Easiest monitor on eyes for daily usage

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  • January 15, 2017 at 9:32 am #41319

    skypdx
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    Hi there,

    Really appreciate the great info on this forum. I use a 15″ late 2013 macbook pro with retina for work and I just bought my first external monitor to go with it, a Samsung 27″ WQHD LED Monitor (S27D850T) and I pretty much hate it. Images look great but text is quite blurry (at least by my standards), unless i use the “pinch/zoom” resize to make everything very large. This helps with text clarity but sort of defeats the purpose of having the additional screen real estate. Looking at the monitor is also just uncomfortable on my eyes, even after tweaking all many settings like brightness, contrast, color management, turning off custom upscale, connecting via displayport vs HDMI, etc.

    So…i am planning to return the Samsung but need advice on a replacement. I would be open to a 24, 25, or 27 inch and i “assumed” i should go for 2560 x 1440 since that is the max my laptop can do at 60 HZ (thru mini displayport to displayport). BUT i would be open to a lower resolution if that would help with readability of text and general comfort? Should i just stick with any monitor tgat are fkicker-free or should i target a specific model or display type?

    My main criteria are clarity of text and being easy on the eyes for long hours of work (email, web pages, pdf docs, office programs, etc). I currently run Windows 7 via parallels and use both MAC OS and Windows all day. I would also like a stylish, thin monitor so it looks good in the office. One with a very small bezel ideally. Budget is not a huge constraint…I’m just used to reading nice clear text on my laptop’s native display and want to get a monitor that can do the same.

    Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions you can provide!

    January 15, 2017 at 9:39 am #41344

    PCM2
    Keymaster

    Sorry for the delay in moderating this, it got stuck in the system.

    I am not convinced that the monitor is set up correctly or is receiving the right signal. A 27″ 2560 x 1440 model with light matte screen surface, like the Samsung, certainly shouldn’t look ‘blurry’. Although you’re comparing it to a monitor with much higher pixel density plus a glossy screen surface. It could well be that you need to chase a monitor with superior pixel density (and decent screen surface). Going for a Full HD option is entirely counter-intuitive in that case.

    The vast majority of monitors are flicker-free and no list (either here or elsewhere) can cover them all. What is your budget for the monitor?

    January 15, 2017 at 7:29 pm #41349

    skypdx
    Participant

    Hi,

    I’m pretty sure the Samsung is connected correctly because most graphics and high resolution photos look great. They are very comparable to the macbook pro. It’s only the TEXT that looks blurry/fuzzy. And since i mainly do office work all day, having clear, sharp text is critical for me. As i said i can ‘pinch to zoom’ in web pages, email, etc. to make the text sharper, but then it’s way too large.

    From my reading it seems lack of TEXT clarity is a common complaint for macbook users switching to an external monitor. My main replacement candidate right now is the Dell UltraSharp U2717D, but i am concerned by this comment in one of the reviews on Amazon:

    3.0 out of 5 starsPicture is good, text clarity not so much
    ByAmazonPrime Customeron December 16, 2016
    Verified Purchase

    I’m coming from retina screens, and I read a lot of good things about this monitor so I thought it’s going to be at least acceptable for someone who is used to retina quality sharpness of text but man this was a big disappointment.

    My budget would be around ~$600 if i keep my current notebook. But at this point i’m also considering trading it in and buying a new new macbook pro + the 5K LG display that apple is selling. That would be quite expensive but since my current macbook is not capable of driving a 4K monitor at 60 HZ, I am willing if that’s the only way I can use an external monitor while keeping the same text quality i have gotten used to with the retina screen.

    Thanks again for your help and any advice.

    January 15, 2017 at 9:09 pm #41350

    PCM2
    Keymaster

    It definitely sounds like an issue with pixel density primarily. It is where slight imperfections in clarity become most noticeable, especially when comparing to or used to other displays with higher pixel density. The U2717D is very similar to the S27D850T as it has an identical pixel density and a similar PLS panel. Given your budget I would suggest the Dell P2715Q featured in the recommendations section instead.

