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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

timothy posted about a year ago | from the anything-that-keeps-the-lizard-happy dept.

Displays 375

First time accepted submitter BadassFractal writes "I'm in the market for a new large desktop monitor (or two) which I intend to use almost exclusively for programming and all sorts of software development-related work. I'm trying to keep the cost down reasonable, and I do enjoy as large of a resolution as possible. What do people 'in the know' out there use these days for that purpose? I'm thinking a 1920x1200 24" would be good, unless there's an affordable 2560xFoo option out there. I keep hearing about nameless Korean 27" screens, any thoughts on those?"

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27" FTW (5, Informative)

opusman (33143) | about a year ago | (#42902983)

Dell U2711 or similar. 2560x1440 for great number of pixels, and if you want to use a higher DPI you still get a decent amount of information on screen.

I've tried 30" monitors and they were just too big, but for me 2x27" is perfect.

Re:27" FTW (4, Insightful)

ottawanker (597020) | about a year ago | (#42903017)

2 monitors are much better than 1 large monitor in my experience, but that may mostly be because of the habits I've gotten into. Newer versions of windows work a bit better with single monitors, but its still not as convenient as having 2 separate ones.

Re:27" FTW (4, Insightful)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about a year ago | (#42903109)

2 monitors are much better than 1 large monitor in my experience

I agree - one in portrait mode for a full-screen web browser for reading documents and the other in landscape mode for interactive work.

Re:27" FTW (3, Insightful)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | about a year ago | (#42903365)

I'm glad someone else gets it - many tasks are suited to length rather than width. Whenever a company supplied me with 'pivotable' monitors, I used to get strange looks in the office, even from supposed techies, about why one of my monitors was rotated pi/2.

Monitors that come with a pivotable base aren't the norm, so perhaps it's worth investing in one of those dual vesa mounts that clamp to one's desk. They're typically adjustable for a variety of angles.

Re:27" FTW (3)

ls671 (1122017) | about a year ago | (#42903579)

Whenever a company supplied me with 'pivotable' monitors, I used to get strange looks in the office, even from supposed techies, about why one of my monitors was rotated pi/2.

I have worked in places where very many people used it so I guess you could now be the one giving strange looks at the ones giving you strange looks for that. Especially the "supposed techies".

I do not use it myself, but I might need to when I run out of 4:3 monitors.

Re:27" FTW (1)

ls671 (1122017) | about a year ago | (#42903447)

2 monitors are much better than 1 large monitor in my experience

I agree - one in portrait mode for a full-screen web browser for reading documents and the other in landscape mode for interactive work.

Agreeing here too, but why isn't "2" replaced by "multiples" ? ;-)


Re:27" FTW (1)

Bearhouse (1034238) | about a year ago | (#42903259)

Seconded - one portrait. Amazing how much it makes your life easier a lot of the time.
Of course, if you have the space, keeping a third one, (maybe your old monitor) is good too.
I use it keep track of mail, VoIP and messages without having to tab between screens.

Of course, it still sucks that as standard win 8 only shows you the task bar on your 'main" monitor.

Re:27" FTW (3, Informative)

cbhacking (979169) | about a year ago | (#42903341)

Eh... I'd say it's awesome that, out of the box, Win8 supports taskbar (and wallpaper, if you care) spanning across monitors. That used to require a third party utility. I love that it's finally supported in-box.

Re:27" FTW (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903557)

Eh... I'd say it's awesome that, out of the box, Win8 supports taskbar (and wallpaper, if you care) spanning across monitors. That used to require a third party utility. I love that it's finally supported in-box.

there was always 3rd party apps for exacly this. Its nothing new , MS just threw the users a bone.

Re:27" FTW (1)

AaronLS (1804210) | about a year ago | (#42903299)

I agree, layout of most apps are designed for a certain screen shape. When you only have a single larger monitor, maybe 50% more area, you wind up with two abnormally skinny apps side by side or on top of each other. Two regular sized monitors are better IMO

Also, 1920x1080 monitors are the defacto now just about, and you will get a better $/pixel value getting two of those instead of one less common resolution.

