E173FP: Is image area ever smaller than viewing area?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Danny, Oct 6, 2005.

  1. Danny

    Danny Guest

    My experience with LCD displays is limited to the 14" screen on my IBM
    Thinkpad. Once, I changed the resolution of that screen to 800x600
    (the default is 1024x768) and was surprised to see that the image area
    no longer filled the entire viewing area. There were black bands on
    either side. (imagine vertical letterboxing)

    I'm thinking of purchasing a Dell system with the E173FP flat panel
    monitor and was wondering if this LCD screen was going to act the same
    way as my laptop's screen did when I choose a resolution smaller than
    the default. I'd like to hear from anyone who has their E173FP set at
    800x600 or 1024x768(less than the stated optimal of 1280xwhatever) and
    whether the image area is the same area as the viewing area.

    Thanks in advance.

    Danny in Yorktown, VA
    Danny, Oct 6, 2005
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  2. Danny

    Tom Scales Guest

    It will work, but not well. LCD panels are blurry if they are not run at
    their native resolution.
    Tom Scales, Oct 6, 2005
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    PeterD Guest

    Some computers do this some do not. If the native resolution is
    1024x768 and you show 800x600 on it, it will either reduce the image
    size or stretch it to fill the screen. Stretching looks bad for low
    resolution screens (1024x768) but looks better on the higher
    resolution screens such as 1400x1050 and 1600x1050.

    The best image will be the screens native resolution, or a resolution
    that will divide into the native resolution evenly.

    FWIW, my 1400x1050 screen shows 800x600 quite nicely, but it is much
    nicer at 1400x1050!
    PeterD, Oct 6, 2005
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