A big monitor or dual display?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by linkgx1, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. linkgx1 macrumors 68000

    Oct 12, 2011
    Hey, I'm wondering is it better to get a big 27" monitor or two 23" monitors? Any opinion? Thanks.
  2. milkmandan macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2012
    depends on your workflow.
    I am going to assume that the 27" you are eyeing is 2560x1440 resolution.
    and at best the 23" will be 1920x1200. With two of them, it is 3840x1200 combined resolution.

    3840x1200 combined resolution is nice, esp if you need horizontal work space, but the 27" offers that extra bit of vertical space.

    imo, 27" 2560x1440 looks stunning...
  3. linkgx1 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Oct 12, 2011
    Might go 27" then...
  4. Comeagain? macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2011
    Spokane, WA
  5. albert1028 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    If you are use to dual monitors it's hard to turn back, I've been use to dual 24" ACD but started using a Dell 30" and felt that if I was gonna get a Dell 30", I had to get another, since my work flow dictates two separate screens.

    Plus, you get more useable work space with two work screens than with one huge one. I think it's even better to work with triple screen because you don't get the divide in the center.
  6. Neodym macrumors 68000


    Jul 5, 2002
    Can't agree more! Triple screen setup for several years now. Kind of having OSX' spaces in hardware. I would even add a second screen if i had a 27" screen right in front of me.

    Not necessarily. When working on two screens i arrange them asymmetrically. I then have one screen centered in front of me and the second one placed right or left next to it. That way there is no disturbing split and you reduce the risk for neck strain from always being a little bent when looking at either screen in a symmetric setup.
  7. gabicava83 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    Pics of setup please?

    I have a 30" ACD at home, and dual 20" HP's at work.

    I do several things, such as web design/research/manage networks/vmware and all of that.

    Dual monitors is the way for me, big time.

    If I did AutoCAD or something like that, I would probably want one big screen and another smaller for the palette.
  8. Stan Mikulenka macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2009
    Calgary, Canada
    Hi guys,
    the "2560x1440" is 'wrong' res. (16:9).
    This resolution is designed for 'masses' to watch 'pretty movies'...
    the res you 'need' is 2560x1600 (16:10 ratio).
    Is that clear enough or you're too young to remember the 'proper' monitor size?
  9. milkmandan macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2012
    While I agree with you that 2560x1600 is the preferred resolution, the OP is not asking about getting a 30" Apple Cinema Display.
    and not everyone 'NEEDS' 2560x1600.
  10. Neodym macrumors 68000


    Jul 5, 2002

    Dual-monitor setup: Imagine the second monitor standing in line with the central main monitor (on the right or left side), only turned towards me by about 10-20 degrees.

    Triple-monitor setup: Like above, only with one monitor on each side of the main monitor. Kind of a cockpit feeling.
  11. gabicava83 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    I thought I would get that reply, quite rightly so :p

    Triple monitor is certainly the way forward. Thinking that is what I will do. Two is great.
  12. BigMa macrumors member

    May 31, 2012
    Is HD4000 capable?

    Hello! :)

    I have HP ZR30w (2560x1600 @ 60Hz native resolution) and am wondering if Mac mini (2012) equipped with quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU is powerful enough to properly (no perceptible lug on Blu-Ray movies, e.g.) drive it... :confused:
  13. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I hate it when people say this is "wrong" and this is "right".... it's all opinion. And don't be a pompus @$$ making some comments about how he's too young to remember the "proper" monitor size. The industry has only switched to 16:9 in the last few years. Frankly, I thought 4:3 was the "proper" size since that's what i used for the first 20+ years of my life. Heck we didn't switch to 16:10 monitors until maybe 6-7 years ago with the rise of LCD's (actually my first two LCD's were 4:3).

    Get off your high horse....
  14. rezinous macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2010
    Yeah workflow dependent, I was always using dual monitors. Got an ACD27. Switched my workflow with Magic Trackpad to switch spaces etc. I feel more efficient using 1 bigger screen than 2, like I focus better.
  15. TetheredHeart macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2012

    And what else you get with a dual/triple screen setup if not a wider aspect ratio?
  16. gabicava83 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    I miss 4:3 and I am 29..........

    They were certainly the best for me, for technical support/development. Miss it.
  17. teohyc macrumors regular


    May 24, 2007
    At the 2560 wide resolution, the missing 140 pixels at the bottom do not matter much.
  18. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Yeah I'm "only" 31. So how young would someone have to be to not remember 4:3 or 16:10?!? Younger than 10?

    Edit: oh yeah and I use 3 24" 1080p monitors for my setup. It's perfect for my work flow. I tried an iMac 27" a few years ago and never could get comfortable with the screen.
  19. teohyc macrumors regular


    May 24, 2007
    I would recommend just one 2560px wide monitor will do.
    That's enough to display two full 1024px wide webpages with room to spare.
    But it will depend on what work you do of course.
    If I do 3D work, I like to have the 2nd monitor to display reference photos.
  20. Trvlngnrs macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2010
    Does any one use two monitors that are different sizes, like a 24" and a 19"?

    I can see the advantages of the horizontal workspace, but I only need it once a week or so, when I right a Word document. It's be nice to have the document on one monitor and the references on the other.
  21. gabicava83 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    Good point. However, I wasn't on a computer at the age of 9 (based on your 20+ years of using a 4:3) at that age, I was busy trying to break limbs, going on small motorbikes and enjoying the weather in Spain.

  22. GeekGuys macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2009
    Funny you should mention this. Yes I have a iMac 24" and Dell 19" monitor next to it at home. At work, 3 monitors works well for me but at home I have different needs.
    19" has email client and twitter feed on it 99% of the time, 24" is used for everything else. The other 1% of the time I will use it for reference stuff (Inspectors when using Logic Pro or similar)

    When I 'work from home' :p I will use both monitors and find the 19" to be too small..... but that doesn't happen too often so it has not been an issue.

    I am interested in this discussion 'cos I am thinking the same thoughts. My dilemma is

    27" iMac 2012 and no monitor
    21" iMac 2012 with 21" monitor

    Desk space is limited so can't fit 2 27" monitors in there.
    Money is limited so can't be too wild in price
    Power requirements are not demanding (mostly just web, email, word, Logic Pro and iTunes and occasional terminal sessions when working).
  23. linkgx1 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Oct 12, 2011
    Well, I'm a fulltime student right now and I'm beginning to work on apps. I do like having a lot of space, as right now my 17'' just doesn't cut if for multitasking. Sometimes I do a little bit of inDesign and a little bit of photoshop.
  24. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Sadly, I received my first Apple IIe at the age of 4 I believe it was, and pretty much never left my room after that!
  25. linkgx1 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Oct 12, 2011
    Okay, these are the two situations I'm thinking of

    Here are two 23'' HP displays.

    And here is one 27'' display.

    Virtually the same price, but two for the price of one or one big one for the price of two?

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