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Looking for a new monitor 📺

matthias profile image Matthias 🤖 ・1 min read

Hello dev.to community 👋!

I'm currently searching for a new monitor and I hope that I can get some good advice from you!

I have two MacBook Pro which I want to connect. The primary device is a 15" model from 2018, so I really want to connect it via USB-C and it should also be loaded with only one USB-C cable.
The other MacBook is an older model (late 2013) and should be connected via DisplayPort.

I also have a PlayStation 4 which I want to connect via HDMI - because all work and no play makes me a dull boy.

So my key requirements are: 4K, at least 32 inches, USB-C (plus loading via USB-C) and an okay gaming performance (I'm no a hardcore gamer, so gaming performance the least important thing).

Right now I have focused on these 16:9 monitors:

I also flirting with the idea of buying an ultrawide / curved monitor:

Does anyone of you have experience with the listed monitors? Maybe even using it with one of the MacBook models I own or with a gaming console?

Do you have some other monitors you can recommend?

Thank you ❤️!

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I do not have experience of the monitors you mention, but I do use Dell ultrasharp and LG equivalents at home and at work and can say that in general, the Dells are better equipment.
I can also say that macs tend to misidentify or not pick up Dells more than LGs, though that might be confirmation bias.
MacOS does not work very well with external monitors compared to other OS, so if you think you might unplug them and plug them back in more than a couple of times a day, or if you use a usb-c adaptor then get used to a life of frustration.

 

Watch out for the older MacBook probably not supporting UHD (or higher/wider) resolutions: using the new display at lower than its native resolution will result in upscaling and that won't be a pleasure for your eyes. There were also some models that did support UHD resolutions but only at 30Hz - IMHO not usable even for development.

 

I am currently using a Samsung 28-Inch UE570 UHD 4K Gaming Monitor (LU28E570DS/ZA) and totally love it

smile.amazon.com/dp/B07FBNPTDD/ref...

I get

  1. 4K output, the 3840 x 2160 resolution gives me a lot of runway meaning I can run both an IDE and browser window with no sizing issues - Magnet helps a lot with screen placement when I need to do a little more

  2. It has 2 HDMI outputs, so my PS4 is always connected to HDMI 2, with HDMI 1 connected to my 2019 MacBook Pro via a USB-C to HDMI cable from Anker. Worked well with my older 2015 MacBook Pro so no worries about not being able to drive it

  3. It has a dual PIP output which could allow me to split the screen across a PS4 and a second output

  4. Colors are crisp and clear

  5. The price < $300 is a steal IMHO

 

I'd love to know what did you end up with and what's your experience so far – I'm in very similar situation :)

 

I didn't have made a decision yet, but I think I will go for the LG 34WK95U-W.