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Old 03-27-2017, 10:32 AM
 
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My Acer 23" is a 1080p LED flatscreen that is now 4-5 years old and still going strong.

But I have to stare at it all day long and my eyesight is definitely deteriorating. I am wondering whether I should move up to a 2K or 4K resolution and a larger screen, to get the sharper text and smoother graphics.

It's also my family's main movie viewing screen since we don't own a TV, so that's another reason. It displays a Mac Mini and I can switch it to a Linux computer since both are attached. Probably if I got a 27, I'd leave the 23 attached to Linux and just have two screens.

Is it worth the 23-to-27 upgrade? Or should I be looking at 30"? At a certain point, a desktop screen can be too large. The desk is only so big. And is 4K worth it? I looked at some examples at the Microcenter store but wasn't incredibly impressed by 2K. The text still looks fuzzy close up. I want Kindle sharpness, maybe not achievable on this kind of display.
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Old 03-29-2017, 10:08 AM
 
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How far back are you? Closer you are the more dots you will see. But take a step back. I work on a 32 1080 at home but im about 4 feet back and do just fine. 4k is fine but unless your pC can produce 4k not much your going to notice. Your just simply upscaling the 1080 and its a 50/50 that you will some pixalation.
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Old 03-29-2017, 04:54 PM
 
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How far back are you? Closer you are the more dots you will see. But take a step back. I work on a 32 1080 at home but im about 4 feet back and do just fine. 4k is fine but unless your pC can produce 4k not much your going to notice. Your just simply upscaling the 1080 and its a 50/50 that you will some pixalation.
Good points. It's a 2012 Mac Mini and from what I can find out, its max resolution is 2K (2560x1600).

Maybe I need to be thinking about a newer Mac. Money, though.
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Old 03-30-2017, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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OP, without trying to get too personal, how old are you? I can tell you that I have been staring at a computer screen at work for the past 12+ years, with a lot of those years staring at a CRT screen. I used to get a lot of headaches and eye strain from the CRTs, but not so much the flat screens. That being said, hitting the big 4-0 a couple years ago certainly had me "seeing" a difference with my eyes. I now have a prescription for glasses, although I still find it hard to get into the habit of wearing them on a regular basis. That being said, I think switching out your entire computer system, monitor and all, is a bit of a nuclear move. It's way more expensive than maybe going the route of getting a minor prescription for glasses you wear while working on the computer.
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