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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by apr911, Jan 29, 2007.

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  1. apr911

    apr911 Thread Starter

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    So I was responding to a post today regarding an resolution at 1680x1050...

    Why do they call monitors with this resolution 16:10? Wouldnt they be 8:5? Thoughts? Opinions?

    Again, this is a strange anomaly/curiosity question designed purely to get you to think. The answer does not affect me one way or the other.
     
  2. MaverickUK

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    I guess it is 16:10 because the first two numbers of the resolution make this up. 1680x1050. It isn't 8:5 due to the fact that the first two numbers are the thousands and hundreds, which is a closer description than using the tens and ones unit and better represents the true value.

    Thousands Hundreds Tens Units

    1 6 8 0
    x
    1 0 5 0
     
  3. apr911

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    While your arguement makes sense, with that theory, a 1280x1024 should be 12x10 not 5:4 and 1024x768 and 800x600 should be 10x7 and 8x6 respectively not 4:3
     
  4. kiwiguy

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    The aspect ratio is expressed in terms of current video standards, being 4:3 and 16:9.

    Therefore it's not uncommon to see 16:10 to denote an aspect ratio, on the basis that the 16:9 is a norm and it makes the variation somewhat more understandable, but 8:5 would be acceptable.
     
  5. RootbeaR

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    Closer to 17:11 than 16:10, which is probably why it isn't 8:5
     
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