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[OP] 127 views 0 replies Posted by Unknown 3 years ago Mar 28, 9:49 pm
Reading Yahoo! yesterday, I came across this article.

7 Tech Purchases You Should Avoid

Here's the part about 4K. Now, this is about TVs, but the displays on monitors and TVs are, for all intents and purposes, identical.


5. 4K TVs smaller than 50″
TVs with 4K resolution promise sharper visuals than your average 1080p set. To see that benefit, though, you’ll need a TV with a screen that’s at least 50 inches or larger.

That’s because the difference in image quality between a 4K TV and a 1080p TV is virtually nonexistent at smaller screen sizes. It isn’t until you start to reach the 50-inch size range that you’ll begin to see an improvement in display sharpness.

Even if you go with a 50-inch TV, you’re going to have to sit relatively close to the screen to see a real benefit.

For now, you’re better off just buying a 1080p TV with a high refresh rate and great color quality. At least then you’ll be able to see what you’re paying for.

Money saved: $500, 40-inch 4K TV vs. 40-inch HD TV


This advice is starting to become commonplace. This article agrees exactly with an earlier Consumer Reports review, from a couple months ago, which included live testing from virtually every possible type of video source. In that test, only 55 inch and above 4K displays showed ANY improvement over 1080p, and that was only when the test subjects (observers) were watching from a distance of two feet or under. When I see people referring to spending hundreds of extra dollars on 27" (or smaller) 4K displays, I cringe inside. I truly believe people see what they want to see or what they expect to see. If they KNOW the picture quality on a 4K display is better, when they actually watch something on that display they'll automatically rate it higher, because they -know- they're supposed to.

It's long been my position that a quality 1080p display with low input lag, a good refresh rate and response time, and a HIGH QUALITY screen for better color reproduction would be the way to go. The money saved could be used for a better video card (or two), more RAM, a faster processor, et cetera, to really get the most out of the game.


(Computer gaming since the 1980s)