Which monitor would work best with my 2017 MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BallparkDreamer, Feb 23, 2018.

  1. BallparkDreamer macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2015
    I have a 2017 13 MBP w/ the TB. I’m looking to add a monitor, but I’m not sure which one to go with.

    The USB-C options are nice, but they’re so expensive and I'm not a "power" user. I was looking around the $200-250 range for reference. If I went with a USB 3.0 + USB-C adapter, which would you recommend? Ideally I’d like something where my laptop can charge while using it.

    Would anyone have any recommendations?
  2. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2017
    You can't connect a monitor to your MBP with USB 3 (Type A).

    If you want the laptop to charge while connected to the monitor via a single cable your only option is to connect with USB-C on both sides.

    If you want a cheaper option you can plug your MBP to the wall with the outlet and get a USB-C to HDMI or DVI to connect to a monitor.
  3. BallparkDreamer thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2015
    Ah, alright thanks! That wouldn’t be an issue so I may go that route. I imagine USB-C monitors will still be pricey for a while.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    You don't want a display that connects via USB.
    You want one that has either a displayport/minidisplayport or HDMI connection at the monitor end.

    Then, use a "USB-c to displayport" connecting cable that is SPECIFICALLY STATED to be compatible with the 2017 MBPro (some are not, you have to be very careful when shopping for one).

    A good place to start looking for displays is here:

    For your budget, I'd suggest a 24" or 27" 1080P display.
    BE AWARE that it's not going to look "quite as good" as the retina display.

    A true 4k 27" display WOULD look "very close to" the clarity of the MBPro, but it's going to cost $450-600 ...
  5. bcbickers macrumors member


    Jan 13, 2011
    Katy, TX
    I’m in the same boat. I currently have two Asus 22” 1080p screens connected to a Hyperdock Duo using a Startech Thunderbolt 3 USB-C to HDMI adapter and an HDMI cable. It works fine, but I would like to upgrade to more screen real estate and get the “single cable” solution. I looked at the LG Ultrafine 5k but just can’t stomach the price for what you get. I bought the new CalDigit TS3 Plus dock (http://www.caldigit.com/thunderbolt-3-dock/) and am trying to decide between a 34” Dell U3415W Ultrawide or 2 27” 1440p screens. Not quite as elegant as a single monitor and cable, but it will suit my needs better and give me the additional ports I need, all at a lower price than the Ultrafine 5k by itself.

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