On Tue, 29 Jul 2008, Gary Kline wrote:

On Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 06:16:35PM -0700, Gary Kline wrote:
        i'm on newegg.com that has a whole slew of options for narrowing the

        q's:  is a higher contrast ratio better than a lower ratio?

Generally, yes. Contrast ratio in a display is analogous to dynamic range in audio.

        is the widescreen better than the std?  --i think widescreen is
        16x9, standard is 4x3.

Correct about the aspect ratios. As for "better", it depends on whether your graphics card can run at those resolutions.

                I've changed my mind:: if I go to 20" i can get widescreen
                with 1680x1050, so my current 1284x1024 would fit.

1280x1024 is actually a 5:4 aspect, but people use it on a 4:3 display. I'm doing that right now :^) But if you send it to a 16:9 display it will probably appear "stretched" unless you adjust the display so it's effectively not a widescreen display anymore.

Every LCD or DLP or plasma display has a native resolution, which is the actual number of pixels in its imaging device. Nowadays they all have internal scan converters so that you could, for instance, send your 1280x1024 to a display of some other native resolution and get a picture, subject to some limits (e.g., I doubt any 1024x768 LCD monitor would display a 3200x2400 signal). But it will always look best at the native resolution anyway, so you're on the right track.

                IFF xorg know what kind of beast this is:-)

Well, yeah, that's the elephant in the room, isn't it?

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