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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming? 375

First time accepted submitter BadassFractal writes "I'm in the market for a new large desktop monitor (or two) which I intend to use almost exclusively for programming and all sorts of software development-related work. I'm trying to keep the cost down reasonable, and I do enjoy as large of a resolution as possible. What do people 'in the know' out there use these days for that purpose? I'm thinking a 1920x1200 24" would be good, unless there's an affordable 2560xFoo option out there. I keep hearing about nameless Korean 27" screens, any thoughts on those?"
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  • 27" FTW (Score:5, Informative)

    by opusman ( 33143 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:04PM (#42902983) Homepage

    Dell U2711 or similar. 2560x1440 for great number of pixels, and if you want to use a higher DPI you still get a decent amount of information on screen.

    I've tried 30" monitors and they were just too big, but for me 2x27" is perfect.

    • Re:27" FTW (Score:5, Insightful)

      by ottawanker ( 597020 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:07PM (#42903017) Homepage

      2 monitors are much better than 1 large monitor in my experience, but that may mostly be because of the habits I've gotten into. Newer versions of windows work a bit better with single monitors, but its still not as convenient as having 2 separate ones.

      • Re:27" FTW (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Jah-Wren Ryel ( 80510 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:13PM (#42903109)

        2 monitors are much better than 1 large monitor in my experience

        I agree - one in portrait mode for a full-screen web browser for reading documents and the other in landscape mode for interactive work.

        • Re:27" FTW (Score:4, Insightful)

          by ChunderDownunder ( 709234 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:32PM (#42903365)

          I'm glad someone else gets it - many tasks are suited to length rather than width. Whenever a company supplied me with 'pivotable' monitors, I used to get strange looks in the office, even from supposed techies, about why one of my monitors was rotated pi/2.

          Monitors that come with a pivotable base aren't the norm, so perhaps it's worth investing in one of those dual vesa mounts that clamp to one's desk. They're typically adjustable for a variety of angles.

          • by ls671 ( 1122017 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:49PM (#42903579) Homepage

            Whenever a company supplied me with 'pivotable' monitors, I used to get strange looks in the office, even from supposed techies, about why one of my monitors was rotated pi/2.

            I have worked in places where very many people used it so I guess you could now be the one giving strange looks at the ones giving you strange looks for that. Especially the "supposed techies".

            I do not use it myself, but I might need to when I run out of 4:3 monitors.

            • I've got three monitors:

              • - left: portrait mode
              • - middle: landscape mode
              • - right: portrait mode

              I'm doing a lot of work with wireshark, analyzing logs from serial consoles and stuff like that, so that configuration suits me perfectly. I also get this mediaval castle feeling because I'm perfectly shielded from my coworkers!

          • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

            by Anonymous Coward

            If you've somehow got your hands on models with square pixels, that's great.
            Otherwise you're retarded if you think stuff renders correctly in that orientation.

            • Re:27" FTW (Score:4, Informative)

              by v1 ( 525388 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @09:27PM (#42904713) Homepage Journal

              it renders fine if your OS is smart enough to do the sub-pixel kerning intelligently.

          • Re:27" FTW (Score:5, Insightful)

            by steelfood ( 895457 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @09:43PM (#42904843)

            It's a shame 4:3 and 5:4 monitors are so hard to find. That solves both the length and width issues when coding. I find one 4:3 is good enough to replace two 16:9 (one of which is portrait).

            I'm also a huge fan of a low dot pitch, which also seems to have gone the way of the dodo these days. I'd rather code on a 15" 1600x1200 over a monstrous 27" 2560x1440 any day.

            My setups are otherwise similar when I'm required to use 16:9 monitors. Otherwise, I'll go with a pair of old 4:3 whenever I have a choice. I'm usually significantly more productive on those than on the 16:9 (having to drag the right window to the right monitor is a huge distraction).

          • Re:27" FTW (Score:5, Interesting)

            by AdamWill ( 604569 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @09:59PM (#42904985) Homepage

            I have 2xU2211H, both oriented portrait. I can see having one landscape if you need to work on video or something, but I don't.

