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I'm thinking of getting a new 24" digital monitor. If I purchase a 1920x1200 resolution monitor, is it STILL going to be absolutely crystal clear at 1920x1080? Or does it need to always be at it's "native resolution"?

Right now my monitor is 1680x1050 and if I switch it to anything below that (1600x1024, 1440x900) it all has a blur to it. Only the native resolution is sharp.

Is this still the case with new monitors today or are they sharp in any resolution now?

Thanks in advance! :)
 

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Displaying anything at less-than-native resolution on an LCD will lead to some image blurring.

That said, if you are hooking up an external source, you might be able to tell the monitor not to scale the image (on my Dell 2408WFP, it's labeled "1:1" under Wide Mode).
 

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Displaying anything at less-than-native resolution on an LCD will lead to some image blurring.

That said, if you are hooking up an external source, you might be able to tell the monitor not to scale the image (on my Dell 2408WFP, it's labeled "1:1" under Wide Mode).
Thanks, that's what I thought. I guess if i'm using 1920x1200 there's more pros than cons. I can live with black bars top and bottom of 1080p video. I'd rather see more for graphics work. Just thought maybe LCD's would be sharp in all resolutions now, but guess not.
 

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Why would you run at non-native resolution?
You care about crisp image, but not about an 11% vertical stretch on your 1080 material?

Run at 1920x1200 as a base for computer work and when watching video, it should maintain aspect ratio and letterbox.
If you're doing video input you can probably select whether it stretches or letterboxes, as BGY11 said
 

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Wrong! It's not sharp ONLY when you scale source resolution to fit native resolution. Many if not all 1200p PC monitor allows disabling scaling and displays 1920x1080p source letterboxed, which means 1:1 pixels and just leaving black bars on the top and bottom. Furthermore, there's no reason you can't run 1920x1200p PC resolution and plays 1920x1080 HD video letterboxed.
 
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