Question External Monitor for 13" Macbook Air (early 2015) — what's best 2k/1080p at 24"/27" at 1.95 feet (~ 0.5m) away?

SparkPlug911

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Hi,

As the title says, I need an external monitor for graphic design on my 13" Macbook Air. The Air is great for my workflow, but it's display is just ridiculously bad at 60% sRGB.

I'm from India where, on Amazon, there's a number of 1080p monitors from 24" - 32" but only two 2560x1440 (at 24" & 32") and one ultrawide (1080p) at 25" 😒

3 questions:

1. Since my best option is to go for a 1080p, and I'd like it bigger than 24" — do you think I'd notice pixels sitting 1.95 feet (~ 0.5 m) away from it?

2. I'd be going from a 128ppi (on my Air) to ~95 ppi..do you think I'd be able to tell the difference?

3. If I chose to go for 24" 2560x1440, would that be too small? I think 32" would be too big just 2 feet away


Things I know I need in the monitor:
Display Port
IPS panel with 99% sRGB

My top needs are great color accuracy and a decent real estate. I just design, and might watch movies from time to time, no gaming at all.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
 
On 1080P bigger than 21" that I have I can sometimes notice pixels when im almost meter away.

Well if you aim for bigger pixel destiny then "Probably"?

For me 21.5" seems perfectly fine as I've sitting, well you can always visit your local shop and stand in front of the monitor to get the feeling is it too big or small.

I would highly suggest you to buy monitor calibration tool if you want 99% srgb coverage.
 
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SparkPlug911

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On 1080P bigger than 21" that I have I can sometimes notice pixels when im almost meter away.

Well if you aim for bigger pixel destiny then "Probably"?

For me 21.5" seems perfectly fine as I've sitting, well you can always visit your local shop and stand in front of the monitor to get the feeling is it too big or small.

I would highly suggest you to buy monitor calibration tool if you want 99% srgb coverage.
It's worse in local stores, they haven't got much inventory...all of it is just 32" FHD monitors which look horrible & way too big for my taste. Never thought getting a good monitor would be this much of a hassle lol

It's at a situation where I'm thinking 4k...while the Air does support 4k via DP, do you think it'd struggle to perform graphic intensive tasks because I'm thinking the GPU would be used up by the monitor?

These 3 are what I'm looking at:
DELL 1920x1200 24"
BenQ 2k 24"
LG 4k 27"
 

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