Originally Posted by Mfusick
I think I either want something like $300 (27") or I would just step up to 30" size. I have a 26" now that I have had a long time, I paid $800 for it. I would keep it as a second monitor. It's only 1920x1200p though.
I want something that would be bigger, and higher resolution. I am afraid with a 27" and 2560 pixels the text and stuff would get smaller. Thoughts ? I am looking for bigger, not just better. I see $199 ASUS 27" all the time.
WOndering if I can get one of those and skip the higher end IPS ?? Thoughts?
It's the size plus the resolution. Yes you can get a 27" monitor for cheaper, but the real upgrade is the resolution. (Which is really what you are paying for, the panel) Higher resolution = more screen real estate. A 200" 1080P screen shows just as much as a 20" 1080P monitor. As the resolution increases, yes, things like icons and text get smaller, given the same screen size. So usually resolution scales with size. With monitors, most 24" monitors are plenty big, given how far they are from your face. You could easily use 3 24" monitors with small bezels and use NVidia surround or ATI Eyefinity to make a custom resolution of 5760 x 1200, since you would have 3x 1920 x 1200 screens, and utilizing the resolution on all 3 monitors. This will get you even more real estate but if you use them together, such as in games, the side monitors are mostly peripheral vision, and you are never really looking AT them, you mostly notice movement and such on them. In a workspace, the extra space is much more useful, since you can have up a document on one screen, a web page on another, and a utility on a 3rd, all full screen, so you can work and read without having to tab back and forth. Makes following instructions or multi-tasking a lot easier. But if you have a single 27-30" monitor, running at a higher resolution, such as a 1440P Monitor, then you get a larger screen with more actual workspace right in front of you, where you can see it. This would be a much bigger impact for something like gaming than side monitors to me, since you would be directly staring at the screen in front of you. For games with a HUD, this makes a big difference since the HUD portions take up less total space (Due to the higher resolution) and your background visual would take up more. Thus you "see more". This really bugs me when I've tried to hook up my PC to my projection screen, because I'm actually LOSING space in a 1080P format vs a 1920x1200 format. Even though the projected image is larger, the viewable content is smaller. So a 4K Screen/Projector will be a HUGE boon to gaming.
Anyway, I wouldn't even bother upgrading the size of my monitor(s) from 24" (I have 3) to 27"+ unless the resolution was upgraded too.