Choosing the right MacBook & External Display

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by evrard, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. evrard, Feb 25, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2015

    evrard macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2014
    So basically I have been in hell trying to pick the right combination of macbook and external display. I am a PhD neuroscientist student so I do a lot of coding, data analysis, reading, and writing on the computer. In this way, power is important. I also travel often from the lab to the library, and even to various coffee shops. In this way, portability is important.

    I have listed some ideas I have had in both but feel free to suggest something else. Especially in terms of external display.

    12'' Retina Macbook Air - $1400?
    13'' rMBP (Base) - $1400
    13'' rMBP (Upgraded to 16GB Ram) - $1600
    13'' rMBP (Upgraded to 16GB Ram & 3.0 Hz i7) - $1900
    15'' rMBP - $2100

    External Monitor Ideally I'd like it to look as good as the retina display
    28'' 4K Samsung Monitor (UD590) - $500
    40'' 4K LG TV (40UB8000) - $600
    This TV only supports 4 2 0 Chroma​
    Other monitor?
    Other HDTV?
  2. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    The retina mba doesn't exist.
    The 13" rmbp only supports 50Hz for 4k.

    For your usage and maximum portability I recommend a base mba and a TB display as external. You'll save yourself a lot of $$$.

    In either case stay away from the cpu and RAM upgrades, since they make no snse in your case.
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    If you want 4K.......

    Then the 15 inch is the only way to go for top notch 4K output.

    If you can wait for the next refresh I think you'll find that all the new macbooks will support 4K a little better. The Iris 6100 on broadwell supports up to 3 screens at a max of 3840 x 2160 over Display port 1.2 (TB) @ 60Hz so the next batch of 13 inchers should be better for you than the current haswell offering...

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