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4k 27" External Monitor for UI/UX

9 months ago from , UI/UX Designer

Hi all,

Hope you all are doing great! I am looking for a 4k 27" external Monitor for my MacBook Pro 15". I would be very grateful if you can share your experiences with monitors and what would be best for a UI/UX Designer.

Budget: Maximum 600 euro.

Thanks you!

27 comments

  • Sean SchraederSean Schraeder, 9 months ago

    Not a specific recommendation but I always found this article about ideal display densities informative.. Something to keep in mind! https://bjango.com/articles/macexternaldisplays/

    18 points
    • R. KamushkenR. Kamushken, 9 months ago

      I was compared live recently iMac 27" 5K with Dell Optiplex 27" 4K. I haven't tested it with Sketch or Figma but subjectively my eyes saw no difference in quality and detalisation...

      0 points
      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 9 months ago

        4K is definitely a very nice resolution, and it’s pretty tough to discern pixels on a 4K 27-inch display, but the issue is more about macOS and UI scale. Practically speaking, you can’t use a 4K display without macOS’ display scaling turned on. The UI and text is either way too big, or way too small. The solution is to turn on display scaling, but that means everything’s blurrier, there’s shimmering artefacts when scrolling, and performance can be a bit worse.

        27-inch 4K displays just aren’t a good fit for macOS.

        8 points
        • Account deleted 9 months ago

          Pretty much this.

          I'm also going to second Marc's article. It's a great resource, packed with ultimate information within just a few paragraphs. I'm going to share the same link again to emphasize the value of article. lol

          https://bjango.com/articles/macexternaldisplays/

          I was in between 5k Dell and 5k LG and I've just noticed that with that kind of money I could buy another mac. It just didn't make any sense because if you've added 300 more you can get an iMac.

          Also, there's this thing. Your users are not going to have that fancy monitor. Only designers and creators use that kind of high-end monitors. Even gaming monitors are not that sharp. It's just a designer gimmick. That goes same with music producers as well. They can get the best studio speakers but for testing purposes, most of test their songs at a car speaker while driving -the worst sounding environment. So I've shifted my focus from resolution to colors.

          You might want to consider making your pick for the most accurate colour display. %100 RGB maybe. Honestly, I didn't cared much about P3 intentionally since they mostly used on MacBooks (at this time). Bought Benq PD2710QC. My first ever BenQ, never used before but it's calibrated out from the box and so far I'm pretty happy with it. If I ever want to compare something between the retina and a regular display, I just drag my window. Just takes a second of mine. So as a summary, instead of spending a fortune on 5k display and barely resembles retina display, get a regular monitor and make it your workhorse.

          Displays are annoying. Hoping that you can find one soon without spending too much time on it.

          1 point
        • Hamish TaplinHamish Taplin, 9 months ago

          I dunno, I use a Dell 4k pretty much every day and I find it to be absolutely fine? I can't check right now but I believe I use the scaling option that makes everything a bit bigger and I got used to it pretty quickly.

          1 point
          • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 9 months ago

            If you compare it directly to a Retina display, you’ll likely notice the sharpness issues. If you scroll some horizontal lines vertically, you’ll likely notice the shimmering caused by the scaling. Both are subtle with 4K displays, but once you’ve seen them, it’s hard to un-see them.

            0 points
        • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, 9 months ago

          My LG 4K display looks super crisp scaled to 1440. I like to think I have a critical eye for this stuff but I really can’t see the difference when scaled to a non-native resolution vs full 4K or 1/2 at 1080.

          1 point
  • Abdelrahman G, 9 months ago

    LG 27UK850. Can't recommend it enough! It's a 4K IPS display and it connects to my Macbook Pro with one USB-C cable and has its own USB hub. Perfect setup if you ask me!

    5 points
  • , 9 months ago

    LG 27UK850 it is! I just bought it, mostly because of the usb-c connection which is perfect!

