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Friday, 05 January 2018 14:14

Monitor Comparison

Written by Eugene Foygelman, Production Coordinator

 

Here at NewTV I have a single 27-inch iMac and at home I’ve got two 21-inch monitors. The iMac is pretty nice, the screen is fairly big and it’s easy to have a few applications open at the same time, although not at full screen. However, I do enjoy my dual monitor setup at home. It’s a lot better when playing video games because I can have a game open in one monitor and my chat apps in another. When I edit videos at home, I use both screens to make my timeline and preview windows as big as possible. Plus, if I ever need to look up a quick tutorial I don’t have to constantly switch between programs. However, how many monitors are enough? Does it make sense to have a single big one? A couple of medium-sized ones? Or a bunch of small ones?

The simple answer is that there are never enough monitors and you should buy ten 8K monitors to live a happy and successful life.

The slightly more complex answer is that it really depends on the monitor resolution, which results in higher or lower Pixels Per Inch (PPI). Basically, the more pixels you have, the more you can cram into a single screen without losing detail. The best way to test this yourself is to find two laptops, one with a 720p screen and another with a 1080p screen. If you put them side-by-side you’ll instantly notice that the lower resolution one is more cropped in. A single application will take up more space on a 720p monitor than on a 1080p monitor. My iMac has a single 27 inch screen, but it’s 5K and 5k has seven times more pixels than full HD (1080).

Here’s a quick comparison:

MonitorsEugene
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5K_resolution#/media/File:Resolution_of_SD,_Full_HD,_4K_Ultra_HD_%26_8K_Ultra_HD.svg)

There’s no 5k in that image because most companies don’t really use 5k as a standard, but this is Apple.

So what’s the benefit of the higher resolution? When it comes to video and photo editing, you get to see a clearer, more detailed picture and can be more precise when fixing an image. In regards to your desktop, you can have more programs opened without having to make the programs tiny and hard to read. The only issue, at least for now, is that the 4k and 8k monitors are very, very expensive. Plus, my recommendation is to have more than one monitor, but that will get pricey.

There’s a lot more to monitors than just resolution. There are types of screens, refresh rates, builds and price points. I do like talking about this stuff and if I went on, this post would become a 10-page research paper. So, to keep inline with my other posts, my suggestion for monitors is this:

Unlimited budget: Get a couple of 25+ inch 8k monitors.

Regular budget: 20+ inch 2k, or two to three full HD monitors.

Tight Budget: One to two Full HD monitors, 20+ inches

No Budget: Whatever is available.

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