External Display advice 2015 Retina 13.3 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by earthdog, Jul 11, 2015.

  1. earthdog macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2014
    I am looking for a 27inch external display to be my on desk primary display. I have a 2015 MPB 13.3 Retina Display. I want something with a stable stand as it will go on my Tread Desk.

  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    The 27" Thunderbolt Display seems to be right for you.
  3. nStyle macrumors 65816

    Dec 6, 2009
    I own a 27" TBD but really can't recommend it in 2015. Maybe, if it had USB 3.0. Without that, it's honestly a lousy investment. I honestly don't use the built in dock at all. I wouldn't find it inconvenient at all to just plug everything up to the laptop itself as it has adequate ports.

    U2715H is the way I'd go if I were buying a monitor today.
  4. Groovemaster17 macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2012
    I use the same Mac at work and I connect two displays.

    The first is an Asus 28"4K PB287Q
    Second is a Dell 27 inch U2713HM

    Both are running at 2560x1440. Very happy with the matte finish on both. And the 13 rMBP has no problem at all driving them both. image.jpg
  5. TheIguana macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2004
    If you want to join the 4k wagon I have heard good things about Dell's p2715Q. It is a tad pricey however.
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  7. nStyle macrumors 65816

    Dec 6, 2009
    Also want to add since it's not obvious and you might not know - the TBD doesn't have a laminated panel like the newer iMacs to aid in glare reduction. So, even though they're both glossy screens, the TBD still shows more glare because there is a relatively large distance between the panel and the glass. This doesn't bother me because I'm never around any light sources that would cause any issues - but something to keep in mind.

    4k monitors are cheap enough - I just don't think there's as great of a selection of standout monitors as there are in the 27" 1440p space. I can't notice a huge difference between my Retina's PPI and monitor unless I'm super close (far closer than I'd normally be). I think the Dell P2715Q is a good option though at under $600 (or the Asus). They're only ~$100 more than the U2715H. I'm not sure how OS X handles 4k scaling on external monitors though? If the scaling isn't right, 4K @ 27" is going to result in small everything.

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