23.6" vs 27" monitor 1080p, viewing distance?

Would I be able to notice a difference between a 23.6″ and a 27″ pc monitor (both 1080p resolution) when my viewing distance is between 3 and 3.3 feet (depending on how I sit)?

The two monitors have basically identically performing panels – the only real difference is the size.

I’m worried that the pixel density of the 27″ monitor might be too low considering my viewing distance?

Should it be possible to notice a difference in pixel density between the two monitors, if they are both viewed at from the aforementioned distance?
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  1. Kontharo said:
    Would I be able to notice a difference between a 23.6″ and a 27″ pc monitor (both 1080p resolution) when my viewing distance is between 3 and 3.3 feet (depending on how I sit)?

    The two monitors have basically identically performing panels – the only real difference is the size.

    I’m worried that the pixel density of the 27″ monitor might be too low considering my viewing distance?

    Should it be possible to notice a difference in pixel density between the two monitors, if they are both viewed at from the aforementioned distance?


    If you can afford and would prefer and 27" panel then go with that if not and you would prefer a smaller 23.6" panel then go with that as there will be little to no difference with what you see.

    Hope this helps :)

    The_Freeman
  2. The_Freeman said:
    Kontharo said:
    Would I be able to notice a difference between a 23.6″ and a 27″ pc monitor (both 1080p resolution) when my viewing distance is between 3 and 3.3 feet (depending on how I sit)?

    The two monitors have basically identically performing panels – the only real difference is the size.

    I’m worried that the pixel density of the 27″ monitor might be too low considering my viewing distance?

    Should it be possible to notice a difference in pixel density between the two monitors, if they are both viewed at from the aforementioned distance?


    If you can afford and would prefer and 27" panel then go with that if not and you would prefer a smaller 23.6" panel then go with that as there will be little to no difference with what you see.

    Hope this helps :)

    The_Freeman



    I've tried a 23.6" 1080p monitor at the viewing distance that I mentioned - and I felt like I would appreciate a monitor that was a little larger. I was just unsure if the difference in pixel density would be really noticable at that distance :-)
  3. If the 27" monitor is within your budget, I'd say go for it. At a viewing distance of 24" to 30", I found my 27" monitor almost too big at first, but I got used to it. Unfortunately, it has since died and I've had to downsize to a 21" monitor. I really do miss it.

    At 3.5' viewing distance, you shouldn't notice anything other than great game play/video watching.

    -Wolf sends
  4. *Hey, if the pixel gap turns out to be an issue you can just move the monitor back. At a further distance it would end up being the same as a 23" monitor.

    At a quick glance I didn't like the gap but I'm not sure if every monitor is the same that way either. I do love my 2560x1440 but obviously a lot more money. Even 1920x1080 games look better due to the increased pixel count. I'm also sitting about 24" from the monitor. For a 1080p at 27" I'd probably go with 30" or more though you can easily figure out the optimal distance for you.

    Don't forget that IPS panels have better color/viewing angles but TN panels have lower response times so far less GHOSTING issues. Plus they are cheaper.

    Here's the main US PCpartpicker link for 1920x1080 monitors. You can filter by customer feedback, size, and organize by price.. I'm only showing non-IPS with 2ms response times.

    You may want to consider an HDMI input with audio output as well if you think adding a console, TV or other media box might be an option in the future.

    27" example (HDMI yes, not sure of audio out): http://pcpartpicker.com/part/aoc-monitor-e2752vh

    24" example (HDMI yes, not sure of audio out): http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs247hp
  5. Update:
    The 27" AOC appears to be still on sale. It has a 3-year warranty. Also price has no MIR to worry about (the other did). That's my recommendation.

    *According to the MANUAL, this monitor appears to have both analog (3.5mm headphone likely) and digital outputs. If you needed 3.5mm for desktop speakers then I suggest maybe getting a 90degree 3.5mm adapter or cable since the output is on the side though that's not a big deal. http://us.aoc.com/support/documents/pdf/documents/457

    **You can download the DRIVERS for the monitor but they're only needed if the name appears as "generic monitor" instead of its name.
  6. photonboy said:
    *Hey, if the pixel gap turns out to be an issue you can just move the monitor back. At a further distance it would end up being the same as a 23" monitor.

    At a quick glance I didn't like the gap but I'm not sure if every monitor is the same that way either. I do love my 2560x1440 but obviously a lot more money. Even 1920x1080 games look better due to the increased pixel count. I'm also sitting about 24" from the monitor. For a 1080p at 27" I'd probably go with 30" or more though you can easily figure out the optimal distance for you.

    Don't forget that IPS panels have better color/viewing angles but TN panels have lower response times so far less GHOSTING issues. Plus they are cheaper.

    Here's the main US PCpartpicker link for 1920x1080 monitors. You can filter by customer feedback, size, and organize by price.. I'm only showing non-IPS with 2ms response times.

    You may want to consider an HDMI input with audio output as well if you think adding a console, TV or other media box might be an option in the future.

    27" example (HDMI yes, not sure of audio out): http://pcpartpicker.com/part/aoc-monitor-e2752vh

    24" example (HDMI yes, not sure of audio out): http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs247hp



    The viewing distance that I mentioned is achieved by having the monitor as far away as my desk allows. So I won't be able to move the monitor further back.

    I'm getting either a Samsung S24D390H or S27D390H. They both use PLS panels (Samsung's take on IPS).

    I've tried gaming on the S24D390H model, and I wasn't bothered by any ghosting effects etc. Also, to my eyes, the pixel density of that display was totally fine.
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