Best external display for Macbook pro retina 15" mid 2015.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by swealpha, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. swealpha macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2017
    Hello dear people!!

    I am trying to find a external display that has this amazing retina feeling for my Macbook Pro Retina 15.4" mid 2015, 2880 × 1800 (16:10) 220 ppi.

    I prefer 19-23 inch (bigger sadly makes me feel dizzy) and I mostly surf, write and read.

    Right now I am thinking of this LG UltraFine 4K 21.5", 4096 x 2304 (16:9) 219 ppi, but it don't look like it is supporting my macbook. ;(

    What should you guys recommend?

    Thank you, thank you very much!
    Best regards from Sweden.

    (Btw, already tested a Dell Ultrasharp U2515H 25", 2560 x 1,440 (16:9) 117 ppi, but didn't like it at all, everything gets very small and it was no retina feeling. You can see my testing here:
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
  3. lifeisepic macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2013
    You have a few options at 24" (23.6") for 4k. Run it at 1920x1080 for Retina feel.

    Dell P2415Q
    Samsung U24E850R
    Samsung U24E590D
    LG 24UD58
    BenQ BL2420U

    The difference between them are some have USB hubs and price. I believe all have HDMI 2.0 (except Dell) to run 60Hz if you're hooking up a PS4 Pro.

    Dell is the most expensive and lacks HDMI 2.0. They have an average aesthetic.
  4. swealpha thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2017
    I was just going to start a new thread with that question.

    Thank you very much lifeisepic! :D

    My new thread will be in another category.
  5. syntax_one, Dec 4, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2017

    syntax_one macrumors newbie


    Dec 4, 2017

    I also have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015).

    I do photo retouching, and I need the monitor's colors, brightness and contrast to be the exact same as my MacBook Pro's screen without having to do heavy calibration. I simply use the sRGB IEC61966-2.1 profile.

    I read above that the Dell P2415Q would be a good choice, but I also read here that the Dell UltraSharp U2415 is the best.

    Lastly, when I chat with Apple, they always recommend the LG Ultrafine 4K monitor and the LG Ultrafine 5K Monitor.

    What do you guys think of all this?

  6. Francesco Orazzini macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2017
    Hello Everyone...I am in the same situation...buying an external display for my 15" macbook pro retina mid 2015.
    Unfortunately I'm not on a big budget, and was thinking about going for an Acer R240HY BIDX for about 100 bucks....
    but not sure if I'll suffer big loss for the quality? Any experience with that? Would you advise me rather to avoid that and save some money to buy later a Dell 4k? Or any other advises...?

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