Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 31st May 2013 23:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Asus has just announced the cure for the common 20-something-inch 1080p display: a small TV-sized 31.5-inch monitor with a massive resolution of 3840x2160. Engadget reports that the Asus PQ321 display, which uses IGZO technology to reduce energy usage and thickness, includes DisplayPort and dual-HDMI input, integrated speakers, and an adjustable stand." The dread of 1366 and 1080p is being removed. Finally.
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RE[3]: IMO, this solves nothing.
by Alfman on Sat 1st Jun 2013 02:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: IMO, this solves nothing."
Alfman
Member since:
2011-01-28

smashit,

"16:9 was just a cheap way to increase the nominal size, without delivering more physical area"

When my old monitor died, I already knew that I wanted a 4:3 21in flat screen, but there wasn't a single new 4:3 for sale at our local computer stores. I ended up getting 16:9 due to the lack of choice, but I wasn't happy about it. Widescreens might be ok for movies, but I don't like them at all for the predominantly vertical document / source code editing I need to do. When I browse full screen most websites just can't make good use of those extra horizontal pixels. More often than not the extra horizontal pixels become useless white-space around a fixed width static content area. Expanding the content by zooming just exacerbates the lack of vertical pixels.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Huh. Not one commenter here so far likes 16:9 displays. I happen to like having lots of vertical space, it feels more natural to me than 4:3 displays. I don't really if it's 16:9 or 16:10, it is such a small difference in thend, but I would hate having to go back for the more rectangular shapes.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

WereCatf,

"Huh. Not one commenter here so far likes 16:9 displays. I happen to like having lots of vertical space, it feels more natural to me than 4:3 displays. I don't really if it's 16:9 or 16:10, it is such a small difference in thend,"

Hmm, the way I'm reading this doesn't make sense to me: you like vertical space, yet you don't like the 4:3 display and prefer the widescreen aspect ratios?


" but I would hate having to go back for the more rectangular shapes."

I have no idea what this means ;) But I'm going to guess you meant that you liked horizontal space instead.

For me it's no so much a preference for one shape or another, rather it's just that I like having an aspect ratio that more closely matches the content I work with. If I worked with very wide content, I'd prefer an equally wide screen.

This is how osnews looks to me in full screen:
http://i.imgur.com/ZebhozC.png


This is the norm rather than the exception not only for web pages but PDF's, word processing, programming, ssh, viewing photos (esp portrait), etc.

So here's my question to widescreen fans: What do you do to actually make use the horizontal space? I can see the benefit for opening up multiple windows side by side, but I prefer having dual monitors for this. Anyway I'm under the impression that most users run their programs full screen and I'd have to guess that they are accustomed to having lots of empty space on their widescreens like me.

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Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

I have a Magic 23" 4:3 1600x1200 LCD monitor. Have to turn the head to follow mouse or look at something on the other side of the screen. Makes me giggle all time ;) A 32" screen would be a killer !

BTW, try the portrait orientation, one of my screen is in portrait mode to display Total Commander, PDF, MSDN or some source code. Mais work is on the 23" because large enough and can put two columns side by side : diff, debug with watches, etc...

Agree about internet browsing.

Kochise

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Kochise,

"BTW, try the portrait orientation, one of my screen is in portrait mode to display Total Commander, PDF, MSDN or some source code."

I frequently would like more vertical space for editing, but I'm not sure if a 9:16 orientation could be overshooting a bit ;) Alas I don't have a rotatable screen, and haven't tried it, but it's a fair point.



"Mais work is on the 23" because large enough and can put two columns side by side : diff, debug with watches, etc..."

Yes, IDEs are a great example. Assuming you have an MDI-style interface or multi-window workflow, I can see the value. This is how I try to make use of my widescreen as well in the software that's flexible enough to allow moving controls to the sides.


My widescreen laptop is too small to open up two windows side by side, so the extra width is usually wasted on full screen apps. So while more pixels are helpful, they're just in the wrong direction.

Edited 2013-06-01 07:33 UTC

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