Which 21:9 Monitor with MacBook Pro

itsamacthing

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Sep 26, 2011
828
456
Bangkok
The dream monitor does not exist. 34 or 38 inch, thunderbolt 3 providing 85W of power, built in hub with SD card, USB, etc.

So dealing with reality:
LG
http://www.lg.com/hk_en/monitor/lg-38UC99-W?returnFlag=Y
Very nice monitor, USB-C connection, but I won't be able to get this in Thailand and will have to hand carry it back which is a pain.. especially if something is wrong with it. I also wonder if 38 inches is just too big?

http://www.lg.com/hk_en/monitor/lg-34UC98?returnFlag=Y
I like the idea of this monitor, just wish it was the next version with TB3. I guess I could probably try to take advantage of the hub? I read on the Apple support site that I cannot run the picture over a TB2 to TB3 adapter.

Dell
http://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-ultrasharp-34-curved-ultrawide-monitor-u3415w/apd/210-adtr/monitors-monitor-accessories
I have some Dell monitors and they are nice..

Anyone have any experience with any of these with a 2016 or 2017 MBP?
 

gwilliams07

macrumors newbie
Nov 2, 2016
17
17
I have the LG 34UC98. It works perfectly fine using a TB2 to TB3 adapter. I got it instead of going to a duel monitor setup and so far it has been great. Don't think I would go back to a non-ultrawide.
 

itsamacthing

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Sep 26, 2011
828
456
Bangkok
I have the LG 34UC98. It works perfectly fine using a TB2 to TB3 adapter. I got it instead of going to a duel monitor setup and so far it has been great. Don't think I would go back to a non-ultrawide.
Hi, thanks for responding and sharing. If you don't mind, do you mean you connect your 2016/2017 MBP via Apple's TB2 to TB3 adapter to the monitor to send your video and are you able to also access the USB ports? Do you know, at what refresh rate your monitor is working? 30HZ or 60HZ? I also wonder if your monitor's freesync is working with your Mac if you have a discrete graphics model? Thank you
 

gwilliams07

macrumors newbie
Nov 2, 2016
17
17
I have a 15" 2016 MBP. I've never used my monitor as a hub, but just tested it. I have my MBP connected to my monitor through Apple's TB3 to TB2 adapter. When I plug in a USB jump drive to the back of the monitor it shows up and works perfectly fine on my MBP. So I can access the USB ports on the back of the monitor without any problems. My monitor has a refresh rate of 60Hz. I don't really game much on my MBP so don't know of a way to test out of the freesync ability that is built into the monitor. Hope this helps some.
 
  • Like
Reactions: itsamacthing

gwilliams07

macrumors newbie
Nov 2, 2016
17
17
As far as I know AMD's Free-Sync and Nvidia's G-Sync is basically only really useful for gaming. Not sure either has real effect on day to day usage.
 
  • Like
Reactions: itsamacthing