24" or 27" monitor

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Pieter Claessen, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Pieter Claessen macrumors newbie

    Pieter Claessen

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    I have a MBP and I want to buy a monitor for it. I would like to have some tips for a good monitor at a good price (max 290 euro = 380 $). Is there a big difference between a 24" and 27"? I mean, is a 24" big enough or is it a little to small?
    Thanks!

    Pieter
     
  2. musty345 macrumors regular

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    24" is ample, especially on a normal sized desk. I use a 21.5" screen and it's perfect for me. If you have a huge desk, or you really need the screen estate, only then would I consider 27", otherwise stick with 24" and spend the saved money on some more RAM or something ;)
     
  3. js81 macrumors 65816

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    Resolution is (typically) more important for a desktop monitor than size. If the 24" and the 27" both have a 1080p resolution (1920x1080, the common-est size for these size monitors in your listed price range), then the 24" will APPEAR to have a better picture because its pixels are more densely packed. We're not talking a HUGE difference here; if you want the large display, go for it. But you can usually score a decent enough 24" for under $160 here in the U.S. I'm looking at my 24" 1080p monitor right now, btw... :D
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Yes. It is a bit cheaper here, though I don't know about shipping costs on the site you linked to.

    Then there is also this, which is a better display due to IPS technology and has 1920 x 1200 pixel, due to its 16:10 aspect ratio. Even with shipping it is within your stated budget.
     
  5. Pieter Claessen thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    Monitor size and resolution depends on what you are going to use it for.

    For watching video, a 1080p 27" would be best, although a 24" will be fine if you are sitting close enough. You want to match Full HD at the biggest size possible.

    If you are playing games, a 1080p 24" should be fine as you will be sitting close. You don't want more pixels than that as the graphics card will have more work to do.

    And if you will be doing graphics work in say Photoshop or Illustrator, then resolution is important. Every pixel counts, so 1920x1200 24" or preferably 2560x1440 27".
     
  7. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

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    3" won't matter much. Pixel count and panel quality will. For your budget an IPS panel (some of the best panels in color and crispness) will probably be out of reach but see if you can get a 2560x1440 display over 1920x1080 display.
     

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