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    Best combination of monitor size and resolution for a developer?

    I use Visual Studio and SQL Server Management Studio most of the time. I’ve been using a 24" monitor with a strange 2048x1152 resolution. I’d like to get a larger monitor since in the afternoons, my eyes start getting tired in the afternoons.
    I've been seeing a few deals on 27" 1920x1080 monitors for less than $200. I assume the larger size will make the text larger and easier to read, but I don’t like that i’ll be losing resolution going down to 1080p, especially on the vertical. Would going up to a 2560x1440 resolution negate the increase of screen size to 27" and make fonts too small again?
    There’s also the consideration of a widescreen 27" monitor with 2560x1080 resolution. I like that I’d be able to put two windows side by side.
    I’ve read that 32" monitors are too large to sit right in front of plus $300 is the top end of my budget, so that rules out most of these anyway.
    What do you all think?

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    For that budget, I’d recommend a pair of 24" 1080p monitors. Most text editors let you adjust the text size so resolution is fairly irrelevant in your case IMO. Even with a fairly large text size I find vertical space to not be that much of an issue on 24"s, and the benefit of dual monitor multitasking is enormous.

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I prefer to maximize the vertical real estate so I can see more lines of code. As much as we try, we end up with some involved if statements that can span a couple of printed pages. But that’s another discussion. When my eyes do get tired, sometimes I do increase the font size. I guess I might have to get used to that.

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    If you really need a ton of vertical space, have you considered getting a 24" or 27" monitor and turning it sideways? It has never appealed to me personally, but I occasionally see devs that have a landscape monitor for general purpose tasks and a portrait monitor for their text editor/IDE.
    A 24" 16:9 portrait monitor has a height of 53cm, whereas a 27" 16:9 landscape monitor only has a height of 33cm. You’d need a 38" monitor in landscape to match the vertical space of a 24" portrait.
    The second chart on this page has some numbers you can play around with to see what might work best for you.

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    True, forgot to mention that TN panels should be avoided for this. But any IPS panel should be fine. You can get a great 24" IPS for $150 these days.

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