Non-thunderbolt 27" (2560x1440) monitor for rMBP?

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  1. walkie macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    Hi all, I have an early 2013 15" rMBP which uses a dedicated nvidia 650M GPU, so I was looking into buying an external 27" (2560x1440) monitor, Apple sells a thunderbolt 27" unit but here in Europe this monitor is fairly pricey (around €1000), I'm on a budget and I want to buy a less expensive option (around €500), so I have seen another monitors such as Samsung, LG, Asus, HP etc., most of them seem to offer DVI/HDMI/VGA connections and cost half the price of that of Apple, I have read that the rMBP has a limitation on the HDMI port which can only handle up to 1080p resolution, so in theory in order to use a higher res. I need to relly on the rest of possible connections VGA/DVI?, having said that and since I'm not an expert in monitors/connections my question is:

    Apart from the Apple's monitor, is there another 27"(2560x1440) monitor that can be flawlessly connected to a rMBP?, I mean one that can be used with that resolution and keeping a refresh rate of 60hz? which connection/cable is needed to accomplish this?
  2. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    Mini Display Port to Display Port is the only cable you need. Make sure you buy a monitor with a Display Port input of course.
  3. raptor402 macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2011
    Just about any 27" monitor will give you 60Hz on HDMI 1.3 or above. Get a miniDP to HDMI adapter (eBay). A Dell monitor should do the trick.
  4. walkie thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    Thanks to all for your quick replies, I'm going to do some research on monitors with display port in my area.
  5. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Try the ASUS PB278Q. After literally a month of research, I have concluded that this is the best 27" monitor for someone who doesn't care too much about the stand - it has top notch image quality and image adjustments, but lacks USB ports and has a subpar stand.

    I love this monitor - I use it with my gaming rig and rMBP and have never had any problems.
  6. walkie thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    Thanks, I will check it out.
  7. T-Bob macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2013
    Asus has a good panel, but uses PWM:

    I have the Eizo Flexscan 27" which uses same samsung panel but no PWM and great stand. Has DP as well. Viewsonic is similar but with a questionable stand. Avoid cheap Koreans at all costs.
  8. Freyqq, Nov 14, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2013

    Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    I'd recommend a dell ultrasharp. I have the 24" version (U2412M), and it's great.
  9. T-Bob macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2013
    Depends which one. The cheaper version has huge QA issues and an unfortunate cross hatching effect. It is basically Dell's version of a cheap Korean.
  10. covertash macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2012
    Ideally, you really would want to get a monitor that has native Displayport on it like the Asus PB278Q that raptor recommended. Currently, it seems to be the best value while offering a lot of inputs, which will make your life much easier.

    Not to say that DVI only 1440p monitors (like the eBay Korean ones) will not work; they will, (in fact, I am running one right now on my 13" rMBP) but it will require that you purchase this pricey cable to make the connection:

    Furthermore, there are drawbacks to this setup, as it does require me to reseat the cables back into my rMBP because every so often resuming from sleep, or powering on the machine, may show a snowy or garbled picture. It's a minor inconvenience, but it does happen often enough that it can get annoying. Browsing through a lot of the reviews, this seems to be an inherent issue to this sort of cable, no matter if it is from Apple, or any other manufacturer.

    If I could do it all over again today, the Asus would be my top pick. ;)

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