|If you have an LCD monitor, they have one "optimal" or "native" resolution they look best in when set to. When the monitor (or a PIP window) is set to any other resolution, the display won't look as good, the most noticable thing being the text doesn't look as clear. If the monitor is a good quality monitor it will still look pretty good in other resolutions, but if it's a cheaper quality monitor it's likely to look a lot worse. |
E.g. A Samsung LCD monitor display still looks pretty good in other resolutions; an Acer LCD model does not.
CRT monitors DO NOT have this problem.
Turn on Clear Type in Windows XP or Vista - makes type/fonts on LCD screens look clearer.
Most recent monitors are widescreen. You can choose both standard or widescreen resolutions in Windows. If you can't or don't want to set your video resolution to the "optimal" or "native" resolution, use a resolution with the same ratio of width to height to yield the best display.
E.g. if the monitor is widescreen, don't use the standard 4:3 resolutions - 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, etc.