Re:27" FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903187)

I currently use a 30" Dell for general purpose work and gaming and I agree with this... 27" is about as big as your eyes can reasonably use and I'd even advise dropping to two 24" screens as the prices there are very cheap by comparison.

Re:27" FTW (2)

sl149q (1537343) | about a year ago | (#42903191)

I've been using variations of this (non) integrated development environment for more than 15 years, current version:

    - 2x24" running linux with up to eight 130x80 rxvts in up to 48 desktops to use vim and make in...
    - 2x22" running linux with VM / windows for surfing, email etc
    - 2x19" with kvms to the multitude of test systems on the lab bench

The first system uses fvwm simply because I like its multi-desktop pager and I haven't bothered to update it for the last ten years.
The second system used to be Windows. Now it is Linux Mint with VMWare to run Windows. :-)

Re:27" FTW (4, Interesting)

Keith Mickunas (460655) | about a year ago | (#42903239)

I too prefer a pair no matter the size. When developing in something like Visual Studio I have to run it in full screen. So the second monitor gets used for e-mail, web browser, references, etc.

I use 2 U2711 at home and it's wonderful. I also use a 17" alongside those. I use the smaller monitor for consoles or running something like uTorrent. Some people get caught up on the whole 16:10 vs. 16:9 issue, but at 2560x1440 there's plenty of vertical resolution there.

At work I use a pair of 22" 16:10 monitors. That's an ok setup and I've been using something similar at three jobs now. I'm considering picking up another pair of 27" monitors to use at work though. Either the 2713HM or perhaps some of the cheap Korean ones. Perfect color isn't a must for me when coding, so I don't need the 2711 or the better 2713 model.

Re:27" FTW (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903253)

+1 for the Dell U-series. Have twin U2311Hs on my desk and love 'em. Matte display (great for eye fatigue, no glare), clear, IPS, ...

Re:27" FTW (1)

Barny (103770) | about a year ago | (#42903371)

Another +1, I am cheap though, I only have the 24" versions (one older one with a cold cathode backlight and one newer, LED backlit). 2x good screens are absolutely wonderful to code on.

Re:27" FTW (4, Informative)

cbhacking (979169) | about a year ago | (#42903611)

I actually have one of those 27" 2560x1440 ("WQHD") IPS monitors from Korea. $290 USD, included DHL express shipping (about 48 hours after it left the warehouse in Seoul to reach me in Seattle) via eBay. It's wonderful. Bright and clear, glossy screen but bright enough that reflections and background light are no problem, good stand, and simple but functional on-screen display. The DPI is nothing amazing, but it's comparable to my old 18" 1920x1080 monitor, and that's fine by me. I don't use the 5W speakers it has built in, so I can't say how those are.

The monitor does have a minor defect where if left turned on too long (several days straight) it will start getting "sparkles" on a black screen, but this is easily fixed by power-cycling the monitor or just turning it off every night (it starts very quickly, so that's no problem). It can also get pretty warm (especially at max brightness) and has a large-ish power brick (with a plug designed for Korean outlets, though they included a USA adapter for me at no extra charge) rated for 120W output.

Contrast is good but not incredible, but the lighting is very even. The in-plane switching works great; response time is excellent and the viewing angle is superb (the ~1/4" bezel gets in the way before the screen noticeably changes color). Color and saturation look good to my eye (untrained, but an amatuer photographer); it is something I look at and check calibration on.

I plan to buy a second one... just as soon as I figure out where I'm going to put it. I may just get a 1440x900 (or similar) instead and put it in portrait mode next to the big one. Otherwise, I'll probably need wall mounts; I'm running out of desk space.

One note of caution: It requires a dual-DVI input. That means no driving two monitors off one DVI connection, and many HDMI adapters, etc. won't work.

Lot's of choices (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903005)

Any decent machine language monitor will do.

Re:Lot's of choices (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903041)

Putting an apostrophe in "lots" was a poor choice.

Re:Lot's of choices (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903331)

Ah, you're correct. Thanks.

what's your favorite (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903035)

sock to use while pleasuring yourself?

