Puzzling Over Monitor Size & Resolution

dell-u2913wm-lionsAs you may recall I’ve been thinking about adding a second monitor to my desk. Earlier this week Logic Buy sent an email promoting a curious Dell monitor.

The interesting thing about this 29” monitor is its unusual size. It has a 21:9 aspect ratio supporting 2560 x 1080 resolution. That’s effectively the same pixel count as my two 24” monitors, but without the cost of so much desktop real estate.

On the other hand, that’s a lot of pixels in a 29” display. As a practical matter, these aging eyes might not be able to appreciate the delivered reality.

Thinking back to my broadcast technology past I might love such a display if I were setting up a small multi-viewer.

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Multi-viewers are the way that broadcast facilities monitor all the various signal these days. In the past there would be literally a wall of small video monitors. More recently a multi-viewer turns all the various sources into a Mega-Brady-Bunch-like array of windows, not unlike a video conference bridge on steroids.

In such applications the more pixels the better. High resolution displays allows for better quality display of all of the various signals, even if they are scaled into smallish windows.

This brings me to an idea that’s been bouncing around in my head. I’ve been thinking about the coming wave of 4K Ultra HDTV.  Some of the punditry have been critical of 4K as being too bandwidth intensive to be practical. I think that there is merit in considering 4K as a display surface as something wholly separate from 4K as a means of delivering movies to consumers.

I’m very excited about 4k, but that will have to wait for another day.

  • I much prefer a 3 monitor setup, basically I have email and a few other apps running on the left, center being primary (though task bar is on left) and then I use the right monitor for ancillary things I want to read. Makes jumping from one task to the next easy.

    • mjgraves

      Do you use widescreen monitors? Or the older style 4:3 aspect ratio displays?

      • They are Samsung 940bx older 4:3 but about to replace them with 3 x 23″ 16:9

        • mjgraves

          The move to 16:9 monitors is more significant than you might think. I’ve seen people hang onto a 4:3 monitor for the center of a three-way rig as you describe. I found that 2 x 24″ 16:9 was all the my desk could sustain. Gives a good tan though 😉

          • lol yep I wonder how much radiation 3 old crt’s would actually be delivering into you