October 18, 2014 at 4:45AM
Do we really need 4K monitors? (not to mention the 5K Retina screens)
Apart from the tech/geek enthusiasm generated by the latest Apple 5k Retina monitor and the possibility of having dozens of micro icons on my desktop, could somebody point out the practical use and advantages of having such a monitor instead of simply having a FullHD one?
Taking into account the fact (as it has been well described in several blogs and websites) that our eyes need certain ratios between screen size/viewing-distance conditions to resolve more than 720p resolution, I can “see” no use for a 4k/5k monitor TO JUSTIFY THE PRICE TAG.
I can see the use for colorist working on productions to be released and distributed on movie theaters, but for editing I never needed anything over a 1920x1200 screen. And for VFX neither did I, since I can always zoom-in to fine tune small details that at the end are not even seen by the viewers.
What I’ve found most useful is to have a two-monitors-config that displays everything in front me, where the windows or tabs are big enough so I don’t need to be pixel peeping one single screen.
What am I missing? Is this just a part of a well marketed 4K hype? Could somebody who works with them point out the real-life advantages of such 4K/5K devices?