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Old 21-01-2021, 10:31   #1
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New Monitor Advice

Since last asked my circumstances have changed dramatically
I now no longer have a pc, using instead a 2018 Mac mini
I now also use my monitor for my Xbox series x for gaming and watching movies

My current monitor is 28” but feel, for most things, that’s too small, and 32” be better

I also work from home a fair amount currently so extra space be helpful

Also “silly” things I would like would be that the controls are on the front of the monitor for ease of access and that it had at least 2 hdmi inputs and 1 digital input for the Mac. It would also be handy, but far from essential if could act as a usb hub

No need for internal speakers, but I would like phono speaker out so the sound would go to my existing speakers

Budget wise ? I have no idea. Let’s say 500 but that can be adapted. Obviously cheaper be good but aware 4k monitors can be expensive.

I am currently looking at the EX3203R which seems well regarded

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Old 21-01-2021, 12:12   #2
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I recently bought a AOC CU34G2X 34 monitor, mainly for working from home but also some casual gaming (PS4/PC). As it's an ultrawide, it's great for productivity but can be an odd aspect ratio for gaming. It only has one HDMI, one displayport and 4 USB sockets. I like that the stand can be raised or lowered, tilted and swiveled. It doesn't have speakers but it has a 3.5mm headphone socket and I use external speakers (powered by the monitors USB socket). I paid £500 from laptops direct, there are various models for this monitor and I choose the one that had the highest refresh rate 144hz
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I recently bought a AOC CU34G2X 34 monitor, mainly for working from home but also some casual gaming (PS4/PC). As it's an ultrawide, it's great for productivity but can be an odd aspect ratio for gaming. It only has one HDMI, one displayport and 4 USB sockets. I like that the stand can be raised or lowered, tilted and swiveled. It doesn't have speakers but it has a 3.5mm headphone socket and I use external speakers (powered by the monitors USB socket). I paid £500 from laptops direct, there are various models for this monitor and I choose the one that had the highest refresh rate 144hz
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Had considered ultra wide but think as it’s an equal split between mac / gaming / movies I’m not sure how well I’d get on with it

I did some time back, purchase a cheap 1080p monitor and that was terrible for computing as the text looked awful
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Currently looking at this

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...-work-and-play
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I have a pair of those for the lad's desk in his room. Can't complain at all for the price.
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Old 25-01-2021, 13:09   #6
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Cheers

How is the text display at 1440p ?

for years I used a dell 2405fpw
Wonderful monitor with 1,920-by-1,200 resolution and use, back then with windows, was a joy with real crisp text

when it failed I got a fairly expensive 1080p monitor. A 27 inch Samsung. It lasted about half an hour before being sent back as I couldn’t cope with how the text looked

I went with, and still use, an LG 27ul600 which is 4k

it looks good, but never been blown away by picture
Also, the controls on back and the joystick really annoy and more than anything, it’s too small. More so now that I find myself gaming on it more and watching movies on it more

so how do you think I would fair with the dell at 1440p

it seems to meet all my technical needs. The hub, the size and seems well regarded by gamers
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It's fine - I think it depends on your needs. 1440p text looks good to me.

I mostly use apple displays so its hard to compare.
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It's fine - I think it depends on your needs. 1440p text looks good to me.

I mostly use apple displays so its hard to compare.
Cheers. Appreciate that.
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Am in a similar boat myself so hope you dont mind me hijacking thread

Have been looking at https://www.dell.com/en-uk/shop/dell...or-accessories

which was over my budget but think I may bite the bullet mainly for
  • USB-C
  • Picture in Picture (have 2 laptops for work which I alternate between so this will be handy. Also means I can move TV out of the study and gain some desk apce
  • Curved (nice to have - not a deal breaker)

Any suggestions/comments on cheaper alternative before I bite would be much appreciated (or ways of getting cheaper - dont seem to be much to gain through affiliates with Dell

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The Dell looks really good. I like that it has USB C as you can power your laptop through this.

When I WFH, I connect the work laptop to the monitor via HMDI and my personal laptop via display port/USB C. I have PiP on my AOC but I've never used it in anger (I just flip between the inputs if I want to switch been devices.

The curve on these ultra widescreen monitors is quite subtle. I don't really notice that I have a curved monitor but it could be that I have gotten used to it over time. If you want to save some £s, then a non-curved monitor could be the the more cost-effective option.
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I'm after a new 4K monitor for my Mac Mini but I also want the ability to use it with my Series X so I've decided to wait until HDMI 2.1 monitors are available.

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I have a pair of those for the lad's desk in his room. Can't complain at all for the price.
I don’t suppose you have an Xbox connected at all do you
Monitor arrived and it’s lovely. Just what wanted
Works great with Mac mini and great for series x, however I have just gone to “calibrate” using the inbuilt calibration thing on the console, but no matter brightness setting on monitor the closed eye doesn’t show
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