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I'm in the market for a new monitor. My current home monitor is a 20" flat panel I bought several years ago. I lost my right eye in a fall last year, and anything I can do to reduce eye fatigue is A Good Thing.
I'm thinking a 24" or 27" would be easier to read, and probably 4K resolution.
Q1: Does a curved monitor help with our typical work style (lots of text), or is this just a gimmick? I have an intuitive feeling it might help me, since I turn my head a lot more now when working. A curved screen would seem to also reduce depth of focus changes somewhat as I turn.
Q2: Any general suggestions on manufacturers or models who are good, who to avoid?
I stopped in at Best Buy to take a look. The curved monitors looked nice, but it was hard to tell how they would be to work with. They were playing demo video, and the sales drone didn't want to connect them to an actual PC so I could see what text looked like.
I have 2 curved HP monitors tied to a laptop, so I actually have 3 monitors.
The curve is, at the end of the day, somewhat gimmicky - I don't notice any qualitative improvement to my computing experience, and when I look at my flat screen laptop monitor, it bows out because my brain compensated for the curve.
I would opt for a high quality single monitor. So why do I have 3? Because I can. But the end result is that I place one monitor in directly in front of me, so another big curved monitor is to my left, and the laptop to my right. Now I have these problems:
1. Anything I'm working on for a while gets moved to the monitor in front of me so I'm not turning my head.
2. Other stuff less important stuff gets moved to the left monitor, so I have to turn my head occasionally (and sometimes for a while) when working with stuff between the two.
3. The laptop monitor gets stuff I want open but hardly need to use, like folders, notes, notepad++, sometimes Excel.
The irony is, I'm quite happy with just a single laptop monitor when I work outside or off site (meaning not at home.)
The problem with dual monitors, curved or not, is that I don't want to look "down" on them, and tilting them causes a break in the space between them, so I have very carefully elevated them and aligned them so there isn't a "V" edge between them.
So like I said, a single high quality monitor I would think is the way to go. Probably flat screen - I suspect the curve would either be annoying or not even noticeable without true depth perception.
In fact, I just covered one eye and looked at my curved monitor and the depth perception of the curve disappeared almost instantly.
And sorry to hear about the loss of your right eye.
And sorry to hear about the loss of your right eye.
Thanks Marc. It was kind of stupid, really. I fell asleep with my glasses on. I stood up too quickly and went down on my face. The glasses pushed into my eye socket and ruptured my right eye. Not a lot of pain (relatively few nerve endings back there), but the damage was done. I have a very nice prosthesis now, which moves well with my left eye based on the technology used.
I have a 27 inch 4K Dell with 2560 pixels horizontally. Sometimes the pixels are just too damn small! That is my main objection to the monitor. A 10 pixel font is difficult to read. I need fairly strong glasses with this monitor.
I would think a single bigger monitor. I'm reminded of Tony Stark on the bridge of the helicarrier holding one hand of his eye asking how Fury does it, looking at the multiple monitors turning back and forth.
"Must be tiring."
I’ve given up trying to be calm. However, I am open to feeling slightly less agitated.
If you don't have the eyesight to make out details, 4K at 24 or even 27 inches is going to be a complete waste. I have a 40" 4K TV as my primary display, and if I didn't have good vision I wouldn't run it at its native resolution (even now is pushing it--with everything running at its native resolution, text is smaller on my 40" display than the 27" 1080p one sitting next to it).
When spreading out 4K over a smaller surface, everything's going to be tiny unless you rescale everything. If you're going to take a 3840x2160 pixel display and rescale everything to 200%, then you're essentially taking 2 pixels on each axis to render what was originally a single pixel. I don't understand the point of that.
4K at 24 or even 27 inches is going to be a complete waste
It turns out my laptop video doesn't support 4K resolution, so it's kind of a moot point. The reason I was interested in 4K was that even though text is being drawn at the same point size, you've got 4 times as many pixels to use for anti-aliasing and smoothing to improve readability.
The main monitor I'm using right now is a BenQ GL2480. Part of the reason I got it is because it has blue-light filtering options on the monitor itself. Previously I used f.lux for that. Another benefit is the monitor stand is taller than other monitors I've had (it sits ~4 inches above the desk).
I've enjoyed it so far
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