Why a programmer needs a 4K 120Hz screen

Posted on Friday, June 19 2020 @ 15:29 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
In a new blog post, programmer Niki Tonsky explains why programmers really need a high-resolution screen. In his post, he explains the tricks used to make fonts render less awful on screens with low pixel density, and he details why it's better to get a new monitor now that much better options are available than in the past. You can read it over here.
In the past, the displays’ pixel count was small, so we learned to live with that and even invented some very clever tricks to make our lives better. The two important things to understand are:

  • Times of low-resolution displays are over. High-resolution displays are a commodity now.
  • Tricks developed for low-resolution displays didn’t magically make text look good. That always was and still is impossible. They just made text slightly less terrible, but it still is terrible.

    If you think that you can somehow make your 1080p display render good text, that it just needs a few more tweaks, NO. This won’t happen. The sooner you accept that the sooner you can start looking for real solutions...

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