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Old 01-30-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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I did a search for "monitor" on this forum to find any threads addressing monitor size. I'm sure that issue has been addressed but couldnt find any such threads.

I'm not at all savvy about computers and dont do games or have special needs but I've been spoiled by my 52" TV and would like a larger desktop monitor than 19"-20".

What size screen do most of you use and what size would you recommend? Thanks!
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:11 AM
 
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The best way is to go to a store which does sell large desk monitors.
Have them demo the one you are interested in and then decide.

Make sure you move you face around as you look at the monitor.
Or move your hand with spread fingers in front of the screen and watch your hand.
If it flickers, no good.
Cheapy ones are not stable, they look cheesy, dunno how to describe, but you will notice.

Have them project something like a circle and a square on the screen and then check if the *circle* is really round, and the *square* is really square.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:14 AM
 
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Thanks so much! What would you consider "large"? I dont want anything like a 52", of course. I'm wondering what size people here have and what they think of them.
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:26 PM
 
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Have them project something like a circle and a square on the screen and then check if the *circle* is really round, and the *square* is really square.
If they're not it's no fault of the monitor, if a circle is more oval on a wide screen monitor it's because the resolution isn't set properly.
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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Thanks so much! What would you consider "large"? I dont want anything like a 52", of course. I'm wondering what size people here have and what they think of them.
Depends on how close you sit to the monitor, I'm maybe 2-3 feet from my 20" widescreen when gaming and it looks good.
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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Depends on how close you sit to the monitor


Thanks! I hadnt thought about that. I sit about two feet away from the monitor, although I could arrange to sit further back (if I absolutely had to). The only kind of gaming that I do is on pogo; I use some of those games as occupational therapy in my recovery from a stroke three years ago. (You'd be amazed at how much it's helped.)

I guess I need to go into a store and check out what's available. I try to do all my shopping online, though, because brick-and-mortar stores are difficult for my mobility.
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Old 01-30-2010, 03:35 PM
 
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A few people at work have 30" Dell Ultrasharps and I think those are too big. I'd rather have multiple monitors. I've got an older 1600x1200 20" Dell Ultrasharp next to a 26" 1920x1200 Del Ultrasharp. Some people add a third 1680x1050 Dell Ultrasharp oriented in portrait mode for working on documents in portrait mode. At home I've got a 24" 1920x1080 Samsung that I got at Costco for around $200 and that's big enough for me, though I may get a second identical monitor if I continue to telecommute as much as I've been doing the past couple months. 23-24" seems about the right size for home to me, especially if I'm paying for it as the price of a good monitor really goes up past 24".
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:37 PM
 
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Thanks so much for this info. I was looking at 30" monitors online and am glad to knwo you think they're too big. Too, I've been thinking about NHDave's advice regarding how close I sit to the screen. I'll look at 24-26" monitors.
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Old 01-30-2010, 05:10 PM
 
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One of my clients has a couple of 24" monitors and they are a nice size. These are sitting on a standard desk with the users in a steno chair so they aren't that far away.
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Old 01-30-2010, 05:39 PM
 
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Thanks so much for this info. I was looking at 30" monitors online and am glad to knwo you think they're too big. Too, I've been thinking about NHDave's advice regarding how close I sit to the screen. I'll look at 24-26" monitors.
I watch people using their 30" monitors and I see them having to move their heads up and down to see the entire thing. With two 24" widescreen monitors side-by-side you don't need to move your head up and down, and can just spin your chair a little as you move from screen to screen.
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