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720p vs 1080p TV, 720p is surprisingly amazing
fiveseven
post Dec 30 2011, 02:02 AM
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So when I hooked up my pc to my 720p tv with a vga cord, I expected horrible picture quality. To my surprise, 1360x768 looks really sharp on a 32/36" (i forget) flat screen. 720p and 1080p youtube videos are phenomenal and WoW is awesome.

However, I'm typing from across my small room at the head of my bed with a wireless keyboard and I am having slight difficulty reading these very words (letters are fuzzy from far away - this is my only problem). Can't tell if its due to being far away from the TV or the picture quality. I inch up a bit and I can see the words more clearly.

So would it be worth to upgrade to a 1080p tv (can it get any sharper?) or would I still have trouble reading? Maybe I should get my eyes checked. Maybe I don't have 20/20 vision after all.

Update:

Here I am all excited about VGA working on my TV, finding out now that DVI to HDMI cables exist and reviews say it destroys VGA. I will try this connection and hope that the fonts will be more legible from my usual head-of-bed to tv distance.
 
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post Dec 30 2011, 02:37 PM
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Yeah, just answered my own question with a quick stop to best buy for a dvi/hdmi cable. Not only are fonts more legible but everything is more crisp and richer. Maybe too rich. My firefox icon is super colorful but sort of darker. Probably my TV settings though.

But finally, I can read wtf I'm typing from across the room.

Update:

TV was on vivid. Set it to standard or your own custom settings for perfection.


This entire thread is me talking to myself :(
 
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post Dec 30 2011, 04:37 PM
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DVI to HDMI carries no sound and I can't find a way to get my RCA cord to transfer sound from the pc to the TV on any of the HDMI inputs. >:| SOB
 
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post Dec 30 2011, 04:48 PM
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one day I tried to figure this out too

gave up

i'm a lover not a fighter
 
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post Dec 30 2011, 10:58 PM
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Solution:

Returned all this BS cables. Got a refund for $79 and some change. For $90, I got a cheap Geforce 210 graphics card and an HDMI cable. I am now playing wow. Got it to lowest settings and it still looks lovely. Youtube videos are amazing. Time to start dl movies.
 
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post Dec 31 2011, 07:42 PM
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QUOTE(fiveseven @ Dec 30 2011, 09:58 PM) *
Solution:

Returned all this BS cables. Got a refund for $79 and some change. For $90, I got a cheap Geforce 210 graphics card and an HDMI cable. I am now playing wow. Got it to lowest settings and it still looks lovely. Youtube videos are amazing. Time to start dl movies.

$90? you're gonna kick yourself
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150557

you could have gotten this for about the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814161395
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16812189053

You probably got your shit from best buy, they really gouge their prices on that kind of stuff.
 
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post Jan 1 2012, 12:14 PM
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QUOTE(wwwww @ Dec 31 2011, 07:42 PM) *

Yeah Best Buy really isn't the Best Buy. But what I meant was that the card was only $59 and the hdmi cord was $24. Still high priced, but only had to spend $20 extra after returning:

DVI/HDMI cord: $29
VGA cord: $29
RCA cord: $9

Was happy in the end. Gotta go. Sandy won't let me be cause she wants Pho.
 

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