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External Display? 1440p or 4k? 24" or 27" ? What would you suggest?

rquellet

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Do any of you guys have any experience with a 16:10 monitor that works happily with the SP3?
Honestly, most monitors work happily with the Surface. The issue here is Windows 8.1 multi-monitor DPI scaling problems. If you're willing to log out/log in every time you dock/undock the surface, you can get by.

I use a 24" 16x10 Dell at work. The newest model is: UltraSharp 24 Monitor – U2415. If you want to get away from the scaling nightmare, buy the Dell 27" 4k monitor.
 

malberttoo

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Honestly, most monitors work happily with the Surface. The issue here is Windows 8.1 multi-monitor DPI scaling problems. If you're willing to log out/log in every time you dock/undock the surface, you can get by.

I use a 24" 16x10 Dell at work. The newest model is: UltraSharp 24 Monitor – U2415. If you want to get away from the scaling nightmare, buy the Dell 27" 4k monitor.

Thanks. I'm currently using 2 Dell 24" Ultra Sharp monitors, not sure of the exact model but they are 16:10 and I have really come to love that factor. But I'm getting the itch to upgrade to 27", but want something that plays relatively nice with the SP3.
 

enthuz

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To keep the same topic in the same thread of 1440 scalling, I'll post my question here.

I just ordered 2 Dell U2515H's today (deal was too good to pass up). They are the 25" QHD 2560 x 1440 monitors. I will be using them in a DP daisy-chain setup via my SP3 dock. I see the recommendation of the 27" 4k monitor (too much $$ for me) to avoid the scaling issues, however with the 1440 res of the U2515H, what issues are foreseen? I do keep my SP3 docked close enough to still use the stylus and touch.
 

rquellet

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To keep the same topic in the same thread of 1440 scalling, I'll post my question here.

I just ordered 2 Dell U2515H's today (deal was too good to pass up). They are the 25" QHD 2560 x 1440 monitors. I will be using them in a DP daisy-chain setup via my SP3 dock. I see the recommendation of the 27" 4k monitor (too much $$ for me) to avoid the scaling issues, however with the 1440 res of the U2515H, what issues are foreseen? I do keep my SP3 docked close enough to still use the stylus and touch.

The 25" monitor you mentioned has 117.5 DPI which would require 122.4% DPI scaling in Windows to be physically accurate. If you manually set your DPI to 125%, it would work. This will make things pretty small on the SP3 though (automatic DPI scaling on SP3 is 150%).
 

enthuz

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The 25" monitor you mentioned has 117.5 DPI which would require 122.4% DPI scaling in Windows to be physically accurate. If you manually set your DPI to 125%, it would work. This will make things pretty small on the SP3 though (automatic DPI scaling on SP3 is 150%).

Okay, I will start there with my tweaking. Thank you.
 
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enthuz

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Well my two U2515H's came in today. It was a pain turning on the 1.2 settings and getting them set up. However once it was done and settings saved, it works very well. I didn't change anything with the scaling yet and have all three displays running at 2560 x 1440. I'm loving the extra real estate so far.
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rquellet

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Well my two U2515H's came in today. It was a pain turning on the 1.2 settings and getting them set up. However once it was done and settings saved, it works very well. I didn't change anything with the scaling yet and have all three displays running at 2560 x 1440. I'm loving the extra real estate so far.
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Looking good. Let us know what display settings you end up using.
 

zhenya

Active Member
Well my two U2515H's came in today. It was a pain turning on the 1.2 settings and getting them set up. However once it was done and settings saved, it works very well. I didn't change anything with the scaling yet and have all three displays running at 2560 x 1440. I'm loving the extra real estate so far.
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I've been thinking of getting a couple of these screens because they seem like they would give a tremendous amount of real estate without any custom resolutions as 4k requires. What scaling settings are you ending up with?
 

AbMarhon

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Guys I want a monitor 23" - 27"
Samsung sa550 or Cross over or any "Korean monitors "
the would it work well on my Surface or suggest one not so pricey
:)
 

drlbg

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I have the SP3 i7/512 GB and have been looking for the right monitor. Based upon reading this thread, I purchased the ASUS PB278Q. I connected it via HDMI to a mini-displayport adapter to the SP3. The result is awesome. Bright, clear, easily visible; great real estate for viewing and very easy to adjust. Even the built in speakers work well enough for normal windows notifications and routine internet audio.
 

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