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Tips for a clean multi-monitor set up with very different screens?

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I want to set up multiple displays at my new computer desk at home. I'm thinking I'll have a single 4K display for watching/editing video, a single large 40" or larger TV on a swing arm that can double as my TV for my bed, but also be swung around to be a part of my desk setup, and then 3 or 4 1080p screens for normal web browsing and gaming. How could I do this and still make it look clean? Maybe, something like this?

 

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Any ideas or tips for making a set up with multiple screens of different sizes/brands/resolutions look clean? Thanks!

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biggest one always in the middle. without question, resoultion wise, biggest one in the middle as well, and if not the biggest size, put it on your most dominant eye,

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I'd personally get 2 1440p monitors, one high refresh for gaming and the other for browsing. Then have the tv off to the side, for the bed, or perhaps at the foot of the bed away from the other set up. I find screens that are that big are too annoying up close, especially if they're low resolution.

 

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5 minutes ago, yungblood said:

biggest one always in the middle. without question, resoultion wise, biggest one in the middle as well, and if not the biggest size, put it on your most dominant eye,

More like this?

 

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if it was me, I'd get a 27 inch 4K primary, something from LG preferably, such as this for the thin bezels and then flank it with dual 1440p screens, specifically these, but vertically

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The main issue you'll likely run into here is having a mount for the TV on the left that gives you the control you want. TV mounts tend to have a very limited range of movement as TVs are typically heavy. It's most likely going to be a swing out mount that can't go up or down or tilt much, so you'd need to work out where you could mount it. You'd also need to consider the angle you'd be looking at it from your bed as there's typically not a great deal of tilt adjustment, and when there is it's normally not a quick thing to adjust with TV mounts. 

 

As for the monitors, I would just have the three 1080p monitors on their normal stands and have the 4K monitor wall mounted. When looking at it from head on, it looks pretty clean. I don't even see the base of my monitors anymore, they just sort of blend in to me. 

 

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That's how I have things set out. I personally love the stacked monitors I have on the left, though I want to add a 16:10 monitor in portrait at some point. 

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8 minutes ago, dizmo said:

I'd personally get 2 1440p monitors, one high refresh for gaming and the other for browsing. Then have the tv off to the side, for the bed, or perhaps at the foot of the bed away from the other set up. I find screens that are that big are too annoying up close, especially if they're low resolution.

 

....you don't leave your room much, do you.

Then something like this?

 

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And you're right about that. xD

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7 minutes ago, shadowbyte said:

if it was me, I'd get a 27 inch 4K primary, something from LG preferably, such as this for the thin bezels and then flank it with dual 1440p screens, specifically these, but vertically

Something like this, but with the specific displays you linked to?

 

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Just now, Xanthe_2871 said:

Something like this, but with the specific displays you linked to?

exactly

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15 minutes ago, Oshino Shinobu said:

The main issue you'll likely run into here is having a mount for the TV on the left that gives you the control you want. TV mounts tend to have a very limited range of movement as TVs are typically heavy. It's most likely going to be a swing out mount that can't go up or down or tilt much, so you'd need to work out where you could mount it. You'd also need to consider the angle you'd be looking at it from your bed as there's typically not a great deal of tilt adjustment, and when there is it's normally not a quick thing to adjust with TV mounts. 

 

As for the monitors, I would just have the three 1080p monitors on their normal stands and have the 4K monitor wall mounted. When looking at it from head on, it looks pretty clean. I don't even see the base of my monitors anymore, they just sort of blend in to me. 

 

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That's how I have things set out. I personally love the stacked monitors I have on the left, though I want to add a 16:10 monitor in portrait at some point. 

I really like your setup with two screens one on top of another. That looks really cool, really good. 

 

I want one 4K screen for editing videos from my drone. And I want 1080p screens because they're perfect for browsing and Photoshop work, not too small and not too big. Easy for a single graphics card to run a single single 4K display and 3 1080p ones, then the TV off the iGPU since that will just be for Netflix, or watching post production 1080p drone videos. Maybe YouTube. 

 

If I want to game on the TV I can always switch the cables, or maybe I'll put one of the 3 1080p screens on the iGPU. But at least one proposed setup has 5 screens so that would mean 2 on the iGPU... 

 

I want a drone screen, a video screen (TV), and at least 3 productivity screens. If that all makes sense. :P

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3 minutes ago, Xanthe_2871 said:

I really like your setup with two screens one on top of another. That looks really cool, really good. 

 

I want one 4K screen for editing videos from my drone. And I want 1080p screens because they're perfect for browsing and Photoshop work, not too small and not too big. Easy for a single graphics card to run a single single 4K display and 3 1080p ones, then the TV off the iGPU since that will just be for Netflix, or watching post production 1080p drone videos. Maybe YouTube. 

 

If I want to game on the TV I can always switch the cables, or maybe I'll put one of the 3 1080p screens on the iGPU. But at least one proposed setup has 5 screens so that would mean 2 on the iGPU... 

 

I want a drone screen, a video screen (TV), and at least 3 productivity screens. If that all makes sense. :P

Here's a better photo of what it look like when actually sitting at the (cleaner) desk. Central monitor is a 28" 4K panel, the two on either side are 24" 1080p panels and the one in the top left is another 24" 1080p panel from a different brand (the screen is actually slightly larger due to it having slimmer bezels. 

 

I find this works well for me. I typically have my feet up on my bed to the left, so the stacked monitors on the left work well for me. Typically I have a video of some sort on the top left (has a visual novel on it in the pic), with the forum or something similar on the one below. If I'm gaming I'll have it on the central monitor. I often play games with podcasts running in the background, so those would be up on the top left monitor. The right hand monitor is mostly used as a screen for my music player and/or monitoring download progress. Due to how I sit most of the time (facing the monitors on the left), it's mostly used for things that I only need to glance at. 

 

That's how I use mine. Might give you an idea of how you want things arranged. I will say that after having only the lower three monitors for a long time, it takes a while to get used to using another monitor higher up. Now that I've gotten used to it though, I find the top left monitor is actually one of my most commonly used displays. 

 

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Look at my setup. One big one on top works fine. If you have a wall adjacent to you, put the other monitor on that.

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3 hours ago, huilun02 said:

Like this maybe? 

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Any monitor mounts/stand in mind for grouping the triple 1080p monitors? 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Xanthe_2871 said:

More like this?

 

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no, so the 27inch in the middle, then the 25" 4k to the side. i always hate 4k for gaming but thats just me (i get terrible fps and the 144hz 4k monitors are expensive.

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Do either of these look like they'd be practical and clean?

 

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