I have 2 24" Dell, good enough for me. I guess it depends on what you're doing.
What are the pros and cons of having two monitors vs. one 4K monitor over 38-43" inches?
Photos of monitor(s) running SW are welcome! I am particularly interested in how SW looks like in 1-2 curved/flat ultra-wide monitor(s) and 40-43" flat/curved monitor(s) configurations.
benefits of having two monitor is you can watch while making your work it's just that you can show your SW open in one monitor and other stuff in second monitor
Sorry I forgot to mention that I plan to drive the monitor(s) using a 15" MacBook Pro. Several years ago, I just put it on a stand next to a 24" LCD monitor to use them side by side. Now that monitor is gone, I need to buy new one(s). I may just close the lid and use the very big external monitor(s).
For a while I was investigating getting a Mac to write some apps, I have since given up that plan. My reviews took me to a iMac with a 27 inch screen. The newest version with a 5K Retina display is candy for the eyes. Though I'm not sure that you're going to be running SW on the Mac. If you are you might have display issues as there is no recommended graphics driver for the Mac and SW. I currently have two 27" Planar monitors that I picked up on the cheap. I have seen better graphics on other monitors but for the price I am very happy. A friend has two 32" Samsung and they are impressive.
There have been some posts on setups (SW/Mac) that people have working, it might be worth a look around.
I just use Bootcamp with Windows 7 Professional. So far so good. My Mac is several years old and it does not support 4K monitor. I may buy a new MacBook Pro or a Surface Pro/Book this Fall.
I would personally have atleast 2 monitors approx 27". But I think it's a personal thing... As an important side note though, I would not advise going with a 4K monitor. There are many issues at present with SOLIDWORKS and 4K monitors, you will need to reduce the DPI or resolution which is the whole idea of buying 4K.
I can imagine those 4K problems won't last forever and in theory its a great idea to have higher resolution than 1080p in 24+" monitors, PPI get's way too low past that point and zooming out of drawings can be a bit of a pain in the A. But, you are right, it's a caveat!
I feel that a person should have a minimum of 2 monitors, that are a minimum of 24".
In a 2 monitor setup, the "Left" monitor is my "main" monitor and it sits directly in front of me, the "2nd" monitor is to the right.
I run Solidworks on the main monitor, and I un-dock the Task Pane and position it on the left side of the 2nd monitor.
The 2nd monitor is used for email and any documents that I want/need to have open while I work in Solidworks.
With a 3 monitor setup, the center monitor is the main monitor and is positioned directly in front of you. The Task Pane would be un-docked and placed on the left side of the right monitor. Email could be left up/open on the remaining area of the right monitor and the left monitor could be used for any other documents that you want open while working in Solidworks.
Multi-monitor setups give you screen space for everything else...outlook, word/excel documents, pdfs, windows explorer, internet, whatever...without needing to use the screen space occupied by Solidworks.
I know one crazy co-worker that used 6 monitors arranged by two high and three wide, about 28" or more size per monitor. Though that was mainly because he was making highly detailed animations and would render one project while working on another.
Most people can do very well on just two monitors. Get them as large as possible of course, and set the monitor resolution as high as your computer can take it. Though the 43" monitor is pushing it.
About curved monitors, is it better to stay away from them especially when doing CAD? I can imagine that the flat lines and surfaces might look distorted.
Will those SW issues related to 4K be fixed by the end of the year? Letters and numbers may be too small to read. Besides SW, I also want to use high res monitor for other stuffs.
The idea of multi-monitor setup is interesting. Imagine that we need to move the cursor from top left corner to the bottom right corner. How does it feel like doing this on a 40-43" and those ultrawide such as the LG's 38"vs. two 24-27" perhaps with very thin bezel? In the case of ultrawide, will SW be spread across the entire wide screen?
Standing away from a screen if good for any large monitor, curved or not.
Letters and things being too small is a matter of personal preference and can be adjusted on your computer, either by reducing the resolution or enlarging the text windows uses by default.
Same with the mouse settings I believe. I personally make my mouse scroll speed a bit slower so I can get fine control. And often have to lift up and move my mouse so I don't push it off my desk as I go across the screen. I've gotten use to it.
One warning about doing 3+ monitors set up. Look at what your graphics card can handle from the manufacturer, and pay attention to the cord type and type of connections you buy with the monitors. 2 monitors is pretty standard across the industry, but when you get more than that you have to get specialized hardware or it just will not work. One subtle difference between HDMI cords, or USB type (v2, v3, etc) will make all difference.
Don't waste your money on a 4K monitor. Lots of things are a nightmare to do because not all of it scales correctly.
I'm sure they can do you a nice demo of solidworks working well on 4k but I can assure you that such a demo is carefully prepared to avoid the many many things that are unusable at 4k.
You will be paying for 4k but running 1080 and it will look blurry compared to a monitor with native 1080 resolution.
I found that the only way to actually get my work done.
The problem is the blame falls between windows10 and solidworks.
I understand the scaling actually worked better on windows7!
You really only need one monitor for SW. We run two at my office, most people used the second for other applications and just run SW on one. I'm the only person I know who runs SW spread across two monitors. In order to maximize my work area, I run SW as a floating window across two monitors with my manager tree pulled onto the left monitor and the right is for my work-space.