Brand New 15" MacBook Pro...with two (2) 34" 3440x1440 Curved OR two (2) 31" 4k Monitors?

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Which would you prefer: Dual 3440x1440 34" Curved Set Up or Dual 4k Set Up?

  1. Dual 3440x1440 34" Curved

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  2. Dual 4k

    71.4%
  1. JaG8or, Aug 14, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2015

    JaG8or macrumors newbie

    JaG8or

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    I just had to replace my late 2012 MacBook Pro Retina 15" due to TSA running the bag belt despite a back up in the body scan machine and dumping a bunch of bags all over the floor...broke my screen...it was going to be $1340 for Apple to fix it, so I chose to buy a new one (Yes, I wish I could have waited on Skylake)...I currently use two(2) 27" Apple Thunderbolt displays, but with the new laptop, I want to go ahead and buy two new monitors too. My daily use includes minor video editing, lots of consulting report writing and graphics work.

    Just replaced the broken MBP with:
    15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
    • 2.8GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz
    • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    • 512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
    • Intel Iris Pro Graphics + AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5 memory
    I am looking at either a Dual Curved Monitors or a Dual 4k Monitors set up:

    Dual Curved Monitor Options?



    Dual 4k Monitor Options?


    Looking for advice from anyone with any experience and thoughts on these choices please.
     
  2. JaG8or thread starter macrumors newbie

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    any thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated...tks
     
  3. Jetship macrumors member

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    I own the LG 34UM95 (34" ultra wide non-curved) and I can tell you now it's a beautiful experience using it. I am using it with my windows desktop though haven't tried hooking up a apple laptop yet but oh boy ultra screens are so good. The one you're looking at would be slightly better than my flat one as sometimes it can be a bit annoying if I gotta look in the bottom L/R as it seems so far away haha. I can do some much stuff all at once with the real estate, can have 3-4 different web browser tabs opened side by side and completely readable and great size for all the content on each tab.

    Just my 2 cents :)
     
  4. Niarlatop macrumors member

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    How do you plan to set your monitors on your desk?
    If you want them side-by-side, I strongly advise you against the 21/9 34".
    You are looking at two 31" wide (80cm) screens, your total real estate would have a total length of more than 62" / 1.6 meter wide. Big neck pain in perspective.
    Your best bet would be to put them on atop the other.

    In my opinion, you'd be best served by two 4K monitors, plus you could enjoy HiDPI rendering.
     
  5. mikecalderone macrumors member

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    I use a LG 34" Curved 3440x1440 (34UC97-S) with my Macbook pro 15 and absolutely love the picture quality.
    I run it using Thunderbolt port. Great Monitor
     
  6. JaG8or, Aug 17, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2015

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    Thanks Jetship, would you recommend a dual (side-by-side) setup based upon your experience...I have Dual 27" Thunderbolt Monitors currently (2 x 25.6" = 51.2") and the 34" LG's would be (2 x 33.7" = 67.4")???
     
  7. JaG8or thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Niarlatop, you make a good point...but I would be only be going from my current (2 x 25.6" = 51.2") to (2 x 29" = 58") with the 4k with 1.6 times the horizontal pixels...hmmm...will have to look at that given the increase in vertical pixels is 1.5 times as well...
     
  8. JaG8or thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks mikecalderone! Good to hear.
     
  9. Niarlatop macrumors member

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    If you don't mind loosing some sharpness, you could use the scaled resolutions, you can go as high as 3200x1800 HiDPI on a 4K screen. Otherwise, the sharpest resolution would be 1920x1080 HiDPI.
     

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