New 27-inch display

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  1. skaertus

    skaertus Notebook Consultant

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    I currently use a 27-inch LG 27ea83 as an external monitor. It is an IPS display with a 2560x1440 resolution which I bought back in 2014. It is basically this one here: http://www.lg.com/hk_en/monitor/lg-27EA83.

    Now I am thinking of upgrading my monitor to a retina resolution. I intend to use the new monitor with a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (late 2016 model) and a Dell XPS 15 9550.

    The tricky point is that, here in Brazil, where I live, high-resolution monitors are very rare; it is hard to find anything with a resolution superior to 1920x1080. I can only find these at Dell's website.

    I am thinking of the two following options:

    • Dell P2715Q
    • Dell U2718Q

    They are both nearly the same price, and the configurations are very similar. They are both 27", IPS, with a 3840x2160 resolution, and brightness of 350 cd/m2. The U2718Q seems to have a little bit better contrast. However, I could not find any comparison between these two models, and, as I have to order it online, I cannot just look at them both to check them out.

    There is also the S2817Q model, slightly cheaper, but it has a TN panel, so I think it should be inferior. There are other cheap alternatives as well, but all of then have TN panels. Do I have any reason to consider them?

    There are superior IPS models, of course, but much more expensive, such as the UP3218K, which is a 31.5" with a 7680x4320 resolution, but it costs 6x as much.

    Are these two monitors (P2715Q and U2718Q) better than the current one that I have? Which of them is the better one? Is it worth the upgrade?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Vistar Shook

    Vistar Shook Notebook Evangelist

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    Retina resolution on your Macbook is about the same as your monitor, only the iMac goes higher at 4k or even 5k. I think 1440p is plenty and not necessary to upgrade to 4k at the moment, unless you really need to, such as for photo editing and such. If it was for gaming, which is not likely the case because of the notebooks you mentioned, then yes a higher refresh rate monitor is a nice upgrade, like a 144Hz at 1440p and a small response time, like 5ms response time or less.

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  3. kent1146

    kent1146 Notebook Prophet

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    My advice... Don't bother with 4K resolution displays. They aren't going to give you a huge jump towards a better display experiencr over what you have. Don't get me wrong... There *is* a difference. But the jump from 1440p --> 4k resolution is relatively minor. It isn't going to be anywhere near the huge jump in image quality you get from going 1080p --> 1440p.

    If you want a jump in image quality and general computing user experience, look for an ultrawide monitor... 34" monitor @ 3440x1440 resolution (21:9 aspect ratio). If you do research on these kinds of monitors, you'll find that most reviewers praise the ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio absolutely superb for productivity use, and great for immersion in games. These montiors are going to give you a far superior experience that simply another 16:9 monitor that has slightly better pixel desntiy.
     
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    For 27" and IPS, I would look at the XB271HU/PG279Q or the freesync variang XG270HU/MG279Q
     
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  5. Vistar Shook

    Vistar Shook Notebook Evangelist

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    Problem is, here in Brazil, the options are very limited. Just checked, the Acer monitor is available here, very expensive as usual US$1250...ouch. I don't think gaming is a priority for the OP though.

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    And that's why there's corruption, and drug business is king :p
     
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  7. skaertus

    skaertus Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks for the advice. There is a 3440x1440 Dell monitor available here, and it is almost twice the price of the 4k displays. It is wider but has the same pixel density of the 27" 2560x1440 monitor (109 ppi). Why is there a jump in image quality?

    The 27" 3840x2160 options at least provide a higher pixel density (163 ppi).

    As for the difference, I can clearly see how much better the iMac with retina display looks in comparison to my current display. A 4k display is still not that good but should provide a better experience.
     
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    skaertus Notebook Consultant

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    No, gaming is definitely not a priority.
     
  9. skaertus

    skaertus Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks.

    Those models seem to have a 2560x1440 resolution. I already have a 27" monitor with a 2560x1440 resolution.

    Now, I want to upgrade to a higher resolution. And the only IPS models which I found for sale in Brazil matching these specifications are the ones sold by Dell.

    Of course there are lots of other models available in the US. But they are not for sale in Brazil. I can get them imported, but they will likely be stuck in the customs office for as much time as the authorities may feel like, and I will have to pay taxes which, in the aggregate, amount to more than 100% of the price of the monitor.

    So, unless there is a very good reason to choose something else, I am sticking with one of the models which are sold here.
     
  10. Vistar Shook

    Vistar Shook Notebook Evangelist

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    Well if you do opt to import to Brazil, you can buy through Amazon and they charge the taxes before hand, and the product sales through custom no problem and very quickly, since the taxes are prepaid.
     
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