Was looking at buying a new monitor, my current one has a resolution of 1920x1200. I see 1080p but I guess I don't understand how that compares to my current monitor. 1080 seems like a lower number than 1200 but is there something else I'm missing? Thanks!
1920x1080 are also generally less expensive than 1920x1080; assuming if you are comparing the same LCD panel technology like TN vs. TN and IPS vs. IPS. LCD screens are cut from huge sheets (panes) of "LCD glass", say like 7 feet x 16 feet panes. The smaller the size of the LCD screen you want the more you can cut out. Also, you need to cut around defective areas.
I prefer 1920x1200 monitors. I have an Asus VK246H monitor that I don't really like because it is 1920x1080 and it uses the cheap TN panel LCD tech. I'm thinking about replacing it with an IPS 1920x1200 resolution monitor even though I only use it about 4 hours per month.
generally speaking which screen you should look for depends on what you use the monitor for.
for instance.. if you watch quite a bit of 1080p or 720p video then it would be suggested to stay with a 16:9 (1080p) monitor. if not you will have black bars top and bottom.
if you play games which can render at 1920x1200 or use the monitor mainly for work then the extra 120 pixels might be of some use. personally i prefer the old 4:3 layout for games (so 16:10 would be more my style then 16:9) and any extra screen space is great for work as any toolbars in a program usually take up around this amount of vertical space leaving more room for the actual work area.
Not all HD movies are displayed at 1920x1080 or 16:9 aspect ratio. There are movies that are displayed at 2.35:1 aspect ratio which works out to about 1920x816 so on a 1920x1080 resolution monitor you will still get black bars.
true, but lets not get into ultrawide and ultraultrawide video. if you do have black bars from ultra widescreen it will still be less pronounced then on a 16:10.
due to the nature of various programs, video, photos, and anything which can be viewed on a monitor it is impossible to always have everything perfect. all we can do is pick something that fits most of our day to day activities.
I would always get the 1920x1200 if possible. The simple fact is that 1920x1080 is missing 230,400 pixels compared to 1920x1200. Even though you get black bars when watching 1080p on a 1920x1200, you aren't missing anything - the pixels that are black are the pixels that simply aren't there on a 1080p screen, and when using the monitor for something other than video, the extra vertical real estate is nice to have.