Scott Hanselman

Gaming at 16 by 10 on a Widescreen LCD

October 29, '05 Comments [12] Posted in Gaming
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I just couldn't help myself. When I found a series of "stackable coupons" for that made the UltraSharp 2005FPW 20.1" WideScreen LCD only $394.94, including shipping, I had to act. Let me tell you, while it's a 16:10 ratio (not 16:9) you wouldn't believe the widescreen gaming joy. DVDs look nice also. The monitor also pivots and lets be see a complete 8"x14" sheet of paper within Word which makes writing prose, for me, very enjoyable.



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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Saturday, October 29, 2005 7:29:50 AM UTC
I'm jealous! Are the coupons still around?
Saturday, October 29, 2005 4:21:40 PM UTC
I got the same deal. What video card did you end up getting? I haven't gotten one yet that supports rotating and fully supports its resolution.

Chris S
Saturday, October 29, 2005 6:05:37 PM UTC

Sunday, October 30, 2005 5:04:38 PM UTC
Nice, to be sure, but I am very fond of my gaming rig. It's based on a mathematical equation of my own design:

Xbox + InFocus projector + 91" home-made screen + 700 watt 5.1 channel sound system = heaven. :)
Monday, October 31, 2005 5:52:48 AM UTC
ChrisS: I already had an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro. It was pretty inexpensive and readily available. It supports rotation and these odd resolutions automatically. Highly recommended, even if it's a 2-year old card. I'm sure there's a better one now.
Monday, October 31, 2005 5:53:28 AM UTC
Eric, the coupons were chatted to me, but I know there are (via google) a number of forums that swap "use it or lose it" deals like this.
Monday, October 31, 2005 5:24:45 PM UTC
Keep an eye on I got in on the same deal, but for the 2001FP. Not wide screen, but still a damn fine monitor. 1600x1200 is a beautiful sight to be seen.
Monday, October 31, 2005 7:40:38 PM UTC
Isn't it annoying on the games that DON'T support your native resolution? On my NEC 18.1" (1280x1024) I have to play a handful of games that only support 1280x960, which makes the horizontal crystal clear, but the vertical a little blurry.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005 5:52:06 PM UTC
I did the same deal, and use the monitor with my PowerBook. I found the coupons on
Andrew Shebanow
Wednesday, November 02, 2005 3:09:53 PM UTC
You're playing lost coast at 16x10 on a 9800pro? what kind of framerate are you getting? 10?

Apart from gaming, I don't think most computer use (browsing, email, coding, ...) lends itself all that well to widescreen displays, so I settled on the 2001fp instead a while ago. Guild Wars plays fine on 16x12, but for HL2, my 9800 just can't quite hack it... Haven't tried Lost Coast yet, but the HDR only makes that more graphics-intensive, so if anything that may force me into an even lower resolution.

For anyone interested in deals like this, just check out from time to time (or subscribe to their RSS feed). Dell monitor deals seem to pop-up there at least every other week or so...
Friday, November 04, 2005 4:27:15 PM UTC
I can't help but notice that Scott's character in Guildwars is a sensuous black woman. Does your wife know about her Scott?!
Friday, November 04, 2005 5:02:20 PM UTC
Jeremy - how do you know she isn't my wife? ;)
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