A question about text size for 21.5" owners (DPI)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jcdamascenojr, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. jcdamascenojr, Feb 4, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2012

    I've just bought a Mac mini and now I'm looking for a display to use with it (no, I'm not in the wrong forum ;P). After a bit of reading I've decided to go for a Dell Ultrasharp, either the U2212HM or the U2312HM (only difference being 1.5" between them). Since the 21.5" has the same size and DPI as the smaller iMac, I came here to know what you think about yours.

    My question is: considering sitting at arms-lenght distance from it, do you find it confortable for long-time reading? Do you think it's too choppy or crispy enough? Would you wish everything (mainly text) was just a tiny bigger? Do find yourself using zoom constantly?

    I know the 21.5" will be crispier. I'm just worried that everything will be too small to read confortably. My current 15" notebook has a DPI of ~98, which I find just right considering text size, but wish it was a bit crispier. (although I sit a bit closer, maybe 1.5' from it)


    PS: no, I don't want a Thunderbolt Display! ;P
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2012
    B'more or Less
    I have the 2011 21.5"iMac and I sit/stand about 1.5 to 2 feet away from it. No problems reading on it at all. It was a wonderfully big screen to me when I first got it, coming from 17" iMac, but I wish now I could have gotten the 27" screen just to have more room on screen for other windows.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2012
    Thanks, anyone else?
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
    Mate not sure if it does help, I have at work a 21.5 inches dell P2211H display (1920*1080) and I don't fell the need to zoom or anything.

    The distance is at arm lenght and I wear glasses as I am shortsighed... :p
  5. jcdamascenojr, Feb 5, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013

    thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2012
    It sure does help, thanks! I guess I'll probably go with the 21.5" one, since it's also cheaper...
  6. macrumors member

    May 20, 2008
    I'm on the computer most of the day and I don't have any problem IMO with a 23" 1080p (dpi ~96) monitor at arms length.

    Used to use MBP @ ~110 dpi fyi.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2011
    I'm curious about this as well. I'm on my 20" 2007 iMac and my eyes get tired trying to focus on the blurred pixels (99 ppi, i just looked it up). I'm curious as to what kind of monitor to get for my soon-to-be upgrade. Thanks all for the replies.
  8. jcdamascenojr, Feb 8, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2013

    thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2012
    Since you find 99 to be blurry your best bet would be an 27" at 2560x1440 (~108 dpi), since I'm not aware of anything smaller with higher resolution than 1080p. Or wait for Retina in a couple years.

    So guys, don't be shy, I'm going to buy it this week and the more opinions the better! Keep coming! :D

    Edit: wait, if blurry means too small text, then also get an 27", but a 1080p one. Or any smaller one with 1366x768 or something...
  9. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2011
    No, you were correct the first time. Blurry was because I can see pixels. I think i'm going to go with the dell u2713hm.

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