SXGA versus XGA screen

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I would like to know what is the best choice for Photoshop works: a 15" SXGA
screen (1400x1050 max. resolution)  or a 15" XGA screen (1024x768 max.
resolution) ? And why ?

Is it really useful to have the highter resolution for Photoshop ?

Thank you for your help.


Re: SXGA versus XGA screen

Tiberre wrote:

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Get the highest resolution you can afford. I thought I would have trouble
with the smaller pixels until I used them. This is a SXGA 15" n800 evo
and I love it. I wear bifocals (over 50 years old) and have no trouble.

If you do any kind of graphics work resolution is everything.

Just as a for instance: How are you going to tell if a high res picture
(say 3MP or bigger)is really in focus on a low res screen? The ultimate
version of this is trying to focus using the teensy screen on the back
of a camera. Even professional TV camera operators (I work with many)
with years of experience sometimes have trouble focusing using the little
5" monitors on top of a pro camera.


"Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot
  of that comes from bad judgment." -- Will Rogers

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I was just wondering if you are using your laptop exclusively for photoshop
stuff, or only to do edits?  do you do color calibration on a CRT when you
are 'finished'.

The reason I ask is becuase it is virtually impossible to color-calibrate
LCD screens / laptops.  How do you get around this?

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Thanks a lot for your fast reply.

I have a Mitsubishi CRT 19" monitor hooked with my PC. I work Photoshop with
1152x864 resolution. This mean about 32 pixels/cm which is very low : your
LCD 15" with SXGA (1400x1050) is about 46 Ipixels/cm resolution. However I
can do a lot of sophisticated things with Photoshop and I am very happy with
the results.
Maybe one can't compare the behaviour and the visual feeling of a LCD
monitor versus CRT monitor because the technologies are very different.
Maybe we need more pixel/cm with LCD than with CRT monitor to get the same
visual appearence?
In a few days I will investigate the lower and highter resolutions allowed
on my CRT monitor: 800x600, 1024x768, 1600x1200, 1792x1344 (all with 4/3
ratio) with the same Photoshop image.

Thanks again.



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I have my own theory on this.  The problem is that when you go to the higher
resolution screens is that when you lower the resolution from the max things
tend to get a bit fuzzy.  If you use the computer for other things, and
lower the resolution, you may not be very happy.  So, an SXGA screen lowered
to XGA will not look as good as a screen with a max of 1024x768.

Obviously, you can get closer to 100% when viewing large files with SXGA or
UXGA, but do you really need that?  One option would be to get a notebook
with a max of XGA but will run an external monitor at higher resolutions.
Use the second monitor for your detailed photo work. One more thing: Some of
the newer hi rez notebook screens have like a clear coat on them, making
colors look better but causing problems with reflections.

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Thanks to Sheldon, Good Man and Nemo for yours comments.

I think that the best and cheaper way to do good Photoshop works is - as
Sheldon said - to buy a 15" XGA laptop to select, delete and sort the
images, then when back home using the calibrated CRT monitor for retouching,
color correction and others PS tasks.

For the common works - Word, Internet, Money - the 15" XGA is perfect.

I agree with Good Man about the quite impossibility to calibrate a LCD
screen but with a very, very expensive one. I guess it's better to put the
money in  more memory, highter hard disk capacity and autonomy.

JCB - Tours - FRANCE
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