I currently use my 11" MBA in clamshell mode most of the time, with a 27" Dell at 1920 x 1200.
I used to run it with a 32" Dell that while offered higher res, I ran at 1920x1200 and let the onboard scaler stretch it fit the pixels - this resulted in stunningly smooth text (Basically this was like Apple’s Retina before they even dreamt of it!). When the monitor got to 4 years old I sold it (guarantee was five years).
I now want to get a 4 or 5K monitor that I can scale down to get that buttery smooth text again - love the look of the new LG 5K Apple monitors as you can control brightness via your Mac, but the lack of hdmi/other inputs is off-putting.
Really? I didn’t realise it was cheaper - currently £884 here with their 25% off offer. I can get a 32" 4K Dell for £799 ish.
I don’t actually need 5K, but it if meant smoother on-screen text I would consider it.
4K TVs can be as cheap as £350 here - wonder if any have been found to be any good as a monitor?
The two biggest pros of the LG 5K for me is controlling brightness via Mac (I don’t like screens that are too bright - my dell is at 50% when the default was 75% - tho it has been calibrated too) and that it can act as a hub.
I’m using a 2015 15" MBP with an LG 34UM95-P at both work and home. The display is 34" 21:9 with 3440x1440 native resolution. I connect the display to the laptop via Thunderbolt 2, and use a USB mouse/keyboard which remain plugged in to the monitor indefinitely - they are relayed correctly by the TB2 cable without any additional config, as are my external speakers which connect to the monitor indefinitely via 3.5mm jack. It’s basically a rather nice monitor with built in KVM capabilities. I keep the laptop closed in clamshell mode, but out of personal taste rather than for performance.
To expand on that “KVM” sentence, at home the display is shared with a Windows 10 desktop which connects over full-size Displayport, and uses a secondary USB A-to-B cable to use the mouse/keyboard. Sound again routes correctly to the speakers over the DisplayPort cable. I just switch inputs on the monitor and video, audio, and input peripherals all make the jump accordingly. Very pleasant.
Small caveat - LG offers a nearly identical model of this display without Thunderbolt support, which is way less useful to OS X users IMHO. It’s definitely much cheaper, and I think it comes with a -C suffix instead of -P.