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I've got a NEC Multisyc LCD 2190UXp running at 1600 x 1200 calibrated with a datacolor Spyder X. Can't fit anything large in the area where the monitor goes.
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Why do so many people have a 21/22" screens? Feels like a weird size to me. Maybe 10 years ago it made sense, but now? That feeling is maybe because I went from 17" to 24" to 27" - but 21" seems really small for a dedicated photography screen in this day and age.

Working from home even the 27" feels small (in the office I have two 21" screens).
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Why do so many people have a 21/22" screens? Feels like a weird size to me. Maybe 10 years ago it made sense, but now? That feeling is maybe because I went from 17" to 24" to 27" - but 21" seems really small for a dedicated photography screen in this day and age.

Working from home even the 27" feels small (in the office I have two 21" screens).

I can't speak for anyone else but me; as screen technology got bigger and cheaper ( I can still remember 32" flat screen LCD TV's costing $10,000 and Computer monitors were all green) I upgraded to a point of utility. I have never had a client ask for a print larger than 11" X 14". The local photography club only went to 16" x 20" size prints for their competititons in 2019. I never felt the need for "biggering for the sake of biggering" and my work space isn't growing.

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I actually downsized. From 24" monitor to 14" laptop. I didn't think I could adapt to it but have done for about 3-4 years now.

My old work place I had an external 21 or 24" screen but would mostly use the 15.6" laptop screen. But I'm odd as I also gave up using a mouse too (for non-photo stuff). We had external keyboard too, but once you get a decent laptop keyboard it is hard to give it up.

I'm at a point where my old desktop machine is pretty near ready to go (with 24") and really enjoying the quality of the 14" laptop screen (even though it is just 1080p). My failed attempt to add a 24" to the production laptop this week has caused me to rethink (hence this post). There is another 24" and a 27" in stock within my budget. And I could make the 27" fit ... just no convinced I need it.
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24" Dell 2417H IPS monitor with a resolution of 1920x1080, calibrated with a Spyder Pro 4. Been fine so far.

I would love to upgrade to a higher resolution monitor, but I only have onboard graphics so no point until I upgrade to a 2 Gig graphics card, and I have some more pocket money
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I have a 27" iMac (5120 x 2280) with built in Retina display running on its default setting.
The actual display dimensions are 600 mm wide and 340mm high.
Very nice to work on.
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Got an old desktop with a dual monitor setup sitting idle in a room, don't think it's been started more than 3 times in the last 3 years. Fully rely on a laptop with a little 15" 1080p screen for all my editing needs.
Desktop and monitors were top of the line back when I built it 10+ years ago, nowadays it's mostly an antique I fear.
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Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

Got an old desktop with a dual monitor setup sitting idle in a room, don't think it's been started more than 3 times in the last 3 years. Fully rely on a laptop with a little 15" 1080p screen for all my editing needs.
Desktop and monitors were top of the line back when I built it 10+ years ago, nowadays it's mostly an antique I fear.


Yep, it took me forever to get comfortable with laptop prices to consider using one as my main production machine ... desktop for years (but just off the shelf as I've only ever shot stills and don't do gaming). When I got my Lenovo Yoga AMD 7 (or AMD 5 something? had a graphics card) it was a double change for me: 'just SSD' and 'laptop as main computer'. I'd been waiting years for that moment. My 'file server' desktop has SSD and a 1TB spinning drive and it is still plenty fast for what I use it for but is a once-a-week boot now.

Think I'm gonna continue with just my laptop screen for a few more months and see if my new desk (wooden shelving) fits my workflow. Have space for a 24" or 27" external ... editing my archive will let me know if I really miss/need the big screen.
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Why do so many people have a 21/22" screens? Feels like a weird size to me. Maybe 10 years ago it made sense, but now? That feeling is maybe because I went from 17" to 24" to 27" - but 21" seems really small for a dedicated photography screen in this day and age.

Working from home even the 27" feels small (in the office I have two 21" screens).
I've been using 13" Macbooks and MacBookPros for the last 15 years without any problem. Zooming and panning have become my friends though . Last year I upgraded to a 15" and enjoying the extra real estate, but it's plenty for me. No need for a monitor (I'm generally editing on my lap in front of the TV anyway
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2021 at 18:06
At work I use a pair of minotors (minotaurs? Monitors!), one in landscape and one in portrait. That way I can have a CAD or photo program open on the landscape and a document on the portrait, or I can move the photo across for portrait pictures, or I can extend the landscape across both monitors, putting the tools on the second monitor and leaving the main one free for pics. It works well msot of the time.
If you take a lot of pictures in vertical format, the limited height/resolution of most modern monitors is a nuisance. We don't all use them for watching Hollywood videos...
My colleague has four monitors on his PC ...
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MacBookPro with a 13 inch retina display - I thought I would need a separate monitor but I seem to have become comfortable with that as a working setup somehow.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2021 at 18:49
@Miranda - now then, a portrait way up monitor for documents/type - that would be cool

(goes off to find out how to actually do that)
(simple part = display settings > orientation > portrait)
(hard part (?) = a suitable monitor?)

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Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

@Miranda - now then, a portrait way up monitor for documents/type - that would be cool

(goes off to find out how to actually do that)
(simple part = display settings > orientation > portrait)
(hard part (?) = a suitable monitor?)
Not that hard, quite a few monitors offer the option to rotate the screen. For example both of my monitors (Dell U2713HM and BenQ SW2700) have this feature.
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On windows 10 the system seems to cope very well with different monitors in different sizes and orientations. There are a few oddities. Some programs always open in monitor 1, & some always open in the last display you used them in.
The key thing is to align them so that when a document spreads across both monitors, the lines line up, otherwise your eyes go funny.
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