4K Monitor Choice for new Mac Pro - 24" or 32"

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  1. ammentorp macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys


    I have just ordered a new Mac Pro. Next step is to find a suitable monitor. I decided to go for 4K and and I want a high quality monitor for photo retouching and a little bit of video editing (including 4k video).

    I found that the Dell UP3214Q or Dell UP2414Q looks like good choices.

    I think that 32" sounds like a enormous monitor size. And I wonder if it's too big? It also has to be used for a lot of basic tasks like email, internet browsing etc. On the other hand I think 24" is a bit in the small end. But maybe 2 x 24" inch 4K monitors would be the solution? That gives you the flexibility to turn off one of the monitors when it's not needed.

    So I have to decide. Should I go for one 32" screen or two 24" screens?

    Any experiences with these monitors? Any experience on working with 32" monitors vs dual 24" inch monitors?

    I have browsed 100+ webpages to hear peoples experience with this. But it's not easy to find - since these monitors are pretty new on the market.

    Hope to find some advice in here!


    Best regards,
    Ammentorp
     
  2. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^Since the resolution is the same (3840 x 2160) you won't get anymore on screen information from the 32" over the 24". The information will just be larger on the 32" display. And, to me at least, it's disappointing that they are 16:9 aspect ratio. My personal preference is 16:10.

    Lou
     
  3. michael_aos macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking at the Dell UP3214Q also. Best price I've seen so far is $2179.99.

    Are there any other displays I should be looking at?

    The LG Ultrawide 34UM95 Thunderbolt 2 display sounds interesting too.
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  4. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I think you should save the money and go with the 24 inch. Thats pretty big. But if you feel you want bigger just go with the 32 inch
     
  5. thefredelement macrumors 65816

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    I really like the idea of that LG, no 4k refresh rate issues and a ton of space... hmm.. thanks for sharing.

     
  6. flowrider macrumors 601

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    I'm really not sure what your adding to the party here. We all know a 32" is physically bigger than a 24", but again, the content on the display is exactly the same as the 24" monitor.

    Lou
     
  7. jmiddel macrumors member

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    How about a 28" monitor, not gargantuan like the 32" but with better visibility, ie larger fonts etc than the 24".
     
  8. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I added my opinion.
     
  9. Jim-H macrumors member

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    I would hardly call 32" gargantuan. There are many users that have 3 or 4 30" monitors on their desk.

    I'm waiting for a 40" 4K so I can use all the real estate. I could care less for a retina style 4K.
     
  10. dagamer34 macrumors 65816

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    Large single monitor vs. dual monitor pretty much comes down to the work you do with it. I've never done any video editing but Photoshop is largely a single screen endeavor (unless you need to reference something). But boy, that 32" monitor is pretty expensive, even if you can find it for $2.1k. Dual-monitors are of course a no brainer for anyone doing web or mobile development due the number of code windows and browsers you need open + reference docs. And you can probably get 2 UP2414Q monitors for $1700-1800 total.
     
  11. evilpaddy macrumors regular

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    I use an 8c nMP outputted to two 2013 27" iMacs for the work the OP posted. I'd love a higher resolution display as the transition from my rMBP has proven difficult. That being said, I find working on the two screens quite difficult. You have to be far enough back to actually find the periphery easily readable without craning your neck or twisting in your chair. It's nice to have two displays as PS is optimised for one which allows reference and other material to be on the other. I do however find that I sit squarely in front of the left side or else I naturally stare at the join in the middle.

    I think two (or 3 :)) 24" would be more manageable or a single larger display with more effective screen estate. I would not opt for a larger panel with the same resolution. That being said, my needs will be different to others....
     
  12. Raddock macrumors member

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    What did you end up getting?
     
  13. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    Which wasn't relevant really.
     
  14. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    OP said they needed to decide and they wanted advice. I provided my advice.
     
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    4K on less than 32" is going to necessitate using a retina-style HiDPI setting to read any text or use the UI which means you're not running native resolution. It will look great, no doubt, but you're not going to get usable 4K desktop real-estate on a monitor less than 32". Even at 32" you're going to have to be sitting pretty close to not have to squint.

    If you must buy now, the Dell UP3214Q offers a better backlight with wider colour gamut than the Asus or Sharp displays using the same panel.

    However, if you can wait (which is what I plan to do). AU Optronics has a 32" IPS 4K panel in the works that will offer better specs and possibly a lower price point. ASUS has already announced a product based on this panel but it's not expected to ship until later in the year.
     
  17. scoobeesnac macrumors member

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    The 27" is on it's way too - rumoured to be the next iMac screen, hopefully a separate Apple Display too...
    http://www.panelook.com/M270QAN01.0_AUO_27.0_LCM_overview_20793.html

    Let's just hope the new screens have good backlight/colour uniformity unlike the 4k screens (and iMac 27") so far! :(
     
  18. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    Not off-topic at all. Your post just simply wasn't relevant, you didn't provide an sort of reasoning other than it's cheaper and the 32" is bigger.

    Both of which are obvious hence my comment.
     
  19. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    The 28" 4K monitors are a nice size, and a much lower price, but the TN panels make them unsuitable for the photo and video work the OP will be using them for.

    I have transitioned to a dual monitor set up, but would prefer one larger monitor, so I would go with the 32" and probably use one of the scaling resolutions most of the time, with options to switch around at that size.
     
  20. deconstruct60, Jun 17, 2014
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    How is this IPS with view angles of 89 degrees? This looks to be in the similar class as the 28" TN UHD panels that are already out. Cheaper, but not particularly upper percentile quality screens.

    At least in that spec, the "hyper viewing angle" (HVA) characteristic is relative to TN panels.... not IPS.


    With the reduced view angle, just sit directly in front of it.


    P.S. Looks like the specs on that page are a bit off.

    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/30.htm#auo_panels

    It is 178 in tftcentral's spec collection.
     
  21. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I said "that's pretty big" so my reasoning was the 24" was big enough
     
  22. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    4k becomes too small at 24". I find it extremely hard to read websites without pressing my face up against the screen.

    Just look at how ridiculously small the icon text is on this 24" display:

    [​IMG]

    I'd get two 24" and run them in HiDPI instead.
     
  23. nagromme macrumors G5

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    That problem is true in Windows (where you can resize some elements but not others). Is is NOT true in Mac OS X.

    Mac OS X (as of 10.9.3) treats 4k displays as retina displays, like a retina MBP. That gives you a "normal sized" 24" UI at super-sharp 2x high-DPI--very readable and nice on the eyes. Or it gives you your choice of scaled modes that offer extra real estate (and still sharper than normal, just not perfect 2x).

    Basically, choose 24" if you want sharpness and clarity, or cost savings. Choose 32" if you plan to use 1x and want maximum workspace.

    (Choose 28"... never! Those displays have poor color, poor viewing angles, and pixels that are too small for 1x use, yet too big for 2x retina use. Then again, they are dirt cheap and have low lag for gamers. But as a gamer, I don't notice the 24" Dell's lag anyway. It feels very minor.)

    The UP2414Q I just bought looks great at 2x! (Except for glow in the lower corners on black images--but I'm already noticing that less.) Just don't forget to enable 60Hz, which makes your mouse movement much smoother.
     
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