Does resolution affect text appearance?
February 3, 2006
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I am a sports talk show host, and I broadcast from my home. I currently use two 21-inch CRTs, but I want to switch to three LCD monitors. The three monitors would be used for reading stories, so sharp text is essential. Will articles and stats be easier to read on larger monitors with higher resolutions or monitors with lower resolutions?
| |If you're reading a lot of text, switching to an LCD monitor is a good choice.
It'll offer clearer text, a brighter image, and less flicker, all of which make reading text easier on the eyes. Among LCD monitors, text quality does differ from one to another, but you can't guess a monitor's text performance based on resolution. Pixel pitch,
the space between pixels, is the spec that best corresponds with a sharp image. Most monitors, whether they're 17 inches or 21 inches, have a pixel pitch between 0.255 and 0.294 millimeter--and, generally speaking, the smaller the pixel pitch, the sharper and clearer the text. However, text quality should not be judged by pixel pitch alone. If possible, test out some monitors before investing in one and make sure you're satisfied with the text quality. Check out our "textperts"
roundup for monitors that performed well on our text tests.
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