Deals: Dell 27" Ultra HD 4K LED display for $499.99; deep Mac mini and Mac Pro discounts; $1,799 15"

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in Current Mac Hardware edited June 2015
Back exclusively for AI readers and for a limited time, grab Dell's 27" Ultra HD 4K LED monitor for a record low of $499.99. Meanwhile, there's just 10 hours left to secure the lowest price you'll ever see on Apple's mid-2014 high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro (MGXC2LL/A). Plus all Mac Pros and Mac minis at unbeatable discounts.

Dell 27" Ultra HD 4K LED monitor for $499.99



Unbeatable and back for a limited time only, this deal from Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama is exclusively for AppleInsider readers and offers Dell's 27" Ultra HD 4K LED IPS Monitor model P2715Q with USB3.0, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, & Speaker-Line Out for $499.99 with promo code APINSIDER. That's $200 off MSRP and the lowest price ever for this Apple Thunderbolt Display alternative. It's also currently the lowest price by over $58, according to our Price Guides. To get this deal, simply use the links in this article or our price guides jump to the Dell monitor on Adorama's website. It's currently listed at $559.99. Add it to your cart. During check out -- right after your delivery address and right before you supply payment info -- click the link that says "Do you have a gift card or promo code?" and then apply promo code APINSIDER in the promo code field and click "Apply". That's it, you should now see the the $499.99 price. Adorama also won't collect sales tax on these orders unless they ship to NY or NJ. Limit 1 per customer!

15" MacBook Pro (2.5GHz, 16GB, 512GB, 750M) for $1,799

MacBook Pro MGXC2LL/A


Expiring at midnight (6/25) and will not return at pricing this low: For the past two weeks AI and Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama have been able to offer (see complete instructions here) Apple's mid-2014 15" MacBook Pro (2.5GHz, 16GB, 512GB, 750M) model MGXC2LL/A at near wholesale price of $1,799.99 ($700 off) after a $200 mail-in rebate (issued as a $200 pre-paid credit card). We've also been offering this same model with AppleCare included for just $1,949.99 ($898 off) when using the same rebate and applying $150 promo code APINSIDER during checkout. Both include free shipping, a free accessory, and Adorama also will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY & NJ. However the $200 rebate -- and thus this deal -- will expire June 25th, bumping the price to $1,999 and $2,149 respectively. To take advantage of this one-time offer in the final 10 hours, see all the details and step-by-step instructions in this earlier post. For the lowest prices anywhere on mid-2015 MacBook Pros, see this offer. Alternatively, for the lowest prices on all mid-2015 MacBook Pros with AppleCare included, see this deal.

Free AppleCare with all Mac minis

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Separately, AI has teamed with Adorama to give away free AppleCare plus additional instant discounts (on most models) with each Mac mini purchase. To take advantage of the Mac mini offer, first make sure that you take 20 second to register & login to Adorama's free VIP customer program. Then use the special pricing links below (or in the Macs with AppleCare Price Guide) to add a Mac mini with AppleCare bundle to your cart. During check out (right after shipment info and before payment info) click the link that says Do you have a gift card or promo code? and then apply Promo Code APINSIDER. This promo code will deduct $30 from the price of the already reduced bundle, which when combined with Adorama's instant discounts, knocks out the cost of AppleCare and adds an additional cash discount on most models. The savings listed below in red typeface reflect the total discount when compared to Apple's current price for that Mac mini model with AppleCare. Keep in mind that if you live outside NY & NJ, Adorama also won't collect sales tax on your order.

