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≈27" monitor for work (programming), some gaming. 4k or 1440p? 144 Hz? G-Sync? Any disadvantages of "gaming" monitor for work?

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Hi, I have two old 24" 1080p monitors (U2412M) and I want to replace one of them with something better.

It will be used for work (programming, reading, web) and some gaming (not CS:GO), movies.

I think the ideal size would be 27". The idea is to get "better" image ("retina"), not to get more space. I definitely don't want 40+" or ultrawide because I already have enough space with 2 screens and I think it is more convenient (for example I can maximize a window on one of them by just double clicking it instead of snapping to sides, etc.). I am not sure about something like 32", I think it may be too big or even not fit my table.

Should I take 4k or 1440p?

An advantage of 1440p is that there are 144+Hz refresh rates, but do I really need it if it's not just for gaming and I don't play competitive FPS like CS:GO? And as I understand it doesn't give much advantage outside of games: mostly just a bit smoother animation of window and mouse movements.

I will have 1080 or 1080 Ti and can upgrade the GPU later, so performance should be fine, but I am afraid of scaling issues. I tried to use my current screen with 150% scaling: seems like most of the software I use is not too ancient and there were not much issues, but still I guess I would encounter blurry or "too small" apps and other issues from time to time, especially since I will have monitors with different scaling.

Currently I am thinking about AOC AG271UG (G-Sync) or Asus PB27UQ, MX27UC. Or if they don't worth it maybe one of the cheaper LGs (27UD68, 27UD69).

Should I take a monitor with G-Sync? I don't remember ever noticing the screen tearing, so I don't know if I really need G-Sync.

Also is there any disadvantages of using "gaming" monitors like the first one for work? I heard that they have less options in the menu, but I don't know if there is anything useful for me, in the current ones I only adjusted brightness and colors a bit (and not sure if it was even really necessary).
Edited by Alex11223 - 11/19/17 at 9:09am
post #2 of 9
Scaling is absolutely an issue with a 27" 4K monitor. The 27" 1440p 144Hz monitors are just an all around great sweet spot, and i foresee that to continue for a long time mainly due to scaling issues. To use a 4K monitor with 100% windows scaling, its nearly unusable until you get to 40" monitors (which i do have a 40" 4K monitor). But even then, its a bit difficult to manage.

My productivity is MUCH higher with multiple monitors vs one large format display. 3x 27" 1440p is the way to go for sure. Although i can't afford 3x 27" 1440p 144Hz monitors, i'm using a 27" 1080p on one side and a 24" 1080p on the other of my 27" 1440p. My 40" 4K is mounted above my center monitor, but is pretty much entirely unused now.
post #3 of 9
I tend to agree. 1440p is still relevant all around, particularly if you are going to keep those 2 older monitors as accessories. 4K looks cool, but pushing it is hard, and scaling is still a problem. get a quality high refresh rate IPS Gsync 1440p and you will be happy.

I use an ultrawide 1440p, with another 1440p on each side , all overclocked to 100hz and IPS. No need for 4K. Productivity is much more efficient with multiple monitors rather than one marginally large one with a high pixel density.
Edited by Uraniumz - 11/19/17 at 9:32am
post #4 of 9
You want a p2715q.

27in
4k
IPS
Factory calibrated.

I haven't noticed any scaling issues when running win10.
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I haven't noticed any scaling issues when running win10.
Of course there are no issues with Win 10 itself and modern apps, the issues are with apps that don't support it properly smile.gif For example even Steam.
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get a quality high refresh rate IPS Gsync 1440p and you will be happy.
I heard they all have QC issues, mostly BLB. Though may be a bit of BLB is not an issue for me if I don't use it in dark room?
post #6 of 9
Benq has this nice monitor here BenQ PD3200U

I would do the measurements based of the specs given and see how that might work for you.

4K at 32 inches will still make the text a bit small, but you can actually get away without using scaling comfortably.
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I got a 32inch 4k g-sync display and for programming I must say it's amazing. However since 4k 32inch is limited to 60hz I wouldn't buy it again with some gaming in mind.

 

Either get a sweet 27inch with 2560x1440 or wait till next year for the 100+hz 4k 32inch screens.

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Of course there are no issues with Win 10 itself and modern apps, the issues are with apps that don't support it properly smile.gif For example even Steam.
I heard they all have QC issues, mostly BLB. Though may be a bit of BLB is not an issue for me if I don't use it in dark room?


Steam works fine.

I'm not sure where everyone is getting all of these 'scaling' issues from. I have software/games from the late 90s, early 00s that run without issues.
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Steam works fine.
Are you sure? It seemed blurry (text in menu, etc.) compared to other apps when I tried it with 150% scaling, and I even checked in google (thought that it's strange for such app in 2017) that everyone had issues with Steam on HiDpi.

Totally unusable apps are probably pretty rare, but there are definitely a lot of apps that use small/fixed size icons, etc. that get blurred after scaling. For example I saw it in Audacity. Though if you look at it for some time, it may start to look normal. smile.gif
Text can be blurry too sometimes though I think it got better in recent Win 10 updates.
Edited by Alex11223 - 11/20/17 at 9:09am
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