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How can I get a 2560x1440 HiDPI resolution at 60hz with my MacBook Pro and my 4k monitor?

MikeKlump

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Oct 1, 2015
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I have been pounding my head against the wall all day trying to get this to work and hopefully some of you are able to help me out.

Since my girlfriend and I have been working from home we have been building a home office set-up. What we have is this LG 4k monitor that we are connecting our MacBook Pros to with a closed lid and this adapter with a HDMI cable. Everything works however I am stuck choosing between 60hz and a low blurry resolution or a better resolution that isn't blurry but is 30hz and super choppy. It looks like the non blurry resolutions are defined as HiDPI? That is what they're referred to as by the SwitchResX software that I downloaded. But the only resolution that I am able to pick that is both 60hz and HiDPI is 1280x720 and it makes everything look huge and is blurry being shown on a 4k screen.

Am I able to somehow pick the 2560x1440 option at 60hz with HiDPI?

My computer is the baseline 13' MacBook Pro from 2019 with Touchbar

I am not great at this and any help would be so greatly appreciated.:)
 

Fishrrman

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Try a USBc (Mac end) to displayport (display end) cable instead of HDMI.
 

pshufd

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I have a Dell U2718Q 4K monitor hooked up to a 2014 MacBook Pro 15 and the second option is 2560x1440. I don't know what the frequency is. I normally run at 3008x1692. I just go into Settings - Display. This is via a Thunderbolt 2 cable (don't know whether MDP or HDMI on the other side). I'm pretty sure that my 2015 MBP 13 would run this just fine as well.

I don't know what HiDPI is.

I'd think that this would be a piece of cake with a 2019.
 

MikeKlump

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Original poster
Oct 1, 2015
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Try a USBc (Mac end) to displayport (display end) cable instead of HDMI.
I will try this soon. I think it may be a bandwidth problem with the cable/dongle I have. I didn't know 60hz took up so much bandwidth.
 
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