Will this $399 28" 4k Monitor work with 27" Retina iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by NJRonbo, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68010

    Jan 10, 2007
    I own the 27" Retina iMac released in the last two months.

    There is a special Black Friday offer on a Samsung 28" 4k monitor


    I have a secondary Apple Monitor. However, it's their standard one as no 4k version has yet been released.

    If I purchase the above linked monitor, can I successfully hook it up to the 27" Retina iMac and get the same 4k quality I am already getting?
  2. JDHiro macrumors regular


    Oct 24, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    I owned this display for about half a day before returning it. I think you'd be utterly disappointed with it next to the Retina 5K display.

    First off, the stand is so stupidly floppy that I couldn't even get the thing to sit level on my desk (which is level). Any key stroke on my keyboard would send the monitor jiggling around like jello. I have one of the higher end IKEA desks that quite stable.

    Next up -- the screen. There is just no comparison next to the Retina 5K display. The iMac screen is beautiful, a real pleasure on the eyes with great color, contrast and viewing angles.

    The Samsung is pretty much none of these things. While the colors are vibrant, they are less accurate and I actually found them somewhat harsh to look at. I didn't find it comfortable to look at this screen for long times. I was able to make this a little better by turning down sharpness on the screen, but I was never able to make it look very similar to an Apple display (Retina MacBook in my case).

    Being a TN panel, viewing angles are pretty bad. The screen is big enough that this was obvious to me sitting dead center in front of the monitor. For example, if I was on a web page that had flat grey buttons on a white background, the buttons would be visible if they were in the middle of the screen, but would disappear if I moved the browser towards the edge of the screen. If I slouched in my chair, the lower viewing angle was the worst, turning my screen into boxes of black and white.

    Finally, the screen coating and/or polarizing filter... gives the screen kind of a grainy look. I feel like I was looking at speckles of brightness and darkness. It contributed to the overall difficulty of looking at this screen.

    I've been itching for a 4K external display from the day I picked up a Retina MacBook two years ago. I'm seriously just waiting to throw my money at the first company that makes a decent option that's not thousands of dollars. But, unfortunately, this monitor just wasn't it. The wait continues.

    I'd strongly recommend passing on this monitor and waiting for decent IPS display. It looks like 2015 might finally be the year.
  3. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68010

    Jan 10, 2007

    You are my hero today.

    You saved me a lot of money. Thank you!
  4. ra004e, Nov 30, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2014

    ra004e macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    You should keep an eye on this one if you want a 4k monitor. Look out for online coupons or bhphoto for better price.


    LG IPS panel, These are new panels, probably same fab as 5k.

    Additional info

    Should match 5k panel a little better, still is antiglare so won't be as clear, but is still really good antiglare. Should match pixel size a little closer as well Pixel Per Inch (PPI): 185 vs 218 5k. Monitor best for retina ( looks like 1920x1080 ). I actually prefer having 5k and AG monitor for movies and photo editing. Best of both worlds.

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