4k monitor with 1080p next to it?

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    2013 Mac Pro I'm looking to do 4k for video editing and 1080p monitor on the right. Will this work if one is thunderbolt and another is HDMI? Thanks
     
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    And just to add to filmak said, it's going to be glaringly noticeable the difference in quality between the two. Once you go 4K, it's hard to go back, and even worse when they're right next to each other.
     
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    Okay thanks guys maybe I'll just another 1080p monitor of the same model right next to mine
     
  5. MacProFCP, Aug 27, 2015
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    Yes it will work but you will have issues if you choose to add additional monitors in the future. I tried this with two 27" (non 4k) and an HDMI 1080 and it would only power two of the three. I now have two Dell 27" 4K monitors and a Norcent 19" standard monitor (DVI). If I connect anything to the HDMI port I loose out.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202801

    I agree with the other posts that you should forget the HDMI 1080 and go with a second 4K. I know what you are thinking; you want to use the HDMI monitor for video editing and see it large in full resolution. You are better off using the 4K monitor and downscaling it. It will give you better resolution and allow for better expansion later on.

    AND... Amazon has several 4K monitors that are GREAT at an affordable cost.
     
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    I have a Dell P2715Q next to a 1920x1200 Dell 24".

    Is the 4K sharper? Yes.

    Do I get headaches or suffer from aesthetic discord from the difference? No.

    Get the 4K, and someday upgrade the 1080P.
     
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    So what you're saying is basically get the 4k monitor to go next to the 1080p then when I'm ready just sell the 1080p for another 4k?
     
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    I don't think anyone's saying not too. But I bet as soon as you use the 4k for a few days, you're going to be wanting another one to go with it.
     
  10. whwang macrumors member

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    I have a question that's along a somewhat similar line.

    I have the 23" and 30" ACDs, and a cMP. I used these two monitors side by side, and I can drag app windows from one to another without problems. Now with a new video card, I am ready to get a 4K or even a 5K for photo editing. With the new 4K monitor, I still want to keep at least one of the ACD (until the day I get a second 4K) and use it with the 4K side by side. The two monitors will have dramatically different pixel density. I imagine that app windows will change their sizes when I drag them from one display to another. Is this correct? Other than the difference in image quality, will there be any other big inconvenience using a 4K and ACD side by side?
     
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    If the 4K is running at native resolution, yes there will be a dramatic difference.

    But you probably won't run it at native, because all the toolbars, buttons, labels and text are TINY! Really tiny.

    I run my 4K scaled (in the monitor) to 2560x1440. The text is still crisp, but larger and easier to read. Windows change size when moved between monitors, but it's not dramatic.
     
  12. cube, Aug 27, 2015
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