What is the best monitor aspect ratios

big time newbie here !

looking at 23-24 inch monitors, only have about 300 bucks to spend.

which is better, traditional HD or 1920x1200?

asking because it appears that the aspect ratio in the tradition HD 1080p resolution looks tighter and I see references to it being "faster?" which doesn't make sense to me.

I guess I am just worried about eye strain. I see that there are more 16:10 monitors than 16:9 in 23 and 24 inch but that significantly jacks up the price.

Looking at dell ultrasharp 2412 and hp zr24.. can anyone provide input.

thanks mucho guys.
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  1. There are actually more 16:9 aspect ratio monitors than there are 16:10.

    I prefer the old 16:10 aspect ratio monitors. Less scrolling when reading or surfing. I have a 16:9 aspect ratio monitor (Asus VK246H) that I'm getting rid of by the end of this year.

    Here's a review for the Dell U2412M
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2412m.htm

    Here's the ZR24
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/hp_zr24w.htm

    Here's the ZR2440W
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/hp_zr2440w.htm
  2. jaguarskx said:
    There are actually more 16:9 aspect ratio monitors than there are 16:10.

    I prefer the old 16:10 aspect ratio monitors. Less scrolling when reading or surfing. I have a 16:9 aspect ratio monitor (Asus VK246H) that I'm getting rid of by the end of this year.

    Here's a review for the Dell U2412M
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2412m.htm

    Here's the ZR24
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/hp_zr24w.htm

    Here's the ZR2440W
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/hp_zr2440w.htm



    thanks for the info.

    those two monitors are actually IPS.

    I am assuming this is the way I want to go for gaming rather than TN?

    thanks again, if you have time.
  3. Yep, all three are e-IPS panel monitors. Not necessarily a bad thing.

    For gaming most people TN panel monitors because they have the fastest response time of 2ms. "Slower" TN panels are 5ms. The Dell U2412 is 8ms, the HP ZR24W is 5ms and the ZR2440 is 6ms. The ZR2440 more expensive than the other two, but it's just there as an option.

    Overall response time is not a very scientific way to determine how good a monitor is for games. I will say that generally speaking the lower the response time, the lower your chances of seeing ghosting. But it's not as simple as saying a monitor with 4ms response means you are twice as likely to see ghosting compared to a 2ms response time monitor. Or 6ms means 3 times as likely as 2ms.

    Response time is basically measure by how fast the pixels can change from one shade of color to another. Only the fastest time is used and all other times are tossed out with the trash. Also every brandname has a different methodology to measure response times. Therefore... not scientific as I stated before.

    I have seen some test results where the fastest time for Monitor A is 2ms and the slowest time is 325ms, while Monitor B's fastest time is 5ms but the slowest time is 300ms. So which one is actually the faster monitor?

    The best advice I can give is to go to the Display Comparisons section of each of the reviews and look at the PixPerAn test screenshots; the race car driver saying "I need more socks". Compare the images to determine which one seems to have less ghosting.

    TFTCentral doesn't really review many TN panel monitor. The most recent TN panel monitor they reviewed was the Samsung SM245B back in Oct. 2007. So... unfortunately it's not very recent. The link to the review is below. Again look at the PixPerAn test screenshots and use them to help evaluate if one of the two monitors you have chosen would make a good gaming monitor.

    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/samsung_245b.htm
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