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Old 2019-06-08, 17:13   #1
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...a computer monitor for swimbo since she will spend the next three years on her new endeavour, PhD. Budget is £215. There are several types of monitors: Full HD, 4K/8K or curved. I just want to know what’s the best one within budget where we won’t have eye issues (we use glasses) and will be able to read at least two A4 pages directly from the screen without having to zoom in. Suppose minimum screen size would be 27”. Any recommendations? BTW, I don’t play computer games but do we need to have a lower responde time and higher refresh rate? Will these help us minimising our eyes efforts?

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www.ebuyer.com and amazon.co.uk.

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Old 2019-06-08, 23:56   #2
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You might be well off to buy 2 monitors. So much more room and no need to zoom.
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Old 2019-06-09, 11:43   #3
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We have a 34" curved (3440×1440) monitor but it was kinda expensive.


It has revolutionized our "workflow", though.


A 2560×1440 monitor might be a good choice. They have dropped in price a bunch.





Edit: A higher refresh rate doesn't make a difference to us in "work" use, but it does in games. YMMV.
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Old 2019-06-09, 12:47   #4
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1440P or 4K for sure, 1080P is fine but at that size the pixels per inch would be terrible (personally I wouldn't go above 17" for 1080P, I've had 24" 1080P monitors before and while it seems like a positive to have extra inches it really isn't, IMO beyond a certain point the inches is only relevant if it does double duty as a screen for video at a distance) . Higher refresh rate does help eye strain but beyond 120 Hz is just for gamers IMO. Unfortunately my internet is so poor that ebuyer and scan won't load but the parameters of a search I'd do would be:
  • 1440P up to 24", 4K at or beyond 24"
  • 120Hz refresh rate ideally, 60Hz minimum which all should do
  • Latency not so important as long as it's not beyond 10ms

You may be hard pressed to stay in budget with a decent 4K 120Hz at 27"+. I'd prioritise resolution first, 24" may make more economical sense, and don't sweat going for 60Hz refresh rate if you have to.


edit: You may want to try overclockers.co.uk too, they're the three places I check for components no idea what their monitor selection is like though.

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Old 2019-06-09, 12:52   #5
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I have two 27" HP 27es monitors (1920 by 1080 resolution). Not expensive, around $200 each. I have had them for a year and a half and am very pleased at the ease of working with multiple applications/documents. If you aren't gaming the border between the screens isn't an issue.
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Old 2019-06-09, 14:18   #6
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Still awaiting for university to supply her with a laptop to see if it handles 4K.

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Maybe you can find a good deal used?


Does color reproduction matter? Or viewing angle?


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Old 2019-06-09, 16:22   #8
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Maybe you can find a good deal used?


Does color reproduction matter? Or viewing angle?


Mike,

For education money is not an issue.

To write a PhD thesis and make some numeric simulations I don’t think color reproduction matters nor viewing angle. I due believe my wife prefers to read printed academic papers rather than in the monitor but I’m considering all options. From my experience dealing with analysis of energy data and reporting write-up at the end of the day my eyes feel tired. I want to minimise eyes strain.

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Did you try to look for used? Sometimes they are in good quality
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Old 2019-06-16, 17:08   #10
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Did you try to look for used? Sometimes they are in good quality
There are a couple of options through Facebook which I’m studying but I would like to go for a new 28” 4K monitor.
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Old 2019-06-19, 20:21   #11
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Mike,

For education money is not an issue.

To write a PhD thesis and make some numeric simulations I don’t think color reproduction matters nor viewing angle. I due believe my wife prefers to read printed academic papers rather than in the monitor but I’m considering all options. From my experience dealing with analysis of energy data and reporting write-up at the end of the day my eyes feel tired. I want to minimise eyes strain.

Carlos
What about reading on Kindle e-reader, I think you can get a new one for under a hundred dollars. Not sure where you live, so there might be extra charges involved.
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