Dell P2715Q vs LG 27UD68 | 4k Monitor

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  1. BJB Productions macrumors 65816

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  2. andy9l macrumors 68000

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    I use the 27UD88 (model up from 68) and it's been fantastic. "Just worked" with my Mac (USB-C) and PC (DisplayPort) after about 60 seconds of assembly.
     
  3. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How's the bezel? I feel like it's so thick and outdated looking.
     
  4. andy9l macrumors 68000

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    It's about 0.8mm thick from eye? Thinner than even my 12" MacBook. Not sure why that's thick and dated, but I guess it's subjective.

    For clarity, I'm talking about this monitor:

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  5. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh, sorry. I was thinking the Dell. Wow, that's betuiful. I wonder what the difference between the 88 and the 68 is. There are so many models I can't keep them all straight.
     
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    I think it's just that the 88 is USB-C, which is vital for new Macs (and PCs for that matter). Works great with my 12" MacBook. One cable for power/display/audio (AUX output from screen)/USB hub on back of screen.

    Fairly decent review:
     
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    Wow, that looks beautiful. I found a 27UD68-W on eBay for 350 so I may go for that. My biggest need is color accuracy since I edit a lot in Lightroom...but I also am a sucker for beautifully designed products.
     
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    I think the 68 and 88 are largely the same design. The 68 has a black back, the 88 is white - or at least, mine is. Other than that, I think they're pretty similar. Check out their detailed tech specs though to be sure!
     
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    Actually, I believe the 88 has an adjustable height and swivel as well.
     
  10. andy9l macrumors 68000

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    Ah, yeah it does - didn't realise that wasn't the case with the 68.

    FWIW, the 88 is extremely hard to buy at the moment. Shortage of 27" 4K panels, apparently.
     
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    How does this compare to an Apple retina display? I have a 15" Macbook Pro. I've also used the 5k Retina iMac, but I don't own one.
     
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    We have a 2015 5K iMac too. The iMac is definitely better quality. It's obvious when they're side by side. Perfect "2x" resolution is always going to look brilliant.

    If you ran this LG scaled to look like 1080p it would be equally as sharp as the 5K iMac. This is because 1080p can be doubled in every direction to make 4K. It's therefore the perfect "2x" resolution. But 1080p scaling on a 27" screen would look big and goofy. As such, most of us scale to 1440p and put up with the slight blurring caused by the imperfect mathematics.

    You will notice a difference up close compared to your MBP, but sat at normal distance I think you'd struggle to really notice it. Some people do though, no way of knowing until you try.

    I have 20/20 vision and have no complaints.
     
  13. ZapNZs macrumors 68020

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    I'm right there with you on the bezel design frustration!!!

    I've seen the Dell and the picture it makes is gorgeous. However, the bezel and case look cheap and the bezel is so thick that IMO it isn't a great match for multi-monitor displays (and even if someone is only buying one display, having a display with a thinner bezel IMO leaves the door open if down the road one decides to add another.) I have a couple S2415H's, which is a lower-res 1080p IPS display, and yet the bezel/case is so, so, so much nicer (and the quality of the display & quality of the case/bezel design relative to the price is something I find very impressive.)

    They made 1440 versions of this...why-oh-why couldn't they have made a 4k of this?


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    I totally thought the same thing when I saw that display. I scoured the internet trying to find out if they produced a 4k model.
     
  15. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    andy91 wrote above:
    "But 1080p scaling on a 27" screen would look big and goofy
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    I have 20/20 vision and have no complaints."


    For older folks and for those who -don't- have 20/20 vision (any longer), 1080p on a 27" doesn't look "goofy" -- it looks GOOD.

    I have a friend nearing 70 who has considerably-less-than-perfect vision in ONE EYE ONLY (blind in the other eye). For him, a 27" 4k display scaled to 1080p is going to look very good. In fact, he may STILL need to enlarge text to see it "clearly" (in his perception).

    I, too, am nearing 70 and (right now) using a 2k display, 27" @ native 1080p.
    Still looks good.
    I find that it's not the clarity of text that matters so much as the SIZE.
    I can't easily distinguish small text regardless of how sharp it is (i.e., retina or not).
    I CAN see it easily if it's larger.
     
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    I ended up ordering a refurbished LG 27UD68. T 88 was out of my price range. I'd rather use a 4k for a year or so until the 5k displays become a little more stable and come down in cost.
     
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    I also just bought the 27UD68 a couple days ago, to use with my late-2013 Macbook Pro. Wow, it looks amazing! I was very concerned that things would look fuzzy when scaled, but I ran through all available scaling resolutions and every one looked "retina" to me. My previous monitor was a 27" 1440p display; this one running at 1440p (scaled) is an incredible upgrade.
     
  18. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's great! I'm very excited to receive my 68. It's been delayed due to the storm in the Northeast.
     
  19. smirk macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not at home so I can't check right now if it was included, but you may have to buy a mini-DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort cable to make it work with your Macbook Pro. I bought this one and it is working great.
     
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    Will your Macbook Pro drive the 4k resolution? I have a Mid 2014.
     
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    I have a late-2013 15" MBP with integrated graphics, and I was concerned that I would have to drive it via HDMI at 30Hz, because the spec page for that model seemed to indicate that 4K wouldn't work over DisplayPort. However, it totally works, and System Information shows it running at 60Hz. The only oddity is that System Information also seems to indicate that it is a television, for some reason. I haven't figured out what that's about, and otherwise everything looks flawless.

    When I first connected the demonstration display to my Macbook in the store (wanted to try it out first), everything looked pretty bad (blurry). But once I changed the picture setting from "Custom" to something else, everything looked amazing.
     
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    Yes, looks like this option with Dell have been garnering some good reviews in terms of design and performance as well
     
  23. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So I have it connected via MiniDisplay port to Displayport. Res doesn't look quite 4k, maybe I'm spoiled by my Macbook Retina. What settings should I be set to?
     
  24. smirk macrumors 6502a

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    Can you be more specific? I don't know what you mean by it not quite looking 4K. Your 4K display is always driven at the native 4K resolution, but OS X scales UI elements larger so that they're usable.

    In the store, the picture settings of the demo unit were set all wonky, as these things usually are. Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness were all too high. I just changed the picture mode preset from Custom to I think "Reading" or "Photo" (or whatever they're called) and everything got sharp and clear.

    At home, I'm scaling it to the 2560x1440 setting (In OS X's Displays settings) and it looks great to me.
     

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