External Screens non-retina experience

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by lifeisepic, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. lifeisepic macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2013
    I've gotta say I love my 2015 15" rMBP especially the retina "best for display" setting.

    The problem I'm facing is I want to run 1440p on an external monitor. This gives me 2 options.

    1. Run a 4k monitor scaled.
    2. Run a native 1440p monitor.

    I'm more interested in then second option but what I'm worried about is using a non-retina screen and not finding it sharp or crisp enough compared to my MBP screen.

    Shame my MBP can't drive a 5K display at retina.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 14, 2017 ---
    Specifically looking at Dell U2515H
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    If you don't mind paying extra for the 4k display, buy it.

    Then run it in HiDPI (retina) mode.

    Otherwise, you could find yourself dissatisfied with a non-retina display...
  3. Grolubao macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2008
    London, UK
    The 4k will typically not have the same ppi as your retina screen. No illusions there.
  4. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    A native 1440p display won't be anywhere as crisp as the retina display on your MBP, but it's not so awful as to be unbearable. If you've every looked at a non-retina display, then you'll have a pretty good idea what it looks like.

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