Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Port Carling, Ontario
>>>but i dont know why people say 1080p is better, i can still set my 720p v screen to 2560-1600 resoloution and it looks good but its to small anyway,<<<
A 1080p TV has 1080 rows of pixels (and 1920 of them in each row). Your TV is likely actually technically a 768p TV as it's native resolution is something like 1366x768. When you view something in 1080i, your TV just removes enough pixels that the picture will fit into 768lines. If you view a 720p show, then the TV duplicates a few lines to fill up the screen to 768 lines from 720.
If you set your resolution to 2560-1600, all that is happening is that your computer thinks you have a 2560-1600 screen and sends that much information to the TV. The TV throws out about 3/4s of that information (about 1 in 2 pixels both horizontally and vertically) and displays what is left over.
That isn't necessarily bad. I play games at 1280x960 on my 32" 768p TV. I get more on the screen that I would if I chose its native resolution of 1366x768. However, it also means that some things are hard to read, especially text, as not all of the pixels of each letter are there.
With a 1080p TV, you get 1080 lines of actual pixels to work with. This means that if you are watching a 1080i/p show on TV you don't lose any pixels at all. You would still lose pixels at higher resolutions, but much fewer.
Also, yes it is ok to use your TV as a monitor. If your TV will accept the resolution from the computer, it is ok to use it -- the chip inside the TV will just convert it for you to 1366x768.