Why do two monitors with the same resolution display differently?

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Why do two monitors with the same resolution display differently?

Post by mega317 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:37 pm

My laptop is 12" 1920x1080 and displays less information laterally across the screen than my 24" 1920x1200 monitor. Why is this the case? With the same number of pixels I would have assumed it would be the same but smaller on the laptop.

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Re: Why do two monitors with the same resolution display differently?

Post by bman3 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:40 pm

Any display scaling / magnification configured on the 12" screen?

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Re: Why do two monitors with the same resolution display differently?

Post by rgs92 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:47 pm

As far as what is displayed, in Windows, there are all sorts of settings for that. (I'm sure Apple is the same.)
In Windows, right-click on the desktop and go to Display Settings and start playing with things.

For more subjective things, they all look different. They way a screen looks is not based on specs or measurements alone. It's just like audio. The human eyes and ears are way more sensitive than can be measured. I like Eizo Monitors myself (but these are standalone displays).
Read notebookreivew.com for laptop display reviews.
(Of course, the Graphics processor has a lot to do with things.)
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Re: Why do two monitors with the same resolution display differently?

Post by Kenkat » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:56 pm

Is that a typo or are the two resolutions 1920x1080 and 1920x1200. Those are not the same. The aspect ratios of the monitors (width x height) may also be different which affects the display.

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Re: Why do two monitors with the same resolution display differently?

Post by Spirit Rider » Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:13 pm

bman3 wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:40 pm
Any display scaling / magnification configured on the 12" screen?
Add font type/size.

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Re: Why do two monitors with the same resolution display differently?

Post by mega317 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:22 pm

I haven't changed any setting on either computer. The laptop I actually just wiped last week and have a clean Windows 10 which I did not change any settings.

For an example of what I'm seeing, here is my Chrome bookmarks bar on the 24". The red line I've drawn is about the edge of the screen on the laptop.
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(I realize this is tiny but I can only post 1200 pixels across on this site.)

I will play around with the laptop when I get home and update.

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Re: Why do two monitors with the same resolution display differently?

Post by oldcomputerguy » Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:28 pm

It’s not clear from your post, is the monitor connected as a second display to the laptop? If so, you’re presenting the laptop with two different display resolutions, which can cause some screwy things to happen.
It’s taken me a lot of years, but I’ve come around to this: If you’re dumb, surround yourself with smart people. And if you’re smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you.

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Re: Why do two monitors with the same resolution display differently?

Post by mega317 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:40 pm

oldcomputerguy wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:28 pm
It’s not clear from your post, is the monitor connected as a second display to the laptop? If so, you’re presenting the laptop with two different display resolutions, which can cause some screwy things to happen.
No, sorry. Two different computers. The laptop is not connected to a second display.

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Re: Why do two monitors with the same resolution display differently?

Post by tuningfork » Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:33 pm

If you're running Windows 10, go to Display Settings and see what the scale factor is set to (a.k.a. "Make everything bigger"). Windows chooses it automatically based on pixels-per-inch. Your laptop display has more pixels-per-inch than your desktop display so the laptop is probably set to something like 125% or 150% while the desktop is 100%.

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Re: Why do two monitors with the same resolution display differently?

Post by earlyout » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:14 pm

I have a new 13" laptop with a 1080 x 1920 screen. The default scale factor in a new Win10 install for this display is 150%. The default scale factor on the same machine for a 24 inch 1200 x 1920 display is 100% and the big monitor displays a lot more information. I have not measured how much more but it is quite significant. Of course the 13" display is much better visually because it has almost twice as many pixels per inch as the larger display. Check the scale factor for the display on your Windows10 machine and adjust it until it matches the small screen.

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Re: Why do two monitors with the same resolution display differently?

Post by mega317 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:23 pm

Thanks everyone for your replies. "make everything bigger" did the trick. Just what I needed.

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