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September 3, 2018 4:52 pm  

Hi everyone. I am going to be purchasing the new 15" MBP in a few weeks and I am looking for a new monitor to go with it! I am hoping I can get some advice and recommendations from you experts out there. 

Currently I have two Samsung 28" 4k Monitors. I am not comfortable with using dual screens, I have tried multiple placement configurations but it's just not something I enjoy using. Also, 4k is a bit tiny at this screen size. 

I am looking to increase my monitor size and remain at 4k. Features I am looking for:

  • Trying to stick very close to $1000 CAD for top end budget
  • Reasonable color accuracy for graphic and video work
  • High resolution, (preferably 4k)
  • Greater than 30"
  • Suitable for casual gaming

I have found two monitors that perhaps fit the bill. Which monitor is better do you think and why? Also, if you have any alternatives -- please suggest!

LG 43UD79-B 42.5"
https://www.amazon.ca/LG-43UD79-B-S...ords=lg+43ud79-b+42. 5"+screen+led-lit+monitor

ViewSonic 43" 4K
https://www.amazon.ca/ViewSonic-Frameless-Monitor-DisplayPort-VX4380-4K/dp/B06XYTHP1M  

I am tending to go with the ViewSonic - but there are very few reviews online about it. What do you guys think? Also, can you speak to quality of both brands? 

Thanks!

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September 5, 2018 5:26 pm  

Is the Philips Brilliance BDM4350UC available in your market? In terms of features the LG offers the most. ViewSonic has much longer warranty though (3 vs 1 year). Do you need 4K? Why did the dual 4K monitors not work for you?

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September 6, 2018 2:44 am  
Posted by: theitsage

Is the Philips Brilliance BDM4350UC available in your market? In terms of features the LG offers the most. ViewSonic has much longer warranty though (3 vs 1 year). Do you need 4K? Why did the dual 4K monitors not work for you?

It's been in limited supply here in Canada. That is why I didn't mention it. It looks like Best Buy has it on sale in limited quantities until tomorrow, for $549.99, regularly $900. Curious, do you recommend this monitor above the other two? I'd prefer 4k as I need the resolution for pro app and screen real estate. 

I have real difficulty with ergonomics/neck/shoulder strain with dual monitors. Haven't been able to get comfortable using them in varied positions.

edit: am I correct in thinking the picture quality is better on the ViewSonic compared to the LG?

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September 6, 2018 1:38 pm  

I think they all use the same 42.5" IPS panel from LG. If I were to buy one based on features and quality, the LG is my top choice.

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September 6, 2018 2:18 pm  
Posted by: theitsage

I think they all use the same 42.5" IPS panel from LG. If I were to buy one based on features and quality, the LG is my top choice.

Ok thanks very much for the info. I think LG is probably the strongest brand as well. One question for you then, and I apologize for nit picking - I just don't understand. If the panels are the same, how can the ViewSonic have more features, ie, color accuracy, 10 bit, etc is that something controlled by firmware in the panel or just marketing buzzwords?

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September 6, 2018 4:27 pm  

@something My preferences lean towards LG as well, especially some models at lower price points.

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September 6, 2018 8:29 pm  

@mac_editor Thanks! Everyone I talk to says go for the LG just like you guys. I guess it's fancy marketing buzzwords for the ViewSonic that was stumping me about picture quality. I did some research on the Philips @theitsage suggested, seems to have a burn in issue. Don't want to take the chance so I probably will go for the LG.

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September 16, 2018 3:31 pm  

Hey guys, just an update. I was gonna get the LG you all suggested, but yesterday one of the local shops had a flash sale on the LG 38" Ultrawide! Huge savings, nearly the same price as the 43"! Monitor is amazing. Never used an ultrawide or curved monitor before. So far no issues with neck pain compared to my old dual setup. Look forward to further testing. 

My MBP arrives tomorrow.

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September 16, 2018 8:25 pm  

@something Congrats on the new 38" ultrawide! They are spectacular.

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September 20, 2018 2:02 pm  

Thanks @theitsage! So far very happy with it! Look forward to working on OS X again and getting my egpu build together.

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