Macbook Pro with LG 34UM65 External Monitor Issue

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  1. baidoc macrumors newbie

    baidoc

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    Hello guys,

    I just bought my first and new external monitor LG 34UM65 21:9 UltraWide (34") for my Macbook Pro Retina (MID 2012)

    Link to monitor: http://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-34UM65-P-ultrawide-monitor

    I connected it via DVI to DisplayPort (also tried with HDMI, same issue)

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    First:

    I reached the almost recommended resolution with the software SwitchResX, by adding manually the custom resolution, without that software, the OSX didn't show me the resolution.

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    My configuration of SwitchResX:

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    The issue is that I'm not really satisfied with the quality it gives me. The text quality, the font, looks kind of fuzzy or jagged (and yes, I have the LCD font smoothing activated)

    Is it normal? Have I done something wrong? Can I reach better quality?

    I bought yesterday this cable: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B008XTW666/ref=pe_386171_51767411_TE_M3T1_dp_1

    Can I except more from it?

    PS: Also tried to get HiDPI to my current resolution, hoping for a better quality, but I couldn't get it, only with low resolution, which is worse, but the text-quality seemd better. (method Quartz Debug)

    Thank you.
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    1080p monitor at that size??

    To be honest that is the same resolution and pixel density as a 32 inch HD TV if you sat that close to a 1080p 32 inch TV you'd have the same issues. That is why Imacs are 1440p in 27 inchs and most larger modern monitors are 1440p.
     
  3. baidoc thread starter macrumors newbie

    baidoc

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    I see... But it's a PC Monitor not a TV. I've seen a youtube review of this type of monitor, running windows, it was very clear, nicely. I can't reach that qualty with my macbook? There's no way?

    (Thanks for your reply)
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Well from the picture...

    ...the actual text and stuff looks fine but the monitor looks odd and I would say it doesn't look right I run a macbook pro 2013 to a 32 inch TV and get much better results.

    It could well be a duff monitor..
     
  5. johnh57 macrumors regular

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    I tried a 32" samsung HDTV 1080P MDP - HDMI, and it was basically terrible. It was fair to ok for CAD, but terrible for text - ie. forums, word processing, spreadsheets. I tried all the forced RGB mode setup procedures and spent a lot of time in the calibrating menu's. My conclusion was 1080 lines are just not enough for a large monitor.

    I bought a WQHD (2560 x 1440) monitor with display port and it is a huge improvement.
     
  6. baidoc thread starter macrumors newbie

    baidoc

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    Thanks for the answer,

    However, It's simply not worth.. I just bought the LG 34UM95 version from amazon. I will take back the LG 34UM65 tomorrow.
     
  7. iCheddar macrumors 6502a

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    HDMI and single link DVI from Mac won't drive that resolution. Get yourself a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable and you'll get full resolution.
     
  8. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Make sure you either use a DisplayPort or Thunderbolt cable with the 34UM95 for full resolution.
     
  9. boast macrumors 65816

    boast

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    I just read the user manual for that monitor.

    that is a dual-link dvi cable, not a single link. So that adapter does not provide enough bandwidth.

    try the display port suggestion as above.
     
  10. baidoc thread starter macrumors newbie

    baidoc

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    Will do :)

    I did, same resolution but native this time..

    Tried 'em all:

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    Best so far, the Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort, I can reach native resolution without software, although, the quality is the same.

    I guess I am too picky.. but as a Web Designer, every pixel matters for me. I rather give some extra bucks for a better quality. Initially, I thought the 2560x1080 would be enough for me, but I'm wrong.

    Thank you all for the replies!

    Peace!
     
  11. baidoc thread starter macrumors newbie

    baidoc

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    Just wanted to say, I received my UM95 Model, and I'm freaking happy with it. I reach now the 3440x1440 native resolution, via the Mini DisplayPort cable.

    One in a lifetime picture :D

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