Mac minis with free AppleCare
1.40GHz 2Core i5/4GB/500GB-HDD $598.00 $484.00 % ( $114.00 savings )
1.40GHz 2Core i5/4GB/1TB-Fusion $848.00 $719.99 % ( $128.01 savings )
1.40GHz 2Core i5/8GB/500GB-HDD $698.00 $594.00 % ( $104.00 savings )
1.40GHz 2Core i5/8GB/1TB-Fusion $948.00 $849.00 % ( $99.00 savings )
1.40GHz 2Core i5/16GB/500GB-HDD $898.00 $799.00 % ( $99.00 savings )
1.40GHz 2Core i5/16GB/1TB-Fusion $1,148.00 $1,049.00 % ( $99.00 savings )
2.60GHz 2Core i5/8GB/1TB-HDD $798.00 $684.00 % ( $114.00 savings )
2.60GHz 2Core i5/8GB/1TB-Fusion $998.00 $889.00 % ( $109.00 savings )
2.60GHz 2Core i5/8GB/256GB-SSD $998.00 $884.00 % ( $114.00 savings )
2.60GHz 2Core i5/16GB/1TB-HDD $998.00 $884.00 % ( $114.00 savings )
2.60GHz 2Core i5/16GB/1TB-Fusion $1,198.00 $1,079.00 % ( $119.00 savings )
2.60GHz 2Core i5/16GB/256GB-SSD $1,198.00 $1,019.00 % ( $179.00 savings )
2.80GHz 2Core i5/8GB/1TB-Fusion $1,098.00 $958.00 % ( $140.00 savings )
2.80GHz 2Core i5/8GB/256GB-SSD $1,098.00 $989.00 % ( $109.00 savings )
2.80GHz 2Core i5/8GB/512GB-SSD $1,398.00 $1,269.00 % ( $129.00 savings )
2.80GHz 2Core i5/8GB/1TB-SSD $1,898.00 $1,759.00 % ( $139.00 savings )
2.80GHz 2Core i5/16GB/1TB-Fusion $1,298.00 $1,109.00 % ( $189.00 savings )
2.80GHz 2Core i5/16GB/256GB-SSD $1,298.00 $1,169.00 % ( $129.00 savings )
2.80GHz 2Core i5/16GB/512GB-SSD $1,598.00 $1,469.00 % ( $129.00 savings )
2.80GHz 2Core i5/16GB/1TB-SSD $2,098.00 $1,969.00 % ( $129.00 savings )
3.00GHz 2Core i7/8GB/256GB-SSD $1,298.00 $1,169.00 % ( $129.00 savings )
3.00GHz 2Core i7/8GB/512GB-SSD $1,598.00 $1,469.00 % ( $129.00 savings )
3.00GHz 2Core i7/16GB/1TB-HHD $1,298.00 $1,169.00 % ( $129.00 savings )
3.00GHz 2Core i7/16GB/1TB-Fusion $1,498.00 $1,354.00 % ( $144.00 savings )
3.00GHz 2Core i7/16GB/256GB-SSD $1,498.00 $1,354.00 % ( $144.00 savings )
3.00GHz 2Core i7/16GB/512GB-SSD $1,798.00 $1,659.00 % ( $139.00 savings )
3.00GHz 2Core i7/16GB/1TB-SSD $2,298.00 $2,169.00 % ( $129.00 savings )

Mac Pros with AppleCare + Apple Wireless Keyboard & Mouse




Finally, AI and Adorama are also nearing the end of another exclusive promotion that -- with very few exceptions -- delivers the lowest prices we've ever seen on these Mac Pro models. It also throws in two additional years of AppleCare Extended Protection for Mac Pro, an Apple Wireless Keyboard, and an Apple Wireless Magic Mouse. Below are a list of pricing links to Mac Pros bundled with these free items. The savings listed below in red typeface reflect the total discount when compared to Apple's current price for that Mac Pro model with AppleCare but does not factoring in the savings from the free Apple Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse and any additional benefits. Also keep in mind, if you live outside NY & NJ, Adorama also won't collect sales tax on your order (another $200-$650 depending on the model).

