WFH USB C Monitor 32' - $700 budget

Looking for a 31” – 34” monitor to use with WFH. It will purely be used for office use, pdf, google etc and nothing else.
No gaming or content watching will be done. Just reading documents and word.

There's a few 2k monitors in my budget. Is it worth spending more for a 4k monitor?

My main requirements are:

  • IPS
  • Height adjustable
  • USB C

Do I need to pay attention to aspect ratio? Is one better for documents over the other?

Max budget is. around $800 but would prefer to spend less if I can.

Can anyone recommend any products?

Comments

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    For docs you probably don't want ultrawide. So standard 16x9 wide or if they even still have 16x10 that's ideal. Size, well as big as you can get and 1440p is enough for docs.

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      Disagree - ultrawide is really useful because you can have two docs side by side easily or one doc and a web browser. Much better for doing research and general productivity. I have a 34" 3440x1440 monitor on one of my desks and can't go back to the 27" 1440p I have on the other. It really does have a huge impact on productivity.

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        I would never suggest a 27, but 32 is better vertical than 34 for docs. I guess it just depends on your eyes and how comfortable things are at what size. I use a 38 ultrawide at 1600p and it's good but I still want more height for some reason.

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          32 is better vertical than 34 for docs

          They're still both the same number of pixels (1440) vertically, so all you're doing is blowing up the pixels larger, you don't get any more screen real estate.

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        Thank you @ Mechz and @P1 AMA

        Do you think it’s worth spending more for an IPS Over a Dell VA?

        With 34” would the height be too low?

        I am leaning towards a philips 31.5’ as it’s a good balance between price and specs.

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    There's a Dell 34" 3440x1440 monitor on their eBay store with 20% off for the low 400's. Not USB-C, but just get a DP-USB-C cable or a hub for $20 and you'll be fine.

    I wouldn't suggest getting a USB-C monitor at this stage, they always seem to be really overpriced compared to the competition when they're really just integrating a $20 dock + $30 PD charger.

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      Thank you for your advice!

      I did see that model but read a lot of posts and people said avoid a VA panel. I don’t know if I’d notice the difference though.

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        Nothing wrong with a VA panel, you're using it for documents/text/work, not for photo editing where the better colour accuracy of an IPS panel will actually matter.

        The Dell is a really good monitor for < $500.

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        Modern VA panels are excellent - there's absolutely no reason to avoid them for office work and web browsing.

        I've been using a 34" 1440p ultrawide (with VA panel) for 12 months for WFH and it's absolutely fantastic for documents - you can display 3 x A4 documents arranged side by side at larger than actual size.

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    I love my Philips IPS 32" 4K USB-C height adjustable monitor. OOS on Amazon but worth hunting. Mine cost $850, so a bit out of your budget but worth it.

    https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B07GG5ZNS5/

    EDIT: $699 at Scorptec! https://www.scorptec.com.au/product/monitors/25plus-inch/744...

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      @soan paprika - I was looking at a 31.5’ Phillips and the model you linked as well.

      Can you have 2 word documents open side by side comfortably?

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        'll tell you what I'd do, man: two docs at the same time, man.

        Scorptec says end of life now, so maybe need to look for another model.

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    LG have a 4K USB-C IPS, adjustable height monitor, the LG 27UL850-W, can confirm it is excellent (looks amazing connected to a Macbook), around $600. Don't think you can do much better at your price range. A little smaller than you're after though.

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    Definitely get 4K. I have a 27" 4K Lenovo ThinkVision, $530 had it for about 3 years and it is great. USB-C, even has inbuilt webcam.
    https://www.mwave.com.au/product/lenovo-thinkvision-x1-27-4k...

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    Do I need to pay attention to aspect ratio? Is one better for documents over the other?

    This depends on your preferences, monitor orientation and use case. Personally I prefer a 16:10 aspect ratio to give more vertical space, but I don't like to rotate my monitor. As they say, your mileage may vary.

    There's a few 2k monitors in my budget. Is it worth spending more for a 4k monitor?

    1080p = 1920 x 1080
    2k = 2048 x 1080 (though this isn't 16:9)
    1440p = 2560 x 1440 (A lot call this 2k, which can confuse the matter)
    4k = 4096 x 2160

    You'll need to decide whether you really need the extra resolution.

    Personally, I'd grab a large Dell monitor. I wouldn't really care if it's 1080p, 1440p or 4k for documents.