Ask DN: Curved, Ultra-Wide or 5k Monitors?

5 years ago from , Product Designer at SalesLoft

I'm probably going to purchase a new Macbook Pro and will likely be upgrading my monitor.

There are a ton of interesting monitors out there, but I wanted to see if any one had experience designing on Ultra-Wide or curved monitors? Is is difficult to design on a curved monitor?

Would you take either of those over a 4k or 5k display?


  • Greg Warner, 5 years ago

    I got a modest 25" ultrawide LG on B&H recently and I love it. Personally I'd rather see my work on a more standard monitor, NOT the most gorgeous 5k display, because I'm designing for people who likely won't view it on such a monitor for awhile. However the ultrawide is fantastic for Sketch, Affinity, Photoshop—anything with lots of panels going on on the left and right.

    3 points
  • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, 5 years ago

    5k all the way. It works natively with the Mac brightness keys, has a front-facing camera and raises up. Plus it is one of the only Thunderbolt 3 enabled monitors out, if not THE only one.

    2 points
  • Gavin AnthonyGavin Anthony, 5 years ago

    I wasn't a fan of the curved or ultrawide monitors. The ultrawide seems pretty neat at first but it's just too big. Also they aren't retina, which ended up straining my eyes a bit.

    I'm very excited about the new monitors by LG, especially the 5k version. The specs look perfect. The design might not be that great, but I bet they come out with a premium version pretty soon.

    tl;dr I think going the 5k route is going to be a lot more future proof than using an ultrawide or a curved monitor.

    1 point
  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 5 years ago

    +1 for 5k. I haven't used a curved display and I'm sure it would be nice, but most of them seem to have rubbish resolutions and after having switched to the 5k iMac, I couldn't go back to a low resolution display.

    0 points
  • John PJohn P, 5 years ago

    Bonus points from me for any without a logo on the front.

    0 points
  • Michael HenryMichael Henry, 5 years ago

    I'm using Dell's UltraSharp 34-Inch Curved monitor at work with my Retina MacBook Pro 13" (Early 2015) with a display port cable. It works great, but not being able to control the audio with my Mac's keys kills me on a daily basis. For this reason I have the monitor's speakers disabled with all audio coming out of my laptop.

    0 points
    • Sam Solomon, 5 years ago

      Oh, man. I didn't consider not being able to change the monitor's volume. Then again I have headphones on most of the day.

      Thanks for the reply!

      0 points
  • Jon MyersJon Myers, 5 years ago

    I currently use the iMac5k as my main workstation.

    Yeah, 5K all the way.

    There's just no turning back.

    It's exciting to see more 5k support and - LG as a partner, but -

    I dunno, the LG UltraFine 5k hardware design is harsh and ugly. I don't like the fact the top of the bezel is larger (distracting and more in the field of vision) - and not the same uniform size as the rest of the sides.

    The design of the base of the display does not visually communicate, stability. It looks like one false bump and over she goes.

    Overall, the lines of the hardware and telescoping stand appear crude.

    Definitely not the kind of form you walk into your office and go, wow - time to work.

    0 points
    • John PJohn P, 5 years ago

      Unfortunately the way Apple is heading we're all going to just have to put up with less perfect hardware design if we want power in the future.

      0 points
    • Gene M, 5 years ago

      Top bezel alone is enough not to consider it! :)

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