Recommendations for 24"+ monitor for Macbook Pro Retina / AL

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musicman_uk
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Recommendations for 24"+ monitor for Macbook Pro Retina / AL

Post by musicman_uk » Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:36 pm

Hi,

I am looking to buying a suitable large desktop monitor for my Macbook Pro Retina (mid-2015) for use with Ableton specifically. Been googling but really not sure what will give the most suitable results. I don't want graphics to have that stretched look you get when wrong resolution used. Interested to know what other MacBook Pro Retina, Ableton users have as a desktop monitor.

Budget is around £250-£400 GBP

Cheers
Neil
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Re: Recommendations for 24"+ monitor for Macbook Pro Retina / AL

Post by 8E » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:21 pm

musicman_uk wrote:Hi,

I am looking to buying a suitable large desktop monitor for my Macbook Pro Retina (mid-2015) for use with Ableton specifically. Been googling but really not sure what will give the most suitable results. I don't want graphics to have that stretched look you get when wrong resolution used. Interested to know what other MacBook Pro Retina, Ableton users have as a desktop monitor.

Budget is around £250-£400 GBP

Cheers
Neil
If you go for monitor than buy something bigger than 24.
I have recently got Benq 27" BL series BL2711U. Works perfectly. It is an IPS monitor (I can look from an angle and see everything clearly, for instance when I am on a keyboard or so...). Many connections. USB3 hub for extra stuff... Audio out (for youtube etc).
IMPORTANT: You need to buy a separate cable that will allow to connect from your Mac's thunderbolt. Otherwise you cannot get the full resolution of 4k via Mac's HDMI port. Such stupid done by Apple.
Also, you have to be sure that the cable you buy will allow 4k speed, the most cheap will not
MacBook Pro (15", Mid 2015), 2,5 GHz i7, 16GB RAM / OS X El C Live Suite 9.7.6 + Push 1

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Re: Recommendations for 24"+ monitor for Macbook Pro Retina / AL

Post by Goochallday » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:53 am

4k TV

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Re: Recommendations for 24"+ monitor for Macbook Pro Retina / AL

Post by 8E » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:14 am

Goochallday wrote:4k TV
No, don't buy a TV.

Add: retina feeling you will get only with 5k display. But it is very pricey, and my 4k Benq is just perfect so far!
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Re: Recommendations for 24"+ monitor for Macbook Pro Retina / AL

Post by SMRhythm » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:07 am

I have a Dell 24 inch as a secondary monitor and a Samsung 4k on top as a main one - works a treat with macbook pro - investigating nowadays if it would deliver same results if I went pc route for a more affordable but high end machine better than my macbook

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Re: Recommendations for 24"+ monitor for Macbook Pro Retina / AL

Post by musicman_uk » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:19 pm

I recently purchased the Benq 27" BL series BL2711U based on your recommendation. Works perfectly just as described! :)

8E wrote:
musicman_uk wrote:Hi,

I am looking to buying a suitable large desktop monitor for my Macbook Pro Retina (mid-2015) for use with Ableton specifically. Been googling but really not sure what will give the most suitable results. I don't want graphics to have that stretched look you get when wrong resolution used. Interested to know what other MacBook Pro Retina, Ableton users have as a desktop monitor.

Budget is around £250-£400 GBP

Cheers
Neil
If you go for monitor than buy something bigger than 24.
I have recently got Benq 27" BL series BL2711U. Works perfectly. It is an IPS monitor (I can look from an angle and see everything clearly, for instance when I am on a keyboard or so...). Many connections. USB3 hub for extra stuff... Audio out (for youtube etc).
IMPORTANT: You need to buy a separate cable that will allow to connect from your Mac's thunderbolt. Otherwise you cannot get the full resolution of 4k via Mac's HDMI port. Such stupid done by Apple.
Also, you have to be sure that the cable you buy will allow 4k speed, the most cheap will not
MacBook Pro (2015), macOS High Sierra, Live 10 Suite, M4L
Audio Interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i4
Controllers: Novation LaunchKey49, Novation Launchkey25 mini mkII
Instruments: Serum, Sylenth1, Spire, Massive, D16, TAL, ANA2

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