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What are the Best LCD Screen settings for reading PDFs [closed]

What are the Best LCD Screen settings for reading PDFs [closed]

Hi I need to read PDF files but find that my 24" LCD screen fatigues my eyes too much. I realise that eInk screens are better but I do not currently possess one and so have to use LCD's.

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Guest [Entry]

"A 24'' monitor is indeed a little too big for a long eye exposure to text. Some people can take it without a problem. But these are usually young eyes. More tired eyes (or older) will have trouble with such monitors when doing concentration reading.

Here's a few loose ideas (meaning some may not couple well with others):

Reduce empty space (which does
fatigue the eyes) by setting at least
a two-page view in your screen and
increasing the pages zoom factor to
occupy the most of your screen
(without forcing you to scroll if
that bothers you).
Invert contrast if available (it
seems you have it). But careful, only
if you take more than one minute
reading sessions. If you are
constantly flipping between a dark
screen and a white screen (like
flipping between your PDF and your
browser) this is in fact bad for your
Set your PDF Reader to Read mode (or
Full Screen if unavailable). On most
readers, this turns the background
black and the white page in the
center with a reasonable zoom factor
that you may have or not the ability
to change. Many people find this the
least tiring method.
Get yourself a vertical monitor (or a
rotatable one) between 19'' and 21''.
These screen sizes are the least
damaging to your eyes, force less eye
movement and are very friendly to a
wider range of space between you and
the monitor (a larger monitor forces
you to place it further away).
Vertical if you can, because you will
be able to use higher zoom factors
without forcing you to scroll within
the same page."
Guest [Entry]

"Some tips:

Sit at a comfortable distance from the screen. If you're too close then you'll be turning your head and/or eyes a lot.
Change the zoom level so that the words are a comfortable size for your eyes.
The brightness of the areas around your monitor should be the same as the average brightness on your monitor. All human eyes automatically do something called saccades where they flit around every once in a while to get extra contextual information for the brain. If, for example, you are in a dark room with a bright monitor, your iris will have to keep changing between more-closed (when looking at the monitor) and more-open (when flitting to the dark non-monitor background). This can cause fatigue, headaches, etc.
Depending on your eyes, the monitor, and your distance from the screen, you might consider the heretical choice of running the reader on Windows instead of OS X. Hear me out. Apple has the philosophy that all text should be positioned exactly as if it were printed, even if that means that it creates fuzziness when antialiased on a screen. Microsoft's philosophy is that a document should look good if viewed on a monitor and it's okay to shift font strokes by sub-pixel amounts to avoid blurriness. If you're a professional doing layout for a print process, the Mac is probably the better option. If you're just trying to read some text with little eye strain, there are those that would argue Microsoft got it right. It's possible that Adobe has some option on the Mac version to use Microsoft's rendering choices, avoiding the need to install a VM or bootcamp."
Guest [Entry]

"I guess the BenQ is a TN panel, which means unstable pictures when moving your head. Maybe it is even set up very bright.

I recently bought a discontinued EIZO S2031W, they are about the cheapest S-PVA panels (S-PVA has the highest contrast) at the moment, and they can be pivotted. 20 inch vertical with PDF's looks gorgeous. Also web browsing is much better on a vertical screen. I have 1 computer for document editing, web viewing and PDF reading now with this vertical screen."