Display for iMac 5K 2015 + MBP 15" 2016

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tryrtryrtryrt, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. tryrtryrtryrt, Nov 7, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2016

    tryrtryrtryrt Suspended

    Sep 10, 2016
    Hi all,

    I've got an iMac 27" 5K late 2015 (4GHz 16GB 512GB M395 2GB) and am waiting for MBP 15" late 2016 (2.9GHz 16GB 512GB 455 2GB) to arrive. I need a display suitable for both of them, and I would even say the iMac in the first place and then the MBP.

    Before Apple discounted LG UltraFine 5K my main choice would've been Dell P2715Q as I cannot afford to buy Dell UP2715K now.

    Now that Apple discounted LG UltraFine 5K I'm in front of a tough choice. On one hand there is a semi-professional calibrated 4K Dell display which has all the inputs you'd want, which is 100% compatible both with the iMac and the MBP. On the other hand there is a consumer 5K P3 wide colour LG display (which is very similar to the iMac's internal one)... which might not work with iMac at all or even if it works it's 99% that one would have to scale down the resolution back to 4K - it would be ugly I assume. However I will be able to use it fully with the MBP though it'd be rare...

    What would you do and why? I need to trigger the purchase quite soon.

    P. S. Design does not matter to me in this case i. e. I don't care if LG is ugly or not. :)
  2. Trahearne macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2014
    It is said to support Thunderbolt 3 only. Your iMac doesn't have it. TB2 incorporates DisplayPort 1.2, which doesn't support 5K.
  3. tryrtryrtryrt thread starter Suspended

    Sep 10, 2016
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    No it does support 5k just with two DP cables not one. Wether it can run the pixels on two 5k machines that's your issue!!
  5. saberfi macrumors member


    Oct 7, 2015
    Well, the UP2715K is just about $100 more expensive than the LG Ultrafine 5k ($1,099 [newegg] vs $974) - is it really that large a gap?

    The UP2715K goes for approx 1000 EUR in Europe too, oftentimes under 900EUR brand new from retailers.
  6. tryrtryrtryrt thread starter Suspended

    Sep 10, 2016
  7. Kudos6612, Nov 8, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2016
  8. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    You could go with the LG Ultrafine 4K - it offers P3 and will work with the MBP via TB3 and the iMac 5K via a TB3 to TB2 adapter. It's also seen a price cut to $524.
  9. tryrtryrtryrt thread starter Suspended

    Sep 10, 2016
    If only it'd be 27", I'd do it in an instant. 21.5" is too small. :(

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