PC -> Plasma Resolutions

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  1. JimmyMc

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    Hi all..

    I want to buy a Plasma which will primarily be for telly/DVD viewing.. but a (very) close second will be for PC use - web browsing mainly.

    I've read that most panels native resolutions are 853x480, and some display at 1024x768..

    Now both these resolutions are pretty rubbish for Windows Desktop displays - especially when you're used to 1600x1200! (but I'm not expecting this!)..

    I've also read that you can use a higher resolution, such as 1280x1024, but the screen descales it to fit..

    My question is - what does it 'actually' look like, do you fit the desktop on ok? Are the fonts just squished and unreadable? Will I be able to get a decent sized Firefox window to browse with?

    Layman-style answers appreciated on the plasma-panel side.. but you can be as geeky as you like on the PC-front!

    Cheers, James

    PS - Don't worry about the telly/DVD viewing - for this thread, it's just the PC display I'm concerned with..
     
  2. jonbd

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    I have a cheapo techwood plasma that works wonderfully with my PC set to 1280x720. So good in fact that I don't even use a monitor anymore and leave it permanently connected. Now I run everything through my PC
     
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    If you get true 1:1 mapping the display will look as crisp as an LCD monitor or CRT display, albeit the lower the resolution the more 'chunky' the pixels will be of course.
     
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    This is easier said than done, as I have recently discovered
     
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    that thread pickled my brains :)

    Ive just connected my pc to my pw7, my pc is 1024x768 (should be getting new monitor soon, so go easy on me :p ) & ihmo its no good for browsing, but dvd’s & avi’s look great.
     
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    Thanks Roan..

    What if you up the resolution on your PC to say, 1280xsomething - does the panny descale it? And if so, does it do a half-decent job of fitting everything on the screen?

    I've been browsing the web on my PC for the last 30 mins or so at 1024x768 and it's not actually as bad as I'd remembered.. and most web pages are designed for either 800x600 or 1024x768 - I'm sitting right now, in a Digital Media Agency, specialising in web pages so I know my info there is good :)

    I can't see myself wanting to do anything other than browse the interweb.. any apps, I'll use my PC..

    Anymore thoughts, opinions on the descaling malarky? (no daft comments about descaling kettles or irons please!)

    ;)

    Cheers, James
     
  7. RoanS

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    Its set at the highest res it can go, the monitor is holding it back. Hopefully Ill be getting a new one pretty soon.

    Resolution of plasma is 852x480, so it must be scaling it to a degree. I only had a quick browse & didn’t spend too long trying to get the right aspect:

    16:9: was very stretched
    Just & Auto: cut part of the screen off
    4:3: looked about the best, but you have the side bars

    cant really help to much tbh
     
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    I am using 1024 x 576 on my 37" PW7, and it is absolutely fine for browsing, and basic apps - obviously still use my main PC for most things, but the HTPC is great for films, tv, photos, music and a bit of browsing and e-mailing...

    In XP there is lots of tweaking that can be done in the desktop to make everything more readable, such as larger fonts and icons, and using clear type fonts seems to make a big difference too... I can try and post a screen capture if you like...
     

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