External monitor for WFH

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  1. tonedeaf

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    Hi all, any suggestions for an external monitor for a 2018 Macbook Air? Since it looks like we'll be doing WFH for the foreseeable future, I have decided to use an external monitor to save my eyes. Haha. I will use it mostly for word processing, excel (and the Google counterparts), browsing, occasional photo editing, maybe YouTube. I'm looking at 24" size.
     
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    I just recently changed from a 24" Dell Monitor to a Xiaomi 34 monitor. I enjoy it a lot and it is one of the best value purchases that I made. I can open two windows side by side.

    You can check it out in Lazada here.
     
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    I bought this Dell monitor for my MacBook Pro 13-inch and I really like the USB-C connectivity. Power and USB expansion through one cable. Screen resolution and quality is quite good, but of course don't expect it to be Mac quality. But it's good enough for most uses.

    https://bequik.com.ph/shop/Dell-P2419HC-Monitor
     
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    Whoa. I've heard some buzz about this. How far away do you have to sit from your monitor? I'm not sure I can handle a 34" screen size :)
     
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    Maybe since I'm using a Macbook Air and not the Pro, the screen resolution will be more acceptable. Haha. I'm also looking at this, along with the U2419 model.
     
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    How far away do you sit, from the monitor? That's my main worry about screens larger than 24". Also, did you have to tweak the resolution --wouldn't the fonts/text be too small at 4K?
     
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    I used a monitor arm to mount the display, northbayou brand is only 1300-1600 on lazada. Usually 40-50cm away. No worries on scaling, MacOS is excellent when it comes to scaling everything.
    And you'll never have to worry about blurry text, I'm a developer and I stare at text all day.
     
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    Thank you for your inputs. I've been lurking at other forums and a lot of the posters seem to value monitors with 144 Hz refresh rate. So, I've mostly looked at 24" monitors with 144 hz refresh rate which are 1080p- there aren't too many QHD or 4K monitors in the 24" size. I am not sure how relevant 144hz is to my use, since the posters in the forums seem to be more gamers than WFH folks. haha.

    I've been shying away from anything larger than 24" because my home office is just makeshift and there isn't really much space. so, does it mean it will be disastrous if I get a 24" screen with only 1080p resolution?
     
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    thank you. your recommendation is the same as that of jayparalejas. if i decide to go this route, i might have to buy from Lazada or other sources. the link you provided says the model is out of stock.
     
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    Yes, 4k monitors are usually in the 27-32inch range.

    24inch 1080p is not bad, but its up to your preference. If you feel that it will serve your current purpose then go for it! :)

    macbook air and high refresh rate monitor seems overkill. I also have a gaming monitor from samsung. 1440p curved Samsung 144hz display.

    Honestly for day to day tasks difference is negligible. If you game yes, it will make a world of difference.

    monitor arm and any display you prefer, would be perfect as you would not worry about space below the monitor. Wall mount or desk clipped. :)

     
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    My setup, 4k monitor, nzxt h1, mbp, flexispot arm, flexispot desk.
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    this one is my mini gaming setup, nuc8i7hvk, samsung 1440p 144hz Monitor with dual arm NorthBayou
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    Left one 2560x1440 pixels 27inch monitor, Right 3840x2160 pixel 28inch monitor.
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    this is a cool set up jay. whats the make up of your nuc? Im thinking about upgrading my nuc (nuc5ryh) to this particular beast
     
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    NUC8i7HVK I bought it on amazon last 2018 If I'm not mistaken.

    Intel Core i7 8th gen with AMD Graphics*
    Added 32GB of 2666mhz ram 2 x 16GB
    Samsung Evo Pro 512GB nvme

    Planning to add a 1TB nvme to the 2nd slot, just waiting for the ssd prices to come down by the end of the year.
     
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    i bought a 2tb nvme drive already (before lockdown)

    Intel 660p M.2 2280 2TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNW020T8X1
     
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    Wow, how much did you get it for?
     

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