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retta283

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Just wanted to see what display sizes you guys are running with, and if you have 4k/5k panels.

I myself use a wide range of displays, from 15" LCDs that I bought 18 years ago to a 30" panel at work. I don't mind smaller screens, but I do like to have a big screen if possible.
 

maflynn

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what display sizes you guys are running
I have an old apple cinema display, that's probably like 10 years old. I'm so surprised its still chugging along. A testament to how well built Apple products used to be :(

Its resolution is 1920 × 1200 and as such, the only thing going for it, as that its larger then my laptop display.

I'm in the market for a new display, and while I was focusing on 4k display (see my post), I'm contemplating an ultrawide setup in its place. I can see a 34" wide display providing more usable real estate then a 4k display that needs to be scaled fairly high to see the text.
 

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I specifically bought a 15" because I didn't want to get a monitor.

Now I'm sitting here wishing I had just gotten a cheaper laptop and had an iMac or a custom desktop.

I think for the time being though I will simply get a laptop riser and an external keyboard because, while more size would be nice it's really the ergonomics of using it I don't like. I'm not sure whether I'm lucky or bitter that I don't have to use my laptop so much these days.
 

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For the longest time I had just a single monitor - an Asus VH222H (21.5") - that pulled double duty on both my gaming rig and my Mac Mini.

After I got my iMac (27" Retina 5K, Late 2015), that started to look decidedly small, so I dumped it for a basic/barebones Dell 27" (the S2715H).

I'm looking to buy a bigger desk & spread my setup out a little bit more here in the next year or so, but I doubt I'd ever go larger than 27". Given that I don't really buy many new games anymore, I'd be satisfied to stick with basic displays for my PC/gaming rig.

When my iMac dies though, if I ever get a second machine (I think I will, having gotten used to the convenience of having two around), I'll definitely be springing for a 4K display at the minimum.
 

Silvestru Hosszu

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For mobile use 14'' or 15''. Sadly 13'' became to small for my eyes.
For desktop I'll prefer 30+ inch.
Right now I'm testing this one


Its ok for office productivity but I'm not sold on it for my photo hobby.
 

raqball

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For mobile use 14'' or 15''. Sadly 13'' became to small for my eyes.
I am getting there.... 13" strains my eyes even after adjusting things.. I just got a 15" and much better... I guess my answer would be the same as yours. I can do 14" (for now) and 15" is fine...

As far as aspect ratio, I prefer 3:2 or 16:10... Not a fan of 16:9 on a laptop..
 
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retta283

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I am getting there.... 13" strains my eyes even after adjusting things.. I just got a 15" and much better... I guess my answer would be the same as yours. I can do 14" (for now) and 15" is fine...

As far as aspect ratio, I prefer 3:2 or 16:10... Not a fan of 16:9 on a laptop..
I definitely prefer 16:10 to 16:9, I rarely do work that needs the wider aspect. Everything is about height.
 

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Have a 34" 3440x1440 ultrawide, before I got it I was also considering a 4k 27/32", but from what I read the UI on some programs I used scaled poorly. I did have a two monitor setup before, but they were mismatched slightly, I wanted to lose the bezel separation, and have a cleaner desk.
 
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maflynn

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but from what I read the UI on some programs I used scaled poorly.
Yeah, windows scaling support isn't great, and while its improved. There are some programs that still have tiny elements.

I have a 4k laptop, and its scaled up to 250% (the recommendation). This is what got me thinking, how much more screen real estate would I get? Granted everything will look exceedingly sharp thanks to the pixel depth, but I'm paying a premium, would I really benefit with a 27" display. A 32" would not need to be scaled up but the price of a decent 4k display goes up quite a bit
 

raqball

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I'm blind as a freaking bat, I scale up the iMac that I have, and when I owned a MBP, I scaled that up too :eek:
Ditto! I scale up everything.. Computers, phones ect… Even with my reading glasses on (3.5x) I still need to scale.... LOL
 
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In general I prefer to work directly on a Laptop sans external monitor, find it helps me to focus. Really Apple's 15.4" 16:10 (and I guess now the 16") is a pretty golden balance in size and aspect. Can't get on with 13" if I'm doing more than one thing in one window, and I'm sure 17" would be great, but starting to compromise on the size of the computer then.
 

maflynn

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I've been rocking with a 34" ultra wide and its been freaking awesome.

Here's a word document, where I have three pages opened up at once.
IMG_5887.jpg
 

soulreaver99

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For going office to office I use a 15 inch MSI GS65. When I travel I carry my 13 inch MacBook Pro.

Earlier this year I upgraded my HP Envy 32-inch display you a Monoprice 35-inch inch ultra wide (also a 2k display) with 144hz capability to use at home. I hardly leave the house now lol
 

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46" 16:9. There are no such 4K or 8K.

So I have a 48" (too big for Mac).
 

someoldguy

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13" and 15" pre 2016 MBP's , which are nice , especially the 15 , plus a 15" HP zBook 15u . Of the 3 , I prefer the MBP 15 , mostly because its 16:10 and retina . For desktops , a 30" HP Z30i 2560x1600 , and a HP Z24x(?) Dreamcolor 1920x1200 . Both 16:10 . I find the taller aspect monitors to be easier to work with , in fact about the only thing I dislike about the zBook is the 16:9 aspect ratio .
 

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Just wanted to see what display sizes you guys are running with, and if you have 4k/5k panels.

I myself use a wide range of displays, from 15" LCDs that I bought 18 years ago to a 30" panel at work. I don't mind smaller screens, but I do like to have a big screen if possible.
Simply Dual IPS 10-bit LG GYSYNC Displays 144hz 1440p 27” Displays because at Computer distance that’s plenty.
And for fun 55” LG C9 OLED Display.
 

bobbie424242

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I'm using my trusty Dell P2415Q 24" 4K monitor since I got it in 2014.
I can work with 4K 27" monitors, but 24" is really the sweet spot for me as my eyes hates having a giant lamp in front of them. I would never use 32" and ultrawide monitors, let alone a multi-monitors. It's bad in term of ergonomics (neck) to me: there's something great to not have to move its head at all.
I'm a pixel density freak since forever when it comes to displays (I'm a developper thus stare at text all day long), and 4K 24" is excellent for that with its 183ppi. It's also the most affordable high ppi monitor categroy, with the next step being the LG Ultrafine 5K 27" monitor and its 220 or so ppi, but it it is a tad more costly and work reasonably well only with macs.
 
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I have come to the conclusion that retina 12" tablets and non-retina 2160p monitors are required for regular web browsing.

If you don't have any of those, printing on an A4 page might do.
 
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