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Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: datbeme
Date: June 30, 2020 11:03AM
Working from home and doing Zoom calls all day long from her dining room table, my sister is anxious to set up a permanent office space, and she's interested in a dual monitor setup for her 13" MBP. For me this would probably involve months of research, but she of course is ready to just go ahead and order something.

She doesn't do photo or video—just basic MS Office docs and email, so she wouldn't be as picky as I am. And she seems set on a 24" dual monitor setup as opposed to a single 27" which would be my choice. What I can't really wrap my head around—or explain to her—is what to expect resolution-wise in a 24 monitor size. I would think 1920x1080 would be tough to look at when you are used to the retina screen, but this is what is probably logical for a dual screen display in that size range. I notice there are a very few 2560x1440 displays in the 24" size. Anyone have experience with something like that? Would text be noticeably sharper. Too small?

Any thoughts or suggestions ? I don't think a larger screen or a dual 27" screen setup is in the cards. What resolution makes the most sense for a good user experience, realizing she isn't terribly discriminating?
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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: June 30, 2020 11:10AM
I use dual 25" 2560x1440 monitors at work, well, I did before WFH (3 x 27" at home). I went that route for size considerations (dual 27" would be too large for my desk) and I wanted the extra real estate over a 1080p monitor. [www.bhphotovideo.com] This is the one I use, it has very slim borders so it might be the same/similar exterior size to some 24" monitors.

I wouldn't say it makes text noticeably sharper. It's obviously smaller, but it doesn't seem like a huge difference to me. If you want sharper, a 4k display used in "retina" mode (displaying 1080p real estate) would be the way to go.
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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: June 30, 2020 11:12AM
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The deals are very good as are the mons. I assume the screens themselves are LG or Samsmung.

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Never an issue. Both are 1920x1200.
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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: June 30, 2020 12:09PM
My 2 cents:

I’m working in a 43” 4K tv. It’s good, not great. The corners are hard to see. I working on some LARGE spreadsheets; it’s amazing to see all of them, or even most, at one time.

I’ll probably move to a pair of the 2K monitors like your describing, run at full resolution, not “retina-ish”. For my eyes, a 27” is the sweet spot.
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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: jdc
Date: June 30, 2020 12:15PM
The issue with 24" 25560 x 1440 is everything is small. Its not "retina" like a MPB or iMac -- which gives more clarity -- its just smaller.

Dual 24s are fine, even at 1920 x 1080 -- lots of peeps use it, very common.

Personally Ive always been a bigger + smaller. Like a 27" @ 2560 x 1440 for work, and 24" 1920 x 1080 for email, text edit, utilites, etc -- its less of a "working" monitor and more of an "organization" monitor. Its biggest advantage is text size. emails are easy to read, texts, and any other text. It feels like half the size on my 27".

So dual 24"s with 1920 x 1080 make sense if shes doing text.

Im also a big fan of Dell ultrasharps... but can get pricey.

Plenty of great monitors out there, pick a budget, read a few reviews -- skip over the parts about gaming -- and buy. =)

Also, her MBP can technically be a 3rd screen with a stand. I could see "working" in the 2 large monitors and email on the MBP.

I run 3 monitors that way.





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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: June 30, 2020 12:42PM
I think I have the same monitors as Gareth, two 25" Acers, and really like them a lot. Had them for at least 4 years running 15 hours a day, 7 days a week, and no problems.






(if you want the giant full-size of those dualies, click here but be forewarned, it's a big pic: [i.imgur.com])



Mac Pro 2013 3.7GHz Quad-Core, 32G RAM Catalina 10.15.x Dual 25" Acer 1440p LCDs11" i5 MacBook Air
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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: June 30, 2020 01:26PM
Amazon has the Gareth monitor @ $205.00. 20 in stock.

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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: hal
Date: June 30, 2020 01:26PM
what mac mini? Only 2014 and later can run dual 2560 x 1440

if she isn't discriminating, then a nice 27" plus a lowly 20" will be great
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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: bfd
Date: June 30, 2020 02:59PM
LG 4K $300 - ($100 less than Amazon until 7/23) but it's 27"… still it's a pretty good deal for a really good monitor.

