Picking a monitor for a 12" MacBook, is the Ultrafine right for me?

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  1. GoldfishRT macrumors 6502

    GoldfishRT

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    I'm having trouble picking a monitor for my MacBook and I'm wondering if the LG Ultrafine 4k is the right one or if there's a better option.

    I'm not terribly picky about it being hyper accurate but I do have some preferences I'd like met:

    Power through USB-C as my 12" only has one port.
    Built in speakers.
    4k resolution or bust. No interest in something with low-DPI
    My desk is small so 27" is a max size, huge monitors please.

    Now I know this is the part where everybody says just go for the Ultrafine but I was hoping somebody could point me to a few decent monitors that follow these requirements but also have:

    HDMI input

    Currently I stream my Xbox to my MacBook and while my local internet is fine there's still some degradation in image quality on fast games and I can only imagine the artifacts look worse on a monitor that will be 2+ times larger than the built in one I have. It seems like I can find monitors that have all but one of what I would really like. I've found LGs that have all of these but no speakers (which is a deal breaker). I've found one with the speakers but no power over USB-C (Dell).

    At this point from what I can tell the Ultrafine 4k will be the closest to satisfactory. I went into an Apple Store and was impressed with the image quality, speakers, and the one cable solution but I'd really like to have a direct connection to my Xbox. (and picture in picture would be especially ace!)
     
  2. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    If you'd rather do without the 500 nits of brightness, Retina pixel density, and P3 colour, in order to gain a larger screen, the LG 27UD88 is another good choice.
     
  3. Mike Boreham macrumors 68000

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    Beware that the USB ports on the Ultrafine will only operate at USB2 speed. Doesnt matter for some things but if you use external drives might be a show stopper. Since the Utrafine is using the only port, you have no other options for connecting drives.
     
  4. GoldfishRT thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thats one of the options I looked at but no speakers is a deal breaker.

    This isn't an issue in my case but, good info nonetheless. Thank you.
     

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