Anyone have experience with 32-inch 4K Monitors?

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  1. iMel macrumors member

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    Any of you guys have experience doing work on a 32-inch 4K monitor at native 3840x2160 resolution? All of the reviews I find are from a gamer’s perspective, but I'm only interested in doing work (web development).

    I'm heavily debating on either a 32-inch 4K or 40-inch 4K monitor.
     
  2. HenryAZ macrumors 6502

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    Eizo EV3237 (32"), mixed but mostly favorable. I've had to adjust settings in many programs, for example, default text size in BBEdit and my Terminal windows, or Numbers spreadsheets default to 150% view instead of 125%. With Safari, you can create a simple style sheet that does nothing but zoom the display x% (I'm still floating between 113% and 121%). This also has some side effects, such as some web sites won't display the full content of elements with predefined sizes. Some things cannot be changed, but for the most part, I won't be going back to anything less in the future. 34" or 36" would be ideal, when they become widely available.

    I am definitely not a gamer, but on the other hand I don't do serious work, either. The programs I run are for pleasure or tinkering around, being as I am retired. Web development could prove interesting and challenging, due to how others design their sites. But you could take the opportunity to make yours compatible with a forced zoom. This site is one of the least responsive to a zoom stylesheet, whereas other forum software is more friendly.
     
  3. iMel thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you! This was super insightful. Looks like I'll be going 40-inch 4K since I'm not a fan of tweaking a ton of apps like you've experienced.

    Can't wait!
     
  4. HenryAZ macrumors 6502

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    What are you looking at in a 40" 4k? Is it primarily a TV, or a real IPS computer monitor, and is it 3840 or 4096? Brand, model, color gamut? Inquiring minds want to know what is out there?
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Actually, I think a 40" or 43" 4k tv (running at "full resolution") would be better as a "computer display", because of the larger pixel sizes. The result would be less fiddlin' around because text and images were too small.

    Is there a way to determine actual pixel size on the larger tv displays?
     
  6. iMel thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm looking for a real computer monitor that'll allow me to view 2-3 web browsers, a couple code editor windows, and a video player window at the same time. I personally value screen real estate way more than Retina, which is why I'm considering 40-inch 4K to run at native 3840x4096 (no scaling!).

    I'm currently leaning towards the Philips BDM4065UC (http://amzn.com/B00SCX78JS), which seems to be getting favorable reviews. Here's are a couple video reviews I've found:

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  7. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Since you already have an older monitor then use that as a second monitor for your choice of chat or social media software in the second monitor while crunching video software, games etc on then 40 4K monitor! Then you could two rethinks at once using the HDMI port for the older monitor and Display port to the 4K monitor!
     
  8. iMel thread starter macrumors member

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    LOL, I'm actually trying to clear out my desk space. I have a Mac mini with dual Cinema Displays right now. I feel like I could clear out a lot by replacing it with a 13-inch MacBook Pro and a 4K monitor. I might be totally underestimating the size of the 40-inch's base but I'm willing to buy a monitor arm as a backup plan.
     
  9. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    We've got one of these in one of my offices, they're pretty slick but admittedly huge. Pretty nice for productivity, the person using it has Word/Excel next to each other and email apps open in a separate Desktop, and it's mounted on a Herman Miller Flo Plus arm for a bit of mobility. I recommend mounting this on an arm. The only miss here is no HDMI 2.0 IMHO.

    Most of us do detail work so we're on BenQ and Dell displays, but one of my employees literally ran into my office yesterday - she wants one of these AOC/Philips displays. There's only one way to make this display a bit nicer, and she's been trolling the web. B&H Photo dropped their price to $700, down from $900 - with free shipping and no state tax, from a reputable reseller. A few other resellers have dropped their price to that level, which makes me wonder if this unit is due a refresh sometime soon - I've been looking on a few NAB feeds but nothing new related to larger displays. Lunch time is coming, so I'll be preparing for another frontal assault on buying one more of these... :p
     
  10. iMel thread starter macrumors member

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    True, but at least it has Display Port 1.2 so it can handle 4K at 60Hz.

    Thanks for the suggestion on the monitor arm! My desk is 2 feet deep so I am a little concerned about the desk space.

    Any idea how far back your coworkers are putting the screen back from their eyes?
     
  11. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    My only regret with the "lack of HDMI 2.0" is the 10-bit color over HDMI, moreso now that Kanex came up with a DP 1.2-to-HDMI 2.0 active adapter - 60Hz over HDMI would have been nice but it's far from ubiquitous, so yeah, you're right on that bit. DP 1.2 is more than good enough here...

    Short story on the arm we're using - I saw them in a Homeland episode, and now we've got about 50 of them!

    So, regarding distance. For the productivity work I see that it's positioned about 24-26 inches for portrait mode and about 24-30 inches for landscape mode, both a bit farther than we use our 32-inch Eizo and BenQ displays. The person using them also has a pair of prescription progressive lensed glasses optimized for a distance of 20-48 inches, so she can just tilt her head a bit and keep everything in focus - I have a similar pair of glasses for my work on my two Dells. There's no way I'd shoehorn my employees into using a stand, FWIW. The setup I use at my home is two 27" Dell displays mounted to a Flo Dual and my rMBP is mounted on a Flo Plus (the Plus holds far more mass/weight) with a laptop adapter - the Flo Plus arm can be placed on the Dual base, so you can accommodate a laptop along with this beast of a display.

    What she does, and what I do is move the displays forward/backward to suit our needs or uses for the day. I've used her workstation several times and found that the positions she tends to use work for me when I'm in the office on weekends. Our desks are sit/stand units, 30" deep and 60" wide. The arms give the freedom to work at angles (vertically/horizontally) or sitting/standing - and keep the cabling off the desk, so much more desk space is available now. All of our stock stands are in the boxes the displays shipped with, in a storage area I've rented. Let me know if you've got any more questions! Cheers!
     

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