Bubbling up from the font of dark knowledge, ndix UR presents KotOR High Resolution Menus, a UI mod package providing full high resolution menu and UI support for Knights of the Old Republic. The tyrrany of 640x480 menus and 6-item lists is over.
Normally, when you increase the game's resolution using a widescreen patcher like UniWS, the menus stay very small in the middle of the screen and the borders get larger. This package is designed to be used *after* the widescreen patcher has done its work. It scales the menu screens up so that they fill the screen.
The primary reason for this move was considered to be production efficiency: Since display panels for TVs use the 16:9 aspect ratio, it became more efficient for display manufacturers to produce computer display panels in the same aspect ratio. A 2008 report by DisplaySearch also cited several other reasons, including the ability for PC and monitor manufacturers to expand their product ranges by offering products with wider screens and higher resolutions. This helped consumers adopt such products more easily, \"stimulating the growth of the notebook PC and LCD monitor market\".
Both the Dell UltraSharp U4021QW and Dell S3422DW have 21:9 aspect ratios. But one is a $2,000 monitor and one is a $429 monitor. Clearly there are differences. The more-expensive monitor has a higher resolution. It displays 5,120 pixels horizontally and 2,160 pixels vertically. The less-expensive monitor displays 3,440 pixels horizontally and 1,440 pixels vertically.
Practically, the second monitor shows less detail. While both might display the same image, the details of the lower-resolution monitor will be a bit more chunky than those of the higher-resolution monitor. Both of these monitors show images in enough detail that most people won't see the difference, but if you're a designer or artist, or you're looking at a lot of small text, you'll definitely notice the decrease in detail on the lower-cost monitor.
It's worth noting that laptops often have higher PPIs than bigger monitors. If you're doing a lot of high-resolution photo editing, for instance, the PPI of a 'mainstream' monitor might prove problematic when you're looking at the image on the display vs. on the laptop.
Here's a performance tip: if you want to use all the resolution of a super-dense screen, make sure you choose a processor and display chipset beefy enough to push all those pixels to the display. My general guideline is that base-level chipsets don't match well with super high-resolution displays, but more-powerful chipsets can handle denser displays with more pixels. 59ce067264