need macbook r/air/pro and monitor recommendation

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by limton, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. limton macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2019
    Hi all,

    I need help in choosing a suitable macbook (12"-13") and also a suitable 24"-27" monitor for my daily use.

    i only do office and multimedia with it, ie word, excel, powerpoint, safari, itunes with my mac, i dont game or do any video editing on it.

    i plan to connect a keyboard, trackpad and 24"- 27" display on it so that when i am in the office i can have a "dock" set-up. the display need not be a 4k display, but it has to be at least retina display with nice colours that pop.

    i dont like fan noise and i need a reasonably powerful machine so that my workload (with the monitor plugged in) does not cause the fans to kick in during my day to day work.

    PS. i dont mind getting a macbook with fans, but i hope it doesnt kick in everyday....
  2. Stephen.R macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2018
    At 4K, even a 24" is below the PPI of Apple's/LG's "retina" displays, but it's close enough to not be a problem in my opinion.

    I'm pretty happy with my Dell P2415Q's (running 2 of them from a 2018 Mac mini primarily, but I occasionally also drive them from a 2018 MBP15 when the Mini is e.g. being serviced)

    I don't have any experience (besides picking them up in a store to compare weights) with any of the Mac laptops below 15" so I can't comment on that - but the Mini's iGPU does fine with a single 4K display so I imagine any of them would be fine in that regard.
  3. limton thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2019
    let me try to rephrase my question, is the 2017 macbook pro nontouchbar be able to drive a quad HD monitor for office work without the cooling fans kicking in?

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