[www.beachcamera.com]

A USB-C connection costs about $150 more [www.amazon.com]. (but this is also a better monitor than the LG27UD68)

For a 24" LG monitor try: [www.amazon.com]
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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: August West
Date: June 30, 2020 03:54PM
Set up 2 dell ultrasharp 1920x1200 on gas spring arms for the significant other .She uses them with a 2018 MBP 13 and is happy as can be. I did wonder for a second if I should have got a 3 arm spring with an additional Laptop tray.



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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: June 30, 2020 04:13PM
Similar to hal... we have 30" Dell Ultrasharp (U3011) along with an upper-middleclass Samsung 20". Now, those mega-wide, curved displays look very interesting..... I'd give one of those a spin before making a dual monitor decision.
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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: June 30, 2020 04:43PM
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WHiiP
Amazon has the Gareth monitor @ $205.00. 20 in stock.

[smile.amazon.com]

That's a really good price!



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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: June 30, 2020 05:16PM
A single 32" 2560x1440 monitor will cost less than a pair of smaller monitors and be easier to read. I think even a 32" 4K would be better. My eyes are not what they used to be and I wouldn't like 2.5K in a 24".

Another twist might be a single monitor but one of those 34" ultra-wide monitors with about 2/3rds the horizontal size as dual 24"s.



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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: June 30, 2020 05:47PM
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AllGold
A single 32" 2560x1440 monitor will cost less than a pair of smaller monitors and be easier to read. I think even a 32" 4K would be better. My eyes are not what they used to be and I wouldn't like 2.5K in a 24".

Another twist might be a single monitor but one of those 34" ultra-wide monitors with about 2/3rds the horizontal size as dual 24"s.

I would consider this over 2 separate monitors as it provides more flexibility. You can open 2 program windows side by side or use the entire screen for large spreadsheets, etc.
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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: jdc
Date: June 30, 2020 05:56PM
We have had the widescreen vs multiple monitor discussion before, if you want to search for it... use all dates.



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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: sekker
Date: June 30, 2020 08:47PM
I like 2560x1440 in a 27" size when possible. But I use dual monitors.

As a single monitor, 34" or other wide models are awesome.
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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: datbeme
Date: July 01, 2020 12:58AM
Thanks to everyone for all the great info. I know dual screen pros and cons have been discussed, but I was specifically interested in thoughts on two 24s because that's the way she's leaning. She likes the idea of two screens, and desk space and aesthetics will come into play enough to make 24 the sweet spot.

I was a little hesitant to suggest a pair of 2K 24s without every having seen or used a 2K 24" myself. Even in non-pandemic times, it's almost impossible to audition these things and get a feel for what it would be like with your OS and your apps on a day-to-day basis. Remember when Apple used to have all the Adobe, MSFT and other popular 3rd party apps on the computers in the Apple store? I miss that because it helped me visualize how I would use the machine.

I do happen to own the 4K 27" LG (27UK850-W) that bfd mentioned. It's fantastic, but with my Late 2013 MBP, 1080P is the most usable resolution. Depending on what application I'm using, I'll sometimes switch to 2560x1440, but for my computer it's an unsupported resolution so text is a little softer and it's a bit fatiguing to use.

As JDC suggested, I think she'll probably be OK with a pair of quality 24" monitors in 1080P or 1980x1200. Just didn't want to see her stuck with something low quality. I'll float the idea of a 32" 4K, but I do believe her mind is pretty much made up.
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Re: Recommend Dual Monitor Setup? Anyone used a 24" 2560x1440 monitor?
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: July 01, 2020 07:00AM
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sekker
I like 2560x1440 in a 27" size when possible. But I use dual monitors.

As a single monitor, 34" or other wide models are awesome.

sekker, is your current setup dual 27-inchers? If so, do you mind sharing a photo of that. I've often wondered if I'd appreciate a pair of 27s instead of 25s.



Mac Pro 2013 3.7GHz Quad-Core, 32G RAM Catalina 10.15.x Dual 25" Acer 1440p LCDs11" i5 MacBook Air
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