            I'd always go for the smallest display at a given resolution, to get the highest DPI: I much prefer 22" 1920x1080 to 24" 1920x1080. Still, I wish someone would make 200+ DPI desktop displays. Some day.

        • by ls671 ( 1122017 )

          2 monitors are much better than 1 large monitor in my experience

          I agree - one in portrait mode for a full-screen web browser for reading documents and the other in landscape mode for interactive work.

          Agreeing here too, but why isn't "2" replaced by "multiples" ? ;-)


          • by Molochi ( 555357 )

            Indeed, more is definitley better. If you own 5 monitors scattered over a couple of PCs and a couple of laptops (pretty conservative here) . Between cheap old dual head cards that you certainly already own, Synergy (google that if you have to), and/or Zonescreen ( everyone really needs this, it even works with my HP touchpad) you can get that evil genius wall of data effect. :)

            And now you have a project that will kill your weekend.

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Dell 30" with ridiculous resolution here (2560x1600?).

          I can relate to your vertical needs but not to *grandparent's complaint that 30" is too big.

          I'm not using any fancy IDEs. Screen, vim, and make do the trick. Also running Ratpoison so split vertical and now I have 2 vertical spaces good for a browser to render my work; and with sufficient width to easily still be useful for code editing.

          TL;DR 30" took a little getting used to but is my favorite.

      • Seconded - one portrait. Amazing how much it makes your life easier a lot of the time.
        Of course, if you have the space, keeping a third one, (maybe your old monitor) is good too.
        I use it keep track of mail, VoIP and messages without having to tab between screens.

        Of course, it still sucks that as standard win 8 only shows you the task bar on your 'main" monitor.

      • I agree, layout of most apps are designed for a certain screen shape. When you only have a single larger monitor, maybe 50% more area, you wind up with two abnormally skinny apps side by side or on top of each other. Two regular sized monitors are better IMO

        Also, 1920x1080 monitors are the defacto now just about, and you will get a better $/pixel value getting two of those instead of one less common resolution.

      • Just make sure you get a monitor that works well in potrait. Many (even those that come with stands that swivel to portrait) look like shit in portrait mode. Something about the eyes seeing it at slightly different angles.

        I'm not sure what spec to look for when finding a portrait-friendly screen, perhaps someone can enlighten me.

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        It works in other things as well. I'd rather have two girls at 115 lb each than one at 230.

    • by sl149q ( 1537343 )

      I've been using variations of this (non) integrated development environment for more than 15 years, current version:

      - 2x24" running linux with up to eight 130x80 rxvts in up to 48 desktops to use vim and make in...
      - 2x22" running linux with VM / windows for surfing, email etc
      - 2x19" with kvms to the multitude of test systems on the lab bench

      The first system uses fvwm simply because I like its multi-desktop pager and I haven't bothered to update it for the last te

    • Re:27" FTW (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Keith Mickunas ( 460655 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:22PM (#42903239) Homepage

      I too prefer a pair no matter the size. When developing in something like Visual Studio I have to run it in full screen. So the second monitor gets used for e-mail, web browser, references, etc.

      I use 2 U2711 at home and it's wonderful. I also use a 17" alongside those. I use the smaller monitor for consoles or running something like uTorrent. Some people get caught up on the whole 16:10 vs. 16:9 issue, but at 2560x1440 there's plenty of vertical resolution there.

      At work I use a pair of 22" 16:10 monitors. That's an ok setup and I've been using something similar at three jobs now. I'm considering picking up another pair of 27" monitors to use at work though. Either the 2713HM or perhaps some of the cheap Korean ones. Perfect color isn't a must for me when coding, so I don't need the 2711 or the better 2713 model.

      • by wanax ( 46819 )

        I used to agree with you, and was religious about getting dual 24" 1920x1200s for my setups (usually Acer). However, last time I upgraded my home machine I finally decided to bite the bullet and shell out the 1k for a 2560x1600 30" (in my case, a DoubleSight DS-309W).. and I could not be happier. The difference in vertical screen space is surprisingly noticeable, and it just about fills my useful-field-of-view at about 22-24" viewing distance, so I don't find myself having to turn my head very much. I have

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        I too prefer a pair no matter the size.

        Mmmm, breasts.

