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From what I have read here and elsewhere, LCDs are designed for one
resolution only. They don't work well at other resolutions.
Someone suggested that the first step in selecting an LCD monitor is
to choose the resolution you want then select a monitor that works at
How do I know what resolution I want?
If I understand it correctly, the resolution (1600x1200, 1280x1024,
etc.) applies to the whole screen, right?
So the 1024x768 setting on the 14" LCD on my laptop results in smaller
text and images than the same setting on my admin's 16" CRT.
I want to buy her a new LCD (19" or larger). How can I figure out what
resolution she will want on a 19" or 21" screen so I can select one
with that native resolution?
Will this work:
1. Try out various resolutions on the 16" CRT.
2. Find the one that she likes the best.
3. Calculate the dpi. For example, 1024x768 on a 16" CRT (actual
measurement, not manufacturer specs) = 64x48 dpi.
4. Scale that up to 19". For example, 1024x768 on a 16" screen is
equal to 1216x912 on a 19" screen.
5. Look for an LCD that has a native resolution close to that.
It seems like it would be much better to specify resolutions in dpi
rather than dps (dots/screen).