rMBP 15" 2014 model with Dell U2713HM

peterpan123

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Hello, I am considering to buy a rMBP 15" 2014 model. It is fully compatible with the Dell U2713HM? It seems that although it supports 2560x1440, the rMBP 15" cannot deliver this resolution due to some kind of HDMI VGA limitation. As a result, the max resolution is lower. Also, sometimes the text is not crisp and clear. Could anybody please clarify this? Thanks.
 

fanchee

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Use a thunderbolt cable? I'm considering this monitor for my 2014 15" rMBP.
 

Bending Pixels

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This Dell monitor doesn't support Thunderbolt. You'll need the MiniDisplayPort to DVI adapter to connect the monitor and achieve the 2560x1440 resolution. The HDMI port on the rMBP supports that resolution at 60hz also
 

funwithdesign

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This Dell monitor doesn't support Thunderbolt. You'll need the MiniDisplayPort to DVI adapter to connect the monitor and achieve the 2560x1440 resolution. The HDMI port on the rMBP supports that resolution at 60hz also
You actually need a mini-display port to display port cable to achieve the full resolution. The adapter wont work.
 

peterpan123

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So, what do I actually need to use to get the maximum resolutions with clear, crisp looking text? Somebody mentioned the requirement of a mini-DisplayPort to dual-link DVI converter.
 

mfram

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Either get the Apple mini-Display port to dual-link DVI adapter and a dual link DVI cable. Or get a mini-Display Port to Display Port cable (not made by Apple).

I went the mDP-to-DP cable route and have connected my MB Air to the older U2711 monitor at full resolution. You can get the cable from a couple different websites and will almost surely be cheaper than the Apple solution.
 

Freyqq

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minidisplayport to displayport cable works fine. The problem is that a standard (not dual-link) dvi cable can't handle more than 1920x1200. So, you can either opt for an expensive dvi adapter and cable that handles dual link dvi, or just buy a $10 mini-dp to displayport cable and have it work fine.
 
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