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First post, go easy on me

I'm in the market for a new display setup. Currently trying to work and play on a cheap Dell lappy with 15.4" screen, as I have been travelling for a while. Now I'm back home & the prices of screens have dropped, I'm wondering what would be best for my needs.

I would like to be able to have multiple apps open for work related stuff (think Excel spreadsheets), also I would like to be able to have two A4 pages side by side on my screen so I can read one and edit the other.

I'm not that much of a gamer, but I do use photoshop a bit, and CATIA CAD software (the last real job I had I was spending 12 hours a day on a 20" Dell screen and I thought that was great at the time).

I have plenty of room on my desk.

Wondering what you guys would recommend - going for one big screen or two smaller ones?

Thanks - pilks.
post #2 of 27
I say go for the 24" - It's huge, but not super-duper expensive, and you can add another later on if you ever feel the urge.

The Dell Ultrasharp 2407WFP is an excellent 24" screen.
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The two 22" Got to love them duals!
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For two applications open normally, you want a 16:10 aspect ration and most widescreen PC monitors do follow this trend. So, it now depends on how you work. Do you have lots of applications open and running at the same time? If so, you two 22" and dual desktops (about $550USD). If you only work with one big application at a time, go with the 24" ($650USD) or the 30" ($1400USD). There is also the option of a 27" display ($1200USD).
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I have a 32, and could never go back to anything smaller. so if you get the 30, make sure you can afford them for the rest of your life, when you first see it its daunting, but after a while, it's the greatest thing ever

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aren't most monitors 16:9??
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I have a 32, and could never go back to anything smaller. so if you get the 30, make sure you can afford them for the rest of your life, when you first see it its daunting, but after a while, it's the greatest thing ever

@duck
aren't most monitors 16:9??
Most widescreen TVs are 16:9. Pretty much all WS monitors are 16:10.
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I have a 32, and could never go back to anything smaller. so if you get the 30, make sure you can afford them for the rest of your life, when you first see it its daunting, but after a while, it's the greatest thing ever

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aren't most monitors 16:9??
For Photoshop and Excel, I would not get a 32" LCD TV. What is your resolution? The largest PC monitor is 30" with a resolution of 2560x1600. Just make sure your video card is powerful enough to run it on digital. Check my FAQ for LCD size information.
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it's true my monitor runs at a low res, but it's sheer size is so nice, I have always wanted a ridiculously resolute monitor, but after seeing what size can do, I'll stick to massive for now. plus he said 30, which is much more resolute than 32
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it's true my monitor runs at a low res, but it's sheer size is so nice, I have always wanted a ridiculously resolute monitor, but after seeing what size can do, I'll stick to massive for now. plus he said 30, which is much more resolute than 32
Yup, a 32" LCD at 780p is not as good for Excel or Photohop as a normal widescreen LCD. For those apps, you need the resolution for the desktop area at those sizes. I say go two 22" if you work on more than two apps simaltaneously. If not, go with the 24" or 27".
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yeah my max res is 1360x768, well I guess 1240x1024 is based on pixels, but it was nice to save on my graphics card though
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