I just ordered mine online for delivery, but I had a friend connect a notebook to look at picture quality in the most demanding scenario; still image at full HD, which means fully 1920 x 1080 pixels.
I thought I would post this note because I notice confusion EVERYWHERE about convergence of LCDs for HDTV versus computer displays.
The only confusion comes from 2 things;
1 is that for HDTV, especially after the HD conversion of over the air signals, the aspect ratio fixed at 16:9. Since PCs and Mac have always been able to take whatever the hardware and its driver can come up with, wisely we all are used to quoting both dimensions.
Now that we have HD, by far the most often discussed dimension is the number of horizontal scan lines. By virtue of the aspect ratio constraint, the number of horizontal lines always implies both it and the vertical lines as well.
But this leads to confusion because all you ever hear is either 1080P or 720P (I am not going to talk about P or I here). I know who is confued because time and again I hear people wondering why "some" TVs do just fine woth PC display whiile others don't.
Gee, do you think maybe the number of pixels counts? Since these same people seem aware that a 1920 x 1080 PC display is better quality than a 1280 x 720, why don't they realize that by "some" TVs, are obviously going to be "those TV capable of rendering 1080P?"
So the answer is that HDTVs that top out at 720P are just like the old monitors that could only render 1280 x 1024 or whatever.
By the way, the earliest LCDs were not always multi-scan, meaning that even though they might have been capable of very high quality display at say, 1280 * 1024, they may not have been able to down-convert, I think is the term people use. But all HDTVs can do this at least to 720P.
The reason this is important is that although video generally does look good at 720P and most media is not even available yet at 1080P there is a very good reason why you should pay more for the higher capability;
Most people are getting larger screens than before and as impressive as they are, when the excitement wanes, you would be left with a TV that will not "scale" up with media programming that will probably get better. If there is no way you might be among those that will have access to this, OK, save a little money, but I think it much more likely that new programming will come out and convergence with PCs will become easier to accomplish and if any of that happens, you are going to find out that the 720P TV you bought does not scale up at all. Those with 1080P will take their web browsers and pull up highly detailed images (still images are much more revealing than motion video), you will see that these TVs are nice, but if you are going to invest in something, at least consider that you may regret limiting yourself to 1280 * 720, which is - to 720P. See if your computer can drop down to that resolution and at least that way you know what the 720P TVs are capable of doing.
When my TV is installed, I will take some pictures at both 1080P and 720P still images. I'm using these for video editing workstations, and Radeon video cards are now so flexible that I have everything on 1 keyboard and mouse (2 PCs and 4 displays). Go for 1080
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