Step 2: Choosing a Display

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Now for the most important step, choosing a display. There are a few requirements for the monitor. First, it MUST be HDCP Compliant (High Definition Content Protection, think TV DRM). Next, it must have a DVI or HDMI input. It doesn't have to, but I recommend getting a widescreen monitor. Also, make sure that it can display at Least 720p (use This image to make sure). I used a dell E207WFP which I will be using as an example for setup. It can display up to 720p and is cheap with a picture rivaling most high end HDTVs.
nate_hunte6 years ago
Would an Acer 22" Crystalbrite P223W with 1680x1050 work? (It is HDCP) Please reply i need to know soon before the monitor sells out, Thanks!
What do you do if your PC monitor uses a D-SUB output?
paulrobare6 years ago
This looks great - but I'm a bit confused about the resolution issues. I didn't think 720x480px monitors were even made anymore, and many monitors display 1920x1280. You mention that this instructable might not be great for folk who want 1280p resolution—why not? Is there a difference between pixels as defined for TV display and pixels as used when discussing computer monitors?
atomic16 (author)  paulrobare6 years ago

Basically, 720p does not meant 720x480, but rather 1280x720. 1920x1280 is possible on my display, but 1080p is 1920x1080, not 1280, so it does not work.

1280p is not a current resolution available on broadcast tv (As far as I know).

I find that 720p is perfect for me, since my monitor is fairly small I find that it actually has a better picture that my 1080i TV. When you get to these resolutions, it is quite difficult to tell on a small screen, sort of like megapixels on a camera.