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27" 1080p monitor sitting approx 60cm away from it - too close?

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July 6, 2013 5:56:21 AM

Hello,

I have just bought a 27" viewsonic IPS monitor. Before this i had a 1080p samsung 22" monitor, which i was used to.

This 27" seems like a wonderful size when i am in windows/itunes/browsing, cant fault it... however when i am playing a game such as far cry 3, it seems very big


I dont know why it seems so big only when gaming, but maybe im still getting used to it?

Also, i sit roughly 60 CM away from my screen when using the keyboard, however during gaming i almost always use the xbox wireless controller so i sit ~120 cm away (still seems rather big)

Also, i always game in 1080p at 60hz and i always use a HDMI cable (although this monitor can handle up to 75hz, could that be a reason?)

I have taken a photo here, you can see how far away the screen is:



Also just incase this is relavant, here are my specs:

Monitor: Viewsonic VX2770SMH-LED

PC: 3570k, 7970, 60gb ssd, 3tb hdd, 8gb ram#


So my question is, why does this monitor seem so big when gaming? Is this refresh rate related, or is it just my eyes being attention seekers?

Thanks

Krish
July 6, 2013 6:18:49 AM

Yeah, you'd be a tad too close. Optimal distance would be around 1.1 meter.

I use this site to gauge my distances: http://www.flatpanelshd.com/focus.php?subaction=showful...

Mind you, these values are more in line with TVs, so your mileage may vary with a computer screen... and people tend to be closer to their computer monitors than their TVs.
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July 6, 2013 6:21:24 AM

What's your in game resolution? Do you have it set the same as your native? That's a good distance to be from a screen that size.
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July 6, 2013 6:22:30 AM

I think the change from 22" to 27" is hitting you. I like 27" monitors if sitting 3-4ft away. If you extend the distance from the screen.
Otherwise you can try gaming on a smaller window.
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July 6, 2013 7:19:06 AM

Johnny_C13 said:
Yeah, you'd be a tad too close. Optimal distance would be around 1.1 meter.

I use this site to gauge my distances: http://www.flatpanelshd.com/focus.php?subaction=showful...

Mind you, these values are more in line with TVs, so your mileage may vary with a computer screen... and people tend to be closer to their computer monitors than their TVs.


Ahh i see, but when i am gaming i am between 1m - 1.5m so i dont understand why its an issue


dingo07 said:
What's your in game resolution? Do you have it set the same as your native? That's a good distance to be from a screen that size.


game resolution is always 1920 x 1080p / 60hz (and this is also the native res)



I think I may have an idea where the problem is coming from, my seat height level.

If i look dead straight at my monitor, my eyes are above the center of the screen, I would say inline with top of the screen. Would this be a reason?

I just played 1 hour of far cry 3, and my eyes are burning like hell. Before on my 22" i could play for hours on end without any problems.

I have until friday to decide if i want to keep it, as i can return it, I really hope it will grow on me.

thanks
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July 6, 2013 7:40:51 AM

If you are experiencing discomfort then I'd suggest returning it. (I have to play with glasses on otherwise my eyes get strained) Look for a 24" monitor. It's a perfect size.

I don't think seat height is the issue. I think most people view the monitor from above the middle. Also, you can always tilt it to improve the perfect angle. (this matters a lot with TN panels)
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July 6, 2013 3:51:25 PM

have you adjusted the settings of the brightness/contrast/color, or used a proper icc profile for it? do a serch for it over at http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/
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July 6, 2013 8:43:09 PM

For one, brightness is always set way to high. First thing I do with a new monitor is pull the brightness down to around 40%. Afterwards I use a colorimeter to calibrate the colors more accurately. (a colorimeter can cost $100)
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July 6, 2013 8:46:58 PM

maybe that's the issue, you should be using a spectrophotometer like a colormunki

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I thought that was the OP posting his response...
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July 6, 2013 8:58:21 PM

Maybe you just need to spend more time with it. It may feel good after a while. I personally like playing with the monitor less than 2' away, even with at 27" screen. It just feels more immersive, but if you are used to 22", than you'll have to get used to it.
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