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  • SimonMac
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    I'm using BenQ EX3501R will never go back to two screens when one will do, image wise its not as sharp as the Dell UltraSharp but for general office work the retail space is epic and forr light entertainment use (video play back and low resource games) it's more than fine

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  • Platypus
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    Originally posted by Hobosapien View Post
    Also have a 40" 4k monitor ...
    I use a 4K 42" telly, works a treat, lots of space, font large enough that I can read it !
    Best productivity improvement I've made in years.

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  • DaveB
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    Originally posted by Hobosapien View Post
    How's the text size at 4k on a 27" panel? Need binoculars or the best eyesight in the world, or increase default font size so the 4k is only really beneficial for images and graphics?

    I have a 24" QHD (2560x1440) as a cheap non-gaming monitor after seeing it on offer for £125 via Hotukdeals and not sure I could live with something with significantly smaller pixels.

    Also have a 40" 4k monitor which at times feels a bit overkill when not using the full screen space available, couldn't imagine shrinking that down to 27" with my eyesight getting well into old fogie needs reading glasses stage.
    It's been fine. Only thing I needed to do was fiddle with the brightness / contrast balance to get it how I like it. Text is perfectly readable at standard font sizes without having to get too close etc. and I need glasses for anything more than foot away these days.

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  • Hobosapien
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    Originally posted by DaveB View Post
    Went for the LG27UL850 - 27" UHD 4K in the end. Nothing else came up with a better spec for the money. Had it a few weeks and very pleased with it. It's not doing any heavy lifting in terms of pushing the screen quality etc, it's second monitor for keeping a browser / email / reference docs etc open while I work on the mainscreen.
    How's the text size at 4k on a 27" panel? Need binoculars or the best eyesight in the world, or increase default font size so the 4k is only really beneficial for images and graphics?

    I have a 24" QHD (2560x1440) as a cheap non-gaming monitor after seeing it on offer for £125 via Hotukdeals and not sure I could live with something with significantly smaller pixels.

    Also have a 40" 4k monitor which at times feels a bit overkill when not using the full screen space available, couldn't imagine shrinking that down to 27" with my eyesight getting well into old fogie needs reading glasses stage.

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  • DaveB
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    Originally posted by SimonMac View Post
    What did you go for in the end Dave?

    The Dell U2520D seems destined to be the kids monitor now so I’m looking at the BenQ EX3501R for me now
    Went for the LG27UL850 - 27" UHD 4K in the end. Nothing else came up with a better spec for the money. Had it a few weeks and very pleased with it. It's not doing any heavy lifting in terms of pushing the screen quality etc, it's second monitor for keeping a browser / email / reference docs etc open while I work on the mainscreen.

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  • SimonMac
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    What did you go for in the end Dave?

    The Dell U2520D seems destined to be the kids monitor now so I’m looking at the BenQ EX3501R for me now

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  • AtW
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    144Hrz at 4k requires HDMI 2.1 (new 3000 series from NVIDIA and 6000 series from AMD) or dual DisplayPort 1.4 connections (which got nasty side effects of losing GSYNC).

    120 Hrz is ok on DisplayPort 1.4 tho

    Whichever monitor it's highly recommended to make sure it supports either FreeSync of GSYNC, best to have it GSYNC compatible - I personally find it is better even in 2D operations, even though this just might be effect of high refresh rate.

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  • eek
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    Originally posted by AtW View Post
    I find 4k is really bad for normal Windoze work, but doubling everything is an easy solution (does not work in all cases, but in most), for games though 4k is very nice...
    +1 DaveB isrunning MacOS so it will be using retina type doubling of everything

    If you are gaming you want the new LG 27" screen 4k and 144hz.

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  • AtW
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    I find 4k is really bad for normal Windoze work, but doubling everything is an easy solution (does not work in all cases, but in most), for games though 4k is very nice...

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  • Hobosapien
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    Worth thinking about usage and how that may affect convenience of either one big screen or two or more smaller screens.

    Some examples from personal experience:

    One big screen is more aggro resizing windows, where two smaller screen just click maximize for one window on each screen.

    Two screens mean you may end up using just one screen mostly and then have the hassle of finding the missing windows that are being displayed on the monitor currently turned off.

    Too small a screen for the resolution (e.g. 4k on a 28") and it's impractical for reading stuff without increasing the font sizes so may as well get a cheaper lower res monitor.

    Too big and it's uncomfortable to sit at normal distance on a desk, especially if over 40", hence some are curved.

    Too narrow height wise and you'll want another monitor stacked on top. e.g. those super wide screens doing 5k x 1440. Like looking through a letterbox.

    Worth spending more for a quality panel. e.g. IPS instead of TN

    Check pixel density of your current monitor/laptop against the candidates and how different it is to gauge how much better or worse it may be at native settings.

    Pixels Per Inch PPI Calculator

    The higher the ppi the smaller the text.

    Is This Retina? - DPI/PPI Display Calculator

    Above also useful for determining if 4k is really any better than HD at your typical viewing distance.

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