[Linux-aus] 4K monitor sizes

Shervin Emami shervin.emami at gmail.com
Tue May 31 22:15:05 AEST 2022

Hi Rusell,

That article seems quite thorough and fits with my experience, so I'd say
you're in good hands.
Many people love having multiple monitors, and I liked having dual or
triple monitors in the past but I switched to a single monitor setup
around 13 years ago and I prefer it like this. I figure I only have 1 set
of eyes, so I get comfortable with switching windows a lot instead of
turning my head & eyes a lot. In KDE I enable a setting so all windows are
maximised by default, it works well for me but maybe not others.

More importantly, 7 years ago I was having headaches & pains due to eye
focus strain from using laptops too much (focusing at short distance for
long hours each day), so I began using a 47" 1080p screen around 4.5 metres
away from me. It was hard to see regular text, so I had to manually switch
everything to higher DPIs and/or font sizes in the OS and browsers. 2 years
of that seemed to help a lot (in addition to taking forced breaks from the
computer and occasionally perform eye muscle exercises. These days I use a
40" 1080p screen around 2 metres away and I don't even need to customise
any settings in the OS or browsers anymore, I just use all the defaults :-)

So I've found my sweet spot where my eyes don't need to focus too hard and
I can see things clearly and it doesn't take up 5 metres of space in my

Shervin Emami.

On Tue, May 31, 2022 at 10:08 PM lists--- via linux-aus <
linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au> wrote:

> 49" ultrawide curved monitor, equivalent to two 27" joined at their side.
> It's fantastic, I should have bought it years earlier. I would buy another
> one tomorrow if it was gone. It does split screen with 2 inputs if you
> wanted to do that. There's really no reason to buy two 27". Great for
> coding while doing the normal office work all at the same time. Good
> exercise for the neck as head turning is required!
> Not having the join in the middle makes the monitor considerably more
> useful than two monitors, I spent years working with 2. You have so much
> more flexibility on laying out your windows, and can have your main focus
> right in the middle if you want. With a monitor like this windows hardly
> ever get maximised - but it is unbeatable for wide spreadsheets!
> Mine is driven from a laptop and I have the inbuilt display as my second
> screen, I use for stuff that I can glance at but doesn't need my attention,
> then usually I flick the windows across to the biggie to read them.
> I've been around long enough to start with 12" green screen monitors and
> black and white TVs that were deeper than they were wide. I've never bought
> a TV or monitor that I thought later was too big. I will keep buying bigger
> ones until that day happens!
> Regards,
> Martin
> On Tue, May 31 2022 at 21:32:56 +1000, Russell Coker via linux-aus <
> linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au> wrote:
> 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
> monitor). 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.
> https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/by-size/size-to-distance-relationship
> 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 price.
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