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Help choosing a large computer monitor


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#1 db_9

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 09:40 AM

Hello All,

I usually use a laptop when I work out of my house. But I was thinking about buy a larger monitor to hook the laptop up to. I was thinking about 30-40 inches. My work is mostly text based. Stuff like typing on terminals and sending emails. But sometimes I do need to look at schematics that are graphical. So my question is what should I be looking for in a monitor? Things like resolution, etc. Also what do I need to ensure that my laptop has so it will work with the monitor. My laptop does have an HDMI port. But I'm not sure of the max resolution it can get.

 

Thanks in advance,

Derek



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Posted 24 May 2014 - 12:01 PM

What is the make and mode number of your laptop?


Edited by SpywareDoctor, 24 May 2014 - 02:04 PM.


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 12:08 PM

It is a Lenovo Ideapad Z560.



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Posted 24 May 2014 - 02:06 PM

Can't seem to locate the maximum resolution for an external monitor on that particular model ... even on Lenovo's site. I'll keep looking.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 01:33 AM

How much do you want to spend?

Is screen size more important than resolution? I ask this because most monitors with a resolution higher than 1920x1080/1200 will max out at about 30" (unless you start to look at so-called 4K HDTVs)…and those 30" higher resolution monitors will generally be rather expensive (i.e. about $1000 or more). Of course, this assumes your computer can drive/support a resolution higher than 1920x1080/1200.

If size is more important, then note that putting a 40" HDTV with a resolution of 1920x1080 at a distance you would usually sit at for a computer monitor will result in it looking blurry. Even a 30" 1920x1080 monitor or HDTV will look blurry when you sit in front of it like a computer monitor (i.e. 1 to 2 feet from the screen).

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 06:51 AM

From what I can tell from the control panel it looks like the max resolution on my laptop is 1366x768. So it doesn't look like I can get the monitors with the really high resolution. I wasn't looking to break the bank with the monitor. The monitor being blurry would be a deal breaker because I do a lot of text based work. Right now I am using something like a 22 inch monitor with my laptop. So I basically have 2 monitors that I can switch between. But when I stretch the VNC session I have at work across both screens it doesn't work well. So I was hoping using something between a 30-40 inch monitor would work better. But is sounds like that won't be the case.

 

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 08:03 AM

My favorite monitors are my two Dell U3014 30" UltraSharp (2560x1600 IPS), but, they run close to $1,300.00 each.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 10:13 PM

From what I can tell from the control panel it looks like the max resolution on my laptop is 1366x768. So it doesn't look like I can get the monitors with the really high resolution.


You will not necessarily be limited to the resolution that your laptops "internal" screen will support. Frequently, laptops can support higher resolutions on an external monitors. I would say it is very possible that your laptop can at least support 1920x1080 on an external monitor…most recent laptop models can.

For example, my Macbook Air has a native resolution of 1366x768 on its built-in screen but can support up to 2560x1600 on an external display while also still driving the built-in screen still at 1366x768 (only in "extended" desktop mode…not "mirrored" mode).

I wasn't looking to break the bank with the monitor. The monitor being blurry would be a deal breaker because I do a lot of text based work. Right now I am using something like a 22 inch monitor with my laptop. So I basically have 2 monitors that I can switch between. But when I stretch the VNC session I have at work across both screens it doesn't work well. So I was hoping using something between a 30-40 inch monitor would work better. But is sounds like that won't be the case.
 
Thanks for you  help.


What is the make and model of the 22" monitor that you have/are using now? Is it a "widescreen" LCD? If so, then it more than likely is either 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 (depending on the aspect ratio…there are two basic aspect ratio widescreen monitors…16:9 and 16:10). Generally speaking, most computer monitors that are about 21" up to just below 30" will be 1920x1080/1200. Below 21" they will typically be 1600x900 or so.

Assuming the 22" monitor can support 1920x1080 (or 1920x1200), then we can test to see if your laptop can drive the monitor at that resolution.

BTW, do you have an HDTV? If so, does it support 1080p? If so, what size is it? I ask because if you have a 1080p HDTV, then you can use it as an external monitor for the laptop as well and potentially see how things look on that screen. It will give you some feel for how "blurry" things look on a larger screen while still 1920x1080 (aka 1080p) at various distances from the screen. It would help you get a better feel for what a 30" to 40" computer screen will look like at 1920x1080.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:57 AM

SMAX013,

The monitor I currently have is an Acer. I don't know the model. But from the menu it looks like it is 1680x1050. I am currently using my laptop and monitor in extended mode now. Your idea on the HDTV is a good one. I do have one that supports 1080p. I never thought to give that a try. But I will try it out today to see what it looks like.

 

Thanks again for you help.



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 01:49 PM

I've used some of the Asus 27" monitors at work and have been happy with them, both for price and performance.  The link includes their larger monitors and you can see the price jumps when you go to 29".






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