When it comes to recommending a 4K monitor it might surprise you to learn that the one we recommend is not actually 4K, but an Ultra High Definition Display from LG.
This isn’t to say that there are some great 4K display out there from Dell, Sharp and even LG, but we really like the value for money, features and appearance of the LG Ultrawide QHD 34UM95.
At a resolution of 3440 x 1440 its pretty close to 4K resolution which is 4096 x 2160 but the biggest thing about this monitor is that LG have made it completely Mac Pro compatible. It supports Thunderbolt 2 which means that you can connect your Mac Pro and get the full 3440 x 1440 resolution at 60Ghz refresh rate.
On top of this you get another Thunderbolt port allowing you to daisy chain another 6 Thunderbolt devices. You also get 2 HDMI ports, headphones out and 1 Display Port.
The LG is essentially like having two 20.5-inch, 5:4, 1720 × 1440 displays side by side in one 34-inch panel. What we really like is that the monitor comes with its own 4 screen split screen function that allows you to run 2,3 or 4 programmes on one screen beside one another. There are in fact 8 different screen ratios that you can have to help maximise your productivity.
We are not sure whether we have the capability for this but the split screen app and the functionality of the monitor allows you to connect two devices at once. So you can be watching a movie from your Blue Ray player whilst working on an app beside it.
Perhaps the thing we like about the display most however, is that it allows you to run just one display. You can easily do away with a multiple monitor set up and the clean lines of a single LG display sit nicely with the design aspects of the Mac range.
We don’t want to claim that this LG monitor provides the amazing clarity that a 4K display will. There are also some issues in that the display does not have great height adjustment. However, when you consider that Apple haven’t updated their Thunderbolt display in 3 years and it costs £7.50 + VAT to lease you might be surprised to learn that this amazing screen only costs £6.44 + VAT per week on a 3 year lease.
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