Regardless go 16:10 (5, Insightful)

jdkc4d (659944) | about a year ago | (#42903051)

Bigger tends to be better, but shoot for a 16:10 ratio screen. The 16:9 screens are nice but that extra shortness tends to be really annoying when your code really starts to grow.

Re:Regardless go 16:10 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903119)

Both are not ideal, it's better to get one that can be rotated into portrait mode for either aspect ratio in my experience.

Re:Regardless go 16:10 (1)

macraig (621737) | about a year ago | (#42903235)

I recommend a Hanns-G/Hannspree HZ281HPB [google.com] 28-inch 16:10 monitor. You won't likely find a new unused one now, but it isn't hard to find them used or refurbed on eBay. I bought two from different sources on eBay for about $200 each. I can't remember what computing was like before this. I almost bought a third for gaming, but I do very little FPS gaming and most of the games I play wouldn't benefit much from being strung across three monitors.

Re:Regardless go 16:10 (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about a year ago | (#42903497)

I'll second that, I'm not sure that is the specific model that I own but it looks like it. I also got 2 of them, for $300 each at the time, and have one in portrait and one in landscape. Great for programming on, gaming is good also. Not a single broken pixel in either monitor, but the primary monitor does occasionally flicker just after I turn it on.

Re:Regardless go 16:10 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903597)

I don't get the point of big monitors with low pixel density, as resolution IMO is much more important than size. Give me 22-24 inch 1920x1200 monitors any day over these 28" beasts with the same resolution. They just waste desk space. If you want something as big as 28", get one of the WQHD ones that people have already mentioned. You can order them from Korea on Ebay in the $350 range.

Re:Regardless go 16:10 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903643)

Monitor manufacturers no longer cater to IT people. Almost all monitors are now 16:9 1080P. :(

I have a 27 inch Thunderbolt Cinema for work (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903067)

And a 1920x1080 Samsung TV that cost me like $250 and there is basically no difference for programming. I think it might make a difference if you're doing graphics work but I can't tell the difference. Or at least to tell the difference, I need to be closer than is comfortable to my eyes.

Re:I have a 27 inch Thunderbolt Cinema for work (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903759)

1080px is a bit low, especially if you want to use high dpi fonts. I used to have more in late '90s (1600x1200). But it can be just fine if you use low dpi and your system and apps use the screen estate efficiently. My favorite config for laptops is:
- a wide vertical panel like in: http://cdn.xfce.org/frontpage/slider-panel.jpg [xfce.org] (the one on the right),
- two editor windows without toolbars maximized side by side.

DONT get a TV (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903081)

Unless the TV can handle a high resolution you're not saving any money by getting one in the place of a 'real' monitor.

Re:DONT get a TV (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903185)

LOL the line is blurred these days. I think the TV is more likely to have a network adapter than a monitor.

Re:DONT get a TV (1)

AaronLS (1804210) | about a year ago | (#42903231)

I personally use a 50" TV as a computer monitor. However, another reason to be wary of TV's is many have overscan, which basically will cut off the edge of your screen. You will have to configure a custom resolution that compensates or use scaling(which degrades image quality).

Majority of TV's will be 1920x1080 because that's standard HD. So the larger screen size doesn't buy you more screen, just makes it bigger so you can sit farther away.

Re:DONT get a TV (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#42903375)

Majority of TV's will be 1920x1080 because that's standard HD. So the larger screen size doesn't buy you more screen, just makes it bigger so you can sit farther away.

True. This is good for your eyes as they are more relaxed not having to focus that close.

Re:DONT get a TV (1)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | about a year ago | (#42903459)

What about your neck? How is gazing at a 50 inch TV in the distance while glancing down at a mouse and keyboard good ergonomics?

Re:DONT get a TV (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903631)

Why would you glance down at your keyboard and mouse? Still learning how to type?

I think it would be awkward as you'd need a desk in the middle of a room with the monitor a few feet behind, but I've haven't felt the need to look at my keyboard for a couple of decades.

