4k 27" External Monitor for UI/UX

almost 3 years ago from Andrei Urse, User Experience Designer

  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, almost 3 years ago

    4K is definitely a very nice resolution, and it’s pretty tough to discern pixels on a 4K 27-inch display, but the issue is more about macOS and UI scale. Practically speaking, you can’t use a 4K display without macOS’ display scaling turned on. The UI and text is either way too big, or way too small. The solution is to turn on display scaling, but that means everything’s blurrier, there’s shimmering artefacts when scrolling, and performance can be a bit worse.

    27-inch 4K displays just aren’t a good fit for macOS.

    8 points
    • Account deleted almost 3 years ago

      Pretty much this.

      I'm also going to second Marc's article. It's a great resource, packed with ultimate information within just a few paragraphs. I'm going to share the same link again to emphasize the value of article. lol

      https://bjango.com/articles/macexternaldisplays/

      I was in between 5k Dell and 5k LG and I've just noticed that with that kind of money I could buy another mac. It just didn't make any sense because if you've added 300 more you can get an iMac.

      Also, there's this thing. Your users are not going to have that fancy monitor. Only designers and creators use that kind of high-end monitors. Even gaming monitors are not that sharp. It's just a designer gimmick. That goes same with music producers as well. They can get the best studio speakers but for testing purposes, most of test their songs at a car speaker while driving -the worst sounding environment. So I've shifted my focus from resolution to colors.

      You might want to consider making your pick for the most accurate colour display. %100 RGB maybe. Honestly, I didn't cared much about P3 intentionally since they mostly used on MacBooks (at this time). Bought Benq PD2710QC. My first ever BenQ, never used before but it's calibrated out from the box and so far I'm pretty happy with it. If I ever want to compare something between the retina and a regular display, I just drag my window. Just takes a second of mine. So as a summary, instead of spending a fortune on 5k display and barely resembles retina display, get a regular monitor and make it your workhorse.

      Displays are annoying. Hoping that you can find one soon without spending too much time on it.

      1 point
    • Hamish TaplinHamish Taplin, almost 3 years ago

      I dunno, I use a Dell 4k pretty much every day and I find it to be absolutely fine? I can't check right now but I believe I use the scaling option that makes everything a bit bigger and I got used to it pretty quickly.

      1 point
      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, almost 3 years ago

        If you compare it directly to a Retina display, you’ll likely notice the sharpness issues. If you scroll some horizontal lines vertically, you’ll likely notice the shimmering caused by the scaling. Both are subtle with 4K displays, but once you’ve seen them, it’s hard to un-see them.

        0 points
    • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, almost 3 years ago

      My LG 4K display looks super crisp scaled to 1440. I like to think I have a critical eye for this stuff but I really can’t see the difference when scaled to a non-native resolution vs full 4K or 1/2 at 1080.

      1 point