Display for Macbook Pro (retina 2012)

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Gill Bates, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. Gill Bates macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2014

    I'm looking to buy an external display for my macbook pro (retina 2012)
    Can't afford a Thunderbolt Display (budget is 200-500 $)

    A Dell Ultrasharp could be a decent alternative, no?
    Please do tell, if you know a good/better alternative
    I'm aiming for the best of the cheapest displays, with decent quality and resolution (4k/whatever is not needed)

    Can I use the thunderbolt port for mini-display output?

  2. larrysing1963 macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2014
    So you don't want 4K. What size monitor do you want? 2560x1440 is probably your target resolution? Do you play games? Do you need full Adobe RGB for photo/video work, or is this just "general usage?"

    Yes, you can use your TB port for mDP output.
  3. Gill Bates, Mar 7, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2015

    Gill Bates thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2014
    I think size anywhere between 20-30"
    Resolution.. I really don't know. Whatever fits! :)
    Yeah it's mostly for "general usage". As extra screen realestate (music programs and web developing)
    Maybe a bit of gaming and movie watching, but with no superhigh needs
    As long as it's not FAR off the macbook's colors

    But without a Thunderbolt Display, I miss out on all the smart "dock" connections, yes?
  4. Gill Bates thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2014
    Maybe I should get a Dell UltraSharp U2415
    Looks good. quite good reviews etc.
  5. bootz macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2014
    I would agree. I have a U2515H and while it is a great monitor, the resolution is a little (too) high for me to use at native resolution (2560x1440). I think U2415H has most of the features of the U2515H (thin bezel, great screen coating, adjustable stand, multiple USB 3 inputs), but a more manageable resolution and aspect ratio (1200p / 16:10).
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
  7. LaloG, Mar 10, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2015

    LaloG macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2013
    Do the 2012 retinas support 4K monitors? What are some good monitors? Is the current apple display worth the refurb price of $799? I read that the Dell U2415 is very good and it costs around $300.

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