[Linux-aus] 4K monitor sizes
russell at coker.com.au
Tue May 31 21:32:56 AEST 2022
Has anyone had experience with a monitor larger than 40" on their desktop?
Currently Dell has a 27" USB-C monitor for $422 and a 32" monitor for $594
while Kogan has a 43" for $799 and I'm thinking of what to buy in July.
My wife's monitor broke and my plan is to buy myself a new monitor and give
her my Samsung 28" 4K monitor (which is higher spec than her previous
USB-C monitors are ones that can supply USB-C power to a laptop while also
having keyboard and mouse connected to the monitor as a USB hub. It's
basically all the functionality of what used to be a laptop docking-station in
a monitor with a single cable. It would be quite handy to have that
functionality as a laptop with USB-C is on my shopping list too.
According to the above article you want a TV to take up 30 degrees of vision,
but for a monitor it's probably a lot more as you focus on the window that
needs your attention. Based on resolution and size according to that article
a 43" 4K "TV" would be best at a distance of 80-160cm with the minimum being
based on not seeing individual pixels. For a monitor you don't need to not
see pixels IMHO, just need to have enough of them to clearly represent
letters. So maybe 43" would be a good size. It seems like a lot, but when I
had a 17" monitor on my desk any larger than that seemed excessive...
Another possibility is getting multiple monitors. For a long time I have been
unconvinced of the benefits of multiple monitors, but now I'm working at a
company where there's a USB-C dock at every desk with 2 monitors and I've got
used to working with 2 monitors in addition to a laptop display. If I bought
2 of those 27" USB-C monitors I could have them both on my desktop system most
of the time and connect one to a laptop on occasion when I needed to. Linux
has really good support for dynamic plugging of monitors nowadays and 2*27"
gives me twice the pixels and 3/4 the area of a 32" monitor for about the same
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