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# 41862 24-Sep-2009 13:33
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I currently use a Dell 2407 1920 x 1200 Widescreen.
For trading I want to add another 24" LCD beside it so I can stretch charts across two screens.

Most of the reasonably priced 24" screens are 1920 x 1080 not 1200.

Question is if I get a 1920 x 1080 as the 2nd screen will it look weird and function right having a seperate resolution on the second?

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  # 258071 24-Sep-2009 13:39
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Different resolutions will work fine, but if you want to have the same window spanning two screens you may find things will never line up perfectly if they have different resolutions.

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  # 258073 24-Sep-2009 13:45
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Hmm thats what I was concerned about.

Looks like I need to keep hunting for a cheap 1920 x 1200.

Seems most new screens have moved to the 1080 standard.


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  # 258117 24-Sep-2009 16:44
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Is there any reason I cant choose 1920 x 1080 in my options?

Does it know the screen cant do it?

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  # 258144 24-Sep-2009 18:27
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The screen probably can do it, but 1920x1080 is the wrong aspect ratio for your monitor, so I'm guessing the software is only showing the higher resolution options at the 16:10 ratio.

What is your definition of cheap by the way, I've seen a few 1920x1200 monitors for around the $550 mark, where as the 1920x1080 ones range from $350-$600ish.

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  # 258201 24-Sep-2009 23:06
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LCD panels have a native resolution, they typically look bad/blurry at non native resolutions.

I personally think dual screens are best when they are identical size/model/brand.. maybe I have OCD!

You should be able to get another Dell 2407, either 2nd hand or as old stock. Might be worth giving Dell a ring and asking.

Alternatively you could sell the 2407 or use it with another machine, hand it down to someone else and get two new monitors.

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  # 258217 24-Sep-2009 23:37
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i use different sized monitors in my dual monitor setup. one at 1680x1050 and the other at 1440x900. i dont have any problems with the mixed resolutions - but i never span a single window accross both screens anyway - i run seperate windows on each screen

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  # 258304 25-Sep-2009 12:12
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Alternatively you could sell the 2407 or use it with another machine, hand it down to someone else and get two new monitors.

Thanks Im going this route.

Getting 2 x Viewsonic VX2433WM 24" Wide LCD 1920x1080 screens today and will sell the other screen.


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  # 258394 25-Sep-2009 17:23
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Be aware that Viewsonic model uses TN panel a (your current Dell uses a S-PVA panel I think) and the colors will not be as good as the Dell.

A TN panel is cheaper and has lower response time (better for gaming) but worse colour reproduction and viewing angle than a S-PVA panel.

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