Friday, November 14

Non-native LCD resolutions

Now that LCD monitors have spread, I keep noticing one thing: lots of public places with computers have the resolution set to some non-native value. Blur in cafes, libraries, everywhere! It seems that people just do not notice the blurriness, and I do not really blame them – how could they know that there's a better resolution? This makes me think that it would be a good idea to warn the user on the desktop environment configuration level about reduced quality whenever the screen is an LCD and they are trying to switch to a non-native resolution. A non-intrusive, but informative message could do the trick, I think.


Marius Gedminas said...

Some people do that intentionally. When you set the correct resolution, they complain that the fonts and the icons are too small and they find them hard to read. Blurry, strecthed images are preferred just because they're larger.

Of course this doesn't apply for public displays. I, for one, cannot comprehend why some computer shops display their selection of monitors at the wrong resolution.

Ignas Mikalajūnas said...

has some stats on the resolution settings

Béranger said...

The explanation is simpler than you believe: PEOPLE ARE STUPID!

That's it.

dsh said...

My display itself warns when the signal has a non-native resolution, as does my dad's.

Daniel said...

In my experience, 90% of the time it is intentional to make it bigger. My dad for instance complains when I raise the res on his LCD from 1024*768 to it's native 1280*1024.

I wish people would just use the native res though.

ManagementBoy said...

I must agree, I have to configure the desktop for my mother and wife to use bigger fonts and bigger icons as the resolution is too high in relation to the physical screen size. I often even have to do this application specific (kmail being a prime example).

Nice would be a notice, like you suggested, but also a wizard that greets you after install and suggest to increase font+icons to match your screen/age/eyes. Maybe something like the DPI ratio could be of value.