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Hi,
I have multiple spreadsheets open at the same time sometimes 4-5.
Can anyone advise best specs for monitors for this purpose.
giving clearest crisp text.
Will 4K improve text quality ?
I will use a 3 monitor setup and will NOT use for gaming.
Everything on the net nowadays relates to gaming !!
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Ian
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KimputerIT Manager
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4K will show more on your screen, at the cost that sometimes the user needs to have glasses or magnifiers to read the text.
Having 4K with larger system fonts enabled, will make the text sharper, but the question is, how much, and was the extra sharpness really necessary (as you may need glasses or magnifiers to really tell the difference side by side).
So if you can just borrow a 4K monitor somewhere, and find a balance between sharpness and size, you may indeed benefit from 4K monitors, as usually, more data onscreen is more productivity/efficiency.
While most monitors are geared towards gaming, you can benefit from the specs as well.
Please note the extra costs involving 3 x 4K monitors (probably needs graphics card upgrade)
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I do have two graphic cards that can support up to 8 monitors as computer spec includes i9 processor and 64 GB RAM
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So if it's in your budget, buy 3 x large 4K monitors. More data on your screen, but no need to squint your eyes. 27 or 32" even?
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However I noticed 4k 32 inch monitors can range in price from £320 to £1,200+  Where along that range does extra cost becomes unnecessary ?
Any idea what specs give max display ?  ie  Resolution, Response time, refresh rate etc ?
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I already have a Dell 27 inch so another 27 inch and a 32 inch as the middle monitor might be ideal.
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The pricier 4K 32 inch monitors have the SAME resolution (otherwise it wouldn't be called 4K).
They do have other panels, and the money goes towards:

brighter screen
better contrast
better view angles
better color reproduction
higher refresh rates

It, however, does NOT mean, the cheapest is bad and not suitable. Since it's probably only for office/business work, you may not even need all the better specs. If possible, go to a store with a demo setup, and ask them to show stuff on it for you (text pages probably in your case, but internet pages would probably be useful too)
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I thought someone may have already researched the best specs for spreadsheets hence my question on here. There are no monitor showrooms anywhere near where I live and don't have the time to go to London to visit several stores. I'm very surprised at the lack of reviews on the internet re best monitors for spreadsheets. I'm aware of the points you raised above and there must be a point where most if not all the of them become redundant at some point along the price scale, assuming makers prices are similar for similar specs.
I did see the spreadsheets on a 4K monitor when I was in Hong Kong when they were first released about 3 years+ ago and remember being impressed.  I wasn't sure the non 4k monitors hadn't improved since.
The net is full of gaming computers and reviews and it beats me how people have so much spare time to play games. While at the same time people who want to work are almost starved of information.
You are right the suck it and see method is the best solution but in this day of reviews which often include videos it should not be necessary as I am quite happy to rely on an experts view.
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Sadly, while for gaming, it's clear when there's a winner (monitor with great brightness/contrast/refresh etc) in reviews of monitors, for spreadsheets, purely because it's a total other playing field, there will be none.
That's because the best monitor for spreadsheets, due to low requirements, is purely based on personal taste. Other than sharpness (which since a decade or so, isn't something that's needed to verify, all monitors are sharp these days), some people actually like lower brightness. Then other like exaggerated colors. others like it more muted.
While you are frustrated, you should actually be glad, that no matter what money you'll spend, there's basically no way you'll be disappointed (while with gamers, the opposite is true)
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Thanks K,  you have reassured me about the sharpness of latest models. I actually have 2 Dell monitors 24 and 27 inch and may now just buy one extra Dell as a middle monitor to keep it all in the family. In fact this was my original idea before I went on a 3 week holiday.
I'll probably buy a 32 inch 4K  3840 * 2160 resolution.
Although this one looks ideal having a pop up web cam and well priced.
 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01KUQHQQE/ref=psdc_428652031_t3_B01IZPKS4O?tag=coa_gb-21
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i suggest to visit a shop, and have a look at several screens you like - or not - to fix your ideas by comparing them
remember : what 's good for one guy mau not suit another - you decide!
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Yes I addressed that in an earlier message. Problem is time or lack of it. It would take me two hours travelling time to any showrooms.  I think I have finally settled on the Amazon link I just posted. It's a Phillips 27 inch
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Amazon links has reviews like these: "Instead, I spent most of my time thinking about the monitor’s impressive colour reproduction, its expansive resolution and accommodating adjustability. In every essential measure of quality, this monitor impresses."

Therefore, as I suggested earlier, you really can't go wrong.
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Thanks Kimputer you have assured me of the latest monitors being sharper than ever.
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i hope it is what you wanted
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Thanks nobus

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