Spoiled by 5k retina screen, any PC alternatives that aren't $2k?

slimpsy

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Original poster
May 26, 2015
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Ohio
Hello friends! I have been using the 5k retina now for almost two weeks 6-8 hours (work & play) daily and I was backing up my windows pc last night, which has a 1080p 24" IPS monitor. . . and man, it gave me a headache to look at it, to read text on it, and for the first time. . . the square pixels GLARED BACK at me. LoL.

This screen is certainly a blessing on the 5k retina imac, but I do use my windows machine for certain things that I cannot do in bootcamp (gaming) and was wondering if there was a DECENT 4k display that may be comparable in pixel density to the 5k retina without having to buy the Dell 5k monitor for the price of an iMac. Anyone share a similar situation with any advice/feedback?

These things really are invaluable for the reduction in eye strain and clarity alone. I just now feel spoiled and judgmental to other screens. Help!
 

Ledgem

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I don't have any suggestions, but if you don't get many replies here then I'd suggest either posting in the Mac Peripherals forum, where monitors are discussed, and/or looking at reviews for 4K displays. The iMac forum represents only a subset of total Mac users who may be using additional displays, and I'd wager that the iMac users probably have fewer external displays as compared with other Mac products.
 

slimpsy

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Original poster
May 26, 2015
21
3
Ohio
Thanks for the replies . . . it looks like the retina 5k iMac really is a good value for all you get. I assume as 4k becomes more standard and even 5k, these monitors will drop. I will enjoy my retina 5k until then :)
 

slayerizer

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The Dell p2715q seems to be an appropriate candidate (around 600-700$). It's not 5k but come close. The Dell 5k cost a lot and is not a good choice unless you need 5k.

Check this video where you can see the Dell 4k and an iMac 5k.

You need to make sure the video card on your PC supports DisplayPort 1.2 if you want to use the native resolution. If supports around 99% of the sRGB color spectrum and have a light antiglare coating.
 

milleron

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Oct 23, 2014
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I think the sweet spot for monitors with resolution less than 5K is currently one of the good IPS 2560 x 1440 models, like the 27" iMac prior to the Retina, available from several manufacturers. That would still cost in the neighborhood of $250 but at about half the cost of the least expensive 4K TN-based monitor and would probably provide a noticeable improvement in your eye strain. Especially if the PC is a secondary computer for you, that seems like a bargain compared to the 4K alternatives. Whatever you choose, be sure before you buy to get a good understanding that you can return the monitor if it doesn't work nicely for you.
 

xmichaelp

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4k doesn't really compare to 5k. It's like 70 percent less pixels. If you get 4k I would only go 23 inches maximum.
 
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