Re:DONT get a TV (1)

EdZ (755139) | about a year ago | (#42903715)

A second drawback of many TVs is decreased chroma resolution; while some will output pixel-perfect just like a regular monitor, many are stuck working internally in 4:2:0 somewhere in the image processing pipeline.

Re:DONT get a TV (1)

Nyder (754090) | about a year ago | (#42903575)

Unless the TV can handle a high resolution you're not saving any money by getting one in the place of a 'real' monitor.

seeing as most TV sold this days are 1080P, meaning they are doing 1920x1080 resolution.

Computer monitors are barely beyond that.

How big is your desk? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903085)

Perhaps you plan on only getting one of them. I work with two 24" monitors side by side.

Hi density (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903091)

My favorite screen for that sort of things is an old 15 LCD 4:3 panel from an old (2001) DELL laptop. It outputs 1600x1200px. Anything lower than 1200y sucks and 1200y on wide screens means half the surface goes to trash. So 15" UXGA monitors, many of them.

I assume such spare parts dating more than a decade can be bought over ebay for a couple dozens of bucks.

Re:Hi density (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#42903421)

Just be prepared to build your own case for the display in that situation. There are LVDS-DVI adapters available on eBay too, though.

Re:Hi density (1)

Dr_Barnowl (709838) | about a year ago | (#42903587)

Pretty much this. I got given one (attached to the laptop) for my first programming gig. I think it was an accident and they handed me an "executive" class laptop, but I just hemmed and hawed about having so many tools set up on it that it would probably cost them more in terms of time to take it back. Which was true anyway.

Since then, all the screens I've worked on have had fewer vertical pixels, which to me has been like progress in reverse.

A daft question (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903095)

Why do you feel the need to indulge in silly opinionated responses? What else are you supposed to be adviseds on? boxers or briefs!
pick something and move on it not rocket science.

Re:A daft question (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903475)

This is what I was thinking too. We're not talking about that specialized products here. Why not just look at catalogues and pick the one you like the most. Do you have to get some kind of communal acceptance for a specific model before you can buy it.

Dual Head (1)

MozeeToby (1163751) | about a year ago | (#42903111)

Personally I find dual 19" monitors to be both cheaper, and more usable than a single large screen. Work is usually divided between 1 primary monitor where I have my actual code, and 1 monitor that is being used to display information, references, email, IMs, etc. Combined with some software like Winsplit [winsplit-revolution.com] (No affiliation, just an awesome free product that I've used on every computer I've touched in the past 8 years) you can organize a large number of windows in ways that make sense very quickly. Obviously you can do the same thing with one large screen, but I find having 2 breaks thing up in a way that separates work from the distractions.

Plus, you get to feel like an evil villain in his lair... so that's cool.

I use an 8.5 by 11 inch monitor (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about a year ago | (#42903113)

I like to print my code.

Use tons of different monitors - sometimes a 42 inch HDTV I hooked up to my computer at home via HDMI, sometimes a 20 inch or 24 inch monitor, sometimes I even use my iPad to view code. The code lives in MySQL, php, and perl scripts anyway, how I look at it depends on what's around. Or if it's sunny.

Non-letterbox (0)

Jiro (131519) | about a year ago | (#42903117)

I hate letterbox monitors. And 5:4 and 4:3 monitors are much of the way towards extinction.

I also use a tablet that is 4:3 (though not for programming). Fortunately Apple uses 4:3 with the result that cheap Android ripoffs often do as well.

Re:Non-letterbox (2)

_Ludwig (86077) | about a year ago | (#42903287)

“Letterboxing” is the black bars on top and bottom that you get when you put a wide aspect ratio on a narrower-ratio monitor without stretching. It's not a synonym for “wide-screen.”

Why only one? (0)

kwiqsilver (585008) | about a year ago | (#42903143)

27" iMac + 27" cinema display = 5120x1440
Plenty of room for lots of MacVim windows and multiple iTerms.

Re:Why only one? (1)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | about a year ago | (#42903427)

Well unless the submitter is planning on developing iOS/OS X software, perhaps you missed the point about "trying to keep the cost down reasonable" ?

