External Monitor - Resolution question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by cooper83, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. cooper83 macrumors newbie

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    Victoria, BC
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    My new MacBook is on order and I've been thinking about getting an external LCD display to use with it.

    - I won't be doing any gaming or serious video/photo editing on it.
    - I will be using it to watch movies & TV (& possibly HDTV w/ EyeTV Hybrid) and web browsing/word processing/GarageBand etc.

    I've been looking at Samsung, specifically the 206BW (20" widescreen) & 931BW (19" ws). My question is regarding resolution. The 20" has a resolution of 1680 x 1050 compared to the 19" which has 1440 x 900. I've heard that with higher resolution comes smaller text - so small that a lower resolution must be selected in order to read text without a microscope.

    Given the two resolutions, which one would best suit my needs?

    Aside from that, any opinions on either of these monitors (or alternatives) are welcome. Please note that I am in Canada and I prefer to purchase locally or from a Canadian website.

    Thanks!
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Let me put it this way. My 17" MacBook Pro has a resolution of 1920x1200 and I still find it perfectly readable. 1680x1050 on a 20" looks enormous by comparison.

    Go for the higher res. Unless your sight is really poor, you won't be sorry.
     

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