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Original poster
May 25, 2015
Would you rather have 1 x Pro Display XDR or 2 x Studio Displays and why?


macrumors 68000
May 17, 2011
If those were my only options I'd take 2 x Studio. More screen real estate, and I don't like or need local dimming. But actually I wouldn't use either, ignoring the price, monitors with fans are just ridiculous for office use.


Oct 9, 2005
Would you rather have 1 x Pro Display XDR or 2 x Studio Displays and why?
If I wasn't paying for it myself, I'd take one Pro XDR. I prefer one big display to two smaller ones, to be honest, even if I lose some pixels overall.

However, if I am paying out of my own pocket, I'd take two Studio displays (which is what I actually did). 2x ASD is still less than half the price of a single XDR.
I've got one in landscape and one in portrait. Works quite well, but I'd still prefer to be centered on one bigger display than slightly off center of two (I'm centered on the landscape ASD, with the portrait ASD to the left of the main landscape display).

If anyone wants to trade, I'm open to it (lol).
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macrumors 68020
Jul 11, 2022
1 x Pro XDR because I don’t like multiple monitor support on Mac. You would think a software would open on the display you closed it last time, nope ….

Mac OS seems to have a mind of it’s own on where to place software on which display, which is why I would rather have 1 big display, than multiple smaller ones.


macrumors 603
Jul 20, 2011
I use one of each :)

But only for productivity work, I'm not a content creator. Side by side, you can tell the XDR is much more uniform, obviously has better contrast and color consistency.

I could probably live with single monitor, since I make heavy use of the Magnet app. So I'd probably go with "one XDR".


macrumors 6502a
Sep 17, 2022
The XDR because I don't want to ever go back to displays without proper HDR support. And I'd get a small 15" USB-C companion screen off to the side, so that I can run apps in fullscreen on the main display and still have access to a chat window or a music playlist without interfering with the main content.


macrumors member
Jun 26, 2020
Depends on the user, in my opinion.

The way I work, I benefit from having two monitors, primarily because that enables me to have two independent sets of spaces that can quickly be switched between, which works very nicely for window management. The way I have things set up, I have a primary monitor where my current focus windows sit and a secondary one where secondary/auxiliary windows (chat, music, mail, etc) sit. It works well for switching contexts.

That said, the secondary display doesn't need to be something as nice as a Studio Display for that. In fact some cheap used monitor from your local Craiglist or hand-me-down from a friend will serve this purpose nicely. When I upgrade my my main display some time this year, the old Thunderbolt Display that's currently my primary will become my secondary.


macrumors member
Jul 19, 2022
If it's just between those two options, I'd likely go dual ASD for the cheaper cost, extra screen space and the fact that the XDR is a bit older and I don't necessarily need HDR support. Although like xraydoc said, if I wasn't paying for it myself and say my employer gave me the choice between these two, I'd go Pro XDR then.

If it's between one 32" 6K or dual 27" 5Ks, I'd probably prefer a 32" 6K now. Just hoping we get some more options in the near future since I'm not really digging the Dell U3224KB.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 16, 2016
The Netherlands
I am at the exact same choice. I don’t need HDR and I have a 34” now, which will be sitting next to the ASD’s in the near future. Given the fact the Pro Display XDR is 3 years old, it was worth the price 3 years ago. Now it is not. The two main reasons for me are a glossy screen and 218 ppi. I barely watch HDR content. If that’s the only difference, I’d go for the 2 ASD’s. More screen space. :)
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