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IS it time for a new monitor

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  • Carl Traub

    A 4K monitor will display almost 3 times as many pixels as your current monitor.  If you zoom in to edit your images, you'll fit a lot more of the image on a 4K than on your current monitor.  I find that very useful.

    Suppose you're working on 24MP images.  Zoomed to 100%, your current monitor will only 2.3MP, about 1/10 of the image. A 4K monitor displays 6.6MP, about 1/4 of your image. The new monitor would likely be larger , which is a benefit.  You can shrink menu/control areas in the app, leaving more room for the image.

    It's also likely that a newer monitor could have truer colors and a wider color gamut than your older one, but those are specs you's have to research.

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  • Lee Rouse

    I wonder if my computer hardware would be up to the task

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  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    I can't answer myself, but maybe this article will help.

    https://on1help.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360039547712-ON1-PHOTO-RAW-2021-The-Best-Computer-for-Photo-Editing

    There was a good post this morning in the On1 Facebook page by Vinny Giannino about this exact subject, but I don't see a way to link to it.

     

     
     
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  • Lee Rouse

    I found the facebook posting. What is IPS?

     

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  • David Kick

    IPS is in-plane switching. IPS panels provide better color accuracy and viewing angles.

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  • Lee Rouse

    Is there any way to figure out how small font type will look on a 4k monitor of a particular size? I know that higher resolution means smaller font which is compensated for by a larger screen.

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  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    Yes, go to your local Best Buy or other store that sells them and take a look. It doesn't need to be the monitor you're interested in, it's the resolution and look of the text that matters.

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  • Carl Traub

    Windows offers a setting to change the size of fonts and other GUI objects within the display settings for hi resolution displays, using the Scaling option.  (I thought I remembered a setting that was specific to fonts as well, but maybe that was in Windows 7.)

    Some applications also have options for font adjustment, but I don't see one in PR.

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  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    Photo Raw doesn't actually work well with the scaling option. When users complain that the text doesn't look right, the fix is to reset that option.

    https://on1help.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360004868031-How-to-Adjust-Photo-RAW-s-Appearance-on-High-Resolution-Displays-Windows-ONLY-

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  • andrea pedrazzini

    I really recommend a 27 inch, 4K monitor. Since 2019 I’m using BenQ SW271, it is a value for money 4K solution designed for photographic use. It works pretty well with PR. Eizo monitor are also very good but they are more expensive.

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  • Lee Rouse

    Thanks for the comments gentlemen. It's a bit of a drive to my nearest Best Buy but I will definitely get an eyes-on before I buy

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