LCD TV/Monitor w/ 12" iBook

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    Hi,

    I have a 12" iBook w/ 1024 x 768 resolution. I see that the 23" LCD TVs which also claim to function as monitors have a resolution of 1366 x 768. Given that the screen hack will be used on the iBook, will I benefit from the bigger screen? Am I better off with a 20" monitor?

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    balamw

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    FWIW a lot of 1360x768 HDTVs will accept 1024x768 and can either scale it to fill the whole screen or letterbox it. Further, most 20" monitors will still have a higher resolution than your iBook, like my Samsung which has 1280x1024, and is relatively "low-res".

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    You're better of with a 20" computer monitor. A 23" TV with a resolution of 1360x768 is too low for comfortable viewing. Also many flat panel tvs do not tilt and are too bright for close viewing.
     
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    balamw

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    I too, generally don't recommend using a TV as a monitor, but the differences between TVs and monitors are diminishing fast.

    For those TVs that don't tilt, you could always get a VESA mount that does, and most LCD TVs have a brightness control. :p Some even remember the settings differently for different inputs... (it is true that you will generally find better contrast rations on "monitors" than HDTVs, but even that is changing...)

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    Viewsonic?

    I found this monitor (see link below) and it appears to be a good deal. However, I don't think it will work with my 12" iBook. Is this assumption correct? Please help. Thank you.

    Viewsonic 20" monitor
     
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    The iBook may not support this monitors native resolution (i don't know because i don't own one and i'm too lazy to check) but the screen should be able to scale to fit, it just won't look as "clean".
     
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    You have to tell us the graphics chip in your ibook for us to know if it'll work. The radeon 7500 in my iBook drives my Samsung SyncMaster 210T at 1600x1200 without any problems other than expose slowing down. So if your radeon is anything newer than mine, It should be able to support that widescreen res.
     
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    My 1.2Ghz G4 iBook with an ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 can drive 1680x1050 with no problems.
     
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    This is the same model that I have. I believe I read where this ViewSonic monitor only has a DVI connection.

    So, in researching other (cheaper) monitors, I came across this one. Has anyone had any experience with the Princeton brand?

    Thanks again everyone!

    Princeton 20" monitor
     

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