iMac 5k Second Monitor thoughts

Discussion in 'iMac' started by porterusaf, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. porterusaf macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    I'm a developer and not having a second screen is not really a possibility. The Dell 5k is outside my budget. What monitor does everyone recommend for use with the iMac 5k that won't drive you nuts next to a 5k? I'd say budget max is $950 (Thunderbolt Display). Anyone have a second monitor for their iMac 5k?

    Thanks all!
  2. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    I would say TBD is the best option. It's still a nice screen and it will match the iMac.
  3. porterusaf thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    My only concern is the drastic resolution difference.
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Any decent 4K 27 inch screen will show very little difference resolution wise but you may need to do some calibration to get colours to match.
  5. BlakeBrattina macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2011
    Bay City, MI
    I have been taking a liking to the LG 34UC97 Curved Display. I can't really justify it at this point since my desk area will not permit it, but when I change it up I may use one to mount above the iMac.
  6. porterusaf thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    Any recommendation of a good 4K monitor? I was looking at the Asus PB287Q.
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
  8. juanman macrumors newbie


    Jun 16, 2015
    Minneapolis, MN
    I'm a website designer on a budget. I have the iMac 5k which I use for PhotoShop, Final Cut Pro, all my "real" work. and I use a 20" Cinema Display for all other apps, mostly mail and messages. I found that you really don't need 2 5k displays.
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
  10. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I think a 24" 4K Dell P2115Q would make a good second monitor, especially if you want to rotate it into portrait for use with a code editing window where height is important.
  11. milleron macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2014
    I actually bought one and plugged it in via DisplayPort daisychained from my Thunderbolt external drive enclosure. I took it back because I couldn't really appreciate an improvement in resolution from my 27" IPS 2560 x 1440 monitor — i.e., they were both inferior to the 5K Retinal display to about the same degree in HiDPI with screen elements sized to approximate those on the 5K. If there was any difference, it certainly wasn't worth the $600 for the Asus PB287Q, which is not even an IPS display. YMMV depending on whether you value text resolution or graphic resolution more highly -- for me, text resolution was most important, and that's what my impressions are based on.
    Perhaps when the 27" or 28" IPS 4K monitors become more affordable, I'll explore an upgrade. For now, though, the Asus is probably the best of the TN 4K monitors, and it's not appreciably better than a 2560 x 1440 IPS to my eye.
  12. milleron macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2014
    Cost aside, the Dell 5K is also outside the hardware resources available to anyone with a current Retina iMac who's already using one of the Thunderbolt ports for anything else. If you're Thunderbolt ports are both free, and you're sure you'll never need one of them in the future, then the Dell could work. I just don't think it could possibly be enough of an improvement to justify $2,500 for a secondary display. Financially, it seems only for primary displays for critical graphic work . . . in my non-expert opinion.
  13. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I might depend a bit on ergonomics. I use a second 2560x1440, and it's just about twice as far away as my 5k, which means the pixels on it don't resolve. And I like to have a lower resolution monitor for proofing stuff. You don't wanna end up losing the benefit the 5k's resolution by moving it back.
  14. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    The Dell P2715Q running at 5120x2880 scaled mode will probably be good enough at $600, but I've used a Dell UP2715K and if I didn't have other financial commitments, I'd be dropping $2k on that display without any regrets.

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