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  • Compared: Apple Studio Display versus Porsche Design AOC Agon Pro monitor

    My Apple Studio Display arrived (via the Apple Stork) Saturday afternoon on April 16th. I viewed the Apple Studio Display at my local Apple Store before purchase. I was very impressed by its resolution, color fidelity and sharpness. Since I had a 2018 MacBook Air coupled with a Blackmagic eGPU, I wanted a large screen monitor to maximize performance of the eGPU. (There is a bandwidth performance "bottleneck" when the eGPU is hooked up directly to the MBA Thunderbolt port rather than connecting the monitor to the eGPU and then connecting the eGPU to the MBA apparently from published online benchmarks.)

    BTW, I was curious if that observation was true. From my very short experience, I would say that the "daisy chain" technique between the computer, display and the eGAPU works to improve performance significantly and in the macOS "Activity Monitor" it does NOW reports correctly that I am using the eGPU graphics card for mosts tasks..

    Anyway, I have no complaints. Accurate "native" resolution to the MBA that the Apple 5K Studio Display now provides has been an immediate joy to my eyes. The speakers are great (best sound I have ever heard from any "all in one" desktop computer, display monitor or any  27" - 42" HDTV.

    The problematic webcam is as reviewers have stated, desperately needs that firmware update which Apple promised badly. (The only thing I can say is that its 1080 p camera image is better than my MBA 720 p webcam image - admittedly a very low bar to surpass. Grin.)

    BTW, one final note. Early online reviewers have noted that their Studio Displays needed an automatic firmware update.  When I first mated my Studio Display to my MBA, no such firmware update was required so I'm guessing Apple fixed that issue by the time my Display was shipped.