Some time ago, I bought a Seiki 39″ 4K monitor/TV for use with my Fedora 20 workstation/laptop. While the resolution was great, I just couldn’t get it set up where it wasn’t a pain in the neck. Literally.
But having a taste of the 4K good life, I was unhappy going back to the 2560×1440 resolution of the Cinema Display…
Right now, there’s not a ton of 4K monitors on the market – at least not affordable ones. But I happened to find a Dell P2815Q 28″ monitor at MicroCenter over the weekend, and decided to go ahead and pull the trigger.
Like the Seiki, the refresh rate at the top resolution (3840×2160) is much lower than you’d find with standard monitors. So if you’re looking for a gaming rig, pass this by for now.
But, the Dell has a few advantages beyond being a more manageable size for a desktop:
- It has DisplayPort / MiniDisplayport inputs. The Seiki only has HDMI.
- Adjustable height.
- Rotation – though the video driver for Fedora 20 didn’t seem to like it when I tried to rotate the Dell to a portrait mode. Some more tinkering will ensue there before I figure out where the problem lies.
- Three USB 3.0 ports (can plug into your desktop’s USB 3.0 slot).
- Supports DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport (i.e., you can plug in a second monitor for two displays). I haven’t tried this, yet.
- Color seems better than the Seiki, though still a bit washed out. Not a lot, but not as crisp as the Cinema Display.
So far, no problems with the display, and I’m really happy to be back to a 4K desktop.
I’d only recommend getting a 4K display for early adopters, though. I suspect the prices will continue to plunge, while the quality and refresh rate will improve. But if you’re like me and spend way too much time at the computer, it’s worth considering.