21.5 inch or 27 inch? Need advice.

MikeArtworks

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Hello guys!

I currently have a 23.5 inch samsung monitor.

My pc is getting slow, and I want to go full mac (I already have macbook pro retina 13inch). I'm either going to get the 21.5 inch non-retina or the 27 inch non-retina.

I'm afraid that the 27 inch might be too big, I don't want to strain my eyes.. I sit around 2.2 feet (27 inch/68cm) from my monitor right now. I think the imac will be a little further away, making it around 2.4 feet (add 2/3 inches and 5/6 cm).

Please, give me advice, what would be wiser?

I mainly do graphic designing. Don't tell me to get the retina one please. Also, please don't tell me that 27 inch might be "better" for graphic design. I think all sizes above 17 inch are enough for that.

Thanks!
 

fathergll

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If you’re worried a 27” monitor giving you eyestrain then get the 21.5” model.
 

Studflower

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I feel like this is completely upto your personal preference, and you've already pretty much answered your own question.

No retina, anything 17+ is fine, eye strain with 27" - all leads to you buying the 21.5".

I'd personally purchase the 21.5" if I were limited to those two options since pixels are so distinguishable 27" 1080P monitors.
 

MikeArtworks

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I feel like this is completely upto your personal preference, and you've already pretty much answered your own question.

No retina, anything 17+ is fine, eye strain with 27" - all leads to you buying the 21.5".

I'd personally purchase the 21.5" if I were limited to those two options since pixels are so distinguishable 27" 1080P monitors.
Do you think it would be weird going from a 23.5 to a 21.5? That's going backwards. But the overall size of the imac is bigger, just the screen is smaller.
 

fathergll

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Do you think it would be weird going from a 23.5 to a 21.5? That's going backwards. But the overall size of the imac is bigger, just the screen is smaller.
I'd say it's weird not to just hook your Macbook Pro up to your 23.5" Samsung monitor, save yourself $1500 and wait until what iMacs come out in the fall.
 

MikeArtworks

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I'd say it's weird not to just hook your Macbook Pro up to your 23.5" Samsung monitor, save yourself $1500 and wait until what iMacs come out in the fall.
Well that's because I don't need the newest-of the newest. Skylane will mainly improve battery (not important) and graphics, but the graphics won't be as good as the gt 750m I'll be getting.

Also, here in the Netherlands prices always raise with new models.

And my pc is getting slow, and crashes 2 times a day, which is not nice with graphic designing.
 

ashe777

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Hello guys!

I currently have a 23.5 inch samsung monitor.

My pc is getting slow, and I want to go full mac (I already have macbook pro retina 13inch). I'm either going to get the 21.5 inch non-retina or the 27 inch non-retina.

I'm afraid that the 27 inch might be too big, I don't want to strain my eyes.. I sit around 2.2 feet (27 inch/68cm) from my monitor right now. I think the imac will be a little further away, making it around 2.4 feet (add 2/3 inches and 5/6 cm).

Please, give me advice, what would be wiser?

I mainly do graphic designing. Don't tell me to get the retina one please. Also, please don't tell me that 27 inch might be "better" for graphic design. I think all sizes above 17 inch are enough for that.

Thanks!
Looks like you know what you want. Why ask lol?
 

MikeArtworks

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Looks like you know what you want. Why ask lol?
Just wondering if 27 inch is too big for 2.2 feet away. Also, I don't want the 21.5 inch to feel small after having a 23.5. Do you think it would feel much smaller?
 

zhenya

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Personally, I would suggest the 27". Yes, it's going to feel huge at first, but once you get used to it you will wonder how you ever lived with a smaller screen.
 

Pieterr

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I'm either going to get the 21.5 inch non-retina or the 27 inch non-retina.

I'm afraid that the 27 inch might be too big...

Please, give me advice, what would be wiser?

Don't tell me to get the retina one please. Also, please don't tell me that 27 inch might be "better" for graphic design. I think all sizes above 17 inch are enough for that.
So what do you want to hear from us?

I'd definitely would go for the 27". It is not too big. The distance you need to keep from that monitor is the same as with a similar-ppi monitor with lower resolution.
 

steve23094

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I sit about the same distance from my 27" iMac. When I first got it I thought 'that's huge!'. But now I see why it's good and would hate to go back.

But there is one big difference, I have a Retina. When I looked at the non-Retina 27" screens in the Apple store I could easily see the pixels at that sort of distance. It would drive me mad.
 
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