1440p 25" monitor?

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  1. Eggtastic macrumors 6502a

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    Alright I asked a few questions about monitors already, so I was advised that 1440p 25" should look close to retina for my 2016 rMB m5.

    I am thinking a Dell u2515h as they are discounted because I believe the are updating the line soon so I could get a good deal on one.

    My question is: is the 1440p compared to retina the right info? Will it look as close? Any lag between the rMB and the monitor? I will be using the monitor with the MacBook open as a dual screen set up (monitor to the left or right of the rMB screen). Just need some added screen real estate and I don't need or want to drop a ton of money on an ultra wide or 4k if I don't need it.

    I also am choosing dell because of the vesa mount so I can use a monitor arm with it.
     
  2. realpras macrumors regular

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    no, 1440p on 25'' doesn't look like retina and everything will look too small for normal eye. However, you can use in in 1920x1080 HiDPI mode (see my previous posts to see how to do this) and eventhough it's not quite retina-quality yet, it's close.
     
  3. Eggtastic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So would going up to 4k on a 25in be overkill? I am not ignoring your advice, but if I can get a 4k at a reasonable price it would be better (again going for close to retina).

    However, its not 100% needed for me, so getting a 1440p and using your advice would be good.

    Again, thank you.
     
  4. realpras macrumors regular

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    Of course 4K is much better but the price difference between 4K and 1440p displays is hard to justify especially where I am. If you just use your computer for general use (not editing big videos, photos, etc.) I think 1440p is already good enough.
     
  5. munakib, Jun 13, 2017
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    munakib macrumors 6502

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    I have dual DELL u2515h setup - fantastic screens at 1440 (2K) - in my web dev/designer eyes they are just as good as "Retina"- where you cannot notice the pixels. I recommend you get an adapter with mini-display port "HyperDrive USB Type-C Hub with Mini DisplayPort," as texts look blurred from HDMI outputs - crisp and sharp on MiniDP. I use HiDPI at 720p and it looks beautiful. Why spend more performance power on the macbook to spit out 4K res.
     
  6. palmwangja macrumors regular

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    characters in 2560x1440/27inch are quite aesthetically identical to 12inch MB's.
     
  7. Eggtastic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Bumping my thread to ask another question: is it worth waiting or buying a usb-c monitor over buying a dongle and connecting via HDMI?
     
  8. munakib macrumors 6502

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    If you want to have your device connected for a longer time, you will need a dongle with a pass-through so that the macbook is charging while you use the monitor. I dont see an alternative to dongles.
     

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