24" 1920x1200 matte IPS (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | about a year ago | (#42903153)

I've been using an HP zr24w for over a year, and it's pretty great. It's also got a great stand that lets me pivot the display 90 degrees if I want to. Another good thing about it is it's a standard gamut display, so any web design I do on it won't look weird on regular computers. I had a wide gamut display for a while, and often the colors I'd choose based on that display didn't exist on regular displays, and thus looked very different. The important points, though are: IPS display, and matte coating.

Rotatable screen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903161)

Whilst shopping for screens you might like to consider one that rotates and allowa you to do 1200x1920 (for example.)

Having two of those side by side can be very productive, or even one vertical and one horizontal.

Re:Rotatable screen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903659)

Not very ergonomic, though. That makes for such a tall display that your neck might not be happy after a while.

27" Korean's (3, Interesting)

MasseKid (1294554) | about a year ago | (#42903169)

The 27" Korean's are nice screens. For the most part they are the A- grade of the same ones going in to monitors that are twice to 3 times as much. You might have to live with a dead pixel or two, but I doubt you'll be disappointed.

Re:27" Korean's (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903257)

I have a 30 inch and it is great. (I wanted the extra vertical resolution, all the 27s seemed to be 2560x1440 instead of 2560x1600.) I had no dead pixels at all and the monitor works quite well. It is a good bit nicer than my 24 inch samsung TN panel, and is half the cost of an equivalent Dell.

Re:27" Korean's (1)

Dr_Barnowl (709838) | about a year ago | (#42903621)

There are even people who make a nice margin testing them and selling them as guaranteed no dead pixels on eBay. I think some of them are the original sellers.

Re:27" Korean's (1)

cbhacking (979169) | about a year ago | (#42903779)

Agreed; I quite like mine. No dead pixels, though pixels will "sparkle" (not sure how else to describe it) if left on for a few days; power cycling or turning it off at night avoids this problem. Otherwise, it's great; beautiful and bright, good color and contrast, good response time. 2560x1440 is a good aspect ratio and plenty of vertical pixels. Cost was $290 USD on eBay, including DHL express shipping (48 hours from warehouse in Seoul to my place in Seattle) and an included adapter for US outlets (the power supply handles 110V/60Hz just fine).

I looked at comparable US options, and at 25x16 options, and they were all vastly more expensive. I'm happy with the purchase.

12" ThinkPad hardware text-mode (0)

Aguazul2 (2591049) | about a year ago | (#42903173)

560Z if you want details. 800x600 pixels, 100x37 with 16x8 characters -- perfect ssh client. Main machine has a 19" for opening GUI stuff when really necessary.

Re:12" ThinkPad hardware text-mode (4, Funny)

officialkirill (2723541) | about a year ago | (#42903423)

560Z if you want details. 800x600 pixels, 100x37 with 16x8 characters -- perfect ssh client. Main machine has a 19" for opening GUI stuff when really necessary.


definitely 16x10, and 2 screens is great (2)

Bronster (13157) | about a year ago | (#42903179)

I'm really happy with my two Samsung SA450s. I paid under AU$300 each for them, and they rotate, so it's a pair of 1920x1200 screens, one sideways for code. With a decent graphics card (I splurged and got one that costs about the same as one of the monitors so I could have two separate DVI links) it's a nice programming rig. The sideways one gets over 100 lines of code on screen at a readable resolution.

My personal favorite... (0)

Billy the Mountain (225541) | about a year ago | (#42903217)

I prefer a juvenile komodo dragon in my lap while I program. Just make sure he's well fed. And watch for tongue flicking on the keys as that may introduce errors.

For coding I love my 90 degree tilt widescreen (1)

shreak (248275) | about a year ago | (#42903241)

When they finally bought me a second monitor at work it was a widescreen format. That didn't work all that well with the existing 4x5 aspect ratio. So I took my new monitor and turned it 90 deg. Thankfully the mount supported this. So now I have my original monitor for general web/mail and my new monitor is where the coding gets done. Having a monitor that has 50% more vertical real estate is awesome for working on code and documents.

