4k monitors and scaling

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by vic38, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. vic38


    I recently picked up a used 27" 4k monitor for $50 - at that price, I had to buy it and wanted to see if it would integrate well with my 24" multi-monitor setup.

    My viewing distance is ~28". At 4k resolution w/o scaling, I can see the charts and make out the candlesticks, but forget about reading the numbers. At 125% scaling, I can read the numbers with a little effort. I could get by on this if I only had charts on here I wasn't looking at very often. Realistically, I need to use 150% scaling to comfortably use this monitor. But of course this gives up a lot of real estate.

    Given that a 27" 4k monitor at 150% scaling works for my eyes, how large a monitor would I likely need for 4k resolution at 100% scaling? 32"? 43"? And as the monitors get larger, would I have to increase viewing distance from my current ~28"?

    The 24" multi-monitor setup works for me, but intrigued by the notion that 1 x 4k monitor could replace 4 x 24" HD monitors without losing any screen real estate. Desk real estate is another concern - with 5 x 24" monitors on my desk already, the only option for that 27" 4k monitor was portrait orientation - which isn't bad, it's still shorter than 2 x 24" monitors stacked in landscape, so I don't have to crank my neck further. But seems 32" in portrait could be a neck-wrecker.
  2. Turveyd


    Windows works better with multiple screens, you'd be opening things and hiding all your charts and trying to shrink windows and resizing all the damn time with 1 huge 48" monitor trying to be 4 screens.

    Stick to 4 x 24"
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  3. vic38


    Even with several 24" monitors, I use DisplayFusion to manage screen real estate, so that wouldn't be an issue with larger 4k monitors.
  4. Turveyd


    Get rid of the wasted bezel area then I guess, simplify things cable wise, you can get 50" 4K screens pretty cheap these days.

    Might do this myself, I'll check DisplayFusion laters.
  5. vic38


    Bezel space hasn't been an issue as half the monitors have super thin bezels, and I've just gotten used to it. I do have a center monitor though. I never understood how people managed setups where looking straight ahead put their focus on the bezels of adjacent monitors - that would drive me nuts, and probably tweak the heck out of my neck to always be turned to one side.

    DF is great - I use it to break down my 24" screens to smaller virtual screens, sized to fit whatever windows I want. For example, I have CNBC streaming in a small virtual screen that takes up maybe 1/6 of a 24" screen.
  6. Turveyd


    I actually went 1 screen a while back, been running 2 since 2002 area, only trade 2 charts so put 2 tablets either side so I can monitor those while work / watching films / games.

    Got a nasty job soon, so 2 screens required I think :(
  7. ZBZB


  8. Uh.... What are you doing for the nasty job, filtering porn?
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  9. Turveyd


    That doesn't sound nasty at all, love porn.

    No converting some software to a French customer, so copy, paste, translate, copy paste, REPEAT for ever!!!

    30+ forms :( 4 Excel Documents :(
  10. Outsource man.
    #10     Jan 4, 2020