescreen monitor. Hmm.

    Joe, Nov 17, 2006
  5. Joe

    DanR Guest

    1680x1050 is a common wide screen aspect. Note that the dimensions are
    measured diagonally. So a 19 inch 4x3 monitor will be taller than a 19 inch
    wide screen.
    DanR, Nov 17, 2006
  6. Joe

    Carol2 Guest

    I had to replace my system this fall due to age-related HD failure & went
    with a OTC brand-name this time. I had an option to upgrade to a 19" wide
    screen & asked similar questions. The knowledgable salesperson assured me
    that I would be pleased with the upgrade, showed me some in-store
    models.....& he was right. This TFT LCD monitor is 10" x 16", & I Love the
    added width for graphics editing, etc. If you use spreadsheets, it would be
    another plus.......much less scrolling. 8^)

    Carol2, Nov 21, 2006
  7. Joe

    Jack Gillis Guest


    Like Joe asked, I wonder if the wide screen distorts images. On my laptop
    wide screen, any site that displays a circle gets that circle displayed as
    an oval. Likewise, a square becomes a rectangle. Does that happen on your
    wide screen?

    Jack Gillis, Nov 21, 2006
  8. "Jack Gillis" really posted this

    It doesn't on any of mine.

    This is just too complicated to explain...

    It's a video card-receives-and-interprets signal thang - combined with a
    web-site's code. If a website is coded correctly and you have a correct
    [almost any recent] video card, your video is not distorted. Sometimes it
    is. Sometimes computing is erratic. Sometimes, in your value-system's
    reality-based space-time-continuum, Bill Gates is *just* /screwing/ with

    Two for those who can roll: 1) Don't ya think there'd be hoards of
    screaming consumers with wide screens that make nekkid pikktures of their
    wives look even fatter? And, 2) just go get one from Circuit City or Wal
    Mart [after the pagan holidaze, of course] or anyone with a money-back
    policy and try it!

    Then post back here and tell us all about it. If you're unhappy, maybe I'll
    start a PayPal fund and get you re-imbursed for your petrol costs - and buy
    your lunch too.


    To me, truth is not some vague and/or foggy notion.
    Truth *is* real! And, at the same time - unreal.
    Fiction and fact and everything in between...
    Plus some things I can't even remember -
    all rolled into one big "thing."

    This is "truth," to me.
    Bucky Breeder, Nov 21, 2006
  9. Joe

    Carol2 Guest

    That's what I was trying to say, Jack......in my reference to graphics (&
    pic) editing. 8^) There is no distortion.....at least none that I have
    been able to find. The system is a Gateway with Gateway FPD1975W TFT LCD
    Monitor (Widescreen 1440x900 resolution). My previous (1 yr. old)
    flat-screen CRT monitor had some definite 'warping' problems, that I was
    Never able to clear up. Truly.....I had myself convinced that I would not
    like a LCD monitor (much less a wide screen, due to the distortion problems
    you mention & that I have witnessed on wide-screen TVs), but I DO love this
    screen & would purchase another. In fact, I can't Imagine going back to my
    old monitor. Also.....due to window placements & lighting, I had a definite
    problem with the CRT screen. That is gone now. 8^)

    BTW....I note that you are referring to a laptop. I don't know anything
    about that, as I don't own one......but Have worked with a couple & haven't
    noticed the problem on them either. Perhaps, you need to check your
    monitor's settings? (Refer to documentation)

    Carol2, Nov 22, 2006
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