[Linux-aus] 4K monitor sizes

Colin Fee tfeccles at gmail.com
Wed Jun 1 13:03:13 AEST 2022

On Wed, 1 Jun 2022 at 12:50, Steven Ellis <steven.ellis at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 12:40 PM Colin Fee via linux-aus <
> linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au> wrote:
>> On Wed, 1 Jun 2022 at 09:33, Info via linux-aus <
>> linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au> wrote:
>>> 55"
>>> Useful for editing videos then seeing them as the viewer sees them.
>>> I found a big screen useful when working on something on a table. Hang
>>> the big screen on the wall at
>>> the other end of the table.
>>> For everything else, it was too big. I use a 32" and would look at
>>> something slightly bigger but not
>>> much. For people using reading glasses, there is a working visual range
>>> which limits the useful size
>>> of the screen.
>>> For writing, two vertical screens gives you one for your novel or
>>> program and the other at the side
>>> for email, todo lists, and code tests.
>>> Peter
>> Yep, agree with Peter here re the glasses.  I'm long sighted so I need to
>> wear my glasses to work at my computer etc.
>> I bought a Dell 32" 4k curved monitor during a sale early last year but
>> had to return it as the ppi at 139 was under a sweet spot that meant
>> everything looked just slightly fuzzy to me. My eyes were constantly trying
>> to focus it into sharpness and it gave me headaches.  I think the magic
>> number is about 160 ppi, any less and I find them difficult to use.  Right
>> now I'm sitting in front of my HP Z27 27" 4k that has 163 ppi.  I can't see
>> the pixels, everything is smooth and crisp. c.f with Apple retina displays
>> that are crica 220 ppi.
>> I found overtime when using 2 x 24" monitors I was never using the full
>> real estate of the individual monitors i.e. the outer 1/3 was unused, so I
>> switched to a single 27" of higher resolution and adjust app window sizes
>> to suit so I can have 2 - 3 things open and work effectively.
>> My 27" sits just out of arm's length and fill most of my FoV.  I have my
>> laptop sitting on a custom stand I made as a 2nd screen for things that
>> don't require my attention.
> Interesting to hear your perspective on ppi. I've got a Dell 32" 4K
> monitor (S3221QS) and I'm very happy with the pixel density. I do find it
> very hard to use a 1080p 24" monitor now as it just seems a bit fuzzy in
> comparison.

Yes it was a shame. I even tried it out on my PS4 thinking I could use it
as a gaming monitor but the same issue, it was just that little bit fuzzy.
I wonder in hindsight if it was that particular panel.

I have the same experience as you with 1080p 24" monitors.  We've also got
a 2k 27" in the study that my wife uses and I find that while that doesn't
cause me any issues I no longer like using it.

Colin Fee
tfeccles at gmail.com
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