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Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: Mr645
Date: December 19, 2017 07:04PM
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How big is too big
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18 votes were received.
24" 3
 
17%
27" 5
 
28%
30" 10
 
55%



I am going to replace a pair of 7 yr old 22" monitors that I have been using. I have been dual monitors since the Pre G3 days.

Anyway, I can get a pair of 24", 27" or even 30" monitors which will be run from a Mac Mini. I will get 2560x1440 in whatever size (The 30" is (2560x1600).
I was looking at a pair of 24" screens and they seem really big coming from 22" but I am wondering what size I can get used to? Are two 27" screens too big for Photoshop editing and such?

Thoughts?
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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: billb
Date: December 19, 2017 07:14PM
2014 mini ?



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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: December 19, 2017 07:31PM
If it fits on your desk, it's not too big. The next important thing to consider, is if they are all the same resolution at different monitor sizes, objects/text will appear smaller on the smaller monitor and bigger on the bigger monitor, which might be important to you.
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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: rz
Date: December 19, 2017 07:37PM
I run two 30" monitors off my Mac Pro. I'd find it difficult to go back to anything smaller.
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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 19, 2017 08:35PM
Ive run dual monitors since my 9600/350. ;)

Currently Im running 3, a pair of 27" and a 24". The 24" always looks really small.

That said, the 24"s are the same 1920 X 1080 as your 22"s, so they show the same amount of "stuff" as your 22"s, just larger. So not a real "advanatge" per se to go with a 24" if you are trying to get more working room.

Have you considered a 27" main and a 24" second? Assuming you have one monitor thats the "primary" and the other as a secondary, can work well. I ran that setup for many many years.

Id order some of the no bezel Ultrasharps from Dell, since they have a generous return policy. Excellent monitors, spectacular color, USB hunbs and 3 year warranty.

7 year old monitors have most definatly lost their color accuracy...



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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: tahoedrew
Date: December 19, 2017 08:54PM
I'd seriously consider one of the 34" ultlra widescreens if your mini can drive it. I went from dual 23" ADC's (total resolution 3840 x 1200) to one LG 34UM95 Thunderbolt display (3440 x 1440 resolution) and I absolutely love it!

I'd suggest minimum vertical resolution needs to be 1200 pixels, 1080 just doesn't cut it for me.

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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: pqrst
Date: December 19, 2017 08:55PM
Whatever monitor you get, you should watch out for the pixel spec in vertical. Going from a 1440 to a 1080 for photoshop or after effects work can be bad. With after effects you lose a lot of the flexibility of seeing the comp window at a decent size and the timeline across the bottom at a usable size. My two cents.
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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 19, 2017 09:10PM
Depends on how u work, but I couldn’t do the single widescreen.

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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: davester
Date: December 19, 2017 10:31PM
What exactly do you mean by "too big"?



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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: December 19, 2017 10:34PM
No "I'm M A V I C" option, AKA none of the above. Effectively four 24" 1080p monitors, but it's one display. My guess is it's 6" narrower than two 30" displays.



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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: hal
Date: December 19, 2017 11:08PM
Most people I know get used to whatever setup that have in ZERO time and the idea of then going smaller is out of the question. NOTHING is too big.
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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: Mr645
Date: December 20, 2017 06:10AM
Thanks all. I think I'll go for the 27" instead of the 24". I like having two matching screens, same size, res and for my new studio same looking. They will be attached to a 2014 Mini.

Jon
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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: sekker
Date: December 20, 2017 07:15AM
Enjoy!
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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: December 20, 2017 08:52AM
My dual is an LG 34" widescreen (3440 x 1440) attached to my MBP 15". The LG serves as the primary screen and the MBP is typically playing a video of some sort or has my iTunes screen on it.



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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: December 20, 2017 09:24AM
Kinda depends on how close you sit to the screens. If you are up close with dual 30's you might find looking side to side all day is not so great. I had dual 27's for a time and that was fine. Now I am back to dual 24's (1920x1200) up on a riser with a 21" (1600x1200) Cintiq down in front/center. The 24's just fill my field of view with glasses on.
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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: December 20, 2017 11:58AM
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hal
Most people I know get used to whatever setup that have in ZERO time and the idea of then going smaller is out of the question. NOTHING is too big.

This is absolutely true.

I am currently running 3x27x2560x1440 at work. I started at 2x22x1920x1200. It took me a few minutes to get used to having the extra space and anything less is unacceptable.
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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: December 20, 2017 04:02PM
It's only too big if it doesn't fit on your workspace....
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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: December 20, 2017 05:14PM
If you can run 4K at an acceptable refresh rate, I'd get a 40 or 50 inch HDTV
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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: December 20, 2017 06:10PM
I voted 2x27" 1440p as a minimum.

I use a single 32" 3440x1440 at home. Fantastic and I do not run out of screen space but then I'm not doing production on it. I can see where a single 40" 4K would be an improvement for production work as mine is simply a 32" ultrawide punchout from that 40" 4K screen and 33% more vertical space would be welcome at times.

I use 2x 24" 1920x1200 at work separated by a 1200x1600 20" (vertical). It's a sweet work setup!
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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: December 20, 2017 06:12PM
I'm a fan of LG IPS displays. Dual 24" here.



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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 20, 2017 06:32PM
Sorry meant to post this before. 24" >> 27" 2014 5K iMac << 27" Dell U2715





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Re: Dual monitors, How big?
Posted by: Mr645
Date: December 24, 2017 07:32AM
I ordered the LG L27q 27" 2560x1440 monitors. on the $199 deal posted.


Thanks all
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