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    4K scaling

    Quick question - is 4K still as bad in Windows 10 as it used to be? I recall in times gone by that the scaling was all out of whack and it was borderline unusuable sometimes. Has this been fixed?

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    Re: 4K scaling

    Quote Originally Posted by philehidiot View Post
    Quick question - is 4K still as bad in Windows 10 as it used to be? I recall in times gone by that the scaling was all out of whack and it was borderline unusuable sometimes. Has this been fixed?
    No, it's pretty awful still. I mean, it is usable, but you'll still get plenty of badly scaled dialogue boxes etc.

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    Re: 4K scaling

    Cheers. Was considering 4K but maybe not.

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    Re: 4K scaling

    A 1440p panel (either 21:9 or 16:9) with 120-144Hz, adaptive sync across the full range and good contrast and brightness is the sweet spot at the moment, but will cost north of £500 typically.

    Here's a good place to start:
    http://www.logicalincrements.com/monitors

    I have both a 1440p and 4K monitor, and to be honest in most situation (gaming wise) I feel the extra resolution isn't that big a deal. Sure it is nice, but it's not like the jump from 720p to 1080p, or from 1080p to 1440p, law of deminishing returns and all that...

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    Re: 4K scaling

    I have just (April 2017) bought a really decent 1440P IPS monitor. What it lacks is Freesync (I bought it during a financial bad patch whilst my old monitor was failing and couldn't justify the extra cost) but I use my PC for watching TV / films, etc as well as some gaming. I have a seriously good sound set up (to buy now would be well north of £500 for my card and speakers) and a Vega 64 so I'm considier a 4K monitor but if I'm buying one I'm buying it for the long term so that makes me kind of need to invest in 4K and HDR. I'm actually quite happy with 60Hz but Freesync would be nice. At this (4K+HDR+60Hz) spec, I'm already at ~£900.... given how much I use the PC and for a 5-10 year purchase it kind of makes sense but I'm VERY torn. It seems like it's perhaps too early to jump on board with these techs without paying out hard. Equally, I have the opportunity to get £200 for my existing monitor that won't come around again.

    For me, usability is also essential so if the scaling is a problem still then that kinda kills this. I despise working around bad coding, it utterly infuriates me as I'd not release support unless it WORKS. This would encourage the business to give me the team I need to fix the problems rather than releasing something half-baked that's just going to bite me and infuriate users. My subconscious has just placed a picture of a clown in my vision whilst typing that, (it does these things, which I am led to believe isn't entirely normal) which gives you an idea of what it thinks of Microsoft with regards to 4K implementation.

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    Re: 4K scaling

    A lot of HDR monitors (and TVs) are poor in terms of actually having a decent dynamic range. My work monitor for instance barely tops normal SDR brightness, despite being a "4k HDR" screen. I think we're a year or two away from decent HDR screens at affordable prices.

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    Re: 4K scaling

    Quote Originally Posted by Butcher View Post
    A lot of HDR monitors (and TVs) are poor in terms of actually having a decent dynamic range. My work monitor for instance barely tops normal SDR brightness, despite being a "4k HDR" screen. I think we're a year or two away from decent HDR screens at affordable prices.
    Yeh that's what I'm seeing in reviews. There's the different levels of certification and the lower ones really don't seem worth the extra cash.

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