External Display for 15" Rmbp

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  1. irock101 macrumors 6502

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    Hey,

    I am looking for an external display with the same picture quality like the thunderbolt display. I had multiple Thunderbolt displays in the past and it's a love hate relationship. I love the picture quality next to my retina macbook, the brightness and everything but the thing is just a monster on my desk. Even the curved LG monitor, which is a lot bigger at 34" seems more sleek and thin than the outdated TB display.

    Anyone knows which display provides the exact same type of picture quality / resolution / brightness as the TBD ? I am looking for screens in the size 27" and up. Pricing is not really a factor but I don't want to spend $2,000 on a display just because its a bit thinner but got the same size as the TBD.

    Thanks

    Edit: BTW I was always a big fan of the initial 30" cinema display. If theres something like that out there I'd consider that type of picture quality as well.
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Is glossy/glass a requirement? If not, Dell UltraSharp U2715H.
     
  3. irock101 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No I am not a big fan of the glossy stuff. That's why I am a big fan of the 30" Cinema Display.
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    Will the LG LED Monitor 34" IPS Curved Ultra Wide 34UC97-P work with the RMBP on a thunderbolt cable or do I have to use picture in picture mode? I got a good deal on it for around $700.
     
  4. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Yes, should be perfectly fine. Be wary of light bleed, though, on those curved monitors. They tend to be prone to it.
     
  5. irock101 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What do you mean by light bleed? The corners aren't as colourful ?
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    Also is there any real 4k monitor under 32" that runs at 60hz ?
     
  6. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Light bleed is when certain portions of the display leak light from the LCD backlight. It causes areas around the edges to be brighter than the rest of the screen. Search Google images for examples.

    What do you mean by "real" 4K monitors? If you mean 4096x2160, then your rMBP will have to be the newest 15" model with dedicated graphics to support it. See this article on 4K support: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202856
    Which rMBP do you have?
     
  7. irock101 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your help. It's Mid 2015 / 2.5ghz i7 / 16GB DDR3 / Iris Pro
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    DELL 31.5'' LED 4K ULTRASHARP ULTRA HD UP3214Q

    Will this one work at 60hz with a thunderbolt cable?
     
  8. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - If it has the dedicated Radeon R9 M370X, it's powerful enough to run every single display on the market (including 5K ones) at 60Hz. You could even run two of that Dell UP3214Q at 60Hz.
    I'm not entirely sure that it would work with a Thunderbolt cable, but it will with the Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort that comes included with the monitor.

    If it only has the integrated Iris Pro, the 4K monitor will work fine, too.

    Do you have the dedicated GPU? Look in System Information under Graphics.
     
  9. irock101 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey thanks for your help! I just checked and have the AMD Radeon. Will probably go with the Dell 4k display as I can't find a 'plug n play' 5k display.
     
  10. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - I believe the Dell UP2715K works fine. It's crazy expensive, though.
     

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