3 1080p or 2 Displays (2560 x 144) for MBPR?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Mindzeye82, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Mindzeye82 macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2013
    I'm in the process of updating my external monitor configuration to run off a MBP Retina and I'm not sure if I should use a TBP + a 27" Dell monitor (that can do 2560 x 1440 to match the TBP) or three 24" inch monitors at 1920 x 1080.

    Ideally, I would love to have three displays at 2560 x 1440, but it seems that current MBPR's can't do a third display at that resolution through the HDMI. I'm concerned that running a monitor at non-native resolution or having 2 monitors at 2560 and 1 at 1920 will become annoying given that I stare at the computer for 10+ hours a day for my job. Also, I really would like the additional features of the TBP, so it would be helpful to have that as part of the configuration. So I'm not sure which is optimal -

    1) TBP + 27 inch Monitor at 2560 x 1440
    2) TBP + 27" (2560 x 1440) + 27" (1920 x 1080)
    3) 3 24" at 1920 x 1080

    Any advice?
  2. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Personally, until allows font scaling for 1440p displays, I would go with 1080p monitors for now.
  3. a.coward macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2010
    It may be worth waiting until Mavericks is released before deciding:


    This seems to indicate that Mavericks may support HDMI 1.4,
    which would allow 2560x1440 and above. If so, and if it can do
    this in conjunction with two Thunderbolt displays, you may have
    your three 27" display setup at 2560x1440 after all.
  4. Giuly macrumors 68040


    You might want to reevaluate that, as the physical font size is equal.
  5. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    That's the problem. Fonts will appear comically small on a 27" display. I personally find their size on a 23" screen to be ideal.
  6. handheldgames macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2009
    Pacific NW, USA
    For content creation.. 2560x1440 @ 27". Or 2560x1600 @ 30". Anything else is a waste of space. :p.

    My rMBP station at work has a 30" 1600p, a 27" 1440p in portrait and a 24" 1080p in portrait. When the 27" was a 1080p display, I only used it to view reference docs. The resolution is too low for serious xcode development. The 24" is now relegated to docs. :p

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