Best external Monitor for 13 inch retina MacBook Pro

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  1. samcema macrumors newbie

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    So right now I want to buy an external monitor for my 13 inch retina macbook pro (mid 2014). I have heard that this model can't drive 4k display in 60 Hz via mini display port. So other than that what is the maximum resolution it does support via mini display port @ 60Hz. I need a monitor of size about 28 inch+. Any suggestion?:)
     
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    I'm VERY intrigued by the U2515H. Looks like this was just recently released. It offers the same resolution as the Apple Thunderbolt display, with 2" less size. Great pixel density. USB hub in the back... I may pick it up! Let us know how it ends up working for you. Do you have the two lined up vertically or horizontally?
     
  4. gr4z macrumors regular

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    So far so very good :)
     

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  5. Xeridionix macrumors regular

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    I'm holding you responsible for the amount of drool I just produced looking at that set up. :p That's pretty awesome!
     
  6. samcema thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So 13inch rmbp runs both the monitor simultaneously at 60Hz? BTW its looking really nice.

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    What about Asus PB278Q WQHD monitor?
     
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    i would bought it right away if it's on sale in dell canada's site....
     
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  9. gr4z macrumors regular

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    I don't know if it will for definite but I can't see why a 15" wouldn't.
     
  10. samcema thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Have anyone tested on Late 2013 rmbp 13" or mid 2014 13" rmbp. need a confirmation.
     
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    So I'm just about ready to click buy on this monitor...

    Do you find text too small at 1440P? Or just right? Any last minute thoughts / recommendations / issues?

    The coupons I have aren't working at Dell.com so it looks like a flat $500. Only about $120 more to get the U2715H, which also looks pretty darn nice.
     
  12. JCCash macrumors regular

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    ASUS PB278 Display

    I am very happy with my 27" ASUS PB278 Display which I ordered from Amazon using some Christmas gift cards I received. I use an Elgato ThunderBolt II Hub and from the hub go mini display port to the full size display port in the PB27B monitor. The monitor comes with speakers but I do not use them and use external speakers (plugged into the hub). So far so good.
     
  13. ra004e macrumors regular

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    For me text is "just right". I find 27" pixel pitch to big. So far no issues, have tested with riMac, 13" rMBP, 15"rMBP. This display is really a great compromise until HiDPI/4K is the norm. Wonderful monitor, excellent AG coating, very bright, low power consumption. Very satisfied with this monitor.
     
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    Whoa, nice! Would you be able to take some photos of them powered up with various apps open?
     
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    U2515H looks great, but the new 27" looks great too :D. The U2515H is $500 at Dell.com, but I'd have to pay tax... The U2715H is only $550 @ B&H Photo - no tax, free shipping. Gonna get that one for my 15" rMBP.

    Of course, this is just a stopgap monitor until I get a Skylake MacBook Pro with 5K monitor :D.
     
  16. ra004e macrumors regular

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    Here's review of U2715H in case you have not seen it before.

    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2715h.htm
     
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    It's definitely a nice monitor.

    [​IMG]

    Has backlight bleed in the corners though, when dark content is displayed.

    For OS X, check your GPU.

    If you have an Iris 5100, I'm not sure. As I understand it, those will not do 4K@60Hz. Maybe they will do 3440x1440, as it's not that much more than a relatively common 2540x1440 monitor, but can't say for sure.

    If you have Intel Iris Pro 5200 then I bet that you wouldn't have a problem. As of 10.9.3 that GPU will support 4k@60Hz, which is even higher resolution than that Dell's 3440x1440.

    For Windows, I suspect both the 5100 and 5200 are okay.
     
  19. Stocks macrumors member

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    ActionableMango, do you lean over your desk a lot?

    I ask because the display seems so far back that it would be hard to read things, and the keyboard is far back too.

    The set up looks great though.
     
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    Sorry for the delay in responding...here is my desk from another post in case you hadn't seen it
     

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  21. nehas91, Feb 5, 2015
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    Sorry to barge in on the thread, but what is the difference between the Dell U2415 and the U2515? I've been looking for an external monitor but I can't figure out the difference between these two models except for size.
    Does the U2515 have a glossy screen while the 2415 is matte?
     
  22. larrysing1963 macrumors regular

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    Do you mean the U2515H and the U2415? I can't find specs for a U2515 without the "H" on the end of it....Am I just missing it?
     
  23. samcema thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can you give some screenshot? I am pretty much in love with the contrast of asus pb278q panel. But the dell has such a wide space for work. But i guess the color accuracy or vibrancy is not that compared to asus in case of dell. Seems like some washed out.
     
  24. Stocks macrumors member

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    What do you mean when you save the Dell has such a wide space for work? The PB278Q has the same resolution as the Dells been discussed here.
     
  25. nehas91 macrumors member

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    Yes, I meant the Dell U2515H. Sorry about the confusion.
     

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