2560x1440 monitor for Mid-2010 MacBook Pro 13"

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  1. el.pescado macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have a mid-2010 MacBook Pro 13" and I'm looking for external monitor. According to Apple website, this Mac can drive external monitor up to 2560x1600 pixels, but since this laptop is quite old, I'd like to ask whether there may be any performance or compatibility issues when connecting external 2560x1440 screen?

    I don't play games, I mostly use computer for www, programming and movies.
     
  2. topmounter macrumors 68020

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    I'm in the same situation with my Late 2012 27" iMac (2560x1440 internal / 2560x1600 external). My 24" Cinema Display finally died waiting for a refresh of the 27" Cinema Display and I really miss having a second display. I'd drop $999 on a refreshed 27" Cinema Display, but I really don't want to spend that kind of money on a chunky 5yo+ design.

    The most appealing option that I've found so far is the Asus MX27AQ (2560x1440) for around $450, but it is not height adjustable and doesn't have the holes for a VESA mount.
     
  3. el.pescado thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But iMac has massively more powerful GPU than my poor MacBook:(

    I'd like display with similar pixel density to internal MacBook screen, since OSX looks awful on low-DPI screens, and I dislike when pixels on two screens don't match.
     
  4. HenryAZ macrumors 6502

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    Your laptop's native resolution, 1280x800, has a PPI of about 113. For 2560x1440, in a 24" monitor you'd have about 122 PPI, and in a 27" monitor about 108 PPI. I doubt you would notice any difference among those three specs.
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I ended up with a BenQ BL3200PT in that resolution for $499, amazon is a bit less now than the one I picked up at Fry's.

    Had the adjustment, and eye strain relief built in.

    Right now just have my Mac Mini and a BluRay player plugged into it.

    Mainly ended up with the larger one in the lower than 4k res, because of the price.

    Might go 4k in this style and size monitor if the Mac Mini seriously bumps the GPU in the next generation.

    Can see why people are looking at these business class monitors as replacements for their Cinema Displays.
     
  6. topmounter macrumors 68020

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    I just ordered the BL3200PT from Jet.com... I couldn't resist for $399 w/ free shipping.
     
  7. topmounter macrumors 68020

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    The BenQ3200PT is a nice monitor and well worth $400, but 2560x1440 feels a bit low for the size to me, particularly when sitting side-by-side with my 27" iMac. When pushed as far back as possible on my desk, it felt more at home as the primary monitor for my Win7 gaming PC.
     
  8. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    For 2560x1440 it really doesn't get much better than Dell UltraSharp U2515H or U2715H. Great monitors, great value, especially in 25".
     
  9. topmounter macrumors 68020

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    I sent the BenQ back. After three weeks of 2560x1440 on the 32" panel, I still couldn't get comfortable with it.
     
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  11. bluesnoop85 macrumors member

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    I have the mbpR late 13 - does that mean the likes of Dell U3415, wont work?
     
  12. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - I'd say it should be fine, even at 60 Hz on the 13".
     
  13. bluesnoop85 macrumors member

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    Thanks :)
     
  14. rybak17 macrumors newbie

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    I have a MacBook White Mid 2010 and Dell U2515H, it works very well
     
  15. Accord3 macrumors member

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    I have the Dell U2515H hooked up via DP (2560x1440) to my late 2012 Mac Mini, this is the best screen i have purchased to date and would not hesitate to purchase another one if I had the desk space.
     

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