Get a Thunderbolt Display or a Dell?


macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 2, 2011
Hey guys, so I'm currently in the process of redoing my home office and I'm currently torn between a refurbished Thunderbolt Display and a Dell U2715H. I live in Canada so a refurb TBD retails for $799 and the Dell for $699 (it's on sale and it ends today). First and foremost I'm a graphic designer so colour accuracy is a big factor here and having been accustomed to working on a 27" iMac in the industry the Thunderbolt display brings a lot of familiarity. My personal computer is a 2015 13" rMBP so I love the inclusion of an extra magsafe charger on the TBD, but where it seems to falter for me is that I want to hook up my PS4 to my monitor. With the TBD being incompatible thats a problem for me, however I did manage to find this: which from what I read will allow me to play my PS4 on my mac and thus the TBD too. But I am still unsure if it will work with my specific rMBP and do exactly that. But in the end, which monitor would best suit me and my needs? Much thanks!


macrumors 68030
Jun 11, 2007
I'd go with the Dell, or anything other than a Thunderbolt Display. It's so old and limited. Wouldn't it even require the little magsafe adapter for charging? For an $800 display, I'd get something I know I could easily use with other devices and wasn't limited to just Thunderbolt via Mini Display Port because that's likely going away on the MBP with the next design.


macrumors 68040
Apr 27, 2010
Aarhus, Denmark
The only reason to go with the Thunderbolt Display is the built-in charger and dock functionality, and possibly design if that matters. And the dock is only really relevant if you require FireWire or Ethernet, as the Dell also has USB (and 3.0 at that vs. the 2.0 on the TD).

In all other respects, the UltrasSharp is superior by a wide margin.