Displays / Monitors

Also see https://github.com/aizatto/character-length

Minimum width: 1280px

  • Sites now are being unfriendly to smaller screens

  • Or treat smaller screens as mobile devices

Reviews:

My Preference: Ultrawide > 27" (2560x1440) > 4K

Work

Window Management

3 Vertical Windows:

I like to split things into 3 windows.

  • Central: main window of focus

  • Left: Notes

  • Right: Documentation

The center is my focus, left and right are supporting material.

Pros:

  • Great for comparing two things, and keeping notes centered

Cons:

  • Can be too tall

Options:

  • 3x 24" 4K vertically oriented monitors

    • Breaks the limit of 1080px width

    • 24" when rotated

      • Height: 56cm

      • Width: 36cm

2 Vertical Windows

I tried this, but I like having one main thing in front of me that I can focus on.

4K (3840x2160)

27"

I didn't like using 4K for my work (programming, documents).

Using at 4K:

  • Fonts are too small for me

  • I still reduce size to 2560x1440

MacBook allows me to push at:

  • 1920x1080

  • 2560x1440

  • 3008x1692

  • 3360x1890

  • 3840x2160

Scaling to 3360x1890 @27"

  • Feels like a lot happening at one time in a small space

  • Feels very compressed.

  • It's very tall, which can be useful.

  • Fonts are small.

    • Feels like it can be very straining over long period of time.

Resolution

1/2

1/3

3360x1890

1680x1890

1120x1890

1/3 resolution is ok size

3008x1692

1504x1692

1002x1682

1/3 resolution is awkward size

34"

Resolution

Pixel Per Inch

Comment

3840x2160

140

3360x1890

122.5

110

Ideal

3008x1692

109

But awkward 1/3 size

35"

If I can find a 35" 4K monitor. Pixel Per Inch: 109. I can use the full 4K at a comfortable display.

Seems I can fit a lot of vertical ext as well 2160px vs 1440px.

UWQHD (3440x1440) @ 34"

Ultra Wide Quad High Definition: 3440x1440

Displays:

  • 1146x1440: if dividing by 3

    • Cons: Doesn't hit 1280px minimum

Pros:

  • Single cable; if going USB-C

  • Can tile 3 windows vertically

Alternatives:

  • Three vertically oriented displays

    • Pros:

      • Forces clear delineation between displays

    • Cons:

      • Bezels (can get smaller displays)

      • More cable/power management

21:9 3880x1600 @ 38"

Pros:

  • Comfortably fit 3x1280 windows

  • Vertical height is larger at 1600 (vs 1440)

Models:

32:10 3840x1200

Properties:

  • 3x 1280

Display:

  • Samsung: 43" CJ890

32:9 (3840x1080, 5120x1440)

3840x1080

Displays:

  • Samsung 49" LC49HG90DMNXZA

  • Cons:

    • Smaller resolution

5120x1440

Properties:

  • 2x 2560x1440

    • 4 windows vertically at 1280 x 1440

Pros:

  • Vertical window is 1280px

    • A little more spacious

Alternatives:

  • 2x 27" 2560x1440

    • Cons:

      • More cables to manage

      • Bezel divided in the center

Displays:

Divvy:

  • Setup an 8x4 grid

Vertical Orientation

Problems:

  • 27" displays are too tall

  • 14" ideally

  • Cannot use 1920x1080 displays, as 1080 for the width would be too small

  • 2560x1440 displays, all come in 27" sizes

Reviews

Dell U2717D: 2560x1440 @ 27"

Likes:

  • I like the almost seamless bezels.

Panel Dimensions

  • Height: 33.33cm

  • Width: 60cm

Dell P2715Q: 4K (3840x2160) @ 27"

Dislikes:

  • Bezels are big

  • Personal for me, I didn't use the 4k

  • 4K @ 60hz on MacBook Pro 2017 15" does not work as expected

    • Requires a USB-C to DisplayPort cable

    • Dongles (USB-HDMI) do not work

      • Output at 30hz

Dell U3419W: 3440x1440 @ 34"

Likes:

  • USB-C charges my MacBook Pro 2017 15"

  • You can push audio to the screen

    • Audio is controlled on screen

Dislikes:

  • Bottom Bezel has this plastic strip coming out

  • Wished the 2 usb ports on the side were on the back

  • Screen audio quality is flat, and muffled

  • It's a little "tight" when windows are vertically tiled for 3 windows at 1146px per window.

  • I think it could it be taller, by an inch or two.

    • Add more vertical pixels.

Panel Dimensions

  • Height: 33.33cm

Other

Pixel Pitch / Pixel Per Inch

This is my personal preference. I notice I like it when the Pixel per inch is 109 (or a ratio of it). Anything higher than that is too small for my eyes.

Device

Pixel Per Inch

Pixel Pitch

MacBook Pro 2017 15"

220

Dell U2717D: 2560x1440 @ 27"

109

0.233mm

Dell U3419W: 3440x1440 @ 34"

109

0.233mm

Dell P2715Q: 4K (3840x2160) @ 27"

163

0.1554mm

Dell U3219Q: 4K (3840x2160) @ 32"

140

0.182mm

DisplayPort daisy-chaining (multistream / MST)

Macs do not support DisplayPort daisy-chaining (multistream / MST)