Windows 10: Need Help Purchasing New Monitor Solved

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  1.    15 Nov 2016 #1

    Need Help Purchasing New Monitor


    I need to replace my 24" TN panel (1920x1080) Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM and could use some help. Running Windows 10 with an i7-3770K 3.50GHz CPU and GeForce GTX 970 video card. Between my age (retired) and the fact that I use the system more for research and typing than gaming (primarily Diablo III), screen clarity is becoming more and more important.

    Although I want to purchase a better quality and slightly larger 27" monitor, I'm also familiar with the Windows 10 blurry font issue. So I'm trying to figure out two things...

    (1) I was thinking of buying a monitor with an IPS panel but have no experience with them, although it seems light bleeding is a common issue. I've also seen references to VA, PLS, etc. etc. etc. but no idea how they compare. A friend has the same display I'm using now and he said his other two TN displays are clearer. So maybe I should stick with a TN display.

    (2) I was also thinking a 27" 4K display would require me to use 150% for my display settings, which would steer me clear of using 125% which isn't as optimized as 150% and above. But how would I know ahead of time if 150% will give me the correct size.

    Hope the above made sense. Thanks for reading and any advice would be appreciated.
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  2.    15 Nov 2016 #2

    Here's an excellent article from the Wirecutter The Best 4K Monitors (So Far) | The Wirecutter that ranks 4K monitors of various sizes, including 27" (and larger). I like the Dells myself.
    --Ed--
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  3.    15 Nov 2016 #3

    Ditto Dells. P2715Q here. Love it
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  4.    15 Nov 2016 #4

    Thanks for the link Ed. Would you mind telling me what value you're using for your 'Display settings'? That would be the percentage you're using for "Change the size of text, apps, and other items"? (right click desktop > Display settings)

    And thanks jf. It's always good to have a backup. I suspect you're probably using the same percentage as Ed but I'd be curious if it's different.

    I don't want to make assumptions but as far as clarity of the display, especially when it comes to reading text, please let me know what you think.

    Thanks
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    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       16 Nov 2016 #5

    Before you buy a 4k monitor, check that the key programs you use have UI fonts which will be legible on a 4k monitor. I have several photo programs whose fonts are hard enough to see on my 2560x1440 Viewsonic VP2770 monitor and would be illegible on 4k monitor.

    I can recommend the Viewsonic VP2770 monitor if you don't need a 4k monitor- see http://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/pr...VP2770-LED.php This is an excellent IPS monitor and has no noticeable light bleed. I've calibrated it for photo editing and get excellent colour matching between the display and printed output.
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  6.    16 Nov 2016 #6

    Steve, I did more research based on your post and you may have a point. I didn't think of looking at monitors with resolutions between 2K and 4K. And due to my setup I can't use a monitor larger than 27 inches.

    Could you please tell me what value you're using for your Display settings... (right click desktop > Display settings). That would be the percentage you're using for "Change the size of text, apps, and other items"?

    Thanks
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  7.    16 Nov 2016 #7

    As you suspected, it's 150%. Works fine for me.
    --Ed--
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  8.    16 Nov 2016 #8

    Thanks Ed.

    Windows 10 works fine as long as the setting is anything except 125% which is what causes the blurry font syndrome. Unfortunately, that's probably the most common setting in use today. On my 2K 24" monitor I can't use 100% because everything is too small, but 150% makes everything too large. I can make adjustments within certain programs to compensate but it depends on what options the program provides.

    I suspect jf1450 is probably using 150% as well, but I'm anxious to know what Steve C uses. If he's using 150% then the monitor he is using may be a better choice for me.
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  9. Posts : 1,526
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       16 Nov 2016 #9

    65Cobra427SC said: View Post
    Steve, I did more research based on your post and you may have a point. I didn't think of looking at monitors with resolutions between 2K and 4K. And due to my setup I can't use a monitor larger than 27 inches.

    Could you please tell me what value you're using for your Display settings... (right click desktop > Display settings). That would be the percentage you're using for "Change the size of text, apps, and other items"?

    Thanks
    I use 125% on my Viewsonic 27" 2560x1440 pixel monitor. I only notice 'blurry fonts' in few MS utilities (e.g. Event Viewer) where I can't fiddle with the dpi scaling. You would think MS would sort this out wouldn't you?

    Other settings I use are:

    Title bars 14
    Menus 13
    Message boxes 10
    Palette title 10
    Icons 14
    Tool tips 10
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  10.    16 Nov 2016 #10

    I was hoping that wasn't the case but thanks for letting me know. I should have expected that considering 2560x1440 is closer to 2K than 4K so I'll need to think this one over. It's a big concern for me since my eyes began hurting shortly after I started using Windows 10.

    I also need to consider that some of my problem may be due to the quality and age of my monitor. Wish I knew someone with a 4K monitor I could look at. I'll have to check around. More later.
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