2560 x 1440 dual displays

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  1. Macinthelou, May 14, 2015
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    Macinthelou macrumors member

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    I have a Mid 2012 15" MPB retina currently connected to 2 Dell U2412M displays (24" 1920 x 1200 resolution).

    I am thinking about upgrading to two 2560 x 1440 displays but don't want to pay for the Apple TB display.

    What are the best options for something at a more reasonable price?

    Thanks!
     
  2. NYR99 macrumors 6502a

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    I am looking to pull the trigger on two 27" 1440p monitors as well. I currently have two 24" 1080p ASUS monitors next to my 27" iMac, and I've been wanting to upgrade for quite a while.

    I have it narrowed down to two.

    Dell Ultrasharp U2715H ($559 on Amazon)
    ASUS PB278Q ($432 on Amazon)

    I love the thinner bezels of the Dell, but I also love the cheaper price tag on the ASUS.

    I've also seen a lot of reports of bad light bleed and uneven backlighting on the Dells. Haven't seen too much bad stuff on the ASUS.

    I'm torn.

    Someone care to point us in the right direction?
     
  3. Donka macrumors 68020

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    I'm in a similar position and also looking at the Asus Designo MX27AQ since I would like built in speakers but the lack of good stand adjustments is putting me off.
     
  4. JTToft, May 15, 2015
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    JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Consider the much cheaper 25" U2515H. It's identical to the 27" except for the screen size.
    Those two really are some of the best 1440p monitors you can buy outside of professional hardware.

    My 25" is perfect with respect to bleed and backlight as far as I can make out.

    When I was looking into a monitor to buy, I believe I looked at that same ASUS. And it looks to be quite nice. What put me off, if I recall correctly, was primarily the design and the price (the U2515H is much cheaper). The UltraSharps look miles better in my opinion, and actually match the Mac aesthetic quite well, whereas the ASUS looks too much like a black PC. But that may just be my personal bias. :) And yes, the thin bezels are amazing.

    Also consider the DisplayPort 1.2 daisy chaining capabilities of the Dells, which the ASUS does not have. Though that doesn't work properly in OS X (but does in Windows, I believe), so that might be a moot point.
    On the plus side of the ASUS, it has slightly better colours (100% vs. 99% sRGB) but a lower brightness (300 vs. 350 cd/m2).
     
  5. Donka macrumors 68020

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    Personally, I would buy the U2515H tomorrow if I could find anywhere with it on display or a similar sized 2560x1440 monitor to check. I just fear the higher DPI will have the whole UI a little too small for my tastes. I just wish there wasn't as high a price disparity between the U2515H and U2715H.
     
  6. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - One of my reasons for getting the 25 instead of 27 was precisely the higher PPI. Higher PPI = sharper image. Though I understand your worry if you're concerned about too small UI elements.
    Let me know if I can do anything via video or photos to put you at ease. :)
     
  7. Donka macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for the offer - I really appreciate it.
    I'm used to a 23" 1080p monitor at the moment with a DPI of 95.78. Even the 27" 1440p will be a big jump to a DPI of 108.79. I can deal with a bit of an increase but I want to avoid going too high to the detriment of comfort. I'm looking to upgrade for extra real estate for Photo and Movie editing but will also be using it for normal docs and browsing as well so don't want text to be too small. I realise I can increase text sizing on the fly in a browser but if I have to keep doing that then I have obviously bought the wrong monitor.
     
  8. pilotkid macrumors 6502a

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    I have had this display for about two months and am still impressed every time I sit in front of it. http://tiny.cc/z35byx

    Its the HP Envy 32-Inch LED Monitor.
     
  9. dagamer34 macrumors 65816

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    Considering the price of the Dell 4K P2415Q at $430 on Amazon, you'd rather buy two of those, run at 2560x1440, then when you upgrade your MBP, you can run at 4K @ 60Hz instead of buying a comparable 1440p-only monitor for nearly the same price.
     
  10. gr4z macrumors regular

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    Here are my dual U2515's. Fantastic monitor for the price.

    EDIT: No idea why it upside down - click on it and its fine.
     

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  11. Donka macrumors 68020

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    Nice tidy set up there. You have no idea how much I wish you were in Australia though... :D
     

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