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Old 01-23-2018, 12:17 PM
 
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What monitors are you all using? I'm not a gamer or professional graphic designer, but like to up my screens, both in the office and at home:

Current setup:

Home--My machine is a HP Pavillion p7-1430. I currently have a 21 1080P monitor. It's a Samsung, can't remember when I got it, but it's from a few years ago and it's the glossy type.

Office--I have a dual 23" monitors, HP E231 at 1080P. We are soon getting upgraded to a Lenovo M910 SFF.


What I want to do:

Home--Logging into the office computer from home (citrix) a few times a week, Basic photo editing like two-three times a month, occasional basic video editing (not adobe premier advanced level, but just like stitching together phone recorded videos with Windows Movie Maker).

Office--reduce desk footprint by getting red of two monitor setup, but I still need to be able to work with two windows side-by-side about half the time. Also occasional minor work on Photoshop for basic edits (not a power user). I use basic online media suites like Canva a lot. Lots of Excel.

Windows 10 in both cases.

My initial inclination is to go 24" 4K at home (but I'm open to 2K and 1440p if 4K is overkill at that size). I'm willing to by a GPU if necessary for the home desktop. Work might be more tricky as I don't know what the max supported resolution will be with the on board graphics--Intel 630 HD, and output (I'm only seeing a VGA) can work with any decent large monitor.

I basically want a monitor for both work and home that would be noticeably clearer and sharper than what I've got now.

I can spend up to 500 on one monitor (home or work) or go around mid-300s if I'm upgrading both.
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:29 PM
 
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If you have to or want to buy new monitor(s), then go for 27 inch at the maximum cost you can afford.
Very good for 2 open windows. Any bigger you are looking at a tennis match ... , too wide.

As always, make sure that the outputs of your video card can be used for the inputs on your monitor.

I actually have a 17 inch screen laptop and my desktop all going at the same time with my laptop on the left.

I can use the keyboard and the mouse on either processor.

I do a lot of genealogy work and often I wish I had another monitor besides the two I use now ...
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Old 01-23-2018, 06:32 PM
 
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Costco has a 32 inch on sale for $179 in the Davie, Florida store, so I do not know if they also have it where the op lives and while I already have a 24 inch and it is good enough, if I was going to buy a new monitor, then I would likely go for a 32 inch for that price and to make it easier to read some small print often found online. And before anyone says it is easy to increase page size in the browser, that would be correct but with a larger monitor that would not be necessary and for around the same price, bigger can often be better.
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:01 PM
 
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Take a look at a 34" 21:9 monitor too, may interest you as well.
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Old 01-24-2018, 07:58 AM
 
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You want somehting sharper... then HD quality? The monitors you have now should have brilliant pictures.
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Old 01-24-2018, 10:21 AM
 
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You want somehting sharper... then HD quality? The monitors you have now should have brilliant pictures.
Noted. Yes, that’s what I’m checking...if. A 24” 4K or 14400 won’t look different from a 21” 1080p that’s cool—I’m ok staying as is if nothing is clearer at 24”. At home that’s biggest I want to go.

Just found out at work (where I’m open to a single 27” rather than the two 23” I have now) doesn’t support 4K. Is a 1440monitor worth for 27” if it’s only getting a 1080 signal? Or is it a matter of optimizing a 1080p 27”?
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Old 01-25-2018, 06:51 AM
 
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Noted. Yes, that’s what I’m checking...if. A 24” 4K or 14400 won’t look different from a 21” 1080p that’s cool—I’m ok staying as is if nothing is clearer at 24”. At home that’s biggest I want to go.

Just found out at work (where I’m open to a single 27” rather than the two 23” I have now) doesn’t support 4K. Is a 1440monitor worth for 27” if it’s only getting a 1080 signal? Or is it a matter of optimizing a 1080p 27”?
You want a monitor that will display the native resolution for the best picture quality. Nothing wrong with a 27” 1080p monitor. As you’re not gaming you don’t need lightning fast response times.
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Old 01-25-2018, 08:40 AM
 
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What he said. Save your money and stick with the 1080's...
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