[techtalk] Monitor Size
law at sgi.com
Thu Jan 13 15:44:15 EST 2000
> I only have a 15" Philips monitor (very nice by 15" standards, but still
> only 15") and thought it was the limiting factor. Then I bought myself a
> new TNT2 card and the improvement in visual quality was _very_
> noticeable. It's no good seeing your monitor in the shop if the shop has
> a much better video card than you do :-)
Also -- cables and cable length make a difference -- unshielded long cables
in bleeding and/or fuzzy character.
Another thing on 'seeing better' -- a larger monitor will definitely help
*if* you don't
increase the resolution. The problem I'm seeing, for example, on my laptop, I
have a 15.4"
screen and 1280x1024 resolution. Even a 100dpi font is too small, since the
of the monitor is about 135 dpi. Windows, at least, allows easy scaling in the
There is a scaleable font package on linux, but I haven't been motivated enough
that down. Even so, in things like netscape, some sites use their own fonts,
the user's default settings resulting in itty-bitty text. The alternative is
tell netscape to
always use the user font -- this helps alot, but results in some sites not
I had one app (Virgin Megastore player under windows) that refused to play
unless I set
the font size back down to the default 'normal (96 dpi)'. Each change of the
font size in
windows results in a necessary reboot (what doesn't?).
Another option -- flat panels of the same size are usually sharper imaged
The CRT's almost always have some skew at the edges and it's difficult to keep
all 3 guns
in perfect alignment -- resulting in character fuzz -- on a flatpanel, there
are no guns to
keep in alignment.
And maybe lastly -- make sure your video card and monitor can support 72Hz
rates or above -- 60Hz (except on a flat panel, most of which will only work at
often result in noticable flicker and even if not consciously noticable, leads
to increased eyestrain.
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