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Windows 7: Monitor Size: is 27" too big?

24 Sep 2011   #1

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Monitor Size: is 27" too big?

Hi guys, i'm just looking for opinions.

It's time to buy a new monitor (in time for BF3 ) and i have been agonising over a ~23" or 27" (i'm only looking at TN, 120hz for FPS). Unfortunately, all the 27" TN panels are 1080, and not a higher res.

There's a fair amount of debate about whether 27" for the PC viewing distance is simply too big. I'm inclined to agree, especially if the content being viewed is not 1080.

I sit about 80cm, and i believe that is fine for 1080, but not for anything less.

Pity there are no 25" ones - i'm sure that'd fit the bill perfectly

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24 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Why not go with a 24" monitor..if the 25" would be perfect, 24" is only 1 inch off?
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25 Sep 2011   #3

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It is purely subjective, I remember reading a post by someone over here who said that 27" was just right for him!! My sweet spot is 24" ... just get what you like. The 23" will have a better image though.
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25 Sep 2011   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Why not go with a 24" monitor..if the 25" would be perfect, 24" is only 1 inch off?
There's not a lot of choice, in fact i don't think there is a 24"/120hz/TN screen available (in Australia).

23/23.6, for some reason, is the norm.
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25 Sep 2011   #5

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Not sure where the best place to buy in Australia is, but

Monitors - 23" & 24" LCD | Techbuy Australia

ASUS VE258Q LCD Monitor - Black | Techbuy Australia

A Guy
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25 Sep 2011   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Schroff87 View Post
It is purely subjective, I remember reading a post by someone over here who said that 27" was just right for him!! My sweet spot is 24" ... just get what you like. The 23" will have a better image though.
I had a look in a shop, and the 27" looked fine for Windows, but there was a 720 video on it, and even when i made it about 1/4 of the screen, it looked a little blocky to me. I was standing a *little* closer than the distance i sit, but not a lot (i didn't have a tape to measure). It was a pity they didn't have anything 1080 for me to see. I watch a little on the PC, but not a lot. General productivity use, the internet and gaming is what my block is for.

I know i'll be safer with ~23", but i would be annoyed if 27" would have been fine, and i didn't make that purchase first. My 19" has served me well, but i wish i got a 16:9 ~23 way back when.. though at a premium i suppose.

So torn

I'd love to use the 27" with Windows snapped left/right, but i could use my existing 19" as a second monitor with the 23". I use dual monitor at work, and it's ok - but i have zero experience using dual with a game running on the 'main' monitor with, e.g. Teamspeak/whatever else running on the secondary monitor.

I don't have the real estate to be able to run three monitors (2 for gaming just wouldn't work), so a big main monitor is my only choice.

I'm leaning toward this one. Which is about AU$110 cheaper than the 27". Maybe i just need to wait until they make 27" at the higher resolutions, and then wait for the price to drop - that'll be another couple of years at least. And this 19" 4:3 Samsung has been really nice to be for a good 5 years.

Man, 3x23" would be so awesome But with literally 1.2m of width, it will never fit.
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25 Sep 2011   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
That 25" is intriguing, but it's not 120hz

I wonder if they plan to bring out a 120hz version.
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26 Sep 2011   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Recusant View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Schroff87 View Post
It is purely subjective, I remember reading a post by someone over here who said that 27" was just right for him!! My sweet spot is 24" ... just get what you like. The 23" will have a better image though.
I had a look in a shop, and the 27" looked fine for Windows, but there was a 720 video on it, and even when i made it about 1/4 of the screen, it looked a little blocky to me. I was standing a *little* closer than the distance i sit, but not a lot (i didn't have a tape to measure). It was a pity they didn't have anything 1080 for me to see. I watch a little on the PC, but not a lot. General productivity use, the internet and gaming is what my block is for.

I know i'll be safer with ~23", but i would be annoyed if 27" would have been fine, and i didn't make that purchase first. My 19" has served me well, but i wish i got a 16:9 ~23 way back when.. though at a premium i suppose.

So torn

I'd love to use the 27" with Windows snapped left/right, but i could use my existing 19" as a second monitor with the 23". I use dual monitor at work, and it's ok - but i have zero experience using dual with a game running on the 'main' monitor with, e.g. Teamspeak/whatever else running on the secondary monitor.

I don't have the real estate to be able to run three monitors (2 for gaming just wouldn't work), so a big main monitor is my only choice.

I'm leaning toward this one. Which is about AU$110 cheaper than the 27". Maybe i just need to wait until they make 27" at the higher resolutions, and then wait for the price to drop - that'll be another couple of years at least. And this 19" 4:3 Samsung has been really nice to be for a good 5 years.

Man, 3x23" would be so awesome But with literally 1.2m of width, it will never fit.
2560x1440 res monitors should be available at that size ... try looking around a bit more or online shopping. If you're going to work for the most part with your PC then definitely go for the bigger screen. For gaming and movies it depends on your graphics card (@ 1080p & above) and your tolerance for pixelation. I can't stand anything less than 60fps so I have no plan to go above 1080p and 24" for pixelation
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26 Sep 2011   #9

Win7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Besides what everyone else has said - if your considering Gaming - you will be limited well below the native resolution of the monitor. Very few, if any, games support a monitor of that size - even fewer support Widescreen even near that. The game will be scaled so much it will look like ever-loving CRAP.

Windows and the Video Card may support it, though, but think about the previous, FYI. I've tried it on some of the big newer monitors and it just doesn't work like I said above.

Some Games and Monitors will scale it into an area where a huge black area will be around it - again, because it doesn't support the resolution and/or widescreen.
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26 Sep 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

One of our machines was upgraded from a 24" to a 27" 1080P monitor last week. Everything looks great on it, games, movies, tv shows, etc...
this machine is used primarily for media viewing and gaming.
The only thing that is noticeably different is the size of the icons and text in windows since everything is larger.
Not sure what chrisf86567 is talking about, all the games we are playing support 1080P and widescreen with no issues.

here is an image of the Viewsonic 27" with my nephew playing on the web,


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