Do you factor in the cost of an external monitor?

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  1. vapourtrails macrumors member

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    A laptop is nice but when you edit video or photographs a bigger external screens is a necessity in my opinion. Did you factor in the cost of an external monitor when you bought your laptop? What UDB-C options are available beside the pricy LG?
     
  2. myscrnnm macrumors 6502a

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    You know the 2016 MacBook Pro can still output video through VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort, right? It's not like USB-C displays are the only ones that can work with it.
     
  3. vapourtrails thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes I understand you can get a dongle but a direct USB-C is a more elegant solution so why spend all that money on the laptop and then use an old screen.
     
  4. myscrnnm macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure what the logic behind that is. The fact that you are asking this forum if there are options besides the LG shows how few USB-C monitors there are on the market right now. So the "old screens" that you are referring to are basically new screens, because nothing has replaced them yet.
     
  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - You also don't need a dongle. You can do a direct USB-C to DisplayPort or HDMI cable.
     
  6. Zenithal macrumors 68040

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    Well, the cost of the monitor is one factor only. Support 10 bit color depth is another. You'd also want one that's fairly accurate but accuracy is dependent on color calibration. If you're editing video it has to be dci-p3, and depending on what dimension of video, you'll want it to support rec709 or rec2020. Thought dci-p3 is the better overall choice because its color range is wider. So if you're editing for the Asian market, one that appreciates bright endless colors, it's a no brainer. If you're doing something studio related for film or whatnot, then rec709 or rec2020 will suffice, again depending on what you're editing. But even if you edit under a dci-p3 schema, your end result won't be the same to what you edited. Now any real professional who'll be doing video editing would want a monitor that addresses all three of these schemas or one good one for each schema. There's a lot of midrange, quality products. There's the more expensive Eizo line and of course there's grading monitors that cost as much as a new Honda Civic. YMMV.
     
  7. vishavg macrumors member

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    could you throw out some names for decent external monitors in the 200-400$?
     

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