Alternative to Apple Thunderbolt Display

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  1. nash57

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    Hi guys!

    I'm looking for an external monitor that could do double duty connected to my Macbook Pro 15" retina and a gaming PC rig. Of course, I'd like to get as close as possible to the resolution and color output of the Thunderbolt display, but with something that's still compatible with a PC.

    Any recos? :)
     
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    Get the 34inch LG ultrawide with thunderbolt ports.
     
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    @rob I'm considering that monitor too. How do you connect it to your MacBook? Thank you.
     
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    I got the Dell U2715h and its awesome!
     
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    it came with a mini display port cable which connect to my MBPr's thunderbolt port. hdmi works too (full resolution).
     
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    Wow! So I don't have to buy any extra adapter? And what's a better connection, Thunderbolt or HDMI? Thank you again @robvillegas :).

    @Sunil the MacBook 12-inch can drive the Dell U2715H? Nice. That's HDMI?
     
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    Hi @Calhoun!

    Yes thats HDMI. I read somewhere that DisplayPort is a much better connection than HDMI, but since the rMB doesnt have DP, so HDMI it is.
     
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    Interesting. Thanks for replying @Sunil_K :).
     
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    ^you can buy a MDP-to-DP cable.
     
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    Thanks for the reply, @robvillegas ! :)

    Ooohh, it even comes with USB ports!
    Is it okay compared to the Apple Thunderbolt display? And do you use it for gaming?
    I guess all this monitor is lacking to really kick Apple's Thunderbolt Display's butt are the speakers / audio output, right?

    (I'm suddenly on the fence, too, since a friend is offering his 2-year-old Apple Thunderbolt Display for about the same price...)
     
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    Hi, @infiniteloop ! Thanks for the reco!
    Does that mean the thunderbolt makes the monitor a USB hub, too? I also read that it has speakers. How are they (especially compared to the Apple Cinema Display)? And how's the display itself? :)
     
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    hi nash,

    i use an iMac 5k at work, and resolution wise, it can't be beat. but if both offered the same pixel resolution, i like the Dell's matte screen better than the iMac's glossy finish.

    gaming? no, i have my consoles setup in the bedroom. i did, however, setup an OUYA using the dell monitor once, and the display was sharp.

     
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    Yeah, if only those could be used as external displays already, or better yet, a 5k Thunderbolt display should be made. Too bad MBPs can't drive it yet. :|

    Okay, I hope the "fast mode" 6ms response time's good enough for gaming (and "fast mode" isn't just a Dell marketing term). Thanks again for the reco! :)
     
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    If you're on a budget, the Dell S2340L or the 27 inch version of it is great. It's what I have. I use it for both my 15 inch rMBP and my ps4. It's glossy though so your setup location needs to be taken into consideration.

    Otherwise the Dell U series is great. ASUS one's are also great esp for gaming.
     
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