Recommend me a monitor

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  1. Uralph92 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I am looking for a monitor for my 13" MacBook Pro early 2015. The monitor will be used for browsing/office work and watching videos on YouTube here and there. Monitor size between 23-28".

    Do I really need a 4k monitor? Please recommend me a decent monitor, nothing too expensive.

    Thank you in advance
     
  2. Macgyver1 macrumors member

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    Viewsonic VX2776-SMHD. IPS, 1080p, hdmi and DisplayPort inputs, bezel-less design, built in speakers(for basic interactive sounds), audio pass through, good reviews, good price, looks good too. Lacking vesa mount, height adjustability. Some say 1080p in 24 inch is fine but higher resolution is needed in 27. 1080p looks fine to me in 27; pricing skyrockets thereafter in going with higher resolution. Your uses are of course to be considered.

    Best all around price wise in my opinion, don't have one yet but it's coming soon. Asus, Acer have some cheaper variations but lack the quality of this unit in my opinion.

    Kinda feel like I work for view sonic right now(No affiliation).

    Best
     
  3. sunapple macrumors 65816

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    Dell U2515h 25" 1440p monitor. Just a brilliant, decent monitor. Can't go wrong with it.

    4K is overkill, unless you really want to spend the extra cash. You do have a Retina display on your MacBook, so 27" 1080p will look quite bad in comparison.
     
  4. Uralph92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the detailed response! Seems like a great Monitor after reading up on the reviews however as I've got Retina display I am now thinking about getting a 4K to make the most of out of the retina display feature on my laptop.

    I've been looking at the Dell U2515h 25! However I came across the LG 24UD58 which is 4K and slightly cheaper than the Dell.

    I really want 4K as I think I will just waste the Retina Display Feature on my laptop. Or will 2560 x 1440 be just as good?

    Thanks again!
     
  5. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Here's a great write up. Hope it helps.

    http://m.thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-27-inch-monitor/
     
  6. Uralph92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Viewsonic VP2780-4K. It is 4K and has high compliance to Adobe RGB color gamut. It should handle all current and future needs for several years. For what it delivers, it is a very good value for money.
     
  8. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    "Retina" is an Apple marketing term. It's a combination of the PPI (pixels per inch) and average viewing distance. If that's all you care about (and it shouldn't be), you'll want a monitor with >215 PPI
     
  9. Uralph92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have been doing some research and most have mentioned that running a 27" 4K monitor with a 13" Macbook pro 2015 will reduce the performance due to the pressure hence why I have decided to go for 2560x1440 which is a safer option. As 'sunapple' recommend the Dell U2515h seems pretty good and will most probably buy it. However if you do have any recommendations please do let me know.

    Thank you
     
  10. sunapple macrumors 65816

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    To clarify (I hope): your MacBook has a built in Retina display, but that feature has nothing to do with the external monitor. And yes, 4K is harder to power for the MacBook than 1440p.
     
  11. ZapNZs macrumors 68020

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    I agree. With the exception of work that requires maximum resolution, the financial justifiability of the 4k (and especially 5k) displays are murky. You pay a whole lot more for something that you might not find a huge difference between for general use.

    The U2515h is a gorgeous display and far more cosmetically attractive than many 4k/5k displays. It's also priced a lot lower. The 24-inch version is even cheaper - you could get two of these for less than one 4k display

    I'm using dual S2415H's, which is the lower 1080p resolution in the same product family. Even that is a brilliant display in that things on it look good. For general work, it's an outstanding display for something you can now find for under $130.
     
  12. cube macrumors G5

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    Check that the monitor has FreeSync at least.
     
  13. Uralph92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your response. I've decided to go for the U2515h, just hunting around the best possible price. The 24 inch version and S2415H both seem really good however they are both only 1920 x 1080.
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    Seems like the dell u2515h doesn't come freeSync. What are the benefits of FreeSync?
     
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    FreeSync: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeSync

    I had no clue what it was either but apperently it's for gaming and AMD, your 13" MacBook doesn't have AMD graphics so I don't understand why he brought it up. Maybe I'm wrong.
     
  16. cube macrumors G5

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    Because it does not mean that will be the only computer he will ever own or that Macs will never have FreeSync.

    And in fact, this monitor seems that it could be the best deal often.
     
  17. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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  18. Uralph92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I would love a 4K monitor however the above member has mentioned it will effect the performance hence its safer to go with a 2K.
     
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    If you guys had to choose from Dell U2515H (IPS Panel) and the ASUS PB287Q (4K & TN Panel) which one would you choose and why? I have a MacBook Pro 13" early 2015.

    I can get both similar price in used condition.
     
  20. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    1440p, IPS, you decide on the size.

    Personally I will never touch another TN panel in my life.
    I purchased 2 - 4k Samsung monitors that were TN and the actual color displayed on screen was some of the worst I've seen since .... well, ever. Seriously.
     
  21. v0lume4 macrumors 68000

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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CX26WPY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    24" Samsung, curved monitor

    If you're just looking for something quick to give yourself some more screen real estate (as I did), and you're not too picky about the latest and greatest, it isn't bad for the price. I apologize, I can't confirm the type of panel that this monitor uses.

    It isn't anything too fancy. 1080p. The price has creeped back up to $200, but I considered this monitor a bargain when I got it on sale for $160. To be honest, the other posters have made some great recommendations as well so I can't necessarily recommend this monitor over the others. But for me it has worked out well.

    If anyone has anything to add about this monitor (pros or cons) feel free to jump in please. :)

    edit -- Those Dell monitors that some of you other posters have mentioned look NICE!
     
  22. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    I had the Dell UH2515... I don't know how you can use a MBP with retina and then go to a low quality panel like the 2515. I ended up selling it and bought the P2415q 4k monitor. Night and day difference. Would never go any less than 4k in this day in age.
     
  23. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    I can't really comprehend the purpose of a "curved" monitor in a 24" or 27" size.
    Doesn't make sense.
    Particularly for photo editing.

    Sounds like "the latest gimmick" to me...
     

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