720p VS 1080p? Which Screen Resolution is better for You?

The numbers 720p vs 1080p refer to vertical lines of resolution and also how the lines are drawn on a screen.

Technically speaking a 1080p HDTV is going to offer a better picture and viewing experience than a 720p set. The reason is purely mathematical, meaning there are more lines to view, so the picture quality is higher.

720p vs 1080p; which is better?

However, it is possible because of other factors such as the scalers built into the set, black levels, and the color quality, that a 720p could look better than a 1080p set.

There are too many factors that can affect the overall quality of the viewing experience.

Here’s how to judge between the two types of HDTV’s…

… choose 2 HDTV sets that are both around the same price.

One set being a 720p HDTV – the other set being a 1080p HDTV.

Using the same source of a blu ray player and high res video, look at the images while watching high resolution material.

This is the only way to get a feel for the differences each is capable of.

How do they look?

Make your decision based on this experiment. But it is likely that the 1080p HDTV set will appear to offer more definition than the 720P HDTV. But there can be more to it than this. Refresh rates can also make a 720p set seem to offer better detail if the screen is ‘refreshing’ faster. (for example)

720 lines of resolution?

720p just means that there are 720 vertical lines of resolution. Progressive scan or the “p” is that there are 720 individual vertical lines of pixels available on the screen.


The higher the number of lines the more detail the screen is capable of.

So a screen with 1080p will have 1080 lines of vertical progressive scan resolution.

The screen with 1080p will be capable of higher resolution than a screen with 720p.

Progressive is generally considered to be better than interlaced. This is what the “i” and “p” mean.