I went to a 27" that does 1920x1200 a few years ago so I could have it set back between my monitors rather than in front of them. However my eyes adjusted so well to the further away focal point that I think I could handle one of the higher res 27/30" lcd's now at the same distance quite easily. A nice reversal from the slow loss of eyesight I've been having from using computers over the years...
I have bad eyesight to begin with and use a 30" monitor with 2560 x 1600 resolution.. but the Mac has a nice feature that lets you zoom the entire screen in and out just by holding down the CTRL key and using the mouse scroll wheel.
I use it all of the time, especially with plugins.. I'll open a plugin and zoom in on its interface until it fills the entire screen. It only takes a split second to zoom in and out and after you use it for a while it becomes second nature.
.....I see pics of these studios and guys have their monitors like "6 feet" away, well not that much, but pretty far, how do they do it?
The only thing i can think is, a lot of the time they will have another separate monitor thats closer to the user for doing editing etc. and the monitor thats far away is for more or less following where the track is (like when siting at a mixing desk for example)Maybe.
Sorry, i know this still doesn't help your predicament, but its all i can think of.
Thanks for all the great advice guys!
Yea I'm using the digital outs not the vga connector.
I've found if I play with Windows 7 "text size" and make it custom, like 130 or so, things look a lot better. I'm also playing with finding the sweet spot as far as distance from my chair is concerned.
I'm making some progress!