Recommended distance from 27" screen?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Spoiled, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Spoiled macrumors member


    Sep 7, 2012
    Do you have to sit further away from the 27" than a "normal" size screen? What's the recommended distance?
  2. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Closer IMO as the dot-pitch is much smaller. Normally you stretch your arm and touch the screen with your fingers, but here you can put it at your wrist position.
  3. drambuie macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2010
    It's a matter of personal preference, but for a screen that size, 30" to 36" would be an ideal distance. It also depends on the apps you use. You want to be able to take in as much of the sceen as possible without excessive head or eye movement. I certainly wouldn't want to be as close as 20" away from a 27" screen with a full screen spreadsheet.
  4. R1PPER macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2008
    Word of warning with the 27" is you would want an arms length between you and it. I use a shelf at home and found the 27" uncomfortably close but the 21" was perfectly fine.
  5. Bargle macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2012
  6. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    Arms length

    Any ergnomic specialist will tell you that the monitor should be arms length away from your eyes so reach your arm and make sure your fingers are barely touching the monitor.

    Also, the TOP of the screen should be level with your eyes, so either adjust your chair height, or get an adjustable stand and adjust the height until the top of the screen is level with your eyes.
  7. Bargle macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2012
    Unless your monitor is a touch screen running windows 8, distance to the monitor is a factor of screen size, definitely not arms length for a 27" monitor.
  8. jljue macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    Brandon, MS
    If you are using a hi resolution monitor (i.e. 2560x1440), then about arm's length is about right for most people. However, if you are just talking about a 1920x1080 (1080p), then you might want to sit a little further back, unless you don't mind see the space between pixels or you have a touch monitor. This is all in accordance with your eye-sight, display quality, touch screen or not, desk layout, etc. It's really about comfort to you.
  9. captjon macrumors member

    May 3, 2012
  10. Lampmeister macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2009
    Fort Worth
    I have mine probably 10 inches beyond arms length. That's the perk of a large screen for me...plenty of desk area in front of the monitor!

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