Bad font with external monitor.

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  1. blurrytext, Feb 20, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2017

    blurrytext macrumors newbie


    Feb 20, 2017
    Hello everyone.

    I'm making this thread because I'm looking for help. I'm desperate and I've looked everywhere for a solution to my problem.

    Three days ago I bought an 24" external screen (ACER R231bmid) for my macbook pro retina 13" (mid 2014) and I get some very very bad font rendering with this monitor. The text is blurry and while I now have more space on the screen it doesn't look like a HD screen at all.

    I tried a lot of things to solve this problem :
    - I force the use of RGB mode.
    - I used the display calibrator assistant.
    - I used many cables --> Hdmi/Hdmi ; Thunderbolt/DVI ; Hdmi/VGA.
    - I changed the system font to lucida Grande.

    Nothing worked. I realized while I was making my research that this a very recurring issue with macbooks. I don't really know what to do now and to be honest everytime I use the external monitor and get used to it a little bit, when I go back to the retina display it makes me feel like I'm using some advanced alien technology. That says a lot ...

    Now I have two questions for you guys :

    Anyone has any other idea that what I have already tried ? Is it possible that my acer screen simply kinda sucks ?

    Is there another 24" monitor I can get in order to have a clear display ? I've read somewhere that my macbook won't be able to handle 4K screen.

    thank you in advance and please excuse my english , it's not my first language so I might have made some miss steak.
  2. alFR macrumors 68020

    Aug 10, 2006
    Looks like that's only a 1080p monitor, which isn't very high dpi on a 24" screen. The solution, I'm afraid, is probably to buy a higher-resolution monitor.
  3. blurrytext thread starter macrumors newbie


    Feb 20, 2017
    Thank you for your answer. Do you think 1920x1200 could work ? or should I go even higher ?
  4. alFR macrumors 68020

    Aug 10, 2006
    I had a 1920x1200 24" Dell monitor before and it was acceptably sharp: not retina-quality but fine for me. Best to check a 1920x1200 one out locally in a store if you can?
  5. blurrytext thread starter macrumors newbie


    Feb 20, 2017
    Okay I'll check this , I'm already thinking about getting the 27" 2560 x 1440 version of the acer monitor.
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    If you want a display that will render text as well as your MacBook, you're going to need a 4k display...
  7. Hajzenberg, Feb 21, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2017

    Hajzenberg macrumors newbie


    Jan 9, 2017
    I had the same problem as you with Dell P2417h (1920x1080 24in -> 92 DPI), text was noticeably more pixelated than on my 13" MacBook Pro 2016, and even my PC running Windows 10.

    I bought Dell UP2516D (2560x1440 25in -> 117.5 DPI) and it's much, much better.

    2560x1440 on 27in monitor is 109.7 DPI, so it's somewhere in between, though closer to the latter one.

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