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>> No. 26330 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 2:41 pm
26330 Curved Monitors
I tend to use a multi monitor setup, with some horizontal, some vertical. I have an ageing Apple 30" LCD and am in the market for a new, large monitor. Samsung do a pretty good 32" now that I have used, but I notice there are a lot of very large curved monitors around now.

I am sceptical - are they really better to use than two flat monitors, correctly positioned? Anyone out there with a curved setup?
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>> No. 26331 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 4:29 pm
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There's no bezel gap in the middle, so you can use the desktop space in a more flexible way. For example, a Photoshop user can have the image in the middle of their giant monitor with space at either side for palettes. The curvature of the monitor is slightly more comfortable if the monitor fills an extremely large portion of your field of view.

The downside is that most curved ultrawide monitors aren't particularly high resolution - for example, the Dell P3418HW is only 2560x1080, a long way short of the 3840x2160 of a standard UHD display. High-end curved ultrawide monitors are available with 3440x1440 resolution, but you're still paying more money for fewer pixels than an equivalent flat monitor.

Right now, I think the best option for most power users is a ~40" UHD display. You effectively get four 20" 1080p monitors bolted together, but you can use the display area more flexibly because of the lack of bezels. It looks absolutely ridiculous, but it works very well. It's like turning the entire area behind your desk into an infinitely flexible multi-monitor setup. For programmers who use a text editor, a three-way vertical split at 1280x2160 seems to be very productive. A two-way split gives you a 2560x2160 window for an IDE, plus a 1280x2160 window for documentation. For video editing, you can fit two 1080p preview windows on the top half and use the bottom half for an ultrawide 3840x1080 timeline. Audio engineers can see 24 channels of their mixer, with enough space left for a very large timeline at the top. A program like WinSplit Revolution makes it very easy to manage these tiled layouts, or of course a tiling window manager in Linux.
>> No. 26332 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 5:54 pm
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Yes I have spotted the 40" too. Fucks sake. The Mac Pro can theoretically drive 6 screens, this is going to end up expensive.

Thanks for your suggestions, much appreciated.
>> No. 26333 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 6:32 pm
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>Yes I have spotted the 40" too. Fucks sake. The Mac Pro can theoretically drive 6 screens, this is going to end up expensive.

You'll need a big desk - a 40" monitor is three feet wide. They're startlingly massive, even if you're used to a 30" monitor.
>> No. 26334 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 6:47 pm
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This. I've got a 37" TV with hefty bezels, so probably about the same size as a 40" display with thin bezels. I honestly couldn't imagine sitting that on my desk. Unless you're running a full-blown monitoring operation, the height is seriously excessive. The top of your monitor really shouldn't be too far above your eyeline.
>> No. 26335 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 8:32 pm
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Are you both seriously suggesting it is possible to have too big a monitor?
>> No. 26336 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 8:37 pm
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For me personally, yeah. I actually much prefer two or three 24" monitors. More useful if you have multiple things going on, or a couple of different machines running. Not to mention them being cheap, and I'm tight as fuck.
>> No. 26337 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 9:22 pm
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I bought my Dell 2515UHM in 2015 for £250. Last I checked on CCL it was £300.
>> No. 26338 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 9:27 pm
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Fucking brexit.
>> No. 26339 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 9:58 pm
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Preach. All of the tech has become more expensive. Cheers Jimmy, you cunt.
>> No. 26340 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 10:04 pm
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I (>>26334) think it's certainly possible to have too tall a monitor. A 40" 16:9 monitor mounted on a stand is going to be almost two foot tall.
>> No. 26342 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 11:28 pm
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There are a lot of ergonomics at work here - I think desk and chair height is also very important. As is the type of chair and posture. I am typing this today on my kitchen table, the chair is about an inch too short (or the desk an inch too high) but if I sit UP its about right. A disaster if I was trying to work here all day/night on some code.
>> No. 26355 Anonymous
19th March 2018
Monday 7:50 pm
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It really depends on what you're doing and how you normally use your screen real estate. If you're used to having two screens with the bezels meeting in the centre, a large curved screen eliminates that bezel. This is great if you find yourself stretching window across the bezel currently, but if you value the physical separation two screens provide you may want to rethink.

At home I have a large curved screen (Acer X34A) combined with a vertical Dell U2414H. The curved screen is great for games and video content and is marvelous for doing graphical work (I use GIMP, but I imagine Photoshop similarly benefits) while the vertical screen takes care of reference material, chat, what have you. For anything else, including casual browsing, it's not so great. Websites stretch too far, reading text that wide is a pain and generally things are happier when I pretend it's two screens and have two windows occupying half of the screen each. Still, I like the setup.

By contrast, at work I use two screens (27" Apple Thunderbolt), one facing me directly and one off at an angle. I do "IT" so I spend most of my time in a text editor, having that front and centre physically separated from the rest of what I occasionally need to pay attention to (email, internal chat, etc) works nicely. I wouldn't want to replace that with a single screen even if I had the option to.
>> No. 26356 Anonymous
19th March 2018
Monday 10:24 pm
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My work is a lot like yours - as I said in the OP, I was sceptical. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Will just keep it all separate.
>> No. 26362 Anonymous
21st March 2018
Wednesday 12:44 am
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This post in its full glory, for example. It's uncomfortably wide for reading purposes.
>> No. 26363 Anonymous
21st March 2018
Wednesday 12:55 am
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That's pretty urrghh, for sure. I had a friend who bought one of those 'ultrawide' LGs and we just hated it. Too wide for games, knackered up sites like this, didn't even look good running something like i3 window manager, at least not as good as a couple of seperate monitors.

It just 'feels right' to me to have physical separation.
>> No. 26364 Anonymous
21st March 2018
Wednesday 1:07 am
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Just split it. 1920 pixels is already too wide for most websites, let alone 3460.
>> No. 26365 Anonymous
21st March 2018
Wednesday 1:34 am
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Would you mind mentioning why you didn't like it for games? It's slightly annoying since some games letter box as they don't support this wide a resolution (and this particular screen has a noticeable amount of backlight bleeding) but for games that do I find it quite nice. As long as your setup doesn't choke rendering the resolution and, for FPS games, there's an FoV slider you can just plain see more; I don't see the down side.
>> No. 26366 Anonymous
21st March 2018
Wednesday 1:35 am
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> generally things are happier when I pretend it's two screens and have two windows occupying half of the screen each. Still, I like the setup.
>> No. 26367 Anonymous
21st March 2018
Wednesday 1:42 am
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It was a very subjective thing for games - I actually don't like a massive FoV - if you do, it's no problem, but it makes me feel a bit queasy. Having ultrawide just makes everything visually seem a bit 'off'. Perhaps I could have gotten used to it. If you like it you like it, I suppose, but I could never get my head around it, no pun intended.

The only thing we ever found it useful for was showing a big long ableton or Logic project.
>> No. 26416 Anonymous
29th March 2018
Thursday 12:25 am
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Thanks, I never knew that too wide an FoV could be an issue (only the inverse).
>> No. 26417 Anonymous
29th March 2018
Thursday 12:29 am
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I don't know if I'm just an outlier, but it definitely gives me a sort of motion sickness.

I've hit a point where I'd rather play games on the sofa looking at a nice telly, but that's not exactly the discussion so I'll be quiet.

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