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UHD monitor - what to consider?

Situation:
  • I watch very little TV. When I do, I use zattoo on website (not android app) and transfer it to the TV via Miracast. (I'm a windows-person)
  • My TV died last December, it was about 10 years old. I now use my – smaller – and even older (2006!) TV and do the same. It is only a HD-TV, 32”, the picture is okay but not all that sharp.
  • I played a 4K (more likely UHD ) you tube video on it and strangely enough, this old TV showed a darn good picture.
  • I don't want to buy an other TV (I don't need all the features they have these days and I believe, today's TVs are too nosy. This is not up for discussion so never mind if you disagree).
  • So I want to get a bigger Monitor than on my laptop and use Miracast when I do want to use it.
  • I read that SRG plans to broadcast in UHD, originally planned for 2021, due to Corona sometime later. That kind of told me that – considering how long I use these kind of devices – I might as well get a fairly modern Monitor.

My decisions so far:
  • I only want to pay a few hundred franks for it. Therefore I guess 32” is the biggest possible choice. Considering the sharp picture that should be good enough for me.
  • Although they all fake 4K (which would be 4096 × 2160 pixels) they are all only UHD (3840x2160) which is fine for me though for the next 10 years.
I want:
  • IPS panel
  • matt (I got the impression, IPS is always matt)
  • speakers
  • HDMI socket re Miracast
  • USB socket would be nice but not a must
  • 16:9
  • free sync
  • 60Hz minimum (I don't game)
  • position adjustable

I wonder:
  • My old Samsung TV has 500cd/m2 – these UHD monitors have like 370cd/m2, only few go up to 500. Is that due to the new technique or simply bad?
  • My old Samsung TV has a contrast of 5000:1 – these UHD monitors have like 1000:1, some 3000:1. Is that due to the new technique or simply bad?

Remember:
  • I want a low price monitor that will be up to standard for several (many) years.
  • I don't want/need a super fancy, prestige monitor and I'm quiet happy if it doesn't dominate the room.
  • I'm thinking about this LG 32BN67U (32", 4K UHD) (Never mind the supplier, Techmania has served me well over the years)

Question:
Did I forget anything that needs consideration?

I hope to get some input from you. Keep it simple though, folks.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 16.02.2021, 13:08
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Re: UHD monitor - what to consider?

I doubt you will be able to tell the difference between HD and UHD (4K) on a 32“ screen. I think all TVs and Monitors are UHD anyway now....
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Re: UHD monitor - what to consider?

- Yes IPS panels are generally matt/anti-glare.

- Decent (not high end) 32", "4k" monitors start at around CHF700-800.

- 300 cd/m² is plenty bright. You will use it at a lot lower brightness anyway, around 80-120 cd/m², depending on room brightness.

Personally I don't have any recommendations at your price point, but for your needs I assume the LG will do.
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I doubt you will be able to tell the difference between HD and UHD (4K) on a 32“ screen.

You can, I can anyway If going for UHD (4K) I would not go for anything lower than 32" though.
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- Yes IPS panels are generally matt/anti-glare.

- Decent (not high end) 32", "4k" monitors start at around CHF700-800.

- 300 cd/m² is plenty bright. You will use it at a lot lower brightness anyway, around 80-120 cd/m², depending on room brightness.

Personally I don't have any recommendations at your price point, but for your needs I assume the LG will do.
Because they got what other details?
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- Yes IPS panels are generally matt/anti-glare.

- Decent (not high end) 32", "4k" monitors start at around CHF700-800.

- 300 cd/m² is plenty bright. You will use it at a lot lower brightness anyway, around 80-120 cd/m², depending on room brightness.

Personally I don't have any recommendations at your price point, but for your needs I assume the LG will do.
You should be able to get 55 or 58 inch dead cheap, I bought both sizes in March last year during lockdown & paid €399. Very happy with both
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You should be able to get 55 or 58 inch dead cheap, I bought both sizes in March last year during lockdown & paid €399. Very happy with both
Models? Links?
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Because they got what other details?
Colour accuracy, inputs, KVM switch etc. I don't think any of that is relevant for your needs.
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You should be able to get 55 or 58 inch dead cheap, I bought both sizes in March last year during lockdown & paid Euro399. Very happy with both
You might be talking about TV? I am talking about PC monitors, which is what Curley wants, or did I understand wrong?

On Digitec if I filter by 32" and greater + IPS screen + UHD, then arrange by price, I get-



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Re: UHD monitor - what to consider?

For those of you connected to one of the Universities (student, teacher, alumni) the Projekt Neptun sales window has just opened. They have some Dell monitors on sale.
https://projektneptun.ch/
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Old 16.02.2021, 14:29
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Colour accuracy, inputs, KVM switch etc. I don't think any of that is relevant for your needs.
You might be talking about TV? I am talking about PC monitors, which is what Curley wants, or did I understand wrong?

On Digitec if I filter by 32" and greater + IPS screen + UHD, then arrange by price, I get-

You got it exactly right!
Not interested in TVs.

edit: Interesting, when I look for LG43BN70U-B it doesn't find it. And I was what? 10 minutes after you?

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Current offers
55' €349 https://www.carrefour.fr/p/tv-led-4k...007605?t=26256
55' €499 https://www.carrefour.fr/p/tv-led-4k...018828?t=26256
58' €499 https://www.carrefour.fr/p/tv-led-4k...018828?t=26256
65' €649 https://www.carrefour.fr/p/tv-led-4k...689026?t=26256

Even a Sony 55' from Switzerland just 699 CHF https://www.mediamarkt.ch/de/product...6-1987924.html
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You got it exactly right!
Not interested in TVs.

edit: Interesting, when I look for LG43BN70U-B it doesn't find it. And I was what? 10 minutes after you?
A TV is a monitor with some added software
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Old 16.02.2021, 15:03
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Re: UHD monitor - what to consider?

which is exactly what I don't want, as mentioned in op.

Thanks for the links. Yes, TVs are cheaper.
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which is exactly what I don't want, as mentioned in op.

Thanks for the links. Yes, TVs are cheaper.
As you pointed out UHD is not 4k, it's a TV standard, nothing else.
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Even a Sony 55' from Switzerland just 699 CHF https://www.mediamarkt.ch/de/product...6-1987924.html
Don't do French so can't comment on the other links but the SONY KD-55XH8096 TV uses a VA panel not IPS, according to Digitec There is a reason they are cheaper

Also, Curley will struggle to use a 55" -65" screen as a monitor for work if she puts it on the desk to work.




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edit: Interesting, when I look for LG43BN70U-B it doesn't find it. And I was what? 10 minutes after you?

You need to input 31.5" to 32" in the size field It is out of stock at Digitec. Here, this link should show you all IPS, 32" UHD ones from the cheapest onwards!
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Re: UHD monitor - what to consider?

Size depends on how far away from the monitor you sit.
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Size depends on how far away from the monitor you sit.
With 4k you can be considerably closer, hence a huge desktop screen.
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Size depends on how far away from the monitor you sit.
Size doesn't matter.
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You can, I can anyway If going for UHD (4K) I would not go for anything lower than 32" though.

I'd agree with this - running full UHD resolution even on a 32 inch screen is pretty small and takes some getting used to. I run a 32 inch Dell panel and its amazing once you get used to it.
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