When Apple introduced the 2016 MacBook Pro they also introduced a series of companion LG monitors. Since this MacBook Pro was to be my first computer with a retina display, I figured I needed to upgrade my desktop display to one with higher definition as well. My original intention was to buy the 27" 5K LG display since it was Apple’s preferred solution and had many benefits including built-in iSight camera and all-in-one charging solution. However, the delays in shipping, nearly $1000 price tag gave me pause.
In retrospect, I’m glad I passed on the LG monitor. Since it has shipped there have been reports of delays, problems with Wi-Fi interference, and rumors that the monitor may just be a stop-gap until Apple gets back into the monitor game. We now have learned that there is indeed a true Apple-branded 5k standalone monitor coming "sometime next year" to go with the new Mac Pro.
As I was researching other options, I came across the P2415Q Dell Ultra HD 4K display. A larger version of this monitor was recommended by the Wirecutter as their best pick for 4K monitor. I ultimately chose the 24“ version because I was concerned that a 27” monitor would be too large for my workspace and comments from friends that 5K displays were more suited to the 27“ size while 4K was more appropriate for 24”.
While I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of having something that says “Dell” sitting on my desk, I’ve gotten over it and am very happy with my choice. The Dell Ultra HD 4K 24“ Monitor has proven to be a great blend of quality, features, and price. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the LG 5K display, this 24” 4K display costs less than $400 on Amazon, is a great upgrade compared to my previous Apple Cinema Display and is at a price point that I wouldn’t mind upgrading in a few years when something even better comes along.
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