Step by step instructions for this deal are provided below. But taking advantage of this offer is easy: first make sure that you take 20 second to register & login to Adorama's free VIP customer program. Then use the special pricing links below (or in the Macs with AppleCare Price Guide) to add an Mac Pro bundle to your cart. During check out (right after shipment info and before payment info) click the link that says Do you have a gift card or promo code? and then apply Promo Code APINSIDER. This promo code will deduct $80 (or more from) the price of the already-discounted bundle to bring the final price of the Mac Pro bundle inline with the prices you see below.

In stock models ship next business day while out of stock configurations generally deliver in one business week. Shipping is also free.

Mac Pro (Quad Core) with AppleCare
Mac Pro
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/256GB/D300 $3,348.00 $2,949.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/12GB/512GB/D300 $3,548.00 $3,193.99 % ( $354.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB/D500 $3,648.00 $3,373.99 % ( $274.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/512GB/D300 $3,648.00 $3,259.99 % ( $388.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/256GB/D500 $3,748.00 $3,363.99 % ( $384.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/256GB/D300 $3,748.00 $3,316.05 % ( $431.95 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/12GB/512GB/D500 $3,948.00 $3,563.99 % ( $384.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/12GB/1TB/D300 $4,048.00 $3,663.99 % ( $384.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/512GB/D500 $4,048.00 $3,613.99 % ( $434.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/512GB/D300 $4,048.00 $3,693.99 % ( $354.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/1TB/D300 $4,148.00 $3,759.99 % ( $388.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/256GB/D500 $4,148.00 $3,859.99 % ( $288.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB/D700 $4,248.00 $3,809.99 % ( $438.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/256GB/D700 $4,348.00 $4,039.99 % ( $308.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/1TB/D500 $4,548.00 $4,269.99 % ( $278.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/1TB/D300 $4,548.00 $4,109.99 % ( $438.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/64GB/256GB/D300 $4,548.00 $4,109.99 % ( $438.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/512GB/D700 $4,648.00 $4,289.99 % ( $358.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/256GB/D700 $4,748.00 $4,459.99 % ( $288.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/1TB/D500 $4,948.00 $4,509.99 % ( $438.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/64GB/256B/D500 $4,948.00 $4,559.99 % ( $388.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/12GB/1TB/D700 $5,048.00 $4,609.99 % ( $438.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/32GB/512GB/D700 $5,148.00 $4,779.99 % ( $368.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/16GB/1TB/D700 $5,148.00 $4,869.99 % ( $278.01 savings )
Mac Pro QC 3.7GHz/64GB/256GB/D700 $5,548.00 $5,269.98 % ( $278.02 savings )
% Price with promo code APINSIDER & after registration to Adorama's free VIP program (includes Free Apple Wireless Keyboard & Magic Mouse)

Mac Pro (6 Core) with AppleCare
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/12GB/256GB/D300 $3,748.00 $3,409.99 % ( $338.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB/D300 $3,848.00 $3,459.99 % ( $388.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/12GB/512GB/D300 $4,048.00 $3,759.99 % ( $288.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/12GB/256GB/D500 $4,148.00 $3,759.99 % ( $388.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/512GB/D300 $4,148.00 $3,809.99 % ( $338.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/32GB/256GB/D300 $4,248.00 $3,909.99 % ( $338.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB/D500 $4,248.00 $3,769.99 % ( $478.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/12GB/512GB/D500 $4,448.00 $4,109.99 % ( $338.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/12GB/1TB/D300 $4,548.00 $4,209.99 % ( $338.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/32GB/512GB/D300 $4,548.00 $4,219.99 % ( $328.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/512GB/D500 $4,548.00 $4,116.04 % ( $431.96 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/1TB/D300 $4,648.00 $4,279.99 % ( $368.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/32GB/256GB/D500 $4,648.00 $4,299.99 % ( $348.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/12GB/256GB/D700 $4,748.00 $4,349.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB/D700 $4,848.00 $4,449.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/12GB/1TB/D500 $4,948.00 $4,549.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/32GB/512GB/D500 $4,948.00 $4,599.99 % ( $348.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/12GB/512GB/D700 $5,048.00 $4,699.99 % ( $348.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/64GB/256GB/D300 $5,048.00 n/a ( $0.00 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/1TB/D500 $5,048.00 $4,729.99 % ( $318.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/512GB/D700 $5,148.00 $4,789.99 % ( $278.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/32GB/256GB/D700 $5,248.00 $4,899.99 % ( $348.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/12GB/1TB/D700 $5,548.00 $5,149.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/32GB/512GB/D700 $5,548.00 $5,129.99 % ( $418.01 savings )
Mac Pro 6C 3.5GHz/16GB/1TB/D700 $5,648.00 $5,250.00 % ( $398.00 savings )
% Price with promo code APINSIDER & after registration to Adorama's free VIP program (includes Free Apple Wireless Keyboard & Magic Mouse)

