Best monitor for Sketchup and Condoc

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    I want to upgrade my monitor so I have more working landscape working in Sketchup. I’ve been working with a 22″ Dell. With the default tool tray and the ConDoc System tray on top, my work space is crowded. I do have a 2nd monitor, and I can drag them onto that monitor, but then that limits the usefulness of the 2nd monitor if I want to display something like a PDF of some architectural drawings for reference. So, been looking at 4K monitors, but not sure if that’s a good idea with Sketchup 19 Pro. I’ve seen some postings suggesting there are issues with 4K. Trying to do my due diligence in upgrading. I’m willing to spend real money for a really nice monitor, but want to make sure I’m not wading into a trap with limitations of Sketchup to handle the sexier technology. Anyone have clear thoughts on this?

    Mike Brightman

    Monitors are tricky, because of a number of reasons. Most of these are personal preference and I wouldn’t say that there’s a “best” option . We use 4K monitors, and ultra wide-screen displays that allow us to tile up multiple windows when we’re working on projects. Mike even utilizes a three-screen setup:

    with high performance parts that are easier and cheaper to custom build

    One note with 4K monitors is that the SketchUp icons and interface may be smaller.. as there aren’t many applications with high resolution artwork for their software. Not just SketchUp, but other programs as well.. you will notice smaller icons. This isn’t an issue though, you can adjust to a larger HD setting that will work just fine.

    Not a clear answer on this, just some thoughts. I’m sure any option you decide on would work just fine.


    Thanks Luke, What I’ve decided to do is go for the LG 34UC80-B 34-Inch 21:9 Curved UltraWide. Spent a lot of time online watching reviews of best monitors for CAD, and the prominent choice by serious people was for the ultra wide, and many said that once they tried the curved 34″ monitors, they’d never go back. This LG got pretty high praise, and it’s significantly less than the 4K beasts by Dell and others. I also upgraded my graphics card to a Geforce GTX 1050 Ti OC Low Profile 4GB, which will comfortably drive the monitor. My existing card wouldn’t have been able to handle it.

    Thanks again for taking the time to respond. Your comments and others have helped me a lot.

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