    • Re:27" FTW (Score:5, Informative)

      by cbhacking ( 979169 ) <been_out_cruising-slashdot@@@yahoo...com> on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:51PM (#42903611) Homepage Journal

      I actually have one of those 27" 2560x1440 ("WQHD") IPS monitors from Korea. $290 USD, included DHL express shipping (about 48 hours after it left the warehouse in Seoul to reach me in Seattle) via eBay. It's wonderful. Bright and clear, glossy screen but bright enough that reflections and background light are no problem, good stand, and simple but functional on-screen display. The DPI is nothing amazing, but it's comparable to my old 18" 1920x1080 monitor, and that's fine by me. I don't use the 5W speakers it has built in, so I can't say how those are.

      The monitor does have a minor defect where if left turned on too long (several days straight) it will start getting "sparkles" on a black screen, but this is easily fixed by power-cycling the monitor or just turning it off every night (it starts very quickly, so that's no problem). It can also get pretty warm (especially at max brightness) and has a large-ish power brick (with a plug designed for Korean outlets, though they included a USA adapter for me at no extra charge) rated for 120W output.

      Contrast is good but not incredible, but the lighting is very even. The in-plane switching works great; response time is excellent and the viewing angle is superb (the ~1/4" bezel gets in the way before the screen noticeably changes color). Color and saturation look good to my eye (untrained, but an amatuer photographer); it is something I look at and check calibration on.

      I plan to buy a second one... just as soon as I figure out where I'm going to put it. I may just get a 1440x900 (or similar) instead and put it in portrait mode next to the big one. Otherwise, I'll probably need wall mounts; I'm running out of desk space.

      One note of caution: It requires a dual-DVI input. That means no driving two monitors off one DVI connection, and many HDMI adapters, etc. won't work.

  • by jdkc4d ( 659944 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:09PM (#42903051)
    Bigger tends to be better, but shoot for a 16:10 ratio screen. The 16:9 screens are nice but that extra shortness tends to be really annoying when your code really starts to grow.
    • 2560x1440 is great too. It's just a matter of getting to a good overall height, and the 27" monitors have that.

    • by macraig ( 621737 )

      I recommend a Hanns-G/Hannspree HZ281HPB [google.com] 28-inch 16:10 monitor. You won't likely find a new unused one now, but it isn't hard to find them used or refurbed on eBay. I bought two from different sources on eBay for about $200 each. I can't remember what computing was like before this. I almost bought a third for gaming, but I do very little FPS gaming and most of the games I play wouldn't benefit much from being strung across three monitors.

      • I'll second that, I'm not sure that is the specific model that I own but it looks like it. I also got 2 of them, for $300 each at the time, and have one in portrait and one in landscape. Great for programming on, gaming is good also. Not a single broken pixel in either monitor, but the primary monitor does occasionally flicker just after I turn it on.

        • by macraig ( 621737 )

          I recently finally bought a dual-monitor stand (for US$20 with $40 rebate) for mine, and it includes the ability to rotate them, so now I can finally do that, too. I don't need portrait mode all the time, but it's nice to be able to get it on the fly as needed with just a few moments of effort. (The only downside was that the support column was IMHO too short, requiring that I either leave the desk below them completely clear or clamp the thing to a secondary stand of wood... which I will likely build in

  • Personally I find dual 19" monitors to be both cheaper, and more usable than a single large screen. Work is usually divided between 1 primary monitor where I have my actual code, and 1 monitor that is being used to display information, references, email, IMs, etc. Combined with some software like Winsplit [winsplit-revolution.com] (No affiliation, just an awesome free product that I've used on every computer I've touched in the past 8 years) you can organize a large number of windows in ways that make sense very quickly. Obviousl

  • Nice colors, pretty docile, good motivator. Can't complain about this monitor!
    See for yourself http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengal_Monitor [wikipedia.org]
    Oh! You mean like, a monitor monitor, the hardware kind? Um... Lemme get back to you. I think it's an HP from the days of old...
  • I've been using an HP zr24w for over a year, and it's pretty great. It's also got a great stand that lets me pivot the display 90 degrees if I want to. Another good thing about it is it's a standard gamut display, so any web design I do on it won't look weird on regular computers. I had a wide gamut display for a while, and often the colors I'd choose based on that display didn't exist on regular displays, and thus looked very different. The important points, though are: IPS display, and matte coating.
  • 27" Korean's (Score:3, Interesting)

    by MasseKid ( 1294554 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:17PM (#42903169)
    The 27" Korean's are nice screens. For the most part they are the A- grade of the same ones going in to monitors that are twice to 3 times as much. You might have to live with a dead pixel or two, but I doubt you'll be disappointed.
    • There are even people who make a nice margin testing them and selling them as guaranteed no dead pixels on eBay. I think some of them are the original sellers.

