Hello, Im thinking of getting a 22" monitor, looking at a Philips Brilliance S-line 220S2CB, 16:10 display with 1680x1050 resolution. Although Im a bit concerned about how it will display games that are in 16:9, such as 1920x1080 res?
The bizarre thing is that on p.27 of the manual, it lists 1680x1050 as the max resolution, but then lists other possible resolutions which includes 1920x1080 (see near the bottom of list below). How can a monitor with native/max width of 1680 also be capable of 1920 pixel width? Whats going on here?
16:10 monitors vary in how they handle 16:9 content - some add black bars at the top and bottom to preserve aspect ratio, some stretch it to full screen height, and some give you the choice of which to do. If a monitor has multiple input types, the behavior might even vary between input types. I think that monitor has 1680x1050 as the native resolution, but it can downscale from a 1920x1080 input (much like "720p" HDTVs can often still accept 1080i/p signals)