Update: problem solved with the purchase of a bigger monitor. See the comments.
I have been reading various websites on the subject of blurry text and LCD monitors, and what I am reading is not encouraging. Apparently this is a problem with a lot of different LCDs, larger ones too not just this little one. All the effort seems to have gone into upgrading the graphical display, for gamers and people who web-surf (for pictures, I presume, I leave to your imagination pictures of what), but those people who actually use the computer to read and write get to suffer eyestrain.
Another thing: type is somewhat clearer at larger font settings, but — text set above a certain font size (except for headers and the like) annoys me. I can’t stand those books printed out in large type for people with bad eyes, either. Paragraphs of large text, whether on the screen or the page, look like they are “shouting” at me. I’m weird that way.
Another thought I had was perhaps the odd size of the monitor had something to do with the text problems. The display is 15 1/4 inches wide, not the standard 15. Set at anything but 1280 x 768, images are distorted, though text is slightly better, but not good enough to be worth stretched-out, bizarre looking graphics. (I do like to look at undistorted images.)
I’m sure this is very boring for everyone reading this (”Is she still going on about the stupid monitor?”), but it’s my preoccupation of the moment. A reader emailed me suggesting I text the monitor on the laptop to make sure it isn’t the videocard that is the problem. I also have the other computer I could test it on — the old Windows 98 computer that is the whole reason I bought this, so I could give my friend the old computer along with the old CRT monitor. I promised to her like a year ago. Well, I will let you know the results. (”Oh joy!”)
Computer fun update: I am typing this on the laptop. I can only upgrade the laptop resolution settings from 1024×768 to 1280×1024. It’s set at the latter now. Type is slightly better looking, so I assume my desktop’s video card is probably somewhat to blame. (It’s still not wonderful, though.)
I found out another wonderful thing: my ancient Windows 98 computer is d-e-a-d dead. I assume that one of the power surges this area is prone to took it out, though I swear I just used it recently. Well, I am not investing one cent into fixing something so old, so I guess I have me an expensive paperweight. And my friend will be getting the WinXP desktop, as I did promise her a computer; I guess I’ll be getting myself a new desktop eventually. Argh!
I forgot to add: also images are distorted on this monitor at any setting but 1280 x 768. Maybe getting a weird-sized monitor wasn’t such a good idea.