How About A 4K PC Monitor For Your Tired Old Eyes?

So-called "4k" monitors are coming down in price, to the point where they may make sense for "normal" folk. So should you get one, and I'm thinking more about those of us with less that perfect eyesight? Well, yes and no.

The good part is that the 4k resolution contains 4 times as many "pixels" (picture elements, the tiny dots of color that make up the screen image) than that of a 1080P HDTV. That's a lot of pixels (typically 3840 by 2160), and should give a gorgeous, detailed display - and it will, with some gotchas. 

The only real problem for PC users with poor eyesight hoping for relief is that because of the way screen real estate is used, this will likely result in smaller-than-expected text, and web pages that will seem to float in the middle of a vast expanse of screen space.

This is partly because web sites and program applications are not yet really designed specifically for these very high resolutions, at least on PCs. Mobile devices generally do a better job of "scaling" the display - blowing it up to a more suitable size, without it starting to look fuzzy (and thereby lose some of the advantages of the higher resolution).

Apple, Linux and Windows operating systems handle this with varying degrees of success and may require some fiddling to get the best results. While Windows 8.1 can handle the scaling quite well, we may see better results with Windows 10, particularly if 4k monitors seem to take off.

If you have a friend who has a 4k monitor, go and check it out to see if it meets your needs, otherwise you may want to wait till things are a little more settled and 4k becomes a more common technology.

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