Hi guys !
A few days ago, I’ve update my setup (see pictures at the end of this post).
I’ve been using 2×24" 1080p monitors for years now, one landscape and one in portrait.
I’ve juste buy a new graphic card and a 40" 4K TV to use at my main monitor with one 24" on each side.
The 4K give you a resolution of 3840×2160 at 30Hz or 4096×2160 at 24Hz for now, it will be up to 4096×2160 at 60Hz in a few months when the required adaptor will be on the market.
Just to understand, one 4K monitor allow you to display the same amount of information that you can display on 4 1080p monitors !
I spend most of my time writing code, and I was happy with the 24" in portrait that can provide 1920 pixels to display a lot of lines.
With the 4K monitor it’s even better as I can use 2160 pixels and have 4 windows side by side
First I was affraid that a 40" TV will be too big, trust me it’s really not.
The 4K monitor I use is a Samsung UE55HU6900 4K TV and cost $1345.
If you are in the USA (I’m not) and cannot spend that much money on a monitor, you can buy a Seiki 39-Inch for $350.
If you plan to buy one 4K monitor, please be sure to take one with an HDMI 2.0 port that can give you 60Hz in the future when graphics card with HDMI 2.0 will be on the market.
A 1.4 will only give you 30Hz and you will experience some mouse lag.
The Seiki 39" is HDMI 1.4 only.
For a 3 monitors setup like mine, you will also need a big desk. Mine is a standing desk that allows me to work on my feets when I like to.
I’m really happy with this new setup and the additionnal space it give to work more productive.
haha thats awesome!
was thinking about how much more productive one can be with a 4k monitor. tbh, I never really thought it would really be much of a benefit.
currently running 3 22" 1080p monitors. I had 5 set up at one point, but got rid of two because it seemed like overkill. 3 seems perfect without going overkill
but then again, this is coming from someone who has never used a 4k monitor
thanks for this info, been looking into how to get the 4k screens to work on high refresh rates.
currently run a main screen at 30inch 2560 x 1600, and its already awesome, cant imagine 4khd screens now
Next level for you, when you hit $100k/day
370-Inch TV Weighs One Ton and Costs $1.7M
You might need a new desk though
4k quality is unreal. I know this video doesn’t give it justice, but you can at least get an idea of how sick it is.
I’ve been waiting for the retina cinema display since I got a 15" retina macbook pro. Apparently they’re a while out, even across the imac range so I looked at a 4k monitor instead. Everything is 2.5x what it should be in australia, however I found a samsung model that’s only about $1.5k that looks pretty awesome.
4K monitors are really more expensive than 4K TV, the one Apple sells is only 30" and more than $4000.
Of course, a TV has less options than a monitor, their is some missing points :
– You have no position tuning, it’s static
– The screen is more brillant than my old 24", more like a retina display (I’m not fan as I work on black terminals all day long and I can see me in the screen)
– Switch on/off of the TV is less practical than the monitor, I’ve to use the remote to switch on after a few hours with no activity (unless I setup to never shut down the TV).
I think that with a size under 40", the display will be to small for text based activity but ok for video or photo.
If you have a 24/27 monitor and plan to replace it with a 24/27 4K one, you will have 4 times the same amount of informations in the same area, everything will be very small I guess ?
Also, I’m a big fan of dual monitor setup, I’ve been using that for years now, and even with a 40" as my main monitor, I’m happy to have the 24" on each side, that’s really usefull.
I also you that 40" as a TV in my office, but for now I cannot find a single movie in native 4K resolution. The only thing I get is a demo video of 1:50 minutes for only… 700Mo !
My favorite web app to use on that 40" 4K TV ? Trello ! That’s just crazy how this app is even better to use with a lot of space to display all columns !
All right guys, tell me the truth … has this really boosted your productivity, or is this just a cover so that you have an excuse to play X-Box on a massive screen?
ABSOLUTELY NO MORE PLAYING BALL IN THE HOUSE!
Their is no 4K games on XBox ^^
I think it will be worse to play a 1080p game on a 4K monitor than on a regular HD one.
Anyway, I prefer to play PS4
That’s hard to mesure the increase on productivity, I usually have one window where I code that take all my screen area, and I use tabs to access others files.
Now I have 4 windows (of the same size the lonely one was) that take 100% height and 25% width of the screen area, that’s really great when you have to look at more files at the same time.
And I’v also my browser on the left 24" that display the website I’m working on, while I’ve skype, mails and others things like that on my right 24".
What hardware you use for UHD monitor and other 2?
I want to buy a Mac Pro and an UHD monitor hoping to improve my performance but I heard there are some issues if you don’t have HDMI 2.0 ready for UHD.
Currently I have a dual monitor setup, one 29′ super wide and one 24′ but I don’t like to move my head left/right all day.
Thanks in advance.
I use a Mac Pro Early 2008 and a Nvidia GTX 680 Flashed for Mac OS.
Without HDMI 2.0 you will only get 4K in 30Hz max because HDMI 1.4 cannot get you more than that.
Display Port 1.2 can provide 4K in 60Hz, but right now there is no adaptor Display Port 1.2 > HDMI 2.0 on the market, we have to wait for one in the coming months.
If you need more informations on the research I made to build my setup, you can have a look here : https://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1709373
I’ve been thinking of upgrading my monitor for a long time, will probably do so before year’s end.
I’m in Thailand though, so do you know if there are any popular and cheap brands of 4K monitors in Asia? I can’t go much over that $350 monitor/TV you posted about.
Also, I’m pretty sure my laptop’s graphics card isn’t up to the task. Any recommendations for a good external graphics card, or some other kind of adapter that will work?
At that price range, the only one I saw is the Seiki I mention.
Too bad that brand only ship on the USA
In Europe, $1000 seems to be a minimum for a 40" with HDMI 1.4 and $1400 with HDMI 2.0
I’ve no idea in Asia, sorry !
I’d love to have one, but the size of the icons and everything is going to make me go blind. I still struggle a little with 2K… so…
wow yah I can’t imagine the detail this would have on the screen wont be too long haha until you cant tell the difference of it and reality XD
I’m waiting for the next wave of 4k screens to hit, because the 60hz issue is a big deal for me. Can’t wait, though – as a filmmaker the idea of having a full 1080p preview occupying just 1/4 of my screen real estate is pretty drool-inducing.
And on the "do larger monitors really boost productivity" question, it depends on what you’re doing, but there’s solid evidence that they do. See https://www.corecommunication.ca/4-st…-productivity/ , for example.
(Also, since I’m personally switching this week between a 17" laptop screen and my regular 27" monitor, I can tell you I’m seeing a massive productivity boost when I’m on the latter )