aspect ratio


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can some explain to me how you work out the wide screen ratio for 17,20,30 and 32 inch LCD some say that a 27 in lcd may not be true 16:9


Staff member
The normally quoted 'inches' measure (eg 27 inch widescreen) is a measure of the length of the diagonal. So you can't work out the ratio from that on its own.

For flat panels, you could take the width (in pixels) and divide it by the height (in pixels). But this calulation assumes that pixels are always exactly square. And they aren't always.

So the only way it can be done is:

With a ruler/tape measure - measure the exact height and the exact width of the visible screen.

Aspect ratio is width divided by height (which will give you an answer of

1.33 for 4x3 screens (because 4 divided by 3 is also 1.33)
1.78 for 16x9 screens
1.6 for a 16x10 screen


Staff member
Not without going up to one with a tape measure. And I'm sure you are as capable of doing that as I am.

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