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March 25, 2010 10:04:32 PM

I am looking to get a new monitor that is at least 40". I know that I will have to get an LCD TV to get one this big without paying some ungodly amount. Right now I've got a 28" monitor. Since it will be a TV, the resolution will be 1920 x 1080, which is lower than what I have now. Will a resolution that low look decent enough for everyday computer use? I sit about three to four feet away from the screen, so its not like it is across the room or anything. Does anybody have any suggestions that has this type of setup?

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March 25, 2010 10:19:01 PM

A 40" has a PPI (pixels per inch) of only 57 at that resolution .... I think the image will appear grainy at that distance....at 2 feet, I look for 96 PPI

http://lcdtech.no-ip.info/en/data/pixel.size.htm

The ideal viewing distance at that resolution is 5.2 feet

http://www.digital-digest.com/articles/HDTV_Viewing_Dis...
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March 25, 2010 10:26:03 PM

According to that calculator, what I have now fits the distance.. but I want bigger lol.. At around five feet do you think a 40" will still look good though?
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March 25, 2010 10:37:00 PM

I think you will have no problem with 40", assuming it is 1080P. I think you will notice the 1920 x 1080 vs. 1920 x 1200.

I have looked in vain for a 2560 x 1600 monitor larger than 30"

How far away are you now using the 28" monitor?

What do you want to accomplish with a larger screen?

Can you order one from a place where a return would not cost you too much?
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March 25, 2010 10:59:01 PM

geofelt said:
I think you will have no problem with 40", assuming it is 1080P. I think you will notice the 1920 x 1080 vs. 1920 x 1200.

I have looked in vain for a 2560 x 1600 monitor larger than 30"

How far away are you now using the 28" monitor?

What do you want to accomplish with a larger screen?

Can you order one from a place where a return would not cost you too much?


Man I would love to have a 2560 x 1600 monitor, I haven't had much luck finding those either. Right now I'm about three and a half feet from my screen, but if need be I can get it up to five feet away. I chose the number 40 because if I"m going to upgrade, I want to upgrade lol.. I don't do any photo or video work, but I do game and watch movies and whatnot. I haven't really looked too far into the place where I would order from. I've just started the process of looking around.
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March 26, 2010 12:16:44 AM

You should buy the U2711 from Dell.

This new 27", 2650x1440 (16:9 ratio) is $1050 USD or so. It is an incredible monitor with very, very high reviews.

No other monitor even comes close. This is the same monitor used in the new Apple computers and uses a high quality panel which has high quality viewing angles (that don't fade when looked at on an angle.)

You should really go check out the new 27" Apple screens if you can so you can see what you'll get.

If you are using Windows you'll need to know a few tricks to properly use that resolution.

1) Set Windows to use the highest resolution which is 2560x1440
2) Increase the DPI until the text and icons are large enough (Probably close to 200%)
3) Some games and programs have problems with this (a game may only show some of the screen). To solve this, right-click the main EXE file -> Properties ->"Disable DPI..
4) CTRL->Scroll wheel in Browsers to change the scaling (IE and Firefox remember currently but Google Chrome does not. I still use Google Chrome)

*Firefox may not work above 144% DPI. They are aware and fixing in the future. Use IE or Google Chrome.
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March 26, 2010 12:23:36 AM

40"?

You can not get a high resolution large monitor. A 40" 1080p screen looks horrible as a monitor when close to it and even a 27" wouldn't be large enough if you are too far away.

Movies and TV still look fine up to 3x the diagonal distance which is 6.75 feet for the 27". I have a 32" at 8 feet so I know what I'm talking about. Definitely get the 27" U2711.
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March 26, 2010 12:24:39 AM

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M-Audio AV40
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April 3, 2010 7:03:48 AM

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