Hey all, I've been looking for discussion on this around reddit and other places but can't seem to find much. Had a look here and couldn't see a recent topic so figured I would join and start one. Forgive me please if I missed a previous discussion and have dragged up a common topic.
I am one of those people who have been planning an upgrade for about 5 years now. While I've been able to afford one this entire time my life situation (moving houses multiple times across different states) has seen me delaying this process until I reach a point of stability (that I know is coming). What this means though is that I am rocking a PC that was pretty much overkill in 2011 for gaming but now is probably on par with a surface laptop. Back then in 2011 gaming monitors weren't really a thing. While people reviewed monitors and assessed their quality with regards to different types of use, hardware manufacturers had yet to develop features like variable or high refresh rate support. Back in those days (from memory) the biggest focus was on size, viewing angle and contrast. I think I bought my 1080p 24 inch dell in about 2009. It's uses a TN panel and shocking colour reproduction by current standards. (https://www.displayspecifications.com/en/model/71b5755 if you are interested)
What frustrates me is that while I have been altering the specs for my future upgrade, one thing hardly ever changes. My next monitor. I have always used a fairly large desk that is 79cm or 31inches deep. I love it and the space it provides me. You can see where this is headed right? My monitor currently sits closer to the middle than the back of my desk. A fix would be to get a bigger monitor. However, and I am sorry for taking so long to get to the point, there are hardly any new monitors coming out in 32" or above. All I see are 24 and 27 inch products being released.
Why are manufacturers still stuck in 24-27 inch range? Or if they do create a product that is larger, why does it have to be an ultrawide? Because they can only have one halo product? I understand that the majority of people have desks that are smaller than mine but I honestly don't think we've hit a perfect plateau that won't ever change. Consumers would buy larger screens if they had a decent range of options. One theory I have is that the stagnation in video card power over this last generation has reduced the need for more demanding monitors. Plus the drive for higher refresh rates has sucked up the gains video cards have achieved in the meantime. Still we don't really need 4k in 24-27 inch monitors and 1080p monitors already have super high refresh rates.
Back in the early 2000's upgrading my monitor was a pretty frequent occurance and I increased I think from something like a 17" to a 24" in a decade. One decade on and I'm not seeing a huge change in the available line-up. Anyway I half wanted to rant and see what others might think or say. It's been nice to see the 40+ inch market appear but that seems to have replaced developments in 16:9 30+inch products.... Ah that's right the PC market basically died off, that must be it.