HD v WXGA

Display Resolution

I was asked this question regarding digital projectors, “Which is better: WXGA or Full HD?” This is a terrific question because it illustrates a very real world decision-making point that directly effects the cost and size of the potential purchase investment. The answer to the question lies in the intended use of the display device- in this case, a digital projector.

“Full HD” refers to 1080p- or 1920 pixels wide x 1080 pixels tall. This also yields the common video aspect ratio of 16:9. “WXGA” refers to the resolution that will fit Microsoft’s default wide-screen aspect ratio of 16 units wide x 10 units tall, or the aspect ratio of 16:10. If the unit of measure is in pixels, that is 1280 x 800. As you can see, 1080p has more pixels and thus is higher resolution than WXGA. But in the real world of projector viewing, it is very difficult to see the difference between those two resolutions, especially when viewed from a typical viewing distance of 12’ to 18’.

If the intended use of the projector is in a training room, classroom, or conference room, my recommendation would be a WXGA projector because with so many options available, competition is thick. The sheer number manufacturers and models available has driven down the purchase price. Thus, the value proposition is much higher in this projector resolution.

If the application is a home theater, the recommendation changes. At home you’re probably watching TV from a cable box or satellite receiver with a native aspect ratio of 16:9. In this application, I would recommend a 1080p projector because that matches the resolution output of the video source. For that reason alone, this is the really the only choice for home viewing.

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Steve Patrick,
Pro Presenters, LLC.