Monitor for Laptop and xbox

robertito

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I'm looking to possibly get a monitor for my laptop and xbox. I currently (not with me), have a 21.5" 1680x1050 hdmi monitor. I feel like I should get something with FHD for the xbox, I've heard it will either stretch or letterbox for 1680x1050 and I'd rather avoid that. The laptop connection will just be for extra space or watching movies I have on the HDD. So, should I use the monitor I have or get a new one? If I do get a new one, what should I look out for? Pixel pitch, brightness, refresh rate, response time, etc. I do a good bit of photoshop work so it needs to represent colors accurately, my laptop screen is great but more work space is always nice. Finally what size would be best, 22" has been more than enough but is the step up to ~24" worth it?
 

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you need a monitor with a HDMI port for xbox
and i don't see why you want a monitor for your laptop !
if you get a 22~24 monitor .. it will be 1920x1080 and that is not like your laptop which is 1680x1050
8you can control your resolution from your GPU panel at settings i guess to prevent "stretching"
24 inch monitor is the BEST .. but that is just my opinion =)
if you want to buy a monitor .. get a decent brand like samsung or asus or some thing ;)
 

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I want a monitor for the laptop as an extension, for extra work space. My laptop is 1920x1080, it's my current monitor that is 16x10. The stretching/letterboxing I'm concerned with is the xbox, not my laptop.

If it's not too much I'll def go 24". As for monitor specs, what should I be looking for as far as brightness, contrast, response time, etc. to get the most accurate color representation? Also what brands are best?
 

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Dell is having a sale on the Ultrasharps. Should I get the 21.5" IPS for $240 or the above Asus for $190? Is it worth the extra money for the IPS or am I better off with the extra 2" and $50?
 

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There's definitely quite a few monitors that meet your requirements. ASUS monitors are a great choice, hameem 1 makes a good recommendation.

In terms of color accuracy, ASUS monitors tend to be quite inaccurate out of the box but if you happen to have the tools to calibrate them, they can be very accurate.

Andy H.
 

robertito

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See what?

Anyway thanks for the help guys. I'll be getting the Asus towards the end of the month, my b-day should give me a bit of extra spending cash. For now I'm using my old 1680x1050 monitor, it only cuts an inch off the top and bottom, apparently xbox's do output 1680x1050 natively. Again, thanks for the help.