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So I originally had 3 1080p monitors & I absolutely loved the setup for productivity, coding & general use.

I don't game on my computer, I just game on PS4 - so I'm not really considering this setup for gaming - however if I do go with a 4k tv, I would hook my PS4 up to it and use it for that as well.

I recently upgraded to a Dell 34" curved monitors & while I do love it, I'm stilling missing that 3rd panel for additional real estate for productivity.

I've realized that the 34" is great as a replacement for a dual monitor setup, but falls short of a 3 monitor setup & the 34" acting as a single monitor is kind of overkill in a lot of instances leaving too much dead space on the ends. . And yes I know there is know a 38" curved, but it's still not the same amount of real estate as 3 full monitors.

I am considering adding 2 additional 27" dell 1440 monitors to my 34" setup to give me my triple setup I need/want/used to. But the 34" still is kind of overkill for a single use monitor when not using it for multiple programs/windows.

So I'm highly considering moving over to a curved Samsung 60" 4k tv

But I do code, not a lot, but enough that I need to make sure my setup allows for it.

Isn't 4k bad for coding because of how small the resolution is? Or is that problem being fixed with upscaling/new software to help this issue?

Also if I would go with a 4k tv, I would want to be able to partition the screen so that I can run multiple programs across the desktop for productivity - is this even possible?

I currently have a EVGA 970, but would upgrade to a 1080 card if I go the 4k route.

Thoughts?
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A 34" 1440p monitor can have 3 full web browsers open side by side... If that isn't enough, adding one more 27" 1440p monitor should add another 2 full side by side web browsers to your real estate.

The 4k resolution isn't going to be that much bigger in terms of what you can fit on screen over a 34" 1440p ultrawide.

If all you do is play games on your PS4, the big 60" 4k TV is going to do wonders. If you want more apps open side by side, go with the additional 1440p monitors.
     
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Originally Posted by xxicrimsonixx View Post

...The 4k resolution isn't going to be that much bigger in terms of what you can fit on screen over a 34" 1440p ultrawide...

4K display with same PPI is significantly taller and also wider than 34" 1440p ultrashorty:
http://www.displaywars.com/34-inch-21x9-vs-40-inch-16x9
Only somebody blind with affection can make a statement like "4k resolution isn't going to be that much bigger...". 4K is IMAX experience at your desk, it should blow you away. Oh, it costs less too.

As for having applications side-by-side, that is just moronic. Still, if you wish to have zillions of applications open at the same time and perform "multitasking", then bigger screen gives you more freedom to do so. To summarize, it is nuts to choose ultrashort monitor "for productivity".
Edited by Tegiri Nenashi - 10/11/16 at 1:04pm
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You can not have 3 full browsers open on a 34" withough them being so skinny you have to continually slide left to right - something I don't want to do.

The MAX you can have 2 FULL size browsers/programs open is 2 on a 34" I've tried it every other way and it is NOT a replacement for 3 full 25" monitors.

I agree a 60" tv will give me all of the real estate I need to have multiple programs open while I multitask.

My main 2 questions in regards to a 4k tv are:

Isn't 4k bad for coding because of how small the resolution is? Or is that problem being fixed with upscaling/new software to help this issue?

Also if I would go with a 4k tv, I would want to be able to partition the screen so that I can run multiple programs across the desktop for productivity - is this even possible?

And I don't plan on sitting as close to the tv as I would a normal monitor, instead of the 18-24" that I am from my monitor now, I would probably be at least 6' back from a 60" tv
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I think based on the available options of what I want in size, curve & price, it's going to be the Samsung 65" KS8500 SUHD Quantum Dot for $1900
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Originally Posted by Tegiri Nenashi View Post

4K display with same PPI is significantly taller and also wider than 34" 1440p ultrashorty:
http://www.displaywars.com/34-inch-21x9-vs-40-inch-16x9
Only somebody blind with affection can make a statement like "4k resolution isn't going to be that much bigger...". 4K is IMAX experience at your desk, it should blow you away.

As for having applications side-by-side, that is just moronic. If you want to have zillions of applications open at the same time and perform "multitasking", then bigger screen gives you more freedom to do so. To summarize, it is nuts to choose ultrashort monitor "for productivity".

Screen size has nothing to do with it. It is all about resolution. 4k @ 27" can fit the same amount as 4k @ 60".
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You can not have 3 full browsers open on a 34" withough them being so skinny you have to continually slide left to right - something I don't want to do.

The MAX you can have 2 FULL size browsers/programs open is 2 on a 34" I've tried it every other way and it is NOT a replacement for 3 full 25" monitors.

I agree a 60" tv will give me all of the real estate I need to have multiple programs open while I multitask.

My main 2 questions in regards to a 4k tv are:

Isn't 4k bad for coding because of how small the resolution is? Or is that problem being fixed with upscaling/new software to help this issue?

Also if I would go with a 4k tv, I would want to be able to partition the screen so that I can run multiple programs across the desktop for productivity - is this even possible?

And I don't plan on sitting as close to the tv as I would a normal monitor, instead of the 18-24" that I am from my monitor now, I would probably be at least 6' back from a 60" tv

I run 3x full web browsers on my 34" monitor without the need to scroll side by side.... What resolution is yours? Mine is 3440*1440. Your's sounds like 2560x1080, which would indeed only fit 2 full windows.

If your on a 60" TV, 4K resolution will look quite big, you don't have to worry about a "small resolution". Although since you are sitting further back from it than a standard monitor, it will definitely feel a little smaller, but still easily readable from 6'.

Resolution > screen size.
     
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Ahh you're right, I wasn't at 344x1440 and I just switched to it.

You are also correct that I can now fit 3 full windows, but damn is the text small - I don't know if I like it. It's much harder to read now which will require me to sit closer and have more eye strain

I'm still highly considering the 65" SUHD Samsung setup
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Ahh you're right, I wasn't at 344x1440 and I just switched to it.

You are also correct that I can now fit 3 full windows, but damn is the text small - I don't know if I like it. It's much harder to read now which will require me to sit closer and have more eye strain

I'm still highly considering the 65" SUHD Samsung setup

That is a different problem entirely. smile.gif

Since you find the text small, 4k @ 65" is definitely going to fix that.

EDIT: Hopefully it is not too big? Maybe check a store and see if you can sit 6' away from it, to see how it fits in your field of vision. If it is too big, maybe a 40-50" 4K TV would suit you better?
Edited by xxicrimsonixx - 10/11/16 at 3:06pm
     
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Yeah I want to see in person for sure.

I've been reading and the 39-43" 4k tv seems to be the best option for productivity & no scaling issue - and a samsung can be had for less than $500 - I spent 700 on this dell 34"

I think I'm going to at least sell the dell for now and get a 40-43" samsung 4k
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Alright. Sounds like a plan. smile.gif
     
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