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Windows 7: HD monitors DVI or HDMI input ?

19 Nov 2010   #1
Odd Job

Windows 7 professional X 64
 
 
HD monitors DVI or HDMI input ?

I am about to purchase a new 24" full HD monitor. Some I am looking at just have DVI input whereas some others have HDMI also. My GPU supports both types but which will give the best quality, or is there nothing in it ?


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19 Nov 2010   #2
scrooge

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HDMI
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19 Nov 2010   #3
Odd Job

Windows 7 professional X 64
 
 

I assumed that would be the answer. So why do manufacturers made a full HD product without a full HD connection, doesn't make sense.

Anyway, the reason I was asking is because I have a choice of two monitors (same manufacturer). One is LED backlit without HDMI and the other is LCD with HDMI. Both the same price. I assumed the LED would give a better quality picture, but as it doesn't support HDMI I am back to the drawing board.
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19 Nov 2010   #4
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

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Other than HDMI can carry audio, there is no difference between the two,

DVI vs. HDMI vs. Component Video -- Which is Better? - eCoustics.com

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First, to clear away one element that can be confusing: DVI and HDMI are exactly the same as one another, image-quality-wise. The principal differences are that HDMI carries audio as well as video, and uses a different type of connector, but both use the same encoding scheme, and that's why a DVI source can be connected to an HDMI monitor, or vice versa, with a DVI/HDMI cable, with no intervening converter box.
HDMI vs DVI - A Difference in Quality?

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Like HDMI, DVI can also carry uncompressed digital video data from the source to the display. In fact, the image quality is exactly the same as HDMI.
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20 Nov 2010   #5
A Guy

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I think generally, DVI is less problematic than HDMI. If your monitor doesn't have speakers that need the audio feed as well. I personally use DVI. A Guy
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20 Nov 2010   #6
linnemeyerhere

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The other little buggaboo with HDMI is the cable tends to be heavy and stiff and it doesn't like to bend to 90 degrees and the connections can be under a high stress load. If you have space for the cable to arc gently or be supported you'll have better long term luck.
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20 Nov 2010   #7
Odd Job

Windows 7 professional X 64
 
 

Thanks for the replies. That now brings me to another question regarding my choice of monitor. LED or LCD ? both are about the same price so which would you go for and why ?
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20 Nov 2010   #8
A Guy

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Odd Job View Post
Thanks for the replies. That now brings me to another question regarding my choice of monitor. LED or LCD ? both are about the same price so which would you go for and why ?
All things being equal, I'd get the LED. Lower power consumption. Long LED life. Better edge lit screen (not such a big deal on smaller monitors). But if you have to pay more, I will say get the regular LCD (they are all LCD, LED is just the backlight source). A Guy
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20 Nov 2010   #9
linnemeyerhere

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+1 on the LED but you may be able to shop around for a swinging deal on LCD.
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20 Nov 2010   #10
Odd Job

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24" LED by benQ 156 UK pounds ($249)
24" LCD by benQ 152 UK pounds ($243)

Good price ?
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