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Which monitor should I get?

Postby sachin » November 21st, 2016, 7:32 pm

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I'm would like to get a monitor thats larger than 27" and would work with Mac and PC. Any good suggestions?

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Postby slippyfish » November 22nd, 2016, 1:44 pm

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I bought an LG 34" Ultrawide for home use (mostly Macbook Pro), as it was a slightly better deal at the time than an Apple screen. Since then we've bought three more for the ID team, and a sprinkling of engineers around the company got them too. Works well with Mac and PC; heck you can even plug both computers in at once and split the screen. Color calibration is a bit finicky but I don't obsess about that stuff too much.
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Postby Cyberdemon » November 22nd, 2016, 2:54 pm

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Ditto - I've switched to the LG 34" both at home and at work. I use the 34UM95 at home and the 34UM88 at work. Both are thunderbolt monitors so I can connect my Macbook with just a single cable. At home it lets me easily switch between my PC tower to my Macbook just by changing inputs.

It occasionally is finicky with changing inputs, but the color calibration is extremely good out of the box (I calibrated my 95 with a Spyder and it was 95% of the way there)

If you want a display for both platforms IMO it's the way to go. Great for gaming and movies as well.

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Postby MK19 » November 23rd, 2016, 12:24 pm


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Isn't 34 inch 21:9 very small on the vertical space? I use a 32 inch 16:9 monitor but would happily use a 30 inch 16:10 also.

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Postby Cyberdemon » November 23rd, 2016, 12:35 pm

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MK19 wrote:Isn't 34 inch 21:9 very small on the vertical space? I use a 32 inch 16:9 monitor but would happily use a 30 inch 16:10 also.


It's identical in height to a 27" 16:9 1440P display, but with an extra ~8" of width tacked on to the sides. So if you were a former user of a 27" Thunderbolt display, it's an easy upgrade.

If you are PC only, then 30" 4K displays have their advantages, especially if pixel count is more important. I had a Dell 16:10 30" for a short period of time and found the extra vertical height to be too much for how close I was sitting. The 27" Dell was a nicer blend of PPI to screen real estate and the 34" just added some more room for additional windows and tool bars off to the side so I could go from being a dual monitor user to single monitor user without too much of a hurdle and eliminating the bezel in the middle of my screen.

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Postby MK19 » November 23rd, 2016, 5:25 pm


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Cyberdemon wrote:
MK19 wrote:Isn't 34 inch 21:9 very small on the vertical space? I use a 32 inch 16:9 monitor but would happily use a 30 inch 16:10 also.


It's identical in height to a 27" 16:9 1440P display, but with an extra ~8" of width tacked on to the sides. So if you were a former user of a 27" Thunderbolt display, it's an easy upgrade.

If you are PC only, then 30" 4K displays have their advantages, especially if pixel count is more important. I had a Dell 16:10 30" for a short period of time and found the extra vertical height to be too much for how close I was sitting. The 27" Dell was a nicer blend of PPI to screen real estate and the 34" just added some more room for additional windows and tool bars off to the side so I could go from being a dual monitor user to single monitor user without too much of a hurdle and eliminating the bezel in the middle of my screen.

Maybe I'm lazy but I feel like I'd have to turn my head too much for a 21:9. I do like a bit more vertical space than a 27" 16:9 too. I've used a 28" 16:10 before that was really good (size, at least, but only 1920 x 1200).
I think my next monitor would be a 4K 40" and I would sit a littler further back from it. That's my plan anyway, if anyone makes a good one under £400 max.


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