Best Curved Monitor

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  1. irock101, Feb 23, 2016
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    Whats the best current monitor that works without 50 different adapters on the latest rMbp 15" ?

    I haven't seen any that offer thunderbolt but I hope someone can put me in the right direction.
    Prefer curved as the 5k Dell is around $3,000 USD and thats a bit steep for a bit of screen real estate.
    The curved ones are around $800 - $1,000 here.

    This one is pretty high on my list: http://www.lazada.co.th/lg-29uc97c-29-wfhd-led-monitor-black-3435626.html

    Anyone has experience with this particular model?
     
  2. ajk816 macrumors newbie

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    I have the Dell U3415W to pair with my 15" rMBP. Big fan.
     
  3. 1madman1 macrumors regular

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    The LG 34UC97 has native Thunderbolt support. Evidently works as a USB > Thunderbolt dock too.
     
  4. cube macrumors G5

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    An inexpensive mDP to HDMI adapter is hardly "50 different", although I don't know if there's a 60Hz solution by now.

    The best curved one I could find is a 48" 3D, somewhat-HDR-upgradeable Series 8 SUHD TV.

    I could not find a smaller one which was also 3D, although Samsung was supposed to have released a 40" (I don't remember if it could also be upgraded a bit to HDR).
     
  5. justin216 macrumors 6502

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    I have this exact same combo, it's great.

    I've not had the curved LG model, but the regular flat one with Thunderbolt was a little finicky for me on audio (sold it to get the U3415W). Probably just a lemon/early model/etc.
     
  6. iceman42 macrumors regular

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    • S34E790C i have it hooked up to my mac pro and my ps4.ppl are going to say get a 4k monitor but that is overkill for a computer monitor you can't tell the difference siting right next to the monitor and plus there is hardly in 4k content for it right now.maybe in 5 or 10 years there will be use for a 4k monitor
     
  7. shoehornhands macrumors regular

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    I'm using a Dell U3415W with a 2014 MacBook Pro 15" and it works perfectly. All you need is a single mini-DP to DP cable (included with the monitor), which carries both audio and video. The only other cable you potentially need (aside from the power cable), is a USB 3.0 upstream cable (also included with the monitor), if you have a need for the USB 3.0 ports on the monitor. The mini-DP and USB 3.0 ports are right next to one another on the MacBook Pro (and also right next to the power cable), so it's hardly a big deal (i.e. they all go to the same place so it's easy enough to keep tidy).

    It's gonna be pretty much the same with any 34" ultrawide though (or any newer monitor for that matter), so I'm not sure where you get the "50 different adapters" from. Maybe you're thinking of the older MacBook Pro models (pre-thunderbolt / mini-DP)?
     
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    I have the mbpR late 13 - will the likes of Dell U3415 work?
     
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    Thanks
     
  13. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    I have the LG 34UC97-S http://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-34UC97-S-ultrawide-monitor and even though it has only been a little under a week using it, I really like it.
    It isn't going anywhere is what I'm trying to say.

    I have mine connected to my Mac Pro via Thunderbolt 2.
    The monitor also has 2 more USB3 ports, so my webcam and iPhone dock charger are plugged into the monitor rather than using ports on the computer.

    If you connect via TB2 then there is no need to use the USB "up" cable. So this essentially gives you 2 more USB ports. and another Thunderbolt output if you wanted to add a Thunderbolt dock with more connections.

    It is 3440x1440 and I got it open box for $711.
    IMG_2296.jpg IMG_2295.jpg
     
  14. bootz macrumors member

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    I love using the U3415W. I get full resolution at 60hz when connected via DP using my mid-2012 rMBP. It also has 6 (i think?) USB 3 ports. Even with all my devices, I only have to connect 3 cables (power, DP, USB).
     
  15. kpjungle macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    First time around here and it might be covered elsewhere, in which case i apologize.

    I have a 15" MBPr (Mid 2012). Does this platform support running 2x Dell U3415W monitors at the same time? (I currently have 2x Thunderbolts hooked up to it).

    Thanks for taking the time to respond!
     
  16. bluesnoop85, Jul 21, 2016
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    Finally made the purchase, currently sat a home awaiting to be opened.

    I'll be connecting similar DP, power and USB(hub) as I already have one.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 21, 2016 ---
    What wallpaper is that?
     
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    Another vote for the Dell.

    I originally wanted the LG, but I saw way too many people with the LG had sleep/wake issues with Macs.
     
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    I'm liking the dell so far. Glad I picked it over the LG.
    Only thing I would like is the screen splitting app that LG has. Does anyone have anything similar that would work with the Dell?
     
  20. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    You mean one similar to the way Windows snap works or one for using two different inputs and splitting them?
     
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    Primarily window snapping, a bit like the LG, although watching this video looks like its a mixture of inbuilt and software

     
  22. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    I use BetterSnapTool and then tweak some of the settings (such as snap speed, border color and border thickness) for my preference.
    I actually have never used the LG software that came with the monitor.
     
  23. bluesnoop85 macrumors member

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    That tool looks like a good, I already have something similar called Magnet. I was more looking for something that allows ease of split into 3 vertical quickly. So I could for example have PS, Chrome, Social media across the screen.
     
  24. auero macrumors 65816

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    You're not making my decision any easier. I'm debating on getting a 27" 4K display or going with the LG 34UC98-W. I was reading about the pixels being placed closer together on these displays. How would you judge the quality of the screen? I would go dual 4K, but my late 2013 mbp can't drive two of them at 60HZ.
     

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