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LCD TV or big monitor as a computer screen?
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Hi experts,

I think that the excessive workload has weakened my eyesight as I am glued to the computer for so many hours during day and night in connection with the translation work. The number of eyeglasses keeps increasing after every year or so? So I am worried about it.

I want to know from the experienced translators whether a big screen is useful for eyes? Does it cause less strain than the normal screen because the words are bigger in the big screen?

Before I buy an expensive item, could you please guide me which is better as a computer screen - LCD TV or a big monitor?

Thanks and regards,

Chopra


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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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Your comfort eyesight location Oct 3, 2011

I had troubles with PC screen. In former days, I use the Hercules (green) monitor > monochrome > LCD.

Monitor quality is more serious than monitor size. The comfort one is the best. The larger one keeps your next and chin stretch/rise upwardly and unnaturally.

Best policy: eyes are your treasure; keep healthy with food and intermittent pause of use of your eyesight to maintain it longer in your whole life.

Soonthon Lupkitaro


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MartinPorto  Identity Verified
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Trust me! Oct 3, 2011

There is only one way to go,

A decent monitor is far better than a TV, especially if it is big!

A good 19" dedicated monitor, or even better two of them is the way to go, if you have two, you can just have one on if needs are met, then just switch on the other one if more workspace is needed (save energy!)

I have tried TV, the resolution is rubbish compared to most monitors, I use three 19" monitors, angled so that they are at the right angle and distance, in fact I can and have hooked up four monitors to my Matrox, most modern PCs can handle a couple of screens, its really easy to do!


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Get a 22" computer monitor Oct 3, 2011

langclinic wrote:
I want to know from the experienced translators whether a big screen is useful for eyes? Does it cause less strain than the normal screen because the words are bigger in the big screen?


I'm not sure -- when I chose an external monitor, I tried to get one that would give me text that is roughly the same size as I see it on my laptop. I use the text zoom function on my laptop to make the text bigger.

It is definitely useful for my productivity, though, to have a bigger monitor. In my case, I bought a monitor that can be turned 90 degrees, so my wide-screen monitor is in "portrait" mode, which is better for me because I work with MS Word files that I need to be able to see as a page.

Here is my monitor's unboxing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7ksXBOWVts
And here you can see what the monitor looks like in action:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQanROkYzcE
(you'll see my taskbar is on the lefthand side of the screen)

Before I buy an expensive item, could you please guide me which is better as a computer screen - LCD TV or a big monitor?


TV would be cheaper, but there is a reason for it being cheaper. TVs are brighter and are intended to be watched from a distance. TVs often do dynamic brightness adjustment based on image brightness, which is good for movies but bad for computer work. The cheaper TVs have lower refresh rates, which means you'll have a jerky experience or poor response. Some TVs do not have the reported resolution but instead dynamically improves the image to that resolution, which is fantastic for movies but a disaster for computer work.


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Thanks to all of you... Oct 4, 2011

for your valuable suggestions. I look forward to the advice of other translators.

Regards,

Chopra

[Edited at 2011-10-04 03:04 GMT]


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Arianne Farah  Identity Verified
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Size & matters ;-) Oct 4, 2011

I have a 32" HD screen - it's not a TV though - it's a computer monitor.

It's perfect - I can have all my windows open at the same time and it makes everything so easier to just be able to glance (I mostly still work with TWB 2007 so I have that & the concordance window open at all times). If I'm working in Tag editor I can have the original document to my left at 100 %, tag editor in the middle and the Trados windows to the right. No need to switch or resize.

With a TV screen you might have issues with refresh rate - it's not meant to be stared at from 12-18" away - though I agree that the divide between TVs and monitors is rapidly closing especially with the high-end HD stuff.


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chopra_2002  Identity Verified
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Thanks for your informative answer Oct 4, 2011

I am quite impressed by the details provided by you and I want to acquire a 32" HD screen. However, when I enquired, I was told that 32" computer monitor is not available and I can use the 32" LCD or LED screen for this purpose.

I am curious to know whether 32" LCD or LED screen will serve the same purpose. Is LED more suitable than LCD screen?

Thanks and regards,

Chopra

Arianne Farah wrote:

I have a 32" HD screen - it's not a TV though - it's a computer monitor.

It's perfect - I can have all my windows open at the same time and it makes everything so easier to just be able to glance (I mostly still work with TWB 2007 so I have that & the concordance window open at all times).


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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What resolution? Oct 4, 2011

Arianne Farah wrote:
I have a 32" HD screen - it's not a TV though - it's a computer monitor.


What is the native resolution?


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Henning Holthusen  Identity Verified
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2 monitor setup Jan 9, 2012

I recommend getting two widescreen monitors.

