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Question is 4K monitor really better for office works?

faye

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Hi,
My wife uses a notebook for the office work. (Microsoft words, excel spread sheet and 3dmax)

I am thinking to get a 24" or a 27" monitor for her so she could have a similar office setup as i do. (i have a notebook connecting to a 24" Dell ultrasharp, it is a FHD)

I find thinking to get a LG 27" for her. Something like a 27UL650

Is a 4k really make a difference when using microsoft words, excel, 3dmax?
 

Muadib

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Hi,
My wife uses a notebook for the office work. (Microsoft words, excel spread sheet and 3dmax)

I am thinking to get a 24" or a 27" monitor for her so she could have a similar office setup as i do. (i have a notebook connecting to a 24" Dell ultrasharp, it is a FHD)

I find thinking to get a LG 27" for her. Something like a 27UL650

Is a 4k really make a difference when using microsoft words, excel, 3dmax?
A 4k monitor would give your wife more screen to work with. However at 27", things will be small. IMO, you want at least a 32" screen for 4k. I have a 2k screen (2560x1440), and 27" is the perfect size for it. If you go with a 24", then don't go over 1600x1024.
 

Staples

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If you are not gaming, then get a 4K 27". That LG you named it good.
Scale windows resolution to 150%. You will get similar screen real estate to 1440p but the text will be a lot more crisp. The reason I do not recomend 4K for gaming is because unless you pay over $1000, they are all limited to 60hz.
 
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mnewsham

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4k 27" pretty much only makes text look smoother, that generally isn't going to impact MOST people's workflow.


Larger 4k panels, however, can be very useful in certain workflow situations. Especially anything that benefits from viewing multiple windows on the same panel.

For example, a 43" 4k monitor is equivalent to 4x21" 1080p monitors, so i can open up 4 full size 1080p windows on a 43" 4k panel and have ZERO problem with text size and readability, so i can freely look between 4 different windows without having to change monitors, move my head around, or deal with virtual desktops.
 

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I hate using scaling -- so a 4K screen would need to be pretty big. I think a 27-32" at 2560x1440 is perfect for office/development work, especially if you have 2 or 3 of them.
 

killster1

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I hate using scaling -- so a 4K screen would need to be pretty big. I think a 27-32" at 2560x1440 is perfect for office/development work, especially if you have 2 or 3 of them.
dont think they said anything about 2 or 3 monitor. i personally have not used less then a 37" for the past 10 years? or pretty close to it. My vote is a 55" 4k :p but i have no problem sitting 2' away or 5 feet away..
 

Atari2600

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27" 4k is a waste of time.

I have 2 of these in work:

Simply couldn't recommend high enough (although if they were 34" it'd be better)

Have a 40" 4k at home, which is a bit too big for sitting on a desk 60-70cm away from you. At least, you'd need one with a substantial curve to it, flat one is not great.


But in general, an unscaled 4k monitor is worth its weight in gold for efficient working.
 

mnewsham

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which is a bit too big for sitting on a desk 60-70cm away from you
40" 4k is 0.79m visual acuity distance, so you'll want it about 80cm back.

I use a 43" 4k at about 90cm, it's a flat panel, no curve at all. No issues with it. It's mounted on the wall behind my desk, and brought forward until it reaches about 90cm from my seated position.
 

mnewsham

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Still wouldn't recommend it. The problem I had was viewing angles to the edges of the screen, not acuity.
well at 60-70cm i'd expect that. The MINIMUM viewing distance of a 40" 4k panel is 63cm.
At 63cm assuming a 140 degree FOV (average human eye FOV is 140 degrees) you'll JUST barely be able to see both sides of the screen at the same time.

At 80cm you should CLEARLY be able to see both sides of the panel without ANY difficulty, unless you have particularly poor eyesight.



 

bluechris

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well at 60-70cm i'd expect that. The MINIMUM viewing distance of a 40" 4k panel is 63cm.
At 63cm assuming a 140 degree FOV (average human eye FOV is 140 degrees) you'll JUST barely be able to see both sides of the screen at the same time.

At 80cm you should CLEARLY be able to see both sides of the panel without ANY difficulty, unless you have particularly poor eyesight.



That's correct but in work i have a flat 40" 4k at 50to60cm distance with no problem. Offcourse i don't focus on the edges but i work and don't kill enemies lol, also i have something below my head that called neck so i turn a bit if is needed :)
 

Atari2600

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At 80cm you should CLEARLY be able to see both sides of the panel without ANY difficulty, unless you have particularly poor eyesight.
Ah, no, its not being able to see the stuff - its being able to see it comfortably.

Even after turning my head and directly looking at it (say, excel cells along the boundary of the monitor), I found the viewing angle (on 40" 4k) poor and would frequently end up translating my head as opposed to just panning it.

The 32" curved are much better in this regard.


Perhaps it's a poor quality panel (iiyama X4071 I think it is) that is causing the problem.
 

jdkick

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Better? Depends. For a 27", I don't think I'd go 4k either and would probably stay 1440. Or an ultrawide, perhaps. I certainly wouldn't want to work from a laptop display all day so I think you're on the right track with an external display.

I personally use a triple monitor arrangement for my workflow during the day. At home, a 4k 40" panel. I have no issues and enjoy the real estate it offers having RDP and other windows open. Curved may be helpful, but I don't find the flat panel objectionable.
 

guachi

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I have a 27" 4k LG and a 27" 1440 LG side by side on my desk.

I definitely prefer using the 4k for Office type stuff. Scaling is at 150%. Looks noticeably better.

Game on the 1440, Excel and web browsing on the 4k.
 

reqq

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no reason not go for 4k considering you can get that philips for 250.. 4k ips 27 inch.
4k at 27 is incredible read text and view images on due to the ppi.
 

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