For gaming, I’m not an LCD fan, but for pretty much everyday office stuff, I think they are pretty cool, though not perfect.
I have this thing where for any screen to be productive for me when I use it, I pretty much need a resolution of 1600x1200 or higher.
I replaced a 19" CRT running 1600x1200 with a 20.1" LCD (Samsung 204b) with a native res of 1600x1200. The 19" really had a viewable display size of 18", so basically you had higher pixel density on the CRT than on the LCD. However, when you compare a 19" LCD running at 1280x1024 to a 20.1" LCD running at 1600x1200, the 20.1" has noticeably higher pixel density and as a result the image looks sharper and cleaner.
1600x1200 on that 20.1" LCD is a little bit bigger and for most folks, easier to read and preferable to the 19" CRT at 1600x1200. This I can understand, even though I was fine with 1600x1200 on the CRT.
Well, in addition to that 20.1" LCD, I now have a 24" iMac with a resolution of 1920x1200. Previously, Apple only offered the 23" LCD with a resolution of 1920x1200, and I thought that one looked very, very crisp and detailed when I checked it out at the store. I kind of wish the new iMac was a 23" like that Cinema display, but hey, what’s another diagonal inch, eh?
Well, this is what I’m kinda getting at. I think I am actually happier with the 20.1" LCD at 1600x1200 than the 24" LCD, because of the pixel density primarily.
In terms of true viewable size, the Samsung 20.1" measures 12" vertically and 16" horizontally. The iMac, when displaying 1600x1200 (black bars on the left and right) is 12.75" tall (vertically) and 17" wide (horizontally).
That means it spreads the same 1600x1200 out over a larger area, meaning the pixels are not as close together and therefore the display does not look as crisp and clear, at least to my eyes.
I mean, the iMac screen is not evil or anything, but it just seems to be stretched out compared to the Samsung LCD and the Samsung gets the nod by a sorta small margin as a result. (not taking any other factors into account)
I thought about getting a MacMini and another Samsung 20.1" LCD ($300 after rebate) but the MacMini is grossly underpowered compared to the new Core 2 Duo iMac, and the whole “all in one” thing appealed to me.
I guess what I’m getting at is - is anyone else noticing these differences in pixel density on these LCD models? Especially when you hit 1600x1200 and above?
I know that when I see a 17" LCD at 1280x1024 side-by-side with a 19" LCD at 1280x1024, it is very obvious that the 17" looks less pixelated and is much clearer and crisp. Especially when working with text like spreadsheets and web browsing.
Does anyone else notice this, especially with higher resolution LCD’s?