I have one 27 inch with 2560x1440 and one 23 inch with 2058x1152.

If I had to buy monitors now, I would go with 2x 27 inch at 1920x1080.

These monitors are much cheaper than my 27 inch one and the higher resolution is (in my experience) useless at 27 inches. If you want the higher resolution you should get a 30 inch monitor, but that's hideously expensive.

Plus - and this may or may not be important to you - there are virtually no laptops that can actually output a resolution of 2560x1440.

I cannot stress enough just how helpful having big monitor(s) is for working.


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Wolf Kux  Identity Verified
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... which is this monitor provider ? Jan 9, 2012

Arianne Farah wrote:

I have a 32" HD screen - it's not a TV though - it's a computer monitor.

It's perfect - I can have all my windows open at the same time and it makes everything so easier to just be able to glance (I mostly still work with TWB 2007 so I have that & the concordance window open at all times). If I'm working in Tag editor I can have the original document to my left at 100 %, tag editor in the middle and the Trados windows to the right. No need to switch or resize.

With a TV screen you might have issues with refresh rate - it's not meant to be stared at from 12-18" away - though I agree that the divide between TVs and monitors is rapidly closing especially with the high-end HD stuff.




Dear Arianne Farah ,


please, could you tell us the corresponding provider & price of this monitor ?

TVMIA!


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Wolf Kux  Identity Verified
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... which is this monitor provider ? Jan 9, 2012

Henning Holthusen wrote:

I recommend getting two widescreen monitors.

I have one 27 inch with 2560x1440 and one 23 inch with 2058x1152.

If I had to buy monitors now, I would go with 2x 27 inch at 1920x1080.

These monitors are much cheaper than my 27 inch one and the higher resolution is (in my experience) useless at 27 inches. If you want the higher resolution you should get a 30 inch monitor, but that's hideously expensive.

Plus - and this may or may not be important to you - there are virtually no laptops that can actually output a resolution of 2560x1440.

I cannot stress enough just how helpful having big monitor(s) is for working.



Dear Henning Holthusen,

could you tell us which is the provider of those monitors and how much they cost? Another question: how did you put both monitors on your table ?

Danke!


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Henning's monitors Jan 9, 2012

Wolf Kux wrote:
Henning Holthusen wrote:
I have one 27 inch with 2560x1440 and one 23 inch with 2058x1152.

Could you tell us which is the provider of those monitors and how much they cost?


Googling for "27 inch with 2560x1440" brings up at least four manufacturers, but I can't find any 23 inch monitors with 2058x1152, I'm also interested in Henning's answer.


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Henning Holthusen  Identity Verified
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Monitors Jan 10, 2012

I currently have a 27 inch Fujitsu P27T-6 IPS and an (old) 23 inch Samsung Syncmaster 2343BW (don't think it's available anymore).

The Fujitsu costs just over 600 Euros in Germany.

If I had to buy new monitors, I'd buy two of this one, for example:

http://www.amazon.com/ViewSonic-VA2702W-27-Inch-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B0041G63


I have both my monitors attached to a monitor arm contraption similar to this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Mount--Articulating-Computer-Monitor-monitors/dp/B0052AWGLE/ref=sr_1_29?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1326188112&sr=1-29




[Edited at 2012-01-10 09:37 GMT]


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Tom in London
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monitor Jan 10, 2012

langclinic wrote:

for your valuable suggestions. I look forward to the advice of other translators.

Regards,

Chopra

[Edited at 2011-10-04 03:04 GMT]


1. Choose the best-quality monitor you can afford. I'm lucky - I'm still working on a quite old (2005), but still perfectly functional Apple 20" cinema display, which has never given me any eye trouble. It was expensive but has paid off over these years.

2. Your eyes should be at the same level as the top edge of your monitor, so that you are always looking down.

3. Do not use a reflective glass monitor. Look for a matte one (hard to find these days, but worth it if you value your eyesight).

4. Apply a dark greenish-blue background colour to your screen. A greenish-blue background is restful on the eyes.

5. Constantly look away from your screen at something in the distance (a window?) so that your eye muscles are always changing from short focus to long focus.

[Edited at 2012-01-10 10:06 GMT]


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Updated link ans product review Jan 11, 2012

Henning Holthusen wrote:
If I had to buy new monitors, I'd buy two of this one, for example:

http://www.amazon.com/ViewSonic-VA2702W-27-Inch-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B0041G63


[Edited at 2012-01-10 09:37 GMT]


For me that link didn't work but is probably the same as
http://www.amazon.com/ViewSonic-VA2702W-27-Inch-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B0041G633W

You might find the following of interest (you'll need to take out a month's free trial to see the details)

http://www.which.co.uk/technology/computing/reviews/pc-monitors/best-buy/about/


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