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Kain
07-01-10, 06:47 PM
Which type of monitor do you prefer for PC gaming?

autobot
07-01-10, 06:59 PM
I've got a nice 28" Hannspree HDTV that has a 16:10 ratio screen and its great for gaming at 1920x1200 resolution. :)

bob saget
07-01-10, 07:06 PM
All I have ever had is 16:10. I love them.

betterdan
07-01-10, 07:22 PM
I have no idea why they even make 16:10. 16:9 should be the only choice. Of course I rarely play pc games anymore but still...

mullet
07-01-10, 08:13 PM
All I have ever had is 16:10. I love them.

bob saget
07-01-10, 08:14 PM
:lol:

grey_1
07-01-10, 09:08 PM
16:10

Although they have less and less of a selection these days since that 16:9 crap started getting rammed in every ones faces.

Q
07-01-10, 09:33 PM
16:9 is great for movies, decent enough for games, but is horrible for production. Vertical resolution matters.

D3V1N
07-01-10, 09:51 PM
8:5 FTW!!!
ACD 30 at 2560x1600

Viral
07-01-10, 10:43 PM
I have no idea why they even make 16:10. 16:9 should be the only choice. Of course I rarely play pc games anymore but still...

I find 16:9 fine for gaming (HDTV) but annoying for everything else. It's too damn letterboxed, I find my self moving my vision around the monitor because it's too wide but at the same time could use more height for productivity in Photoshop, web browsing etc. So I'd have to say the opposite to you here, 16:9 is fine for gaming and movies (cinematic experience), but 16:10 is a MUST for productivity work for me. And since I don't game that much anymore that's the real reason I want 16:10.

I still prefer 16:10 for PC gaming because of the increased FOV. They force 16:9 on everyone because 1) Lot's of people are too cheap to buy HDTV's and buy monitors for their consoles/movies, and 2) 1080p/Full HD is a marketing buzzword and they want to cash in on that easy marketing. That said, you need to use a 16:10 monitor for a while to know what you're missing.

betterdan
07-01-10, 11:19 PM
Is this a conspiracy against me? :mad:

I had a 16:10 19" Insignia tv/monitor before my current monitor and I didn't care for it. I like the wider screen on my current monitor.

Madpistol
07-02-10, 12:30 AM
I have 2 24" 16:10 monitors with 1920x1200 resolution. One of those monitors is on its way out. It really pains me that I won't be able to get another comparable monitor to it without spending a lot more money than I would have to spend to get a 16:9 1080P monitor.

I love both of my 16:10 monitors. They just seem to be better for gaming than a 16:9 monitor.

Viral
07-02-10, 02:17 AM
Is this a conspiracy against me? :mad:

I had a 16:10 19" Insignia tv/monitor before my current monitor and I didn't care for it. I like the wider screen on my current monitor.

Well 19" is pretty small for any widescreen monitor, can't say I've used a 19" 16:10 monitor but that could somewhat explain it, maybe not.

If there's going to be a conspiracy against you then having it be a bunch of geeks on a hardware forum having a differing oppinion seems a lot better than the other side of the coin. :o Us 16:10 backers have to face fewer models available and at a higher price, I'd rather be on your side tbh.

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Just more casual observation here; looking at my monitor now, my peripheral vision surrounding the monitor seems to be all roughly even, top+bottom and left+right. At work on the 22" 1080p monitor I was using earlier, most of my horizontal peripheral is taken up, but the top and bottom is lacking. If you move closer so most of your vertical view is occupied then too much of the horizontal is in your peripheral and you end up looking around the monitor like I said before. 16:9 just doesn't seem to make the best use of your vision when I compare the two.

crainger
07-02-10, 02:19 AM
16:10 seems the standard for PC gaming, 16:9 for console and TV/movies. I'm still getting along with a 22" 16:10 myself. Looks good and great FPS in all games.

DiscipleDOC
07-02-10, 06:40 AM
16:10 for me....

Bman212121
07-02-10, 07:06 AM
I use 16:10 because that's what my monitor is. I don't think it makes that big of a difference overall, but it is just silly it could not have been standardized. If you wanted to do a clone mode with a tv or a projector, one of the screens is going to have to be distorted or have bars.

nekrosoft13
07-02-10, 07:49 AM
I have no idea why they even make 16:10. 16:9 should be the only choice. Of course I rarely play pc games anymore but still...

hell no

16:10 is better, especially at smaller screen sizes (19-24). You can get more desktop space.

16:10 for me, 16:9 screens at the "same size" are much smaller compared to 16:10

betterdan
07-02-10, 08:08 AM
hell no

I like the wider screen.

Case closed

ALobpreis
07-02-10, 09:04 AM
16:10 FTW. 16:9 is just too wide, and you also lose many 'Y' pixels.
Furthermore, if you eventually have to see something 4:3 (still quite common), it will look better with a 16:10 ratio, of course. ;)
And another thing, for those of us who can rotate the monitor (so a page fits better if you plan to read something for a long time), 9:16 would be just too annoyingly narrow.

nekrosoft13
07-02-10, 09:39 AM
And another thing, for those of us who can rotate the monitor (so a page fits better if you plan to read something for a long time), 9:16 would be just too annoyingly narrow.

yap, i do that quite often when reading large PDF documents or have to write a long letter

frenchy2k1
07-02-10, 01:43 PM
I have a 32" 16:9 LCD TV used as a screen.
Works great although it needed me to get used to it.
With so much screen real estate, I had to change my habits:
- no more application in full screen (except gaming). Now, my browser and emails are side by side, each taking ~60% of the screen (with overlap)
- task bar on the side to gain those pixels of vertical space. More space for it on the side and more vertical space for me.

So, I'd say that 16:10 would be better for me, but one can change its own habiys and use anything.

nekrosoft13
07-02-10, 02:04 PM
I'd say 16:9 for games and entertainment.
16:10 is better for work.
But when it comes to typical desktop resolutions, the difference between 1920x1200 and 1920x1080 isn't that big. Nothing beats a 2560x1600 panel when it comes to multitasking and working. Well, there's one thing that's better - OSX on a 2560x1600 screen :)

would not agree with that, 16:10 is better overall. you get more screen, especially helpful in strategy games.

Viral
07-02-10, 07:17 PM
For MP shooters and RTS yeah, but I don't miss the extra height at all when playing most games on my HDTV.

It's a definite 16:10 for productivity for me, games I'm pretty happy with either.

nutcrackr
07-02-10, 08:11 PM
I use 16:9. Also use it for my PS3.

betterdan
07-02-10, 09:42 PM
Productivity is better for me with a wider screen. Like frenchy said, I like having 2 applications opened up side by side. I love being able to have my bank account open in IE8 on the side of the screen and Excel open on the other side. It took a little getting used to with such a wide screen but after that I wouldn't want to go back to anything less wide.
Sucks at work because we are still working with 17" 4:3 panels