Problem with screen clarity at lower resolutions on new LCD monitors
Posted on 2012-08-27
For years I have had a pair of Dell 2405FPW 24" LCD monitors, running them at 1600x1000 from the dock on my various Lenovo laptops. This worked great since they are 16:10, and the display on the screen was a very readable size, with the text in my vb projects easy to read--including on my recently purchased Lenovo T2410 laptop wtih docking station.
Now I've gone and bought three new Planar PL2410W displays, and the bottom line is that they are fuzzy and blurry on anything except 1920x1080. But the 1920x1080 resolution produces thin, wispy characters, and the black text is not as black or thick as I had on the Dell. I have tried all kinds of adjustments on the monitors, and also through the 'screen resolution' screen in Win7P, and through the Nvidia Control panel available to me as well. I've adjusted all the obvious stuff like contrast and brightness, and the not so obvious such as gamma, vibrance, and hue.
I thought all this might improve if I went to a lower resolution--like I did with the Dells--but like I say, every other resoution I've tried is fuzzy, including the 1680x1050 that the user manual says is supported. I was hoping to get 1600x900 working on these new 16:9 monitors, thinking it might look as good as the 1600x1000 on the old 16:10 Dells, but I don't see that option available to me, and when I try to create such a custom resolution wtih the Nvidia Control panel, or a 3rd party app such as PowerStrip, it makes the monitor go completely blank.
Right now I've reconnected one of the old Dells, and it is sitting next to one of my new Planars, and I'm able to get the same clear 1600x1000 that I had in the past. They are both hooked up via the DVI connectors. So, this make me think it is not a video probelm, but instead a lousy monitor. I also tried a Viewsonic from another office here, and it essentially acted the same way.
My goal is to have new monitors that can run 'something like' 1600x900 with clear, dark text like my old Dells have. Do I just have to buy higher-priced monitors? How can I know for sure that it will look good before spending the money? TIA