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4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: August 14, 2018 10:38AM
Hi, I'm looking for a largish (at least 27") 4K monitor to pair with the used 2015 13" Macbook Pro I got.

Since this is the old design MBP, there's no USB-C, etc.

I haven't been in the monitor market for awhile so curious what are the makes/models to consider these days?

Thanks



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Re: 4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 14, 2018 10:56AM
Is there a budget? Id prob say Dell because of the warranty.

They have a couple of models, but the U2718Q with the super thin edge would get my vote. I have a 27" infinity edge (not 4K, but same case) -- .25" top, left and right -- plus USB 3 hub and lots of adjustment.





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Re: 4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: August 14, 2018 10:58AM
There's always a budget! :-)
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Re: 4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: bhaveshp
Date: August 14, 2018 11:45AM
I have the Dell U2718Q connected to my iMac 5k and it is *almost* as beautiful as the 5k. Definitely recommended!



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Re: 4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: August 14, 2018 11:47AM
So that's two recs for the same Dell model - I'm seeing around $450 to $500 for the price. Does that sound right? Or, are there deals to be waited for?
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Re: 4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: rz
Date: August 14, 2018 01:43PM
I have two 27" Samsung 4Ks that I got for $190 each when a local Sam's Club closed. Regular price was $249. I use them on a Mac Pro. They replaced two 30" ACDs. I decided to leave them in 4K mode and adjust the type sizes in the apps I use. The 30" ACDs were easier to read, but they were getting old and the colors weren't very bright anymore.
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Re: 4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: sekker
Date: August 14, 2018 09:43PM
I think the sweet spot for 27" monitors are either 1440P or 5k.

Sure you need 4k?

Monoprice and others have good 1440P monitors.
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Re: 4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: August 14, 2018 09:49PM
I guess that's a good point. I want a "retina" class display, either 4K or 5K, preferably in the 27" to 28" range.
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Re: 4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: sekker
Date: August 14, 2018 10:23PM
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pinkoos
I guess that's a good point. I want a "retina" class display, either 4K or 5K, preferably in the 27" to 28" range.

Apologies, I did not mean to mislead you. I do not think that Mac can run an external 5k display.

Here are a series of monoprice monitors:

[www.monoprice.com]

Any of the 27" iPSC screens will look great as they are the same displays used by Apple for their non-retina 27" iMacs.

Some 4k models there, too, but the Mac will basically turn those into retina 1080P displays.

I'm running a 4k monitor in 1440P mode as I find the extra real estate preferable to a retina display.
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Re: 4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: August 15, 2018 08:20AM
I'm coming from a retina 4K 21.5" iMac and am now using a retina 13" Macbook Pro (2015), so I just want to make sure I'm not downgrading my viewing experience from the iMac.

I definitely don't want to feel like I'm looking at a fuzzy Macbook Air screen.

Looking around, it seems there are tons of "4K" 27" monitors, but not many "5K" 27" monitors, so 4K is probably fine with me.
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Re: 4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: August 15, 2018 07:07PM
I'm running a Dell P2715Q with that exact same laptop. It's great.
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Re: 4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: August 15, 2018 07:43PM
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freeradical
I'm running a Dell P2715Q with that exact same laptop. It's great.

Is that 4K?
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Re: 4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: August 15, 2018 07:55PM
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pinkoos
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freeradical
I'm running a Dell P2715Q with that exact same laptop. It's great.

Is that 4K?

Yes
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Re: 4K monitor rec to pair with 13" 2015 Macbook Pro?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: August 29, 2018 07:43PM
So I ended up with this one from Microcenter:

[www.microcenter.com]

Great deal - $100 off and then $50 off for a student deal (I have a .edu alumni email address), so $250 + tax out the door.

I saw the Dell at Microcenter too - the height and swivel adjustment are great, as are the thin bezels, but $450 + tax was a bit too spendy for me.

Very happy with the LG so far.

Thanks for the advice.
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