Size isn't everything... (2)

asmkm22 (1902712) | about a year ago | (#42903245)

The size isn't as important as the orientation (queue the jokes). Two wide screen monitors, one setup as landscape, and one as portrait. It's actually a great setup for anything that involves reading or writing.

Re:Size isn't everything... (1)

rwa2 (4391) | about a year ago | (#42903275)

Seconded (pun very much intended)

Quantity > Quality (if that makes any sense)

NEC LCD2490WUXi2-BK 24" (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about a year ago | (#42903247)

NEC LCD2490WUXi2-BK 24" ...if you can find one. I bought mine used about six months ago for surprisingly little when my NEC 19 inch tube monitor finally bit the dust. It's color accurate and 1200 pixels tall. (I have a hard time working on "HDTV" monitors. They're too short.) It's a little thicker and heavier than modern flatscreens, but I don't mind at all.

Vertical monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903265)

I have monitor that has the handy feature of being able to rotate it, to put it horizontal or vertical depending on what you want. For programming, I love to see lots of lines of code at a glance in the vertical position. You should try it before saying it's crazy, because it works.

NEC professional monitors (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903273)

I have a pair of NEC 2940WUXi's (2008) and they are brilliant. 1920x1200x32. They were only AU$1400 each.

ergonomy first (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903279)

Anything over 24" would be impossible to place on my work desk so that my eye level and viewing angle would be optimal.

Portrait orientation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903305)

I'd recommend 2 monitors, and having at least one of them in portrait mode.

Being able to see more at once.. that's the single thing that's made the most difference for me to make it easier to read code and understand what's going on.

I personally have a pair of dell U2412Ms, and the IPS panel (for solid viewing angles) and 1200px height (for portrait width) are both factors that make the portrait orientation work better.

Korean monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903321)

Mine has been trouble free, and it's the best monitor I've ever seen, let alone used. No dead pixels, no problems at all.

There are 30" ones available now :) 2560x1600.

When are wee going to have iPad like monitors (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903335)

So we can lay them down like a book in any orientation and not be chained to a desk, running Linux with multi touch of course, come on windows 8 get with the programme

Re:When are wee going to have iPad like monitors (2)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | about a year ago | (#42903527)

For programming? Writing code *is* a desk-bound activity. Or occupying a table at your local Starbucks cafeteria, if you prefer a hipster-coffee analogy. :)

Cost (2)

rjstanford (69735) | about a year ago | (#42903343)

I'm trying to keep the cost down reasonable,

Why? If spending $1,000 makes you 5-10% more productive, then do it. If you can find a cheaper one, great, but don't screw yourself in the name of a false economy.

30" (2)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | about a year ago | (#42903353)

My favorite is a 30" 2560x1600. The vertical pixel count is very nice. The Koreans can deliver these at a reasonable price. If you have money you can get them for about 1K in a nice IPS flavor.

I don't like the 27" 2560's because the dot pitch is marginal for my below average eyesight.

And I have yet to find a 1920 x 1200 27".

Right now I am using a cheap pair of 27" 1920 x 1080, but I am definitely going to at least one 30" 2560x1600 in the next couple of months.

24s or larger (1)

jon3k (691256) | about a year ago | (#42903357)

I currently use 2x HP ZR2440w at work and 2x Dell 2408WFP at home. I actually prefer the HP's, for what it's worth. I will be replacing the Dell monitors at home with either 2x27" 2560x1440, or possibly 3x. One annoying thing about dual monitors is when you're gaming you have to look at either the left or right one. It's very slight, but it kind of bugs me.

You could also consider doing whats called a "PLP" setup, for portrait/landscape/portrait. Here's an example [imageshack.us].

Koreans (2)

radish (98371) | about a year ago | (#42903373)

I have one of the Korean 27" screens - they seem to be generally great. I went for a slightly higher end model to get HDMI etc, and I have no dead pixels at all. I can see slight variation in the backlight when it's full white but I've seen it at least that bad on every monitor I've ever owned (costing a lot more than this). Highly recommended (and if you don't want to go the eBay route, monoprice are now rebadging these themselves!).

