Would you like to be more productive on your Mac? If you add another monitor, you will spend less time switching between spaces, tabs, and windows. With Catalina, you can even use an iPad as a second monitor with the new "Sidecar" feature.
Selecting a Monitor
First, you must select the correct monitor for the job. Your budget plays a big role here. So first decide what you want to spend and what features are most important to you.
Before deciding on a monitor, keep in mind the following:
- Resolution : This is the number of pixels displayed simultaneously on the screen, measured on two axes (for example, 1
- Size : Most screens have a size of about 27 inches. Smaller 24-inch displays are still popular with gamers and those with minimal space requirements. Larger 32-inch and ultrawide monitors are also available. Your decision will ultimately depend on your budget and available space.
- Pixel Density: Measured in pixels per inch (PPI), the pixel density describes how densely the pixels are packed on the display. The higher the pixel density, the better the image quality, since there is less chance of displaying individual pixels.
- Display and Display Type: This is the main factor for quality and performance. You can choose an LCD panel with IPS, TN or VA technology, or opt for modern OLED panels if budget allows.
- Refresh rate : This refers to the number of times that the display refreshes per second. The refresh rate is measured in Hertz (Hz). Base monitors support 60 Hz, which is suitable for office work, surfing the Internet or anything else without fast moving pictures. Most high frame rate (144 Hz) monitors are considered "gaming" monitors and would be overkill for those who do not.
- Color Accuracy: What color profiles are supported by the monitor? If you use your monitor for creative work such as photo and video editing or design, you need a monitor with a high degree of color accuracy. You should also consider buying a monitor calibration tool.
- Other features: Would you like a curved monitor for an even more intense viewing experience? How about one that you can use in portrait orientation for encoding or mobile development that is 90 degrees tilted? Are you planning to mount the monitor on a VESA mount?
If you have the hardware and budget for a 4K monitor, the HP Z27 is highly recommended by websites like Wirecutter. You can buy the reduced version with a resolution of 1440p for a few hundred dollars less for the same display.
According to Apple, the Ultrafine 5K display from LG is suitable for use with the latest notebooks. This display drives the monitor with Thunderbolt 3 while delivering 85 watts of charge for your laptop via USB-C. The domed Acer XR342CK 34-inch display achieves top marks for an ultrawide, if you have the space on your desk Handle it?
It's important that your Mac is powerful enough to run all external displays at the resolution and refresh rate you need. An easy way to do this is to check the specifications of your particular model. To find your model, click on the Apple logo in the upper right corner of the screen and choose About This Mac.
Search for your exact model on the Apple Web site (for example, "MacBook Pro Retina Mid 2012"). Then click on "Support" to view the technical data sheet. Under "Graphics and Video Support" (or similar), you should see "Supports both full native resolution on the integrated screen and up to 2560 x 1600 pixels on up to two external monitors."
MacBook Pro models support four external screens at 4 KB or two at 5 KB. Some users have successfully connected more than the recommended number of displays, although this usually results in significant performance degradation.