Kindly recommend 27-inch external Monitor for use with MacBook Pro.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ChateauSonoma, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. ChateauSonoma macrumors newbie


    Jul 5, 2017
    I don't mind going up to 31 inch, but would like to keep it somewhere btween 27 -31 inches, and my budget is $350, give or take.
    Mostly used for photos, movies. No gaming, really.

    Thanks so much!
  2. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    .. and iMac 27" too :D I'd love to add another good quality screen that matches. and matches my budget.
  3. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
  4. ChateauSonoma thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 5, 2017
    I'm not sure about resolution. Can you help me with that? Anything is better than what I"m looking at now, which is an iMac from 2007.

    No gaming, really. Just photos, maybe movies.
  5. brerlappin macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2012
    The HP Envy 27" is a pretty good 4K display for the price. Connects via USB-C.
  6. treekram macrumors 65832

    Nov 9, 2015
    Honolulu HI
    Would need to know which MBP you have - it probably doesn't make sense to get a 4K UHD monitor if your MBP can't support it at 60Hz. It would have to be a pretty old MBP if doesn't support 2560x1440. Also, if you have a newer MBP (don't exactly know where it started), you may be able to take advantage of 10-bit vs 8-bit (or 30-bit vs. 24-bit) color.
  7. sunrisestudio macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2017
    For your use I recommend an 2560x1440 monitor with an IPS panel. I personally used Dell U2715H and U2717D. Both worked well with MacBook Pro I highly recommend them. New ones might be a tad bit above your budget though.
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    A good place to start looking:
    Comprehensive List of S-IPS/H-IPS/e-IPS and other IPS Based LCD Monitors

    Be aware that you're probably going to have to spend more than $350 in order to get a display that supports 4k.
    Other than that, sunrisestudio gives good advice in the post directly above this one.
    2560x1440 with an IPS panel.

    It would help if you told us -which- MacBook Pro you have.
  9. jerryk, Jul 6, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2017

    jerryk macrumors 68040

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I use a Dell U2715h. It is a 1440, not 4k monitor, but works well. Also the price is reasonable.

    I recommend the older U2715 over the current U2717 because Dell went to the Samsung PLS panel in the new version. These have issues with yellow colors in mid to low brightness and a slight issue with off axis viewing.

    For these reasons the price of the older unit is a little more than newer unit.
  10. gooseta macrumors member


    Jul 9, 2015
    London, UK
  11. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
  12. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    If you want something closer to your budget and willing to sacrifice a few inches, I recommend the U2515H over the U2715H.(Which is definitely a great display if you want to pay for it)

    It's basically identical to the U27, except the U25 is a 25" a 1440p panel. I use one for my gaming PC and is sharp. (Yea, it's not gaming monitor, but I like having a nicer panel with great color at 60 fps than a TN panel. I'm not into competitive gaming, so it works fine.)

    Best buy has it right now for $270. What a steal.
  13. windows4ever macrumors member


    Aug 14, 2011
    If you're buying new, be sure to read recent reviews on Amazon. I have an ASUS PB278Q and it's a wonderful monitor, but I bought it over 3 years ago. Since then, ASUS has made multiple revisions (different panels, PWM variations, etc.) and the current revision is crap. Dell does this sort of thing as well, so be sure to do your homework.
  14. profH macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2017
    Pasadena, CA
    Third this. Great display for getting real work done. Unlike IMac display, incredibly light and can be placed on a mount to be raised, lowered, turned, push out of the way.
  15. jerryk macrumors 68040

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Not to hijack the thread, but is anyone using a couple of 27 inch monitors with an arm mount? I am getting a sit/stand desk and thinking about getting a second Dell u2715 and monitor arm. I want to know if these things are steady with two on the same mount.

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