Monitor res 1080 vs 1200

I am shopping for the best 27" monitor.  Price is not an issue, resolution is; because my laptop's max resolution is 1920  x 1080.

I have noticed that several of the monitors I've considered have a resolution of 1920 x 1200.

Why is this 1200 value showing up in monitors and should I avoid monitors with that 1200 value?
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1200 resolution means you'll have more detail on your display.  So, it's basically a better quality picture.

My monitors run at 1080, but I do have a client that has a 1200.  It's a lot nicer, but purchasing a monitor with that clarity will cost more.
For a 27 inch monitor 1920 x 1200 resolution is better than 1920  x 1080 resolution because in the 1920  x 1080 (on a 27 inch)  you can more easily see the space between pixels. Therefore, go for 1200.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
If you're going to connect it to your laptop, you should check to see if your laptop will support 1920x1200.  Also, 1920x1080 will duplicate your laptop display on a larger screen.
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mcsweenSr. Network AdministratorCommented:
Bottom line - The 1200 monitor will be slightly narrower and slightly taller than a 1080 monitor.  Read further for why.

1920 x 1200 will give you slightly more pixels vertically but not horizontally.  These numbers stand for the number of pixels across by the number of pixels down.  Pixels are not a fixed size; pixel size can vary from display to display.  Of two monitors that are the same size with different resolutions the higher resolution monitor will have smaller pixels.

You will absolutely not see space between pixels at 1080 on a 27" monitor.  In the television world you can't see the difference between 720 and 1080 until you get to around 48" inches.

720 is actually a resolution of (1280 x 720) and 1080 is (1920 x 1080).

The real difference here is the aspect ratio (think square monitor vs wide screen).  They are both wide screens but the 1200 is a 16:10 ratio (10 units down for every 16 units across) and 1080 is 16:9.  Because monitor size is measured diagonally this will result in a slightly taller and narrower monitor at the 1200 aspect ratio (closer to square than a television).
You need to evaluate the display aspect ratio (DAR).  Most likely, you'll find that the DAR of a 1080 monitor is 16:9, while a 1200 is 16:10 (or 8:5).

In any case, its a moot point as you indicate you're limited to the maximum display resolution of your laptop's video card (1920 x 1080).  Unless you're future proofing (i.e., you intend to get a laptop with a higher display resolution), you're wasting money for extra resolution you won't be able to display.

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< mcsween: You will absolutely not see space between pixels at 1080 on a 27" monitor. >

I stand corrected. Thanks. :-)
mcsweenSr. Network AdministratorCommented:
Also note if the computer (video card) can't display a monitor's native resolution the screen will be fuzzy and not sharp.  You can see this by lowering the resolution on your laptop and notice how you loose the crispness.
What's the model number of the laptop?  The manual will tell us if the video card will support that full resolution.
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
What do you want to do with your extra monitor?

If you use the laptop as a desktop replacement, keeping its lid closed and connecting to it an external monitor, keyboard and mouse, then go for the best monitor you can buy. I haven't seen yet a video board that supports 1920x1080 but not 1920x1200.

The same point is somewhat valid if you use the new monitor in a multi-monitor setup (you'll probably see it as "extended" display). Most video cards will support 2 monitors with different resolutions, but if you have a very low video card on your laptop you might run into some issues.

If you need color accuracy I would go with a 1920x1200 IPS panel. I bought several Dell U2410 in the past and they all worked great. They are now replaced by U2413 but they should have the same great color range and out-of-box calibration.

Frankly, if I was in the market for a 27" monitor today I would just skip 1920X1200 entirely and go for 2560x1440. This is a great monitor:

mikecox_Author Commented:
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