Best Value 4K Monitor For Your iMac or MacBook? My #1 Picks For 2018


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For decades Apple has been in the monitors business. While they were in it, they had some excellent products, including the old line of Apple Cinema Displays and, when those were discontinued, the Apple Thunderbolt Display.

But last year Apple decided to get out of the display business altogether–ostensibly to concentrate more on its core product lines (read: iPhone, Apple Watch and AR).

For the first time in years that meant users of MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac Pros who wanted to use Apple-only hardware had to go elsewhere for external displays.

Most will be able to get buy with a single 27in iMac display, it’s a decent size and, because of the high resolution, you can have A LOT of applications open on there at once.

But if you’re a power user, or run more applications than the average person, someone like me, basically, then you’ll need another monitor to support your main one.

I find running two monitors increases my productivity dramatically, as it allows me to better manage tasks and, therefore, my output. I can run Photoshop on one display and a Premier on the other, for instance, and never the twain shall meet.

I like having a lot of windows and applications open at once and having an additional display just makes things a bit tidier.

Best Value 4K Monitor For Your iMac?

It is expensive, but if you have a home office – or you work from home – productivity is the name of the game; get more stuff done, then you’re free to do the things you really like doing.

You can pick up 4K monitors for fairly cheap now.

Just a quick glance in Amazon pulled up these awesome monitors, and most are well under £200 – not too shabby.

The external display market, for obvious reasons, is a huge place with dozens of vendors. There’s a lot of good displays out there, but also a lot of crap. How do you tell the difference? We’ve put together this list so you don’t have to. Here are the five best non-Apple 27in or larger displays for your Macs.

Samsung U28E590D 28in 4K Display


If you don’t mind going over to Apple’s arch-nemesis, the Samsung U28E590D is an excellent 28in 4K display. With a resolution of 3840×2160 and with over one billion colors and 8 million pixels, this UHD display is ideal for people in the graphics industry or gamers and those who don’t want to fork out for a 5K display. A really nice feature is the picture-in-picture function that lets you view two different connected input devices at one time. The display connects via DisplayPort 1.2 and also offers two different HDMI ports.

And if you’re in the US: 

BenQ GW2765HT 27in Display


If you don’t quite need 4K, the BenQ GW2765HT is a great choice. The 16:9 display features a native resolution of 2560×1440, giving it over 77% more work space and a higher ppi than most conventional 1920×1080 FHD monitors. This display features DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connections along with built-in speakers and a height-adjustable stand. Another really cool feature: the display offers BenQ’s Low Blue Light technology, meaning it reduces the amount of blue light it emits, which can normally interfere with sleep patterns.

And if you’re in the US: 

Samsung C27F591 27in Curved Display


And now for something completely different: Samsung’s 27in curved display. Curved displays are said to offer a more immersive viewing experience since their curvature matches that of the human eye. This display’s 1.8m radius ark creates a wider field of view and enhances depth perception. True, it’s only a 1080p display with its 1920×1080, but for those who like curved displays, that’s an acceptable hit to take. The C27F591 connects via HDMI (so you’ll need an adaptor if you aren’t using an older MacBook Pro) and also includes built-in speakers. Another plus: it looks like it was designed by Jony Ive.

And if you’re in the US: 

Dell P2715Q Ultra HD 4K 27in Display


Last but not least is Dell’s P2715Q Ultra HD 4K 27in Display. This beast offers a resolution of 3840×2160, which means it can serve up billions of colors on its over 8 million pixels. It’s also factory-tuned for accurate color representation, meaning you won’t need to adjust it when you take it out of the box. Connect it to your Mac with the built-in DisplayPort 1.2 and also use it as a hub to connect and power multiple USB 3.0 devices thanks to the built-in USB hub on the bottom of the display.

And if you’re in the US: 

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