External Monitor for Macbook Pro Retina 2015 and MacBook Pro/Air 2018+

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DoubleLegacy, May 30, 2019.

  1. DoubleLegacy macrumors newbie

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    Any suggestions for a nice external monitor (4k resolution, <24 inches, compatible ports for 4k 60hz on both Late 2013-Mid 2015 and newest generation of macbook pros)?

    Planned use: Safari, documents, media consumption, only light photo/video editing occasionally

    I guess 24'' is the upper limit because 4K on 27'' has far worse ppi than "retina".

    At the moment I am using a mid 2015 15'' but I am planning to upgrade in the next 1-2 years.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    I'm pretty happy with my Dell P2415Q's (HDMI + DP + miniDP in).

    The new LG 23.7" 4K seems quite good from the responses here on MR, but being USB-C/TB3 only, it won't work with any MBP's pre-2016.
     
  3. pshufd macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using a Dell 27 inch 4Kmonitors at native resolution and things are a little on the small side but I can display a lot of windows and documents at the same time. I use a 2014 MBP 15 and a 2015 MBP 15 on this monitors and they run just fine.

    The 2019 iMac 21 is 4K I believe so that might be a solution for you. I think that finding small, 4K monitors is difficult as external monitors are usually best run in native mode. What is done with Retina models on laptops and All-in-ones is different from using a computer hooked up to an external display.
     
  4. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    Ignoring that you think 24" is "small", they work fine in macOS' 'scaled' mode.

    It really isn't. The only difference is the physical PPI - most aftermarket displays are somewhere between a little and lot lower PPI than the ones Apple uses for built-in displays.
     

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