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24" 1920 x 1080 vs 21.5" 1920 x 1080 Eyefinity?

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June 16, 2011 1:37:37 PM

Hey guys,

I am looking at some choices as to monitors for an Eyefinity setup.

I am trying to decide between 21.5" vs 24" 1920 x 1080 monitors. The money is not the issue. My thinking is that the smaller monitor with the higher resolution will have the clearer picture simply because it is squishing more pixels into less real estate. However, the larger monitors are more likely to fill my field of vision and thus seem more realistic (although 21.5 could never be honestly described as a "small" monitor).

1. The 21.5 inch monitor I am considering is a Lenovo (#L2261) LCD (nice deep blacks, bright colors) at $150. One negative of these is that they have no VESA mounts; however they do have tiny bezels - good for Eyefinity.
2. The 24 inch monitor I am considering is the ViewSonic (#VX2450wm-LED) at 189.99. This has amazing reviews comparing the screen color and quality to the 27" Apple Display. It does have VESA brackets and 3 of these would be massive, but the bezels are wider.

So, in typing this I have just about convinced myself that the ViewSonic is the way to go (massive, beautiful, immersive), but since I've gone to the trouble of typing the question, I guess I should still ask people's opinions :) 
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June 16, 2011 2:09:21 PM

I would go to a store and look at a 21.5" 1920x1080 resolution monitor in person to see if text is large enough for you to read at a comfortable distance.

For me, I think the text will be a bit too small for me to read comfortably especially since I am used to being 20" - 22" away from my monitor. Sometime when I am slouching I am as much as 32" away from my monitor.
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June 16, 2011 2:11:17 PM

Oh, I uses 25.5" 1920 x 1200 resolution monitors at home.
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June 16, 2011 2:15:29 PM

Neither monitor is comparable with the apple LEDs as both are TN I believe.
I would't worry about the pixel density though, large monitors have bad densities compared to phone displays anyways and the size difference isnt that big so that it make a big difference.

Bezel is a problem IMO, especially with eyefinity.

Why don't you consider these? 23inch, thin-ish bezel, pivot stand and IPS.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 16, 2011 5:56:09 PM

Thanks for the replies. I think I am leaning towards the Viewsonic 24's just because the effect of 3 24's should be pretty amazing. Also, they suck less power (according to the ads anyway). The VESA is important too as I am building a DIY monitor stand.

I like racing games and sitting up close to those 24's wrap-around should be pretty awesome. Still not 100% sure.
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