View Full Version : Screen size

07-17-2012, 07:01 PM
Hello, I understand the answer to this question is very subjective, but I am going to pose it: What screen size is the minimum I can get away with and probably just as important, what screen ratio should I get. I have always loved working on 3D modeling software, I worked on a very old version of LW in the late 1990s and would like to take this up again as a hobby.

Thank you

07-17-2012, 07:14 PM
Full HD 1920x1080 is a way to go for now IMHO..

07-17-2012, 07:27 PM
The Minimum I can stand working in is 1680x1050, which is your typical Dell 20-22" monitors. I would recommend 1920x1080 if you go 16:9, or 1920x1200 if you go 16:10.

Back in the early 2000's I had a Sony 22" Widescreen CRT, that was 2560x1600, and that was awesome, extremely heavy and enormous but awesome. To get that today I think you would be looking at 27" plus screen size, but I am not positive on that.

Presently I use a 23" Dell that is 1920x1080, and my Cintiq 20", which is 1680x1050.

07-17-2012, 08:34 PM
You can't have too much real estate. I've got 2 x 30" & 24". A 30" is great for looking at detailed drawings, an extra screen is great for menus. Keep an eye out for the Dell specials on a 30".

I had a Sony 21" CRT & 17", that seems small by today's standard!

07-17-2012, 08:52 PM
I am working on a 27" 2560 x 1440 LED LCD and it's great. I use to work with a 20" and it was fine back then but I could never go back now.

I also use a 2 monitor setup (second one is 20") and it's fantastic for putting my tools on so I can see the entire work area without pallets getting in the way.

07-17-2012, 10:03 PM
I find anything below 1920x1200 to be a pain nowadays. Especially when it comes to the vertical res (I can make do with 1600x1200 though).

Having said that, HD res displays are quite cheap nowadays (unfortunately most of them are also designed for more, erm, casual use).


07-18-2012, 07:03 AM
I like sublimation man's solution, one work area and another larger output area, 27" maybe too much for me I'll have to see. I don't want to get screen fever :)

Thank you all for the replies, much appreciated.

07-18-2012, 08:48 AM
1920x1200 x2 anything smaller than 19" I consider it tablet :)

Ryan Roye
07-18-2012, 11:25 AM
I work on a humble 1600x900 screen myself. Suits my needs well enough, but admittedly an inch or two added to my monitor size would be nice.

Dual monitors never hurt and I have had a setup like that before (I decided to chuck the 40-pound sucker in favor of desk space), but it takes getting used to.