24" 1920x1200 + secondary screen (1)

Mathieu Lutfy (69) | about a year ago | (#42903377)

I have a Samsung S24A450UW (1920x1200) + a legacy secondary screen (an odd 1680x1050).

I like having two screens. The main screen has most of my work stuff, and has multiple virtual-desktops. The secondary screen is static, and shows mostly mail, irc, todo lists, and a secondary firefox window for reference stuff. (I use Gnome 3, but presumably most window managers have that option, although I moved to Gnome 3 after 10 years with FVWM, but it had become too annoying to configure correctly)

I also find it nice to have 1920x1200, and not a 1920x1080, unless you plan using the screen vertically. I even use an extention to hide Gnome's panel, which I found was a waste of space. https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/545/hide-top-bar/ [gnome.org]

Dell U2412M (2)

eyegone (644831) | about a year ago | (#42903395)

I purchased two of these a few months ago (replacing a couple of 1680x1050 Acer displays), and I couldn't be happier.

Asymmetrical dual screen setup (1)

Simploid (1649955) | about a year ago | (#42903397)

My setup is probably is a bit different than most. I use a 27" monitor + a 19" one. This setup is good for me since I have a main monitor that I always use and a secondary one that I use when I need the extra screen space when doing programming. The 27" is directly in front of me while the 19" is on the side. I can open the console output, open reference documents or look at the end result of my work in the small one while I have my IDE open in the main monitor. When I don't need the second one, I just turn it off. The second monitor does not take a lot of space, it's cheap but very handy when I need it. I have an analogue VGA cable hanging out of the small monitor as well so I can connect it to my laptop and use it to extend my laptop's screen. It's easy to switch between the digital and analogue inputs of the monitor. All considered, this seems to be a flexible setup which is not very expensive and is not taking a lot of space.

27" is great... BUT. (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about a year ago | (#42903413)

Nice to get a large monitor. But there are a few things to keep in mind.

If you get a 27" monitor, it had better be very high resolution (2560 x ... or more). If you get a 27" with only, say, 1920 x 1200, it has to be too far away before it will look halfway decent. Maybe farther than the width of your desk. You're paying more money for less functionality.

Contrast ratios are touted to be in the many millions to one, these days. Big deal. As long as it's over 100,00 to 1, you probably won't notice the difference.

Usually, it should have a fast response time. 5ms or less. Beware of companies that leave that number out. Having said that, if you're just reading or displaying documents most of the time, that figure is less important.

Here's another thought: you can often get two mid-size monitors for less than the price of one big one. If you only have a single DVI or HDMI output, you can put your best monitor on that, and then get a USB display interface for a second, cheaper monitor that will normally be used to display semi-static stuff, like documents, terminal windows, etc. The USB interfaces are available pretty cheaply, at decent resolutions, but bog down when asked to display things like video.

Re:27" is great... BUT. (1)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | about a year ago | (#42903637)

Caveat emptor re linux support for USB adapters. I needed a solution in a hurry from the local electronics store for a Windows 7 laptop but unsurprisingly drivers were lacking for Ubuntu.

Which is kind of a shame when today's Android smartphones include USB OTG support, e.g. for plugging in external displays. Perhaps I'll learn some C and hack together a driver by 2015!

Dell U2412M or ViewSonic VP2770 (4, Informative)

Chirs (87576) | about a year ago | (#42903449)

The U2412M is a competetively priced 24" 1920x1200 IPS screen with moderate anti-glare. (Less aggressive than U2711/U2410.) I have the older brother of this screen (U2407WFP) and have been coding on it for ages.

The 27" 2560x1440 monitors all have advantages and disadvantages, but the ViewSonic VP2770 seems like the best of the lot overall. It has no PWM in the backlight, has good uniformity, good quality panel, decent inputs, antiglare isn't too aggressive, no crosshatching or image retention (the main flaws of the U2713). The main downside is the price since it doesn't really go on sale like some of the others.

