Saturday, October 25, 2014

Should You Believe The Hype Of 4K and 8K Resolutions?

Alright, so 4K TV's and monitors have been out for a long enough time to where you should be able to make a good judgement call on whether or not they are worth your hard earned cash. It seems like just yesterday that we were all freaking out about 1080p graphics and resolution. You could actually see a difference between 480p and 1080p. The barrier of standard definition had been broken. Computer and video games all were still not that advanced enough to warrant getting a better monitor. Now, however, the line has been crossed again. You can now view your computer and TV in a much higher video output than you could have in the past. The 4K monitor came out and shattered the 1080p resolution rate. The only real question is, is an upgrade necessary?

Size DOES Matter

The average person isn't going to be aware of just how many pixels are on screen at one time. That's why as long as the graphics are good or the picture looks good on the screen, not many people are concerned. There's something to consider though when you look into 4K monitors. You are getting A LOT more pixels when you get into these monitors. The problem is that you may not notice a difference unless there is a big enough for picture to show off just how many pixels are on screen at one time. While there might not be exactly 4,000 pixels per line the number of pixels is close enough to go ahead and call it 4K. That being said, if you are looking at it on a 13 inch screen, is it really going to matter that much? The answer is probably not, because there isn't enough space for that number of pixels to really show themselves.

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4K Does Give Quite The Picture.

4K gives a much better quality pictures than many of the competitors out there. It's actually pretty simple. The more pixels that you have, the better the picture you will see. As long as your monitor can hold that many pixels, you'll have a beautiful quality image to look at. Many of the moves that you see these days are already in 4K resolution. That's why a movie might always look a little bit better in theaters than it did on the blu-ray you just bought. The blu-rays aren't meant to play in 4K resolution. The projectors in the movie theaters, however, are capable of displaying a 4K image. This is why everything is so detailed when you see it on a larger screen. Both the projector and the size of the image are playing a huge role in the quality of the image and it's pretty clear to see, especially on a large movie theater projector screen.

So Is It Worth it?

This is where the matter of opinion really does come into play. It's all about what you need and what you're looking for. Again, size matters when displaying that many pixels. You can look at a 1080p image and a 4K image on the same size screen and won't tell enough of a difference to warrant the purchase of the 4K monitor. If you have a 4K projector and the right size screen, then a purchase or rental could definitely be worth it. The only problem is that many of the people who look at 4K monitors and 8K monitors and TV's don't realize that there isn't enough screen real estate for the to be enough of a noticeable difference in the quality of the picture.

The plain and simple truth is this; if you have a lot of screen space to show off, then a 4K monitor could be totally worth it. If you plan on getting a 4K monitor that's only slightly bigger than your 1080p monitor, then you are more than likely going to waste your time and money.