Recommended distance from 27" screen?

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  1. Spoiled macrumors member

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    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!
     
  11. slomojoe macrumors member

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    can anyone give some ideas for sitting distance for a 27 4k monitor ?

    i assume i can sit closer than 2560x1440 with a 3840x2160 4k ?

    i want to have my eyes about 20 inches away
     
  12. macduke macrumors G3

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    I usually sit around two feet, plus or minus 6 inches or so, depending on whether I’m designing something intricate (close), developing in my editor, or watching a video (far).
     
  13. slomojoe macrumors member

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    right, i am around 2 feet give or take, i guess this also depends on what resolution you choose as well
     
  14. colodane macrumors 6502a

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    Actually just measured my normal viewing distance on my 27 inch iMac. Turns out to be 29 inches.
     
  15. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    Use the old rule 27" away or about 70 cms.

    Unless of course one's head is bigger!!!!!! :rolleyes:
     
  16. EugW macrumors 603

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    Guys and gals, if you find moving further away from the screen makes the text too small for you, can change the scaling to provide larger text and it will still be excellent quality. This is one of the benefits of Retina, although you will lose effective screen real estate.

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    The main problem with the iMac's ergnomics is the screen height of the 27" since the chin raises it up, and this can't be changed unless you resort a 3rd party VESA stand or a desk with adjustable height (which can have other ergonomic problems).
     
  17. slomojoe macrumors member

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    i will be buying an lg 27 but i assume font scaling will be available from the mac mini ?
     
  18. EugW macrumors 603

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    Yes, but this is not font scaling. This is scaling of the entire UI.
     
  19. slomojoe macrumors member

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    right, indeed yes, i knew that but phrased my reply incorrectly, thanks for the heads up
     
  20. Mr.CB macrumors newbie

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    Figured I’d piggy back my question here since it’s about distance. My first IMac, do most of you find that’s you ended up just buying a larger desk to create the safe space ?? Debating this now
     

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