    • I recently bought this: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MO-003-DG [overclockers.co.uk] No idea if it's Korean or not but it's awesome, no dead pixels, HD input. No USB though and the speakers are pants but hey.
      • £357 + shipping to north america for a 27" display, I may as well go to the Apple store and buy a 27" Cinema display. It'll work out to about the same cost for me....

        The point of the Korean ones is that they're half the cost, or less.

    • Agreed; I quite like mine. No dead pixels, though pixels will "sparkle" (not sure how else to describe it) if left on for a few days; power cycling or turning it off at night avoids this problem. Otherwise, it's great; beautiful and bright, good color and contrast, good response time. 2560x1440 is a good aspect ratio and plenty of vertical pixels. Cost was $290 USD on eBay, including DHL express shipping (48 hours from warehouse in Seoul to my place in Seattle) and an included adapter for US outlets (the po

  • I'm really happy with my two Samsung SA450s. I paid under AU$300 each for them, and they rotate, so it's a pair of 1920x1200 screens, one sideways for code. With a decent graphics card (I splurged and got one that costs about the same as one of the monitors so I could have two separate DVI links) it's a nice programming rig. The sideways one gets over 100 lines of code on screen at a readable resolution.

  • When they finally bought me a second monitor at work it was a widescreen format. That didn't work all that well with the existing 4x5 aspect ratio. So I took my new monitor and turned it 90 deg. Thankfully the mount supported this. So now I have my original monitor for general web/mail and my new monitor is where the coding gets done. Having a monitor that has 50% more vertical real estate is awesome for working on code and documents.

  • by asmkm22 ( 1902712 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:22PM (#42903245)

    The size isn't as important as the orientation (queue the jokes). Two wide screen monitors, one setup as landscape, and one as portrait. It's actually a great setup for anything that involves reading or writing.

    • by rwa2 ( 4391 ) *

      Seconded (pun very much intended)

      Quantity > Quality (if that makes any sense)

  • NEC LCD2490WUXi2-BK 24" ...if you can find one. I bought mine used about six months ago for surprisingly little when my NEC 19 inch tube monitor finally bit the dust. It's color accurate and 1200 pixels tall. (I have a hard time working on "HDTV" monitors. They're too short.) It's a little thicker and heavier than modern flatscreens, but I don't mind at all.

    • by Foobar_ ( 120869 )

      Seconded. This is a solid workstation monitor for graphics or text. I have the LCD2490WUXI rev 1, which I bought it to replace my FP950 when something in its vertical deflection opened up.

      It comes with or without a color calibrator. The regular gamut 1920x1200 IPS display has full adjustments for color, gamma, black level, backlight brightness, pixel overdrive, display scaling, etc.

      The scaler also includes an adjustable border overlap, so that you can make the monitor display the image as if the bezel was f

  • by elbonia ( 2452474 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:29PM (#42903329)
    I bought 2 IBM T221s [wikipedia.org] on ebay and have them setup as a dual monitors for my desktop. It's like programming on 2 giant iPad rentias. The new macbook pros [youtube.com] can drive of one these monitors.
    • by chill ( 34294 )

      Where'd you rent the crane to install them? My local Lowe's doesn't have anything big enough.

  • by rjstanford ( 69735 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:30PM (#42903343) Homepage Journal

    I'm trying to keep the cost down reasonable,

    Why? If spending $1,000 makes you 5-10% more productive, then do it. If you can find a cheaper one, great, but don't screw yourself in the name of a false economy.

