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720p or 1080p on a 24-inch Samsung display?

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Hi everyone:

Long story short, I've got a bunch of movies that I want to play on my Macbook Pro (early 08), with a 24-inch Samsung SyncMaster T240 LCD display (1920x1200 res.)

Most of the movies are in .mkv format and play with VLC or Quicktime.

My question is: should I prefer the 720p or the 1080p movies? Both are HD (obviously) and the 720p looks great. I'm just wondering which would look better on my display. Will I see any real difference between the two?

I'm pretty clear on the differences when it come to TVs, but I think computer displays are a different beast (unless I'm wrong.)

For what it's worth, a lot of these movie files play in a letterbox format that doesn't quite take up my whole screen, even when the player is set to "full screen" mode.

Thanks!
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Hi everyone:

Long story short, I've got a bunch of movies that I want to play on my Macbook Pro (early 08), with a 24-inch Samsung SyncMaster T240 LCD display (1920x1200 res.)

Most of the movies are in .mkv format and play with VLC or Quicktime.

My question is: should I prefer the 720p or the 1080p movies? Both are HD (obviously) and the 720p looks great. I'm just wondering which would look better on my display. Will I see any real difference between the two?

I'm pretty clear on the differences when it come to TVs, but I think computer displays are a different beast (unless I'm wrong.)

For what it's worth, a lot of these movie files play in a letterbox format that doesn't quite take up my whole screen, even when the player is set to "full screen" mode.

Thanks!

Depends on how far away you'll be sitting from your monitor. If you plan to use it "like a computer monitor", where you're sitting at the desk where the monitor is (meaning you're just a foot or two away), you'll be able to tell the difference.

But on a 24" screen, even at about three to four feet back the difference will be minimal, if visible at all.

Just in general I would say that a 24" is too small to worry about 1080p.
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Thanks for the reply! I guess I'm good to go with 720p.
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FYI, here's an often referenced chart that shows viewing distance vs. screen size and what combination thereof yields visual befits at a given resolution.
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