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Can't get good resolution on second monitors

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Susan Hull Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Dec 2, 2012 8:44 PM

I've tried two 24" TVs/monitors as second displays with my imac9,1. Both are sold as dual purpose--either TV or computer display--and both are HD resolution @ 1080. In both cases the perceived resolution is poor. I'd decribe it as grainy, with poor contrast, in spite of extensive adjusting and calibration of the software available with each and physical monitor settings. As televisions, both deliver a great picture, but as monitors, they are terrible.

 

I don't need fancy graphics or cinema, but I do need good resolution for documents--letters and numbers--that I hope would come near what the iMac delivers. I'm not knowledgeable about display technology, and I sure would appreciate some recommendations.

 

Thanks for any help you can give me.

iMac (24-inch Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 8:46 PM (in response to Susan Hull)

    First ... have you set the second display as "extended", to allow independently adjusting the external?

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 8:54 PM (in response to Susan Hull)

    "Arrangement" ... uncheck "Mirror Displays".

     

    Note the white bar on one of the two displays as you select "above", "left", right", ... that white bar makes one or the other the "primary screen, with menu bars".

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 9:10 PM (in response to Susan Hull)

    How does Parallels look on your primary display?

     

    Parallels does "estimate" Windows image and maybe that "best guess" is not so great on large monitors.

     

    Have you tried with another non-Cinema second monitor, if you have one?

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 9:41 PM (in response to Susan Hull)

    TVs do not lways make the best computer displays.  I checked the specs of several and found that with most graphics cards they could not reproduce full HD, probably because the burden IS on the computer's card and not on the TV/monitor's card.  I ended up getting an LCD monitor that had a TV tuner and TV-style inputs, and it is very sharp image.

     

    As to "additional cost worth it", you said you stare at these things all day.  I work from home and bought a Tempurpedic office chair from Stapes because it is just sooooooooooo comfortable for sitting long periods -- cost $250 on sale from $300.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 10:13 PM (in response to Susan Hull)

    BestBuy has a lenient returnpolicy.  Try LED monitors until you find one you like.

     

    As to TVs being good monitors ... I doubt they ever will, as long as they dedicate themselves to "fast football-action-response-time.  And they also space pixels for viewing at 15+ ft instead of monitor-use distance 4 ft.  All very fuzzy about making a prefect-image device that lets a 15-ft-distant image be crystal clear.

     

    Also, this looks interesting for a 27 in LED that also does TV, if you need an LED monitor that does TV to minimize cost by combining: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=23826 44&CatId=1046

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 6:22 AM (in response to Susan Hull)

    Glad to help.

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