Mac Pro (8 Core) with AppleCare
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/256GB/D300 $5,348.00 $4,949.98 % ( $398.02 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/256GB/D500 $5,748.00 $5,349.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/32GB/256GB/D300 $5,748.00 $5,349.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/256GB/D500 $5,748.00 $5,349.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/512GB/D300 $5,748.00 $5,249.99 % ( $498.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/512GB/D500 $6,048.00 $5,649.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/32GB/512GB/D300 $6,048.00 $5,649.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/1TB/D300 $6,148.00 $5,749.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/32GB/256GB/D500 $6,148.00 $5,749.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/256GB/D700 $6,348.00 $5,949.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/12GB/1TB/D500 $6,448.00 $6,049.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/32GB/1TB/D300 $6,548.00 $6,149.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/512GB/D700 $6,648.00 $6,249.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/12GB/1TB/D700 $7,048.00 $6,616.03 % ( $431.97 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/32GB/512GB/D700 $7,048.00 $6,616.03 % ( $431.97 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/16GB/1TB/D700 $7,148.00 $6,749.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/32GB/1TB/D700 $7,548.00 $7,149.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/64GB/512GB/D700 $7,848.00 $7,459.99 % ( $388.01 savings )
Mac Pro 8C 3.0GHz/64GB/1TB/D700 $8,348.00 $7,949.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
% Price with promo code APINSIDER & after registration to Adorama's free VIP program (includes Free Apple Wireless Keyboard & Magic Mouse)

Mac Pro (12 Core) with AppleCare
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/16GB/256GB/D500 $7,248.00 $6,749.99 % ( $498.01 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/32GB/256GB/D300 $7,248.00 $6,979.99 % ( $268.01 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/32GB/512GB/D300 $7,548.00 $7,279.99 % ( $268.01 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/32GB/256GB/D500 $7,648.00 $7,249.98 % ( $398.02 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/32GB/512GB/D500 $7,948.00 $7,549.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/64GB/256GB/D300 $7,948.00 $7,769.99 % ( $178.01 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/16GB/512GB/D700 $8,148.00 $7,869.99 % ( $278.01 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/32GB/256GB/D700 $8,248.00 $7,969.99 % ( $278.01 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/64GB/256GB/D500 $8,548.00 $8,169.99 % ( $378.01 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/12GB/1TB/D700 $8,548.00 $8,149.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/32GB/512GB/D700 $8,548.00 $8,269.99 % ( $278.01 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/16GB/1TB/D700 $8,648.00 $8,249.99 % ( $398.01 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/64GB/512GB/D500 $8,748.00 $8,469.99 % ( $278.01 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/64GB/512GB/D700 $9,348.00 $8,849.99 % ( $498.01 savings )
Mac Pro 12C 2.7GHz/64GB/1TB/D700 $9,848.00 $8,869.99 % ( $978.01 savings )
% Price with promo code APINSIDER & after registration to Adorama's free VIP program (includes Free Apple Wireless Keyboard & Magic Mouse)

