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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

16:9 LCDs: Movies On Your Desk!

LCD makers have been hard at work in the last year to develop high-performance wide-screen monitors. It seems that everybody wants to view their stuff on 16:9 displays these days. Personally, I think that 16:9 movies should only be viewed on a TV / projector screen. If I want to look at a wide-screen movie, I'll do it in the comfort of my own living room, not in my basement in front of a tiny 20" display. This being said, Tom's Hardware published this article reviewing 6 of these new 16:9 monitors.

"As for the rest, I have to say that 20" 16:9 monitors left me with mixed impressions. With their disappointing video performance, they can't really fulfill the potential of their movie format. The poor reactivity of the models we tested won't really let them compete as gaming monitors, either. To us, their only advantage is their screen resolution, higher than what standard 4:3 monitors provide."

Check it out at Tom's Hardware


  • I can definitely understand not wanting to view movies on a monitor that's living in the basement. However, for some of us (like poor college student me), our workstation IS our TV. It's more efficient for me to use what funds I have available to maintain an agile, integrated system. Besides, until very recently, I didn't even a livingroom. And besides, the massive amount of screen real estate can be quite handy. But if these new largish monitors aren't dealing well with video...then we should all stay away from them until they mature a bit.

    Just my ten cents.

    By Blogger theMatt, at 8:13 PM  

  • The Tom's Hardware review was completely off-base. It's amazing how little research they seemed to do on products in the install base, and game support. It was quite a sub-par performance overall.

    They don't test the two 23" HP models (L2335 and f2304), the 20" Dell model or the 21" Gateway. All of these are major releases with outstanding performance and reviews. It's amazing as to how their general outlook on widescreen, and opinion of specific models (such as the 2405) contradicts every other major tech outlet (PC Gamer, PC Magazine, CPU Mag, ExtremeTech and AnandTech).

    The did a large amount of technical testing with regards to color accuracy, but seemed to do little "real world" testing. I found these two sentences disturbing, and simply incorrect:

    "Aside from the fact that video games are rarely designed for movie format,..." "But it's not an appropriate choice for gamers."

    The reality is that widescreen is an excellent choice for gaming, and a panel and/or video card with aspect scaling will make non-widescreen games run perfectly.

    By Anonymous Ibrin, at 9:53 AM  

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