Thursday, 22 August 2013

New monitor

For my new workstation, I fancy a new monitor - bigger, higher resolution.

I've Ebay-bid on a second hand 2560 by 1600 HP 30 inch monitor. Those go for around £1000 new; I've bid a small fraction of that (less than £200), and I don't seriously expect to get it.

But I have bought a new 2560 by 1440, 27 inch monitor for £204. That has to travel from Korea to get here, but they say it should be here within a week! What will replace my current 1920 by 1200, 24 inch monitor.

It's comparable in size and pixels to the beautifully-named Yamakasi Catleap, which I've had my eye on for a while, and which is a slightly higher price. It has to be used with a DVI dual-link video output, and my new workstation has one of those just begging to be used!

£200 for a monitor of this quality, blows my mind. It seems like not so long ago I was buying CRT monitors (with the attendant back-breaking lifting) like the Sone W900 24 inch at 1920 by 1200 pixels, costing about £1000. And it was wonderful to look at.

But everything seems to go that way in computing. The first hard drive I bought, for £1000, had 10 megabytes and nearly pulled my arm off as I carried it from the tube station to home. Now I get 4,000,000 megabytes for £110 and I can lift it with my little finger.

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