Step by Step Instructions for this Deal
    1)Make sure you're using a browser with cookies enabled that isn't in private mode.
    2) If you haven't already, take a few moments to join Adorama's free VIP customer program. (It's painless, offers perks, & is required for special promos like these.)
    3) Now make sure you're logged into your Adorama VIP account.
    4) Once you're logged in, choose your desired iMac bundle from the list above (or via our Mac+AppleCare Price Guide) and click the associated pricing link.
    5) Now add the Mac Pro bundle to your cart by clicking the green "ADD TO CART" button.
    6) You can now keep shopping or begin the checkout process.
    7) During checkout, apply promo code APINSIDER in the Promo Code field right after your shipping info (where it says "Do you have a gift card or promo code?")
    8) After you apply the promo code, scroll down and your order total should now match the prices advertised with this deal.
    As always, if you have any issues, you can reach out to us at [email protected] and we'll try and help.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    schlackschlack Posts: 680member
    Mac Pro is 2 yrs old with no updates...seems like way too long for a Pro system.
  • Reply 2 of 9
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by schlack View Post



    Mac Pro is 2 yrs old with no updates...seems like way too long for a Pro system.



    Apple may be skipping the Intel E5 V3 and maybe V4 as well because the support for 5K resolutions, dual 4K monitors and TB3 will come with E5 V5 chip architecture. They may also be waiting for the new AMD FirePro W series GPUs because of the new emphasis is on GPU tasks rather than CPU.

     

    Right now the main advantages for the V3 chips is more cores, DDR4 and more RAM, which isn't to say that wouldn't be a nice upgrade. The V3 chips have been shipping since late 2014 but the V4 chips have been delayed and there may not be a huge amount of time between V4 and V5 releases, so many people have suggested they will wait for V5. I'm no expert. I just remember reading that opinion on a couple other tech sites and on AI as well.

  • Reply 3 of 9
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,195moderator
    mstone wrote: »
    Apple may be skipping the Intel E5 V3 and maybe V4 as well because the support for 5K resolutions, dual 4K monitors and TB3 will come with E5 V5 chip architecture.

    The following roadmap suggests it'll be at least 2017 before E5-2600 v5 Skylake:

    http://www.theplatform.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/intel-kdm-roadmap-1.jpg
    http://www.kitguru.net/components/cpu/anton-shilov/intels-28-core-xeon-skylake-cpus-to-support-6tb-of-dram-use-3467-pin-socket/

    I think they'll figure out a way to support Retina displays with Broadwell. They don't have much spare PCIe bandwidth but if they make a 21:9 5K TB display, that will work fine over the bandwidth they have.

    This would make the next Mac Pro update early 2016 with Broadwell-EP (up to 18-core). DDR4 memory up to 512GB (Apple will likely offer 64 or 128 max). 2-3x the SSD speed and possibly more capacity if Intel does something good with their SSDs. The GPUs Apple uses are just the consumer chips renamed so the recent AMD R9 Fury chip would be ok (two of them) with 16GB video memory (~17 TFLOPs vs 7 TFLOPs in the dual D700).

    The consumer Skylake chips, including the 15" Macbook Pro are due in September:

    http://wccftech.com/intel-skylake-launch-schedule-leaked-skylake-s-skylake-y-skylake-h-skylake-u-launch-september-2015/

    The whole consumer lineup could see a Skylake refresh at an October event. They have a mobile Xeon coming. Maybe the highest MBP can move to a Xeon. I reckon Skylake's IGP will have a significant boost over the Iris Pro 5200. Broadwell jumped 50% over Haswell in the dual-core models and the 15" is skipping this. Intel said Skylake was 50% faster than Broadwell (72 EUs vs 48). This would bring the entry 15" MBP up to or maybe even beyond the performance of the AMD R9 mobile GPU.
  • Reply 4 of 9
    noivadnoivad Posts: 186member
    Beware Adorama mail-in rebate deals: I bought what was supposed to be a mail in rebate product for $20 off an $80 Apple MagSafe adapter. The company that handled the rebate claimed the barcode din%u2019t match and refused to honor the rebate even after I tried to rectify the company%u2019s error. I have reported them to the FTC. Do not expect any rebates from Adorama to be honored unless they are instant.
  • Reply 5 of 9
    ds10ds10 Posts: 4member

