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Will this display configuration look good?

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April 9, 2011 2:59:44 AM

Hey everyone! I'm going to be purchasing two 18.5 inch widescreen displays very soon to replace my aging 18" 4:3 Dell LCD. I'm also going to be upgrading my graphics card. After I upgrade, I'll have a few video ports available. Plugged into both VGA ports I'll have my new monitors at 1366 x 768. I'm going to have my old monitor lying around, so why not put it to use as a third display? The resolution of the old monitor is 1280 x 1024. Do you think that the PPI would be about the same? Would windows be the same size as I drag them from the new monitors to the old monitor? I want to make sure it wold work okay before going to buy the correct adapter to connect it. Thanks in advance for your help!

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April 10, 2011 6:17:14 PM

Just my opinion, but I'd rather have 1 1920x1080 screen than two 1366x768s. On my computer, I have a 1920x1080 and a 1280x1024.

To answer your initial question:
an 18" 1280x1024 would have 8293 PPIĀ²
a 18.5" 1366x768 would have 7175 PPIĀ²

Basically, the pixel density would be higher for your current screen than the new one; therefore, the windows and icons would look bigger on your widescreen displays. From a usability standpoint, that wouldn't be a real limitation though. (unless your planning on having one window stretched over multiple screens. 768 pixel height would be slightly annoying for using microsoft word though, imo.
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April 10, 2011 6:49:48 PM

Thanks for the reply! I just found a list of monitors and their PPIs on Wikipedia. I noticed how the 18.5 and the 18 would have major PPI differences. I plan to have Google SketchUp stretched across multiple monitors, and I'm thinking aboujt spending the extra $10 per monitor and just get 20 inch ones. The PPI should be similar on all three.
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