Because of the new curfew and rumored lockdown in France, I won’t be able to go to the office for at least a few weeks.
To make it easier to work from home I am looking for a monitor have a two screen setup (MBP 2018 + monitor).
I am so used to the retina display of my MacBook that I need a retina-like monitor.
-24 to 27"
-HiDPi so I figure I need 4k resolution
-for work only, no gaming
I was thinking about the LG UltraFine 27UN83A-W but I don’t know much about monitors.
I have the smaller version (21"? - can’t recall). A bit pricy (probably compared to alternatives) but I’m very happy with it. Difficult to describe: looks like any other Apple retina :-). I believe it doesn’t have speakers or bad ones? I can’t remember either, as I never us built-in speakers …
True, mine is 24" not 21" - When I bougth mine it was actually the opposite, the 27" was bought out. But as the the 24" was some 300 EURs cheaper I went for it, never regret the down sizing. I had a thunderbolt 27 before (but non retina). The former Apple original ones were more robust. LG is plastic … but there are good news too, you can better and easier change the height. I stopped looking for alternatives as it drove me nuts … tons of specifications but little news if it really runs fine on a MBP … :-(. And I wanted a “realistic” aspect ratio, non of those devices as wide as 2 screens etc … and very good monitors are price wise very close to the LGs.
The only thing I only tried once: LG is advertising that can you connect your iPad Pro via USB-C. This is working indeed. Though I don’t know that to do with it :-). And I just remember another feature, it has enough power via thunderbolt to at least guarantee that your battery will not drain. I hate having too many cables. I think the LG was the only one advertising that. But I am like you, not a monitor expert. Bought it during the very first lockdown as I wanted to have a retina screen.
Love my LG 34in 34UM95-P ultrawide with 3440x1440 IPS, and appreciate having three windows side by side (Safari, Xojo, Dash) to help with programming (Dash for quick lookups in the documentation, Safari if I need to search on the web for a solution, Xojo in the middle) …
I upgraded from the old apple thunderbolt 27" display to the “apple” (LG) UltraFine 5K display, and am very happy with it. The only downside is the price, but for something I spend mumble mumble hours a day looking at, I think it was worth it.
One thing to consider is that when running a non-retina display such as a 4K 27" display, macOS may actually render the image at a higher resolution and then downscale it. In some situations, the OS is having to render a 6K image to display it on your 4K monitor, which ultimately is slower than just rendering a 5K image to begin with.
So if your mac doens’t have strong GPU, you may find that a 4K monitor gives worse FPS than a true retina 5K monitor.
Edit to add: this also means that it’s important to test your software with a variety of DPI and actual pixel sizes, as performance on 1:1 or 2:1 may be different than a 3:2 screen. Similar issue on Windows, although Windows handles HiDPI completely differently.
Another + why my money is with web development :-). As much as I embrace new technology, the needed testing for all and every possible scenario drives me crazy and I need far too little about external monitors for even knowing what I would need to test …
Web sovles some problems, but it doesn’t solve everything.
In fact, I discovered the weird GPU scaling / performance issues while developing a WebGL 3D animation engine. Also, with Web, you have a new set of variables you have to test for: Chrome vs. Safari vs. FireFox vs. Edge…
I was more “kidding”. Plus you need to test Browsers per platform, and per release of those … well, at least in theory … a developer these days can spend more time with testing than actually developing