    I picked up a Dell 27" P2715Q based on this posting and got the price listed here. So far, though, it shows up as 2560 x 1440 @ 59 Hz. That's not the specs on the monitor, and while the image is OK, it's not stunning. It appears the screen is running in a scaled mode, not its native resolution, nor in a Retina format. Text is about as crisp as I get on a Thunderbolt display, meaning a lot less crisp than on my early 2013 15" MBP's Retina screen.

     

    I didn't find any drivers or other information to give the Mac more information on this display than it already seems to have. So at this point the screen is rather disappointing.

     

    Any thoughts on how to improve the display? Is this a limitation on the Mac I'm using, the OS X version (latest Yosemite) or is this just as good as it'll get?

  • Reply 6 of 9
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,195moderator
    ds10 wrote: »
    I picked up a Dell 27" P2715Q based on this posting and got the price listed here. So far, though, it shows up as 2560 x 1440 @ 59 Hz. That's not the specs on the monitor, and while the image is OK, it's not stunning. It appears the screen is running in a scaled mode, not its native resolution, nor in a Retina format. Text is about as crisp as I get on a Thunderbolt display, meaning a lot less crisp than on my early 2013 15" MBP's Retina screen.

    I didn't find any drivers or other information to give the Mac more information on this display than it already seems to have. So at this point the screen is rather disappointing.

    Any thoughts on how to improve the display? Is this a limitation on the Mac I'm using, the OS X version (latest Yosemite) or is this just as good as it'll get?

    Someone here says they got a 2013 MBP to work at full resolution 60Hz:

    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/peripherals/f/3529/t/19621996

    Are you connecting it via a mini-displayport to displayport cable plugged into the Thunderbolt port?

    http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters®-DisplayPort-Thunderbolt-Compatible/dp/B00C7RJQPY
  • Reply 7 of 9
    ds10ds10 Posts: 4member



    Actually, that Dell link doesn't say anything about how they got it working, and they have a late 2013 MBP. Not sure if the manufacture date matters. No info there on how they got it recognized, though.

     

    The monitor came with a MDP to DP cable that came with the monitor, and yes, plugged into Thunderbolt port.

  • Reply 8 of 9
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,195moderator
    ds10 wrote: »
    Actually, that Dell link doesn't say anything about how they got it working, and they have a late 2013 MBP. Not sure if the manufacture date matters. No info there on how they got it recognized, though.

    The monitor came with a MDP to DP cable that came with the monitor, and yes, plugged into Thunderbolt port.

    Late/early 2013 will be the difference:

    https://support.apple.com/kb/SP669?locale=en_US
    https://support.apple.com/kb/SP690?locale=en_US

    The late 2013 model moved to Thunderbolt 2 and doubled the port bandwidth. 4K at 60Hz needs 3840x2160 x 60 x 24 = 11.9Gbps. The 10Gbps port isn't fast enough. Some displays allow you to plug in two displayport cables to support the higher resolution at full speed but it doesn't look like that monitor does that. There's a guide here to set it to 4K @ 30Hz:

    http://www.dell.com/support/article/bg/en/bgdhs1/SLN296015/EN

    30Hz will give you the higher resolution but the graphics will lag on it like the mouse will look like it's stuttering when you move it.
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    ds10ds10 Posts: 4member

    Thanks. Well, I am not getting the full resolution on the MBP with Thunderbolt 1. I have a MacMini 2014 that has Thunderbolt 2. I'll try that. At some point I'll replace this MBP with a newer one to get 802.11ac, faster FLASH drive and Thunderbolt 2. Main concern in the near term is to see that this monitor does something useful, else it'll be returned.

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