The Dell P2715Q is the best 4K monitor you can buy for Mac at this time. It's gorgeous and performs better than the rest.
The Dell P2715Q is a feature-laden monitor that can tilt and swivel to any orientation you like, making it excellent for an workstation configuration – if it's a second monitor, it can pivot from landscape to a portrait orientation, a very useful feature. The IPS panel makes for excellent viewing at just about any angle and if you're into connecting peripherals, it has just about every port you could need (except USB-C). If you want a great-performing monitor with rich colour, great viewing angles, and plenty of ports, the Dell P2715Q is the best one out there.
Tip: You can daisy chain monitors together via the DisplayPort, so got multi and enjoy double desktops!
Why the Dell P2715Q is the best
This 27" monitor has amazing versatility and performance, the best part of the P2715Q is its IPS (in-plane switching) panel. These work by orienting the liquid crystal molecules horizontally, creating richer colour and allowing for great side-viewing. So if you need to swivel your monitor because of the space on your desk, it'll still look as great as if you were looking at it head-on.
This monitor features a 9ms response time. That means that from the time you click on an icon or move your mouse all the way across the screen, the response time will be less than a hundredth of a second!
The P2715Q was designed to be connected – it has 4 USB 3.0 Type A ports, a USB 3.0 Type B port, a DisplayPort, a mini DisplayPort, a DisplayPort output port, and an audio line out. The only thing it's really missing is USB-C, but that's not really essential as yet. That being said, for under £400, it just can't be beaten.
LG is one of the best names in TVs and their monitors are of the same quality. The 27UD88 is definitely the best choice if you're looking to future-proof your setup, since it features USB-C, which is steadily picking up steam on its way to become the gold standard. This monitor features a gorgeous IPS panel with such rich colour that it covers over 99% of the sRGB colour space – if you're editing photos or video all day, this one's for you. You may have to spend a little more now (around £600), but you'll save yourself some cash in the long run. If you want a monitor that'll stave off obsoletion for some considerable time, with excellent colour and top-notch technology, this is the best choice for the future.
The ASUS PB287Q has a TN panel instead of an IPS panel, meaning that its colour reproduction isn't as good, but its response time is only 1ms meaning that you'll notice no lag in performance – if you perform an action on your keyboard or move your mouse, you see it on the monitor in real time. The PB287Q also features picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture, which allows you to view content from two sources at the same time. If you have much to do at once, the PB287Q will be more than able to keep up with you and you can buy it for under £300. If you want a monitor that lets you work on multiple projects at once at a lightning-quick pace then this is the best choice on a budget.
If you really need to be as productive as possible, go for the ASUS PB287Q. If you don't want to buy another monitor over the next few years, then go with the LG 27UD88. If you want the best monitor for your Mac that you can buy right now, featuring a beautiful IPS panel, versatility in its orientation, and solid, top-notch performance, the Dell P2715Q is the number 1 choice.
Chris Patton is an independent Technology Journalist who is based in London and writes for various publications including technewseurope.com. His articles are always insightful and we are lucky to have him on board.
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