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Computer VGA Help


#1

Looking at a laptop that only has VGA output. I realize HDMI is the way to go, but I don't use the feature often.

If anything I'll use it for powerpoint (do most LCDs have VGA hookups?) or connecting to a larger montior I have for watching movies. Pretty sure it has VGA.

But, how is the video quality? I tried google but didn't come up with much


#2

Most LCD's do have VGA, as do projectors. I haven't noticed a difference between VGA and anything else up to 1280x1024, higher than that and I notice DVI or HDMI is crisper. VGA isn't terrible though.


#3

Remember that you have to consider the resolution because there is VGA, SVGA, XGA, etc. And the difference is resolution. Scroll down this link to see a chart that explains...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=788087&CatId=73


#4

You can also do DVI, I've seen a few TV's with it. Or S-Video. If you do S-Video you'll have a harder time. I tried it once and could only see a portion of the screen.


#5

Just get one with HDMI.

I got an HP DV5 for the equivalent of $650, why buy a laptop with old technology?

Future-proofing is the way to go; besides, you just have to plug HDMI in and it works just as it should - no fiddling around with resolutions AND you get sound.

Other than that, VGA quality is fine as I used to use it before.


#6

HP TX2Z (true tablet laptop) for $750 I can get great specs 12" though, which I would prefer 14", but that's ok