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Original poster
Dec 23, 2011
I have a mid 2012 macbook pro 13" i7 and I am looking for a monitor for uni. I have found this but I was worried the resolution would be too low for a 27" monitor.

My main question is what resolution could my macbook output comfortably without lag or straining my macbook.

My budget is £300 and the only requirement is that it has a HDMI port for my PS4.


macrumors 68040
Apr 27, 2010
Aarhus, Denmark
1920 x 1080 is bizarrely low for a 27". Stay away from that.

Your machine will easily do a 2560 x 1600 display in addition to its own display, as per Apple's specifications.

I'm currently in the market for a 2560 x 1440 for my 2011 MacBook Pro and have my eye on the Dell UltraSharp U2515H, a 25" ( It's looking extremely good in all aspects and has ports galore. It's also available in a more expensive 27" if you prefer: U2715H.


macrumors 68040
Apr 27, 2010
Aarhus, Denmark
Yeah I do like the look of the Dells.
I also thought this one too (
- Yes, the UltraSharps look amazing. Very iMac-esque. Hands down the best looking non-Apple monitors I've seen.
Keep in mind that that one has lower brightness than the ones I mentioned above (at 300 vs 350 cd/m2). In tests, it looks like it has slightly higher contrast, though.

I'm thinking about one of these LG models: LINK

- I don't really see the argument for those 21:9 monitors, unless you really need 29 inches. Compared to most 16:9 monitors at similar sizes (like the Dell U2515H and U2715H), you loose 25 % screen real estate because of the lower 2560 x 1080 resolution.


macrumors 6502
Mar 20, 2013
I got myself a del u2515H!!! I ayed just 298€ for it shipped. It should arrive today!!!
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