1920x1080 vs. 1920x1200 (24")

Discussion in 'iMac' started by swandrix, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. swandrix macrumors newbie

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    I'm sorry if this post if a somewhat repeat of earlier discussions, but I could use some help. I bought a new mac mini i7 and want to upgrade my old 4:3monitor. The 23 or 24 inch screens seem to be what I'm after based on available desk size (and poor eyesight). Wanting to spend no more than $300 (no gaming, just casual use and photos) it seems like the Dell U2412M is a popular recommendation.

    Where I'm stuck is on the whole 1920x1080 vs. 1920x1200 thing. Could someone please provide some pro's and con's of the 1920x1200 resolution for a 24" monitor? Seems to offer more "real estate" but some people seem to mention magnifying effects and/or old technology cons. Any and all input is welcome and appreciated!

    Thanks!
     
  2. RedCroissant Suspended

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    Those two resolutions are so close that either one would be fine. 1920 x 1080 is usually the resolution used for TV/Movies..etc, and 1920 x 1200 is the standard computer monitor resolution and what most games and other applications are written for(I think).

    I would go with the 1920 x 1080. My wife's iMac is the late 2009 model with the 16:9 and it is an awesome display.
     
  3. AdrainSingapore macrumors member

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    It all comes down on what you are doing. Casual use can be different for you and me. I now have a 21.5 inch 16:9 iMac and I feel that the 16:9 is awesome. I wouldn't buy the 27" because I just think 16:9 for such a big computer display is too wide. If you want to watch movies, look at photos, I suggest you get the 16:9. If you browse the web more, I suggest you get the 16:10. If I were you I would go for the 16:10.
     
  4. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    16:10 is a preferred resolution since vertical space is so limited on smaller 16:9 displays. I have a 23" 16:9 1920x1080 display for gaming and it doesn't give me enough vertical resolution for other things in my opinion.

    My 27: 16:9 iMac does, however, because it's a bigger display.

    Go with the 16:10 for a smaller display (23"/24").
     
  5. Serban Suspended

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    Go for 16:9 (1920x1080) this is the future..all the app all the movies/games will be based on HD, FUll hd etc The others are only very good for read books specs documentary etc.
     
  6. Mac32 macrumors 6502a

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    I can't stand 16:9 monitors on laptops, as they are both unergonomical and impractical for everything except wathcing movies. However, I prefer 16:9 on larger displays (like my 27' iMac). This way I have plenty of vertical pixels, and also a wide screen for looking at several documents at the same time etc..
     
  7. Serban Suspended

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    21.5" this is not a laptop screen..it's big enough
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Since you mentioned "poor eyesight" (a common problem for many of us, especially us older folks), have you considered one of the 27" "medium-resolution" monitors that has the same resolution as a "standard" 24" monitor?

    That is, 1920 x 1080 ?

    Look at this one:
    http://tinyurl.com/99asv5p
    (Very nice display at a good price.)

    The pixel pitch on this one is 0.311" - considerably larger than you will find on a 24" display. The total effect is as if you were looking at a 24" image, "slightly blown up".

    Younger folks will look at this and say, "grainy!"
    Older folks will look at it and say, "great!"...
     

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