Take a look at the display forum on hardforum.com if you haven't already.

As for multiple monitors...I find one large monitor better than two smaller ones.

27 Inch iMac (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903529)

27 Inch iMac.

The built-in monitor is large and wonderful, and you get to run Mac OS X. The last bit is sometimes good and sometimes bad. :)

HP LA2405x and Asus PA248Q (1)

tguyton (1001081) | about a year ago | (#42903535)

At work they bought us each two of the HP LA2405x, which is 1920x1200. Looks like they're currently going for about $260 on Newegg. It's not bad, they get the job done and the resolution is definitely a plus. However, my fiance and I each bought ourselves an Asus PA248Q right after Christmas, and it is by far my favorite monitor. I think we paid just under $300, there was a good sale on them at Fry's. I really love the IPS even if it is just e-IPS, and the stand itself is very sturdy and easy to manipulate as well. I'll definitely be grabbing a second one when it's in the budget.

Dell or Apple; Acer, too (1)

evil_aaronm (671521) | about a year ago | (#42903571)

I had a nice 24" Dell - no complaints, especially since the company provided it - but I bought a 24" Apple LED Cinema Display for personal use. It's a few years old so it doesn't have the latest ports, but I'm on this just about all day and love it. When I ran a day-to-day business for computer support, I often recommended Acer monitors: they were nice, and not all that expensive, but it's been a few years since I've worked with them.

Got to see them in action (1)

Grayhand (2610049) | about a year ago | (#42903583)

I write which has the same issue. Most monitors even name brands do a poor job of displaying text sharply. I always go to Fries Electronics and go down the row scanning for sharp text and solid blacks. The best monitor for the money I used in the past was discontinued. I hate to use the "A" word but Apple monitors are solid if a bit pricey. In the non Apple world I like the Dells, once again pricey. Apple's I don't like the color balance so much and they tend towards the gray side, Retina displays are very sweet and have rich blacks. The Dells tend towards the dark side but you can tweak the settings. I haven't looked in years but the last time I checked my old favorites Viewsonic sucked for sharp text and Samsungs were pretty fuzzy. Since only a hand full of companies produce the screens it's not so much the name brand so bargains can be found but I suggest looking. A glance will tell you if an hour on the screen will be giving you a headache.

HP ZR30w - 30" 2560x1600. Never going back. (3, Interesting)

tomtefar (935007) | about a year ago | (#42903595)

Worth every one of the $800 I plunked down on it. In the beginning I didn't know what to do with all the real estate, but these days I cannot live without the massive scrreen area.

27" HANNS-G x 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42903635)

I have three 27" monitors all running 1920x1200. I'm very happy with them. If I had the desk space, I would have gone with 4...

Working on systems with 2 or less is annoying now.

My setup finally looks like the Movies :p

NEC EA243WM (1)

SIGBUS (8236) | about a year ago | (#42903663)

I just recently upgraded to this monitor, and I love it. Adjustable height, can be rotated to portrait mode, LED backlit.

I love having 1920x1200 - those extra vertical pixels are worth the extra price vs. the ubiquitous 1920x1080 screens.

A friend of mine has a cheap Korean 27" monitor (1)

Wonko (15033) | about a year ago | (#42903673)

It is a very bright, and I think it looks quite amazing. It is especially amazing at its sub-$350 price point. I'm pretty jealous of it, but my laptop lacks the dual link DVI port required for driving one of these displays. I would really like to upgrade from my pair of 1080p monitors to a pair of these! He wrote about his 27" 2560x1440 monitor on his blog. [brianmoses.net]

Reflective Display For Coding (1)

bostonidealist (2009964) | about a year ago | (#42903687)

I've long wanted a large reflective display for coding. While I typically set a dark background in whatever editor I'm using, staring at a backlit display all day can be harsh. As reflective LCD technology improves, I continue to hold out hope that someone will make a desktop monitor with the technology (it would be a great second display for coders or anyone doing basic text entry, and doesn't need to have especially fast pixel response time, etc.).
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