Affordable 4k monitor for Mac Mini 2018?

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  1. turnipfarmer macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys

    Decided to take the plunge and upgrade to Mac mini from my ageing 2011 iMac.

    Many thanks for help from people on here on my other thread.

    Is there any affordable 4k monitors that would be good for Mac mini and photography editing?

    I'm based in the UK if possible budget would be approx £300 ($360-400).

    Thanks all
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

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    I bought an LG 24UD58-B for home and it works fine with my 2018 MacBook Pro, except that it's slow to wake up. At work we have several Dell P2415Qs and they work well without the slow wakeup behavior my LG has. The LG was a fair bit less expensive than the Dell, at least in the US. If I was buying for home again, I'd get the Dell.
     
  3. macdos macrumors regular

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    I have two Samsung U28E590, and they are both cheap and excellent. Samsung seems to have cut a low budget niche with this series.

    Unless you do reference stuff with Prophoto profile, it is as good as you will ever need.

     
  4. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

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    I've use the LG 24UD58-B 24-Inch as well. The wake thing is annoying but the picture quality is good. Small inconsistencies in color between monitors can be an issue. No built-in speakers but does have a useless audio jack.
     
  5. chrfr macrumors 604

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    I actually use the audio jack on my LG and can control volume (and brightness) using the native keyboard controls with this app: https://github.com/the0neyouseek/MonitorControl
    The volume range seems a bit non-linear, but it works.
     
  6. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

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    I plug speakers directly into my Mac and works fine so why need a jack in monitor? It adds another option in sound output settings to complicate things.
     
  7. chrfr macrumors 604

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    I have my display connected to a Thunderbolt dock that's plugged into an MBP. The audio-out jack on the TB3 dock is on the front, so it's cleaner to just plug into the display, and then I can keep the single cable connection to everything via the single TB3 cable.
     
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    I am running an LG 32UD59-B on my 2018 mini and I think it's a great deal for the size and color accuracy. It's currently $347US on amazon. It's a luxury having this much monitor real estate but I am running it at 3008x1692 which looks best to my eyes even though it's a 4k monitor.
     
  10. medw1974, Aug 9, 2019
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  11. turnipfarmer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That does look good but I can't find it anywhere in the UK for sale, have you seen it anywhere?
    --- Post Merged, Aug 10, 2019 ---
    That first one is just a TN panel, in need of an IPS panel. Will check out the LG.
     
  12. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    Google was showing a place selling it for £299 when I posted my previous message, but not now. It is new, maybe it hasn’t reached the shops yet. Hopefully soon, but can you wait?
     
  13. drmeatball macrumors member

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    I'm using a 50" LG 4K TV (6300UK something?), works fantastically. Got it new $188 clearance at Best Buy. 4:4:4, 60hz, works on both the Intel 630 and the Vega EGPU (I leave it plugged into the EGPU full time).
     
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  15. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    I used to have similar issues with two current (presumably, I bought them new last year) revision models, but it seems better lately. I don’t actually cold boot the mini that often so it’s hard to pin point exactly when it got better.
     
  16. kaibob macrumors regular

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    FWIW, I purchased my Dell P2415Q in November 2018 and the revision number is A09. I have not even once had an issue with the monitor refusing to wake. I did have an occasional issue with the screen going blank for a few seconds, but this hasn't happened for several months.
     

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