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    I use a computer a lot. Thinking about upgrading my monitor which I look at throuigh varifocals and I do find my eyes getting strained.

    Question would getting say a gaming monitor with a higher refresh rate be worth the extra cost dou you think?

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    Re: monitor advice

    Perhaps a larger monitor and play with the brightness settings and font sizes to find what is most comfortable for you.

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    Re: monitor advice

    It's a 24inch monitor with font sizes, font, brightness, contrast all set to what I find most comfortable I also use a table lamp so I'm not peering at it in a darkened room or anything like that. It's an expensive experiment if I get it wrong. It's a raedon graphics board so I can fiddle about with the setting on that but I'm just wondering if a higher spec monitor is worth considering - as opposed to what pc world had in their sale.

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    Re: monitor advice

    Quote Originally Posted by gmc View Post
    It's a 24inch monitor with font sizes, font, brightness, contrast all set to what I find most comfortable I also use a table lamp so I'm not peering at it in a darkened room or anything like that. It's an expensive experiment if I get it wrong. It's a raedon graphics board so I can fiddle about with the setting on that but I'm just wondering if a higher spec monitor is worth considering - as opposed to what pc world had in their sale.
    Yes, a good gaming monitor would probably be much better for your needs. Something in the 27-32 inch that supports at least a 1080p
    ASUS makes some very highly regarded monitors in the Gaming world, these days.
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    Re: monitor advice

    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    Yes, a good gaming monitor would probably be much better for your needs. Something in the 27-32 inch that supports at least a 1080p
    ASUS makes some very highly regarded monitors in the Gaming world, these days.
    In that case would buying a TV be a reasonable alternative?

    Almost all TVs nowadays have a computer input mode and support 1080p and they're usually cheaper than a monitor at that size.

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    Re: monitor advice

    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    Yes, a good gaming monitor would probably be much better for your needs. Something in the 27-32 inch that supports at least a 1080p
    ASUS makes some very highly regarded monitors in the Gaming world, these days.
    The monitor I have is 1920 x 1080 in part that's why I'm wondering if the refresh rate makes a big difference since that is the only difference I can see between £100 odd quid and £00-£400.

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    Re: monitor advice

    Quote Originally Posted by gmc View Post
    I use a computer a lot. Thinking about upgrading my monitor which I look at throuigh varifocals and I do find my eyes getting strained.

    Question would getting say a gaming monitor with a higher refresh rate be worth the extra cost dou you think?
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    Re: monitor advice

    I can definitely tell when I have a monitor running a refresh rate of 30Hz or 50Hz compared to 60Hz.

    I would believe it if someone showed me convincingly that 72Hz is less of a strain than 60Hz but I've never felt a difference since banning CRT screens from my desk, and I've used both refresh rates a lot.

    Anything above 72Hz is pretty pointless, in my experience. Fluorescent lighting is more of a strain than any modern monitor, I've banned that too.

    The refresh rate was significant before LED screens but I don't think it's meaningful for an LED screen, the brightness of a pixel doesn't fluctuate on an LED screen. All it tells you is how often the screen content can change. Flicker came, on older technologies, from the brightness varying.

    The benefit of high refresh rates on an LED monitor is reducing motion blur when watching video. https://www.cnet.com/news/ultra-hd-4k-tv-refresh-rates/ discusses this.

    I prefer 1920x1200 to 1920x1080, given the choice. My current monitor is 27" and I'd feel neck-ache using anything larger. I'm quite happy with 22", but that's just me.

    I have absolutely no idea what resolution I'm actually running on this machine at the moment but I know how to find out... one moment... 2560x1440@60Hz. I've been on this screen for nearly 3 years and it will probably see me out. I say the same thing when people offer to buy me new socks.

    When I run in iMac mode it's 5120x2880x60Hz but I don't often switch to native mode except for video editing or possibly graphics work.



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    Re: monitor advice

    I have also found that there is less eye strain when using fixed focus glasses that were chosen for the specific distance from the monitor, which is different from my normal reading distance. My "computer glasses" reside on my desk in front of the monitor when I am doing other things with my normal glasses.

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    I use a 42" HD tv monitor and sit about 5' away from it. I don't experience much if anything at all in the way of strain or discomfort. Plus it's easy enough to simply change the HDMI input remotely in order to watch something from the Roku.

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