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The Ultimate Comparison Between 27″ Vs 32″ 4K Monitor

As of 2021, it is definitely a good choice to get your 4K monitor. Be it for future-proofing your tech or for getting yourself something that makes you feel good, 4K monitors are it. And obviously, it gives you the best working/viewing experience.

As you have found this article, I can safely assume that you have half-decided on getting a 4K monitor and are doing some research on 4K. Now, it’s time to look for the best fit for your work or gaming space.

However, there are no black and white distinctions about which of the 27” vs. 32” 4K monitors will be better for you. The devil is in the details and your compatibility with the monitor. The following would help paint a realistic picture for you.

First, Find out What You Are Looking for

I’m probably going to sound like a broken record to some of you, but for others, here’s some background.

4K UHD monitors have the resolution 3840 X 2160. The aspect ratio of the monitors is 16:9 and they are available in 24”, 27-28”, and 32” versions.
The reason why we are not interested in 24” is because anything above 24” is far satisfactory for a 4K viewing experience.

So, it all comes down to 27” vs. 32” 4K monitors.

Basically, what you are looking for are pixels that don’t fade out on a larger screen. Clear 3D image quality and a large screen for viewing the 4K details.

But the size still has some pros and cons. Selecting the one with more pros than cons is our goal.

What Matters for Professionals?

Whether you are a graphic designer, a photographer, or a digital artist, it all comes down to how compatible the device is with your needs and how satisfied you are with the software applications.

Check out the pros and cons of 27” and 32” 4K monitors below:


Features27-inch Monitors32-inch Monitors
Size of the User InterfaceThe size of the user interface, that is, Icons, menu bar, any tab you open is going to appear smaller. However, you can change the ‘Scaling’ for this device so that those appear larger. That makes it way comfortable to read. (The user interface looks like 2560 x 1440)The size of the user interface, that is, Icons, menu bar, any tab you open is going to appear larger than the 27-inch model. This is easier to read. (The user interface looks like 3840 x 2160)
ResolutionDepending on different brands, resolutions can be different –
3840×2160 (2160p 4K UHD – Ultra High Definition) 5120×2880 (5K/UHD + – Ultra High Definition Plus).
Depending on different brands, resolutions can be different – 3840×2160 (2160p 4K UHD – Ultra High Definition)
Performance of Software (Adobe Photoshop)The image quality is crisp. However, it has some zooming in and resolution inconsistenciesSharp image equality. No inconsistencies in zooming and resolution.
Performance of Software (Adobe Illustrator)The text quality is crisp. However, at 100% zoom, you cannot see the full picture.Detailed and sharp text quality. Can show you the full picture even at 100% zoom.

The bottom line is if you want a 4K monitor for MAC OS, get a 32-inch 4k monitor.

For Windows

Features27-inch Monitors32-inch Monitors
Size of the User InterfaceThe size of the user interface, (Icons, menu bar, tabs) appear smaller, which can be scaled to look larger. Unfortunately, not all applications scale well.The size of the user interface, (Icons, menu bar, tabs) appears smaller than even 27 inches due to the larger screen size. You can fit more tabs and work on many at a time, however, the readability is very difficult.

ResolutionUsual 4K resolution.
3840×2160 (2160p 4K UHD – Ultra High Definition)  
Usual 4K resolution.
3840×2160 (2160p 4K UHD – Ultra High Definition)  
Picture Quality27” is the perfect size to view very sharp images or videos without the pixels being visible to the eyes of the viewers. It is very compatible when it comes to video or picture editing or illustrationAny size bigger than 27” can show you those annoying pixels.
Moreover, beginners may find it difficult to work with different software as the user interface looks smaller. You may find yourself working in a medium tab while you have extra space all around your screen.

To conclude, if you are using Windows, you should go for a 27” screen.

Now, the Gamers

Yes, you guys deserve a section of your own.

Contrary to the popular belief, 27” screens are actually better than 32” ones when it comes to gaming. Why? Head movement, that’s why.

Trust me, you would want to have the entire view of the screen all at once rather than scanning for your enemy all over the screen. And the reason why 32” screens cause that problem is because they are simply too large. Unless you are sitting at a considerable distance away from your monitor screen, you cannot possibly view the whole screen.

Well, can you maintain this distance when you are at the edge of your seat, yelling at your teammates while still scanning for enemies despite sitting far away because it’s all so confusing? (Bizzare!).

This problem can be solved easily with a 27” screen. Be at your own comfortable space and enjoy the 3D effects as clear and as defined as you’d get with 3D glasses (except nothing comes out of the screen at you, well, almost).

So, it is definitely better to go for the 27” 4K monitor as a gamer.

The Expenses

At this point, I almost sound biased towards those 27” sleek babies, but I have a good reason, okay?

Luckily, the 27” monitors are a bit less expensive than the 32” ones. This is usually the case except maybe a few. It is one of those instances when you actually get more value for an affordable price. However, judging by your OS, the prices may differ.

However, if you can afford it, go for the 32” one if you just cannot choose the small guy over the big one. That is also going to be satisfied once you get used to it and find your way around the user interface.

Bottom Line

The conclusion on the 27” vs 32” 4K monitor dilemma is simple and in two sentences:

If you use MAC OS, go for the 32” monitors.

If you use Windows, go for the 27” monitors.

Remember, you need to understand what your requirements are. If you require a monitor for both professional purposes and gaming needs, then judge the criteria that coincide with both areas from the above comparisons.

With that keeping in mind, look at your budget as well. It’s about making the best out of whatever you have. Look out for sales, you might be surprised what you get at a very affordable price. But also avoid any offer that sounds “too good”.

Moreover, before selecting any monitor from any of the commercially available brands, go through the product specification. Do your homework.  Buying a monitor is a big decision. You will have to face repercussions for the next 6-7 years or more if you make a bad one.

So, choose wisely and enjoy your new 4K monitor!

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