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Old 03-17-2014, 04:53 PM   #41
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Okay, so I tinkered with the resolution settings around a bit and decided to not get a new monitor - at least for now.
As was mentioned, just getting a larger screen area may not make things more readable, it depends on the pixels available to work with.

In addition to adjusting the resolution, you can tweak the text/font sizes and component appearances

In win7, use the "ease of access center" to adjust the display for easier reading.

In XP, go to display properties, advanced, and you adjust a lot of the individual windows components appearance.
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That's not true. Some of the large standalone computer monitors I mentioned earlier have precisely the same, or greater, resolution, than the laptops we connect to them.
I don't know of any with 2880 pixels across.
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As was mentioned, just getting a larger screen area may not make things more readable, it depends on the pixels available to work with.

In addition to adjusting the resolution, you can tweak the text/font sizes and component appearances

In win7, use the "ease of access center" to adjust the display for easier reading.

In XP, go to display properties, advanced, and you adjust a lot of the individual windows components appearance.
That's probably the easier solution for most folks rather than getting a larger monitor that you have to sit farther and farther back from to see the whole page.
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The Apple Thunderbolt Display is amazing. It has 27" of retina display resolution and I almost bought it for DW when we got her MacBook. The official reason I didn't: a bit too expensive when the high resolutions wasn't needed. The real reason: I'd most likely steal take it from her for my own use.
It's pretty. But it has less pixels across than my 15.4 inch laptop even though it's almost twice as large, so images don't look nearly as sharp as on my laptop, which is why we never got one for photo editing.
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I don't know of any with 2880 pixels across.
I believe the 13" MacBook Pro retina display has even higher pixel density than your 15"
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What's a Good Sized Monitor?

This seems to me like asking "What's a Good Sized Shoe?"

It depends on your needs. As others have said, there's more to a monitor than just size. Native resolution, non-glare or not, viewing angle, and a zillion other specs.

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I believe the 13" MacBook Pro retina display has even higher pixel density than your 15"
But the 15" has more pixels total. I think that is what is important to audreyh1.

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A spectacular 2560-by-1600 resolution on the 13‑inch MacBook Pro and an equally impressive 2880-by-1800 resolution on the 15‑inch MacBook Pro let you see more of your high-resolution images with pixel-for-pixel accuracy.
and that 27" display has fewer pixels than either: 2560-by-1440 resolution.

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What's a Good Sized Monitor?

This seems to me like asking "What's a Good Sized Shoe?"

It depends on your needs. As others have said, there's more to a monitor than just size. Native resolution, non-glare or not, viewing angle, and a zillion other specs.

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My eyes are happy with the solution I decided upon.

Just like a comfortable shoe..well for now at least.
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I believe the 13" MacBook Pro retina display has even higher pixel density than your 15"
Beaten by the iPad Retina at 264 pixels per inch, and the iPad mini Retina, iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 at whopping 326 pixels per inch!!!!

But yes, the 2880 pixels wide in the 15 inch is better for photo editing even though the pixel density is "only" 220 pixels per inch. Still twice the normal laptop.

Once you get used to these "Retina" displays, everything else looks soft.

I wear reading glasses, and have for years. But I still really appreciate the sharpness of a Retina screen. IMO it makes reading a LOT easier.
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Get the Dell 30" at 2560x1600 if your graphics card will support it.
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I don't know of any with 2880 pixels across.
Samsung recently released a 28" monitor with resolution 3840 x 2160.

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It depends on your needs.
Indeed. And that depends on the circumstance. When I'm working, I could be building a new release in one window, fixing a bug in another window, testing that fix in another window, and monitoring email in another window. After retirement, I won't have such needs, so probably won't need such big screens to allow me to monitor the several things I'm doing in parallel.
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