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Best 28" Monitor Resolution for General Use?

MadPup 3,539 December 27, 2015 at 02:45 PM
Can anyone comment on the best resolution for a 28" monitor for general purpose use - i.e. not gaming, mostly text and photo based work? I ask because I have read that some of the higher resolutions are not ideal for this type of use. Also, I have a $100 ebay coupon that I'd like to use and any recommendation for a suitable monitor form there would be appreciated.

One important thing: I use on-board video. I have a GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK [gigabyte.com] motherboard with an Intel i7-4790K CPU. The specs are:

Integrated Graphics Processor - Intel(R) HD Graphics support:
1 x D-Sub port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
* The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz or 2560x1600@60Hz
* Support for HDMI 1.4a version.
Support for up to 3 displays at the same time
Maximum shared memory of 512 M

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not gaming, mostly text and photo based work? I ask because I have read that some of the higher resolutions are not ideal for this type of use.
you read wrong - higher resolutions are much nicer to have especially when dealing with text and/or detailed images - they matter less when gaming or watching videos. That said, there are some software that don't play nice with higher resolutions, but those aren't a good reason to avoid a high resolution display
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you read wrong - higher resolutions are much nicer to have especially when dealing with text and/or detailed images - they matter less when gaming or watching videos. That said, there are some software that don't play nice with higher resolutions, but those aren't a good reason to avoid a high resolution display
From my own experience LCD monitors provide the best display at their native resolution. If this resolution is high, it can be hard to find a level of text scaling that makes the text large enough to read comfortably while still being crisp. I have had that challenge with my Lenovo X1 Carbon laptop.

And komondor, thanks for the suggestion but 1080P would be a step down from the 1200P of the 25.5" Asus I already have.
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If this resolution is high, it can be hard to find a level of text scaling that makes the text large enough to read comfortably while still being crisp. I have had that challenge with my Lenovo X1 Carbon laptop.
try increasing the font size, not the scaling (although windows 10 does scaling quite nicely) - small phone screens are managing to push beyond 1080p and can do it nicely with limited hardware - don't limit yourself to software that can't be configured properly, as that's not something that should restrict the hardware.
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Can anyone comment on the best resolution for a 28" monitor for general purpose use - i.e. not gaming, mostly text and photo based work? I ask because I have read that some of the higher resolutions are not ideal for this type of use. Also, I have a $100 ebay coupon that I'd like to use and any recommendation for a suitable monitor form there would be appreciated.

One important thing: I use on-board video. I have a GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK [gigabyte.com] motherboard with an Intel i7-4790K CPU. The specs are:

Integrated Graphics Processor - Intel(R) HD Graphics support:
1 x D-Sub port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
* The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz or 2560x1600@60Hz
* Support for HDMI 1.4a version.
Support for up to 3 displays at the same time
Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
Look for a 27 or 30 inch running at 2560x1600. I say those rather than your specified 28" because 27 is the more typical size I believe and thus you'll have more options.

But yea anything running that resolution in that size range should be good
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When you say photo based work, do you mean professional photo work or just amateur? If the former, I would be looking for an 8 bit IPS panel with good color reproduction. Otherwise the more common and considerably cheaper 6 bit panels are a much better deal.

Beyond that, I'd go for as high a resolution as you can get. App support is really getting a lot better in Windows 10 (it's always been good on Macs), and for text based work I at least really appreciate the added smoothness high DPI adds to font rendering.
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