Recommend me a monitor for Late 2013 Mbp

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jkundi, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. jkundi macrumors member

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    Hi all, my thunderbolt display finally decided to give up on me last weekend and thou its at a service centre I'm not sure what the cost of repair will be and if it'd be worth it.

    My issue is I'm finding it hard to find a display which is good if not better than my thunder bolt display that has a similar glossy screen, I seriously can't do matt screens. Whats everyone using? Oh 4K preferred but not really required, as I probably wouldn't run at 4k resolution much.

    Thankyou.
     
  2. ZapNZs macrumors 68000

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  3. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    I own and use Dell P2715Q and BenQ 4k BL2711U displays, the former in one of my offices and the latter at home and my second office. Both units are excellent to look at and very functional. I use 2 displays attached to my late-2013 15" rMBP - you didn't specify which Mac you're using…

    If I were buying a display today I'd opt for that BenQ first, again. It's far more Mac-friendly than pretty much any Dell unit IMHO and with HDMI 2.0 (besides the expected DP 1.2 port) it's more future-proofed than the Dells I'm using.

    A tip. Do check the manufacturer's web sites. I purchased directly from Dell and BenQ. Both displays have 3-year warranties - BUT, you won't have to deal with Amazon or Best Buy or B&H if there's a warranty issue; Dell/BenQ will ship you a display replacement directly, expedited, with a free return shipping label if you purchased directly from them. Also, poke around on those web portals for BenQ and Dell - their prices can change daily and they offer discounts for many memberships (AARP, military, credit unions, company employees; when I bought my personal P2715Q (now at one of my offices) I was browsing, and the next day they were $150 less for that day only…

    I also recommend buying a DP-compliant cable, not a "compatible" one like the ones that ship with Dells. I've whined about this issue many times here in the Forums. We use Belkin, StarTech, and Accell DP cables in my offices.

    And, agreed with ZapNZs - Dell UltraSharp displays are really, really nice displays…
     
  4. jkundi thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the response I will take a look at the mentioned screens, I'm awaiting a response from the service centre on my thunderbolt display, but I shall see what the outcome is.
     
  5. Celerondon macrumors 6502a

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    I am confused. :confused: My Dell Ultrasharp has a matte finish on the screen but it is a different model. In the requirements for this purchase this OP specified that they wanted to match or best the quality of the Thunderbolt display and that the replacement needed to have a "similar glossy screen".

    Do any of these suggested monitors have a glossy finish on the screen?
     
  6. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    No offense, a simple web search would offer that both of the units I mentioned - and use - have very light matte finishes, a 2-5% "semi-glossy" finish. I come from CRTs and CAD work, and both of these units are very suitable for persons used to glass screens. I employee about 20 people who came from CRTs and the TB display and they're happy with both of them. Neither are "grainy", the OP didn't require "glossy" - I'm not going to pick nits here.

    https://pcmonitors.info/dell/dell-p2415q-and-p2715q-4k-uhd-models/ - second paragraph.
    https://www.slant.co/options/4712/~benq-bl2711u-27-review - right at the beginning in the specs.

    There's plenty of comments on the web out there, there's two to get you started…
     
  7. Celerondon, Feb 16, 2017
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    Celerondon macrumors 6502a

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    Offense neither taken nor intended but I hope it isn't "nit picking" to disagree with your claim that the OP didn't require "glossy". I would not call them "grainy" either, and like you and many others, I prefer the very light matte finish of the screens we are talking about to the glossy finish of the Apple monitors.

    My first quote line in the prior post showed where the OP did in fact require a "similar glossy screen".
     

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