Display for Macbook Pro (retina 2012)

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

  1. Gill Bates macrumors member

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    Hi

    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?

    Thanks
     
  2. larrysing1963 macrumors regular

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    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
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    Gill Bates thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks
    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

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

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    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 G4

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  7. LaloG, Mar 10, 2015
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    LaloG macrumors member

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    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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