Which monitor would work best with my 2017 MBP?

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

  1. BallparkDreamer macrumors regular

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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:
    http://www.pchardwarehelp.com/guides/s-ips-lcd-list.php

    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

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    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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