  • by the eric conspiracy ( 20178 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:31PM (#42903353)

    My favorite is a 30" 2560x1600. The vertical pixel count is very nice. The Koreans can deliver these at a reasonable price. If you have money you can get them for about 1K in a nice IPS flavor.

    I don't like the 27" 2560's because the dot pitch is marginal for my below average eyesight.

    And I have yet to find a 1920 x 1200 27".

    Right now I am using a cheap pair of 27" 1920 x 1080, but I am definitely going to at least one 30" 2560x1600 in the next couple of months.

  • I currently use 2x HP ZR2440w at work and 2x Dell 2408WFP at home. I actually prefer the HP's, for what it's worth. I will be replacing the Dell monitors at home with either 2x27" 2560x1440, or possibly 3x. One annoying thing about dual monitors is when you're gaming you have to look at either the left or right one. It's very slight, but it kind of bugs me.

    You could also consider doing whats called a "PLP" setup, for portrait/landscape/portrait. Here's an example [imageshack.us].
  • by radish ( 98371 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:33PM (#42903373) Homepage

    I have one of the Korean 27" screens - they seem to be generally great. I went for a slightly higher end model to get HDMI etc, and I have no dead pixels at all. I can see slight variation in the backlight when it's full white but I've seen it at least that bad on every monitor I've ever owned (costing a lot more than this). Highly recommended (and if you don't want to go the eBay route, monoprice are now rebadging these themselves!).

  • I have a Samsung S24A450UW (1920x1200) + a legacy secondary screen (an odd 1680x1050).

    I like having two screens. The main screen has most of my work stuff, and has multiple virtual-desktops. The secondary screen is static, and shows mostly mail, irc, todo lists, and a secondary firefox window for reference stuff. (I use Gnome 3, but presumably most window managers have that option, although I moved to Gnome 3 after 10 years with FVWM, but it had become too annoying to configure correctly)

    I also find it nice

  • by eyegone ( 644831 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:35PM (#42903395)

    I purchased two of these a few months ago (replacing a couple of 1680x1050 Acer displays), and I couldn't be happier.

  • Nice to get a large monitor. But there are a few things to keep in mind.

    If you get a 27" monitor, it had better be very high resolution (2560 x ... or more). If you get a 27" with only, say, 1920 x 1200, it has to be too far away before it will look halfway decent. Maybe farther than the width of your desk. You're paying more money for less functionality.

    Contrast ratios are touted to be in the many millions to one, these days. Big deal. As long as it's over 100,00 to 1, you probably won't notice the d
    • s/100,00/100,000
    • Caveat emptor re linux support for USB adapters. I needed a solution in a hurry from the local electronics store for a Windows 7 laptop but unsurprisingly drivers were lacking for Ubuntu.

      Which is kind of a shame when today's Android smartphones include USB OTG support, e.g. for plugging in external displays. Perhaps I'll learn some C and hack together a driver by 2015!

  • I've got a monitor similar to this one http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2668386 [tigerdirect.com] which has worked really well for me.
  • by Chirs ( 87576 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:39PM (#42903449)

    The U2412M is a competetively priced 24" 1920x1200 IPS screen with moderate anti-glare. (Less aggressive than U2711/U2410.) I have the older brother of this screen (U2407WFP) and have been coding on it for ages.

    The 27" 2560x1440 monitors all have advantages and disadvantages, but the ViewSonic VP2770 seems like the best of the lot overall. It has no PWM in the backlight, has good uniformity, good quality panel, decent inputs, antiglare isn't too aggressive, no crosshatching or image retention (the main flaws of the U2713). The main downside is the price since it doesn't really go on sale like some of the others.

    Take a look at the display forum on hardforum.com if you haven't already.

    As for multiple monitors...I find one large monitor better than two smaller ones.

  • by spire3661 ( 1038968 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:41PM (#42903491) Journal
    Monoprice.com is going to start stocking house-branded 27" ($400) and 30"($600-$700) IPS panels for a DEEP discount in March. Same LG panels as used in Apple Cinema Display. Monoprice is a great company and wouldn't call what they are offering nameless Korean screens. Here is a link http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=ips [monoprice.com]
    • by guises ( 2423402 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @08:15PM (#42903921)
      I haven't heard anything bad about Monoprice, but the question with buying monitors is always: what is their policy on bad pixels? Answer: up to five dead pixels are allowed, no mention of stuck pixels.