    Edit: Sorry, you said 2560 x 1440 is the maximum your laptop would support at 60Hz… Hmm.. In that case the Dell U2515H would be worth considering. It has a slightly higher pixel density and nice smooth and light screen surface, so it might just do the trick.

    January 15, 2017 at 9:26 pm #41351

    skypdx
    Participant

    Thanks – that sounds like a good suggestion as the 25″ might be the sweet spot. I think i will give it a try! Quick question tho…the link on your website goes to the U2515H and the other the U2515Hx.

    This other link (newer version) has a slightly higher price and different shipping date. The model numbers are the same except this one has an ” after it X” (U2515Hx), so i should order using the “newer version” link correct?

    Thanks again!

    January 15, 2017 at 9:53 pm #41352

    PCM2
    Keymaster

    The U2515x is exactly the same monitor but includes an HDMI cable rather than a DP – MiniDP cable. This causes a great deal of confusion, I should probably update the news piece to explain this difference. 🙂

    January 15, 2017 at 10:41 pm #41353

    skypdx
    Participant

    That does get a bit confusing…thanks for clarifying! Now that you’ve helped me narrow the choices down to a 25″ 2560 x 1440 monitor, before i pull the trigger is it worth considering any other models?

    For example would you see any advantage with the Dell UP2516D or the ASUS PB258Q or others? Or should i be considering 24″ panels? Or would you recommend just rolling with the U2515H?

    Thanks again,

    January 15, 2017 at 11:35 pm #41354

    PCM2
    Keymaster

    The UP2516D is much like the UP2716D. So unless you work with the Adobe RGB colour space (for printing matching purposes, photography etc.) then it is not useful. It has weaker contrast in inferior performance in the standard sRGB colour space to the U2515H. The ASUS PB258Q is similar to the U2515H and a perfectly decent monitor, although technically has slightly less accurate gamma tracking (not a major issue for most users) and you don’t get the ‘Dell advantage’ in terms of customer service.

    January 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm #41449

    Sebarpe
    Participant

    Hi,
    to-date, which is the best 24-inch monitor 1920*1080 or 1920*1200 for web, a little photoshop and games (strategy and adventures especially, but have an acceptable performance in Shooters) ???
    I think I prefer a VA panel because of its better contrast and more real blacks, but an IPS panel with little glow…… 😉

    Thanks !!!!!

    January 24, 2017 at 1:44 pm #41450

    PCM2
    Keymaster

    Refer to the recommendations section. There are no IPS panels ‘with little glow’ of this size and resolution, I’m afraid. Unless you enjoy using very low brightnesses.

    January 28, 2017 at 8:19 am #41468

    chirionutz
    Participant

    Would you recommend this monitor for not causing eyestrain?

    January 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm #41469

    PCM2
    Keymaster

    This doesn’t need its own thread, there is a huge thread discussing this. I’ve merged this but your post was so brief that you didn’t mention the model number, it was only mentioned in the title. So which monitor was it you were curious about? The LG 27UD58?

    January 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm #41472

    chirionutz
    Participant

    Yes. LG 29UM58-P 29IN UltraWide 21:9 IPS LED Monitor. I like it better than Benq GW2760HS because of the pixel size (lower than the one of Benq, and because LG has an IPS panel).

    January 28, 2017 at 2:16 pm #41473

    chirionutz
    Participant

    In fact, not the 27″ one, but the 29″ LG 29UM58-P 29

    January 28, 2017 at 2:40 pm #41474

    PCM2
    Keymaster

    Ah yes, sorry. The 29UM58-P has a flicker-free backlight, a good smooth matte screen surface (not too thick or grainy) and an effective ‘Low Blue Light’ setting (Reader Mode). Plus it uses a pretty well calibrated IPS panel. So if you’re happier with that pixel density and are fine with the monitor only being as tall as a 23″ 16:9 model, then absolutely. It ticks plenty of boxes for viewing comfort.

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