Best 4K Monitor for 2013 MBP - Under $700


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Mar 27, 2014
The details:

I split my work (web development, UX, photo editing) time between in our office and at my home office. I have been using a 27" 2013 iMac + Apple Thunderbolt Display for my office setup, and using my 2013 rMBP + a Dell 24" 4K monitor (Dell Ultra HD 4K Monitor P2415Q 24-Inch) at my home office.

I have gotten sick of juggling two different systems for my work, so will be selling my iMac and using my rMBP strictly, which I plan on upgrading to a new maxed out MBP in a year or two after this won't hack it anymore. I have also gotten sick of the 24" Dell monitor when compared to a larger 27" monitor. It seems tiny in comparison.

I am planning on selling my iMac and bringing my 24" 4K monitor to my office, and using the 24" 4K and the 27" ATD with my rMBP in clamshell mode. Will my rMBP be able to hack that? It runs fine powering it's own screen and a 24" 4K screen, so in theory it should be fine, right?

I am also planning on using those funds to pay for a new, larger 4K or 5K monitor to use in my home office run off my rMBP. What is the current best bet for a 4K 27" or 32", or a 5K 27" or 32" monitor? I am hoping to spend under $700. And will my 2013 rMBP (maxed out, 2GB gfx card) be adequate to power a 5K display?

Thanks for any advice, guys.

Anonymous Freak

macrumors 603
Dec 12, 2002
I have the 23" version of the Samsung U28D590D, and it is great with my 2012 Retina MBP. Only supports 30 Hz on my system, but it should support 60 Hz on yours. No problems at all running in clamshell mode with a 4K display plus two 1080p displays.

Note that yours will only support a 5K display at 30 Hz, and even then, it needs to be one of the two-cable models, like the Dell UP2715K.


macrumors 68000
Aug 31, 2009
England, UK
I use an LG 27UD88-W (4k @ 27") interchangeably with a 2017 13" MBP and a gaming PC. Works perfectly, love it - especially for the £499 price tag (although now it's £529 almost a year later?!).

Will help you out for a good few years too - when you eventually get a USB-C Mac, then a single cable carries video/audio/charge to it. Same as the LG UltraFines from Apple. Better than just having DP/HDMI inputs.
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