      Some of the Korean shippers will let you pay a little extra for a monitor with no bad pixels.
  • At work they bought us each two of the HP LA2405x, which is 1920x1200. Looks like they're currently going for about $260 on Newegg. It's not bad, they get the job done and the resolution is definitely a plus. However, my fiance and I each bought ourselves an Asus PA248Q right after Christmas, and it is by far my favorite monitor. I think we paid just under $300, there was a good sale on them at Fry's. I really love the IPS even if it is just e-IPS, and the stand itself is very sturdy and easy to manipu
  • Read the reviews about PWM LED systems and take it into consideration.
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/pulse_width_modulation.htm [tftcentral.co.uk]
    Go for top end Dell, the ~$1000 Eizo range.
    Any Australian tech forum has a post on the Korean IPS options:
    "27/30" Korean Monitor Guide/Help Pt2"
    http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=2023067 [whirlpool.net.au]
  • I had a nice 24" Dell - no complaints, especially since the company provided it - but I bought a 24" Apple LED Cinema Display for personal use. It's a few years old so it doesn't have the latest ports, but I'm on this just about all day and love it. When I ran a day-to-day business for computer support, I often recommended Acer monitors: they were nice, and not all that expensive, but it's been a few years since I've worked with them.
  • I write which has the same issue. Most monitors even name brands do a poor job of displaying text sharply. I always go to Fries Electronics and go down the row scanning for sharp text and solid blacks. The best monitor for the money I used in the past was discontinued. I hate to use the "A" word but Apple monitors are solid if a bit pricey. In the non Apple world I like the Dells, once again pricey. Apple's I don't like the color balance so much and they tend towards the gray side, Retina displays are very
  • by tomtefar ( 935007 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @07:50PM (#42903595)
    Worth every one of the $800 I plunked down on it. In the beginning I didn't know what to do with all the real estate, but these days I cannot live without the massive scrreen area.
  • I just recently upgraded to this monitor, and I love it. Adjustable height, can be rotated to portrait mode, LED backlit.

    I love having 1920x1200 - those extra vertical pixels are worth the extra price vs. the ubiquitous 1920x1080 screens.

  • It is a very bright, and I think it looks quite amazing. It is especially amazing at its sub-$350 price point. I'm pretty jealous of it, but my laptop lacks the dual link DVI port required for driving one of these displays. I would really like to upgrade from my pair of 1080p monitors to a pair of these! He wrote about his 27" 2560x1440 monitor on his blog. [brianmoses.net]
  • I don't program with them but I can give some feedback.

    Mine are from Auria bought from MicroCenter. They are 27inches and have a glossy finish which you may not like on your screen if you have things that could reflect behind you. Neither one had a single dead pixle and after about 2months of use I really like them. The stands did NOT allow for pivoting but I'm using a dual stand off of Amazon anyway so I could pivot if I needed to. You MUST use the included DVI cables as they're apparently some new version

  • by Osgeld ( 1900440 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @08:33PM (#42904145)

    most of the time, but I personally find widescreens to be mostly useless for large text displays unless stood in portrait mode (IDE's like visual studio do make use of the side area, I guess)

    maybe I dont have 1037 nested if's in a billion line widget, but its sort of rare for me to go much over 80 columns

  • If it is something with an IDE like Java, of something running on websites, two large monitors(1080p+) are great. If it is something like C++ with the gcc tool chain, I am more interested in high contrast and monitors just wide enough to fit four or six 80 character width terminals with bold text ( for me, 1280x1024 is fine).
  • by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @09:34PM (#42904787) Homepage

    3- 24" 1920X1200 monitors. It is getting HARD to find 4:3 monitors nowdays with the useless Widescreen trend. Works fantastic, I can have multiple Xterms open as well as multiple VM's Makes it all a breeze.

  • by psypher 69 ( 2841595 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @10:22PM (#42905205)
    3x 24" 1920x1200. My personal choice are the Dell U2412M, but you have to watch for them to get in the 260-270 price range. Don't pay more than that.