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PC display quality on a Pan 42PWD5 ?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Darbyweb, Mar 20, 2003.

  1. Darbyweb

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    Hi All

    Am preparing my self for the Plasma purchase, have decided the Panasonic is the way to go.

    BUT someone told me that PC display is not a lot of good due to 852x480 resolution ?? - is this true, and how poor will it look.

    At my 3k'ish budget am fairly limited the Hitachi's come in at that giving 1024x1024, but have in built fans which i'm a bit concerned with regarding noise..

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    Depends on what you want to do. If you want to run speadsheets etc, a plasma screen isn't the best option. Better to have a proper PC monitor - either CRT or TFT. Where plasma screens do excel is with presentations to a group of people where a projector wouldn't be suitable.

    For TV viewing, it's a different matter. You could use your PC to play back DVDs etc, and this would be fine. Even for game playing it's fine (although I prefer to use an XBox).

    It really depends on how you wish to use the PC with your screen.

    All the best,

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    All i was think of using the PC display for, was to view something like winamp or my slimp3 web interface.

    So would a 1024x768 screen look distorted or fuzzy when viewed on the Plasma ?


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    For those applications I wouldn't worry about it. You're not really doing much. I wouldn't keep the same static image on the screen constantly though.

    The screen will be distored as you're going from a 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9. There's applications you can get on the internet where you can change the resolution of your screen to match the plasma, but I can't remember what it's called. Try www.cnet.com

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    Having had a low res and now a high res plasma, there's no doubt that PC applications look much better on the high res. If you want to use it for a PC then try to go for at least 1024x768. I have the Pioneer 433MXE and it functions well as a monitor.
     
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    Dean,

    I have a 42" Panny running mostly at 852x480 - once it is set up correctly the quality is superb - great for running winamp and occasional apps/browser etc.

    If you want to run a lot of apps or do a lot of browsing then the only trouble with that res is you don't fit a lot on the screen. I found 800x600 and 1024x768 modes perfectly acceptable and readable, with the 1024x768 mode being just slightly blurry - but this was without me setting anything up properly or snapping in the display.

    But for what I do (winamp & displaying art) the native screen res of 852x480 is fine and I prefer this becuase the winamp display is nice and large which is what I want.

    The custom-resolution application you may want is called powerstrip:
    http://www.entechtaiwan.com/ps.htm
     
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    Cheers Codlord - that sounds like exactly my usage - i dont image we're all going to sit there in the evening browsing the net via the plasma - thats what the laptops for !!

    I like the idea of displaying art on the screen - what do you display ??

    I've used a few images from digital blasphemy - i am now imagining 42"s of those images - coool


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    As you don't want to display static images for long periods of time I either switch off the display after setting my winamp music going, display winamp visulisations or display pics in a slideshow using a very good shareware prog - Pictures2EXE http://www.wnsoft.com/apr/

    I got some superb classics like Van-gogh and Matisse from the excellent Paris web museum:
    http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/

    I also got a load of Earth Art (Satellite images which are just amazing) from here:
    http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/earthasart/

    Also got a set of Space images that I got from some Astonomy site.
     

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