and I'm forced to use a lower res, plus I hate the small letters and buttons you get with higher res.
So my question is which monitor will provide the sharper 1280 res. A 2560 resolution one or the 1920 one ?
You should also keep in mind that with a 2560 you will have much smaller pixels, so it's possible the quality will be higher even with an interpolation. And the most important fact - with a 2560 you can have an exactly half smaller res which is supposed to be the best when we talk about re-size and zooming.
Unfortunately quite often the 'exactly half res' is not show as such but the scaling engine just tries to scale it the same as other resolutions and fails miserably. So the end result is not as sharp as it should be.
However i would think that a 2560x1600 monitor for the actual work and then having a secondary monitor, possibly with the target resolution you want to do tests on might be your optimal solution.
Thank you rvilkman. So did you test the 1280 vs a similar but non half res on a big 2560 monitor ? And the quality was equally blurry ?
And also I noticed something. Normally the sharpness function on native resolution give a "too much sharp" feeling and defects. But on interpolated res it is different. And actually makes the image more similar to a native resolution. Anyone experimented with this ?
This is why sometimes I prefer a lower native resolution monitor because I like to work at lower resolutions for bigger text and buttons. The interpolated resolutions on high native displays are blurry and cause eyestrain. I work on a 32 inch 1366 TV even though people recommend 1080 P. I sit far away and I know 1366 looks sharpest to me.
ezio LCDs do good text sharpening at lower resolutions from what I've read on forums like hardforum. Ideally there is some Windows or Linux software that can accomplish this. Hint hint developers