External Monitor 1080p Vs 1440p vs 4k

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Cdub2235, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. Cdub2235 macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    I'm in the market for a new external monitor for my late 2013 MBP. Can anyone give me some advice on going with the right resolution?

    From what I've read and probably misunderstood. :( at the moment there is no way to drive a 4k resolution with a 2013 MBP because there isn't enough bandwidth using ThunderBolt to drive it.

    With that in mind I'm looking at 1080p or 1440p. I'm thinking I want to go with the higher res because that "seems" better...but I'm not entirely sure. In the same way like a 18mp camera sensor might not be as good as a 12mp camera for various reasons. Could the same be applied to monitors and their resolutions?

    I'm looking at these 2 atm.
    Samsung S27D590P - 1080p
    ASUS PB278Q 1440p

    Things I like about the S27D590P
    • Small bezels
    • Sleek design
    • 1080p, I know I can easily drive games,videos,multimedia content with my GT 750M in the rMBP
    • $200 less than the ASUS

    Things I like about the ASUS
    • 1400p resolution


    They both can be oriented in Portrait/Vertical. So I'm not really sure what to go with Here.

    I use my MBP for
    • Xcode
    • Terminal
    • Occasional video/image editing
    • Games: SC2, Dota2, WoW( Not very demanding games) I'll have to run them at 1080p for best performance ideally.
    • VLC multimedia viewing.

    I realize there was a post above me discussing (4k) monitors, but I really didn't get much out of it. Can anyone touch on some points I made and give their recommendation or share and similar dilemma they had when choosing a new monitor? Even recommend some other monitors to look at.

    Thanks!
     
  2. paulrbeers, Dec 29, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2014

    paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    A late 2013 15" rMBP can run 4K displays. What model are you using specifically? Seems like this is a fully loaded late 15" rMBP....

    Directly from Apple:
    http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202856

    Basically the 5K iMac, Mac Pro and the 15" rMBP can all do 4K MST @ 60hz
     
  3. Cdub2235 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, the more and more I think about it though I don't really think I "need" a 4k monitor. What advantage will that extra res give me other than tiny windows/text that I might not be able to see? I don't do hardcore image processing, so I can't think of any other reasons to use it. I know my MBP won't be able to run any games at 4k for sure.
     
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    No Apple has implemented HiDPI modes on 4k displays (really anything it deems "Retina"). So rather than just display everything as super tiny, it uses scaling so that you get a reasonable sized desktop, but one that is super crisp (aka "retina"). Then text, icons, images are all rendered super crisp. until you see it in action, you won't understand. I love it on my rMBP.
     

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