13" MBP mid-2010 - 4K Monitor Recommendation

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  1. caprica21 macrumors member

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    I have 13" Macbook Pro mid-2010 with 8 GB Ram and 1 TB SSD - Kind of exhausted all upgrades possible. I currently have Viewsonic 21" monitor which needs an upgrade.

    I would like to have 32" monitor, possibly 4K to future-proof.
    I can then use 21" in vertical mode with 32" 4K monitor - dual monitor setup.

    Is this setup viable? I have heard conflicting news that display port that comes with this MBP can only support 2560 by 1660
    Also mentioned on Apple set: https://support.apple.com/kb/sp583?locale=en_US

    Anyone has this or similar setup working with mid-2010 MBP?
    My budget is $500 but can stretch if right configuration.

    Appreciate comments and recommendation for monitor setup and any other accessories required.
     
  2. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    The GeForce 320M can't drive a 4K monitor, you might want to look into upgrading your MBP if you really want a 4K monitor. The late 2013 models are the earliest ones that have 4K support.
     
  3. caprica21 thread starter macrumors member

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    Does it mean that I cannot use 4K resolution but still use scales down 2560 by 1660? OR i cannot use it at all.

    MBP upgrade at this time is out of budget but hopefully I may do in future. but I definitely don't want to invest in monitor for another 4-5 years.
     
  4. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    You're limited to 2560x1600, you can't do 4K. I'd rather just spend $150-200 on a bigger 1080p or 1440p monitor than on something you can't take full advantage of.
     
  5. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    As others have said.. you're wasting your money on a 4k display that won't be outputting 4k anyway. By the time you upgrade your machine to handle a 4k display, the display you bought will be cheaper and there might be better displays for the same price i.e. 5k or 8k displays.
     
  6. caprica21 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the response.

    From Best Buy, I have short listed below and yet to decide :)
    1. Samsung U28E590D 28" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) - $399
    2. Acer CB281HK 28" 4K UHD FreeSync (3840 x 2160) - $329 On sale (Orig: $399)
    3. Asus PB277Q 27" LED (2560 x 1440) - $317
    4. AOC Q2778VQE - 27" Quad HD (2560 x 1440) - $261

    Any suggestions or better options?
    Even though (1,2) are 4K, I think they are cheaper and I can still use 2560 x 1440 instead of native 4K.
    (3) looks good too, but is it worth saving just $80 and give up features of (1/2)..?
     
  7. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    I guess it's preference. I would probably just buy the 4k monitor. People on here tend to look for good value which is great. I would even consider buying a used 27" quad hd screen and continue saving for a better setup.
     

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