    Thanks all for your recommendations! :)

    1 point
  • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, 9 months ago

    As mentioned grab an LG 27UK850. I have a 27UD69 which is great but the UK is brighter and has better connections.

    1 point
  • Cory DymondCory Dymond, 9 months ago

    Dell P2715Q

    99% sRGB support Proven line Low price point, but a little older... specs are still comparable

    I use an older HD version of this as my secondary monitor (U2417H) and it's holding up well. I don't really need 4K for what I'm doing (mostly ecommerce sites) and I can always just drag the window over to my Mac if I really need to.

    1 point
    • R. KamushkenR. Kamushken, 9 months ago

      I was considering the desktop station from Dell based on this display instead of most simple iMac 27" configuration.

      0 points
    • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, 9 months ago

      I’d buy it but I can’t stand how it looks. The screen is nice but it just looks so outdated which bugs me.

      0 points
  • Braylan GrayBraylan Gray, 9 months ago

    Chris Do from The Futur just did an unboxing of this monitor...it may be worth a look

    1 point
  • Melcom Sean, 9 months ago

    I never understood the point of 27 inch 4k monitors. You have to upscale your UI and thus don't have more space to work on than you had on the 1080 screen.

    0 points
    • Renārs VilnisRenārs Vilnis, 9 months ago

      Well OSX handles hi-res monitors very well, there is a performance hit on some scalings, but you end up with crips text.

      2 points
    • Andrei Urse, 9 months ago

      Sometimes I need more space (eg. designing desktop apps), so I use a bigger resolution, sometimes I need bigger content, so I scale to a lower resolution. It depends of my needs, and I want that flexibility :) With a full HD, you stick with that resolution only.

      2 points
    • Hamish TaplinHamish Taplin, 9 months ago

      I don't think it's about having more space necessarily—just having higher pixel density looks nicer?

      0 points
  • Jose ArnaldosJose Arnaldos, 9 months ago

    I'm using right now a 4k dell monitor at work but I don't know why, it makes the mouse lag a bit. Like a tiny delay enough to make the experience not so comfortable. So you maybe should look for things like that also.

    0 points
    • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, 9 months ago

      What computer do you have paired with it? And how do you have it connected? If it’s running at 60hz you shouldn’t have any perceivable lag. At 30hz you definitely will though.

      0 points
  • Henrik Pettersson, 9 months ago

    I’ve been thinking about switching to a 27" 4K monitor too, but haven’t gotten to it yet because of the macOS ”scaling issues” mentioned. The monitor that seems most interesting to me though is the BenQ PD2700U.

    0 points
    • Lucian .esLucian .es, 9 months ago

      Had this one. For some reason my fans were kicking in at full speed every time I connected my macbook to it (15' inch 2017 full spec). Didn't happen with a 4k Dell.

      Tried different cables and found no fix. Had to return it.

      0 points
      • Henrik Pettersson, 9 months ago

        Wow, that’s weird. Did you like the monitor aside that?

        0 points
        • Lucian .esLucian .es, 9 months ago

          Yep, really good panel and minimal backlighting on black backgrounds. Also really enjoyed the dual usb hub, connecting my PS4 was fun.

          0 points
  • Renārs VilnisRenārs Vilnis, 9 months ago

    Been using for over a year now AOC U2777PQU.

    Pros:

    • IPS /w 100% sRGB
    • vesa mount
    • rotatable
    • small bezels, good choice for multi monitor setups
    • Under 500eur

    Cons:

    • Monitor controls slow and awkward (but once set up, no need to touch them)
    • Slow to start on (minor nuance)
    • Design
    • BAD built-in speakers (if you even care about it, I don't, but just sayin')
    0 points
  • Øyvind NordbøØyvind Nordbø, 9 months ago

    Check out this article, it'll give you some great pointers for a range of budgets. https://www.caseyliss.com/2017/5/17/retina-monitors

    0 points