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The Best Non-Apple 27in (or larger) Monitors For Your iMac or MacBook

Know Your Mobile logo Know Your Mobile 08-03-2017 Michael Grothaus

The Best Non-Apple 27in (or larger) Monitors For Your iMac or MacBook© The Best Non-Apple 27in (or larger) Monitors For Your iMac or MacBook For decades Apple has been in the monitors business (or as it called the, “displays”). 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). 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.

The external display market is a huge place with dozens of vendors. There’s a lot of good displays out there, but also a lot of c**p. 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

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited 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 3840x2160 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.

BenQ GW2765HT 27in Display

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited If you don’t quite need 4K, the BenQ GW2765HT is a great choice. The 16:9 display features a native resolution of 2560x1440, giving it over 77% more work space and a higher ppi than most conventional 1920x1080 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.

Samsung C27F591 27in Curved Display

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited 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 1920x1080, 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.

Dell P2715Q Ultra HD 4K 27in Display

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited Last but not least is Dell’s P2715Q Ultra HD 4K 27in Display. This beast offers a resolution of 3840x2160, 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.

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