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May 17, 2007 11:54:03 AM

Is there any performance difference between these two model, or it is only a matter of choice?? Personnaly i do not like the wide screen effect especially on game.. what is your opinion on that??

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May 17, 2007 12:45:49 PM

widescreen is fantastic i took the plunge last year and its awesome. most games now support widescreen resolutions so there is no more stretching

thats my opinion on that
May 17, 2007 12:50:19 PM

Well I don't game very much, certainly nothing too demanding with my venerable old 9800SE (at least it's running at 9800pro spec). Can't say I've been very bothered by image scaling or anything and I suspect newer games will support native widescreen better anyway.

I like having the extra width for things like having a messaging client or toolboxes out of the way of a main window.

Certainly takes a little adjusting going back to my old 17" CRT on the spare computer, guess the brain is used to a wider field of view.
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May 17, 2007 1:10:11 PM

It's preference.

I dislike WideScreen and prefer the traditional size monitor.
May 17, 2007 1:28:32 PM

First I had a 19'' LCD, then I went to a 19" widescreen... I've never looked back. I was skeptical at first, but I love widescreen now. I am on a 20.1" WS now, and its nice....

One thing though, there are still a lot of games that don't support widescreen. Halo, and Doom 3 are 2 that I can think of off the top of my head.

Widescreen is also easier on your hardware (relatively). For example, 1440x900 is 19" WS and 1280x1024 is Standard. The widescreen

1296000 WS pixels vs 1310720 pixels for non-WS

So for standard, you PC has to render 14720 more pixels.
May 17, 2007 2:00:29 PM

So for standard, you PC has to render 14720 more pixels.

This could also be read as "you get to see 14720 more pixels on a standard monitor".

This is why I don't like wide screen monitors. You see more stuff on the sides, true, but the content is smaller. It's like having a smaller monitor with a wider screen.

THG had an article about wide screen monitors awhile back.
May 17, 2007 2:12:32 PM

I just got three new screens, 2 samsung 931c 19 in standards and love them. I also got a 40in samsung 4061 hdtv thats WS and love that as well/ I like gaming on reg but tv and movies on WS. my 2cents.
May 17, 2007 2:12:41 PM

I also prefer Height to Width.

I spend alot of time reading articles, documents, etc.. etc....
I find I need to do much less scrolling if I had more height.

If I was a big spreadsheet or pc movie watcher, I may prefer WS.

My personal setup is Dual 19" traditional monitors.
The two monitors are great for multi-tasking.
May 17, 2007 2:23:02 PM

going straight from standard 19 to wide 19... I noticed no loss in height... really. I was the same as you guys, which is why I had the standard to begin with, but having widescreen in gaming is almost like hacking.
May 17, 2007 2:32:13 PM

Depends on the size of the monitor, 20" or smaller I'd prefer 4:3, bigger than that and I prefer widescreen. A small widescreen just doesn't work for me.
May 17, 2007 2:36:01 PM

I have the same question as you my friend...On canadacomputers they have a sale on Viewsonic's 37" widescreen lcd tv/monitor and it is 1366 x 768, and I have a gts320 OC.

Anyone know if this is a good monitor? and why or why not when compared to a similar traditional sized monitor?
May 17, 2007 4:49:20 PM

Well the resolution is pretty low for a screen that size so it'll be pretty pixelated, I wouldn't recommend it. Though it depends on how far you'll be sitting from it, 1280x1024 on my 109" projector looks great but you gotta be at least 6 feet away from it.
May 17, 2007 6:06:12 PM

the largest screen on a standard 4:3 (I know off) is 21" (samsung 214T) and it's resolution is 1600*1200

everytnihg larger or with better resolution you can only get widescreen
May 17, 2007 7:09:49 PM

If you need to to read text, WS is the way to go. Just rotate the monitor 90 degrees, and you have 1680 vertical pixels (I think most cards support rotating the screen these days). The FPD2185W from Gateway automatically switches the resolution to vertical when you rotate the monitor on the stand.

Kiss the scroll wheel goodbye!
May 17, 2007 7:10:37 PM

Depends on what you use your machine for.

Webpages are long and some spreadsheets have lots of rows, so a WS may not be as desireable.

You would need a 1680x1050 or better WS to get the vertical pixels of a 17 or 19" standard LCD. You would have to buy a 24" 1920x1200 WS just to get the vertical pixels of a 20/20.1 standard LCD.

For today's games, landscape photos, WS video and spreadsheets with lots of columns a WS is great.

I use a 22" 1680 WS myself and I love it. Some games you have to edit command lines, ini/inf files and hack the fov which sucks. But it is nice having more peripheral vision in games. :) 

A WS that tilts can provide the best of both worlds. You can often fit an entire webpage on the screen when they are rotated, see entire documents and get a ridiculous amount of spreadsheet rows on the screen at once. We have some FPD-2185W gateway LCDs like that in our shop. Very impressive.