Black Friday Television Buying Guide Part 2
720p VS 1080p What’s the Difference?
Unlike what most people think, there isn’t that big of a difference between these two, it all depends on how far away you sit from the television and what size of a television you have. For example, a 32” HDTV with a 1080p resolution isn’t even noticeable for people sitting more than 6 feet away…and if you have a 42” inch HDTV the benefits of 1080p don’t even come into effect unless you are more than 8 feet away from the television.
Although this CNET article is about 2 years old, it still holds very true today and explains the difference much better than we here could ever do…read about 720p VS 1080p (update, the article has been rewritten for 2009).
The general guideline we like to go with is that if your TV is less than 42” than there is no need to pay for a 1080 resolution since the normal viewer will not be able to tell the difference. However if you plan on using the TV as a PC monitor part or full time then you should definitely go with a 1080p.