Why most large monitors are still at HD resolutions?

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  1. hajime macrumors 68030

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    Hello, I am considering to buy a large screen monitor. I am a programmer and CAD designer. In the past, I used a HP w2448hc 24" monitor. The letter size at a resolution of 1920x1200 was about right for me.

    I visited several company websites and noticed that at 27" and even over 30", most monitors are at 1920x1080 HD resolutions? How come? I think the letter size look too big in these over 30" monitors.
     
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  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Is it because most people use the monitors to watch HD TV, movies or play games?
     
  4. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

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    there are cheap monitor and there are expensive monitors. people want choices.
    lots of pixels here.
     
  5. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    why not reap the benefits of commoditization and get a 4k monitor?
     
  6. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    My MBP 2010 does not support 4k monitor and Apple has not released a new rMBP..
     
  7. phairphan macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know if this 100% true. I vaguely recall seeing a post of a user who was able to get a 4k display working, albeit at 30 Hz. You may want to do some research.
     
  8. theluggage macrumors 68030

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    A 1920x1080 display can use cheap, mass-produced screens made for TV sets.

    Plenty of 1920x1200 and 2560x1440 displays out there (try the Dell Ultrasharp range - they're generally pretty good) but you'll need to pay a bit more.
     
  9. Flynnstone macrumors 65816

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    Most people buy based on size then cost. Don't look at details.
    I've done it.
    I recently bought 2 2560x1440 27" monitors for CAD & programming. Can't remember brand. Very nice, about $400 each if I recall.
    But my new 27" iMac is the best!
    If make $ using monitors, then size & resolution & image quality should be higher criteria than cost.
     
  10. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Maybe some people think that larger size means higher resolution.
     
  11. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    theluggage beat me to it by saying many monitors are 1080p because they can use cheaper (because of high manufacturing volume) TV screens. Many customers like cheap. However, higher resolution screens are becoming more common. Some are a bit odd, such as 24" 2560x1440, which is a bit small to read at full res, but not high enough pixel density for good scaling. But you should be able to find a screen size & resolution to meet your needs, although it might not be cheap.
     
  12. cube macrumors G5

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    But that is the right resolution for 27".
     
  13. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Lots do. Just like most people think higher resolution means smaller pixels!
    A 27" 2560 X 1440 resolution has the same pixels per inch as a 24" 1920 X 1200.
    You got to know what your talking about or do your homework.
    Also consider contrast ratio (not all monitors use the same measuring scale), colour gamut, uniformity, connectivity and how it looks.
    Check out the BenQ monitors as well. They have some really good ranges (as well as cheaper ranges). The SW2700PT is a good monitor for the money.
     
  14. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    Much like the windows PC's, most of the large monitor volume is driven by enterprise buyers buying large fleet monitors for their employees' ergo needs. These buyers do not care about the latest specs and are instead trying to minimize costs for their P&L line. Retail customers are an afterthought.
     
  15. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

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    actually a 1920 by 1200 on 24" is around 94 ppi, 2560 by 1440 is over 108 ppi. my favorite monitor size, 30" at 2560 by 1600, 100 ppi. with my old eyes, higher than 100, I find myself leaning in, not much below that, I see the pixels, winking back at me.
     
  16. Gandalf the Grey macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, but that's some expensive kit.

    You SHALL NOT PASS!
     
  17. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

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    and yet, all factors considered, totally worth it. so actually, pass you may.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    The Dell UltraSharp U3415W is running at 3440 x 1440 at 60Hz
    HP DreamColor Z27x is 2,560 by 1,400
    The NEC 30" Color Accurate Desktop Monitor has a resolution of 2560x1600

    All that I found seem higher then the 1920x1080 resolution you reference. What monitors are you looking at, and perhaps I misunderstood you
     
  19. Gandalf the Grey macrumors newbie

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    Well, yes, it is true not much is better than a real good, and big, monitor. I have old eyes as well. Please pass by.
     
  20. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    amazon
    newegg

    some of those are crap monitors. Some of those are expensive monitors.

    But they are all 2560x1440.
    If you want 2560x1600, you can search for those as well.
     
  21. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    only with 2012 and early 2013 models.
     

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