What monitor for a new Macbook Pro 15.

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  1. scott_donald macrumors regular

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    well i am in need of a new setup. Primary use is daily work on the computer, photo editing and Final Cut Pro.

    I am going to get the 15 inch macbook, already bought a brand new keyboard and mouse. speakers i am already set.

    Just stuck on what to do monitor wise. due to the single wire charging etc of the new macbooks i am going to go LG.

    the two options i have are -

    http://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-27UD88-W-4k-uhd-led-monitor

    where i am thinking of going dual monitor - would this be overkill with two 4k monitors plus it would use 2 ports to use both monitors.

    or

    http://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-38UC99-W-ultrawide-monitor

    only thing that in editing 4k video i would not have the full resolution to see the final offering plus overall would not be the same size as 2x4k. but it is one cool looking big monitor.

    i keep changing my mind daily and tempted to buy each morning.- will try not to buy till the end of the month so plenty of time to think about it.

    Help please??? Advise please???
     
  2. Rkuda macrumors regular

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    I'm pretty much in the same spot. So if you decide let me know. :D

    The curved screens look really great, and the 38" screen is crazy big and the resolution isn't sooooo far from 4K.

    But...I'm kind of leaning towards the 27UD88-W for two reasons at the moment.

    1) It's significantly cheaper where I live, so I could go with a 27" 4K monitor that would be a close match for the iMac display it will replace. Then, maybe in a year or two there will be a curved 4K HDR Monitor that can be had for around the price of the 27UD88 I could upgrade to.

    2) I want to put the screen up on a nice monitor arm. But finding an arm that can hold the 13KG of the 38UC99 has been difficult. It seems to be at least a little easier to find one that can hold the 10KG 27UD88
     
  3. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    If you aren't bothered about the price and you can wait until December, the LG UltraFine 5K seems by far the best option. Really has everything.

    http://www.apple.com/us/shop/product/HKN62LL/A/lg-ultrafine-5k-display?fnode=8a

    - Though coupled with the large 38" size, it ends up quite a bit lower in PPI than most 4K monitors which are 27" and smaller. The 38" is intended to be run in native resolution, where 4K monitors are intended for pixel doubling or scaled resolutions. You're getting more space with the 38" but also less sharpness.
     
  4. scott_donald thread starter macrumors regular

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    i have never really thought about the 5k monitor but it may be an option. its actually cheaper than the 38 inch...

    i dont know if i would not just use the monitor in native resolution...

    so stuck going in circles...
     
  5. kingjames1970 macrumors regular

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    I'm in the same boat. Coming from a 27" iMac and and (I think) I have decided to go more mobile. Publishing pro so need great colour accuracy. Spend a lot of time in Adobe software.

    I honestly can't see the wood for the trees. Do I go for the Apple recommended LG one or am I right in thinking that it maybe more expensive than it need be because of the Apple connection? Can't decide at all in what would be best! Are these really big ones any good in terms of colour? Or is the LG one best because it will be future proofed?

    If anybody can make sense of it all - post here - this is painful!

    (Incidentally for anybody who doesn't know, the Duet Display app will let you use your iPad as a second screen when out and about.)
     
  6. scott_donald thread starter macrumors regular

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    there seems to be nothing but good reviews of the two monitors i have mentioned above... some have mentioned the colours...

    Interesting that an app can do that... may have to search for that...
     
  7. Trahearne macrumors 6502

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    These monitors would not charge your 15" at its full spec (85W/87W). I'd rather wait for standalone TB3 docks, since these would give you the flexibility to choose your monitor.

    Note that most of USB-C docks in market are just USB 3.1 docks that can do 4K only at 30 Hz.
     
  8. CodeSpyder macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going for the LG UltraFine 5K monitor. Have never had a monitor with my home MBP. I'm going to spoil myself this time around.
     
  9. Rkuda macrumors regular

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    Excellent point. Not a deal breaker, but now that I look at it it puts the LG 5K Ultrafine in the running.

    It's all USB-C so if I want it to pull double duty as a PS4 or AppleTV screen I'll have to get a USB-C to HDMI cable. Anybody know if PS4 or AppleTV have any weird issues outputting to a 5K screen?
     
  10. original poster macrumors member

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    I was in exactly the same boat deciding on a monitor for my 2016 MBP (coming from a 2013 13" MBP and 2012 27" iMac) and have settled on the 38UC99 to accompany it, the screen real estate is so important to me, that took precedent over everything else.

    Can't wait for them both to arrive!
     
  11. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - The 5K UltraFine only has Thunderbolt 3 input. It's likely it won't accept anything other than Thunderbolt through that port, so PS4 and Apple TV might not be compatible. The 4K UltraFine is regular USB-C, so that might be possible - though keep in mind that Apple TV can't output higher than 1080p.
     
  12. croco_dile macrumors regular

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    Except, its butt ugly!

    Can't think why Apple would come out with such a ugly design!
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    I have this monitor and can certainly recommend it!
     
  13. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Because Apple didn't design or make that display!!!
     
  14. user74246 macrumors member

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    I really appreciate the minimalistic design of the new LG UltraFine monitors, very similar to a NEC or EIZO.

    What do you like better with your LG 27UD88’s design? The aluminium painted / colored plastic? The banana shaped stand that allows to fit a slice of melon between your keyboard and the monitor?
     
  15. croco_dile macrumors regular

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    I get that, but they were happy to associate its name with that thing.
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    Right, and you should get one of those NEC made laptops to match that screen. Such as this one:
    [​IMG]
     
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  17. pookitoo macrumors regular

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    I'm in the same boat !
    I'm looking for a good monitor for the new MacBook Pro but the 13". (I'm web designer, so I want color accuracy and good contrast)
    I love the screen of the 5k iMac, I don't need the 5k, 4k is good for me, but I'm afraid about the performances for the 13 MacBook Pro with a 4 k monitor (60hz ? with the lg ?)

    I think the new ultra fine is overpriced !
     
  18. scott_donald thread starter macrumors regular

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    interesting stuff then so far mentioned...

    funny last night going to bed i was thinking 2 x 4k 27inch....

    since this morning i am now thinking 5k or the 38 incher....

    as far as i was aware the monitor will still charge the 15 inch but not under full load and the only full load i will ever do is rendering... is that not correct??? if you have 2 4ks attached on one port each would they both charge???
     
  19. CodeSpyder macrumors 6502a

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    I believe it picks the higher power source. So the answer is no.
     
  20. kingjames1970 macrumors regular

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    http://www.duetdisplay.com - it's really very good.

    Oh I'm so hankering for that 38"! I guess I've still got while to make my mind up. Would be interested in hearing from any designers that have actually made a decision.
     
  21. user74246 macrumors member

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    Nope.
    [​IMG]
     
  22. Trahearne macrumors 6502

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    2016 MBP charges from only one port at a time, and picks the one with the highest power supplied.
     
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  24. scott_donald thread starter macrumors regular

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    still leaning towards 2 of the LG 27 inch 4Ks...

    official ones are not tempting me at all...

    any reason i shouldn't go dual 4k???
     
  25. Foss macrumors 6502

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    The LG 27UD88-W's inventory are dropping for sure. I can't find a deal for less than MSRP in the US anymore. There's some on eBay from Korea but a little scared of any counterfeit issues.
     

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