Thunderbolt Display Replacement?

over 7 years ago from Justin Lancaster, UI/UX Product Designer

  • Raul Rincon, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Well, this is a complicated subject.

    I, for myself, still use a TB Cinema Display I got February '14, but I'm definitely in the market to upgrade to a better and possibly wider displays. Some "known" designers are using these:

    Mark Jardine (designer Tapbots) has been seen using a LG 34UC97-S.

    Source / Amazon

    Sebastian de With (Nylas, ex Apple, DoubleTwist, etc) Is using a Acer Predator.

    Source / Amazon

    Mike Rundle (Designer + Developer for Interesting and Filters Apps) He likes the Dell UltraSharp U3415W.

    Source / Amazon

    So I guess it all comes down to matter of personal preference. If you want something "retina-like", you might want to check out some 4k displays, but I'm unsure if the your current machine would be able to run those monitors at their full glory.


    13 points
    • Leury Hidalgo, over 7 years ago

      Wow, those monitors look great, thanks for sharing

      1 point
    • Joel Cook, over 7 years ago

      man and I'm over here designing on an outdated acer monitor with a VGA to thunderbolt adaptor designing like a peasant.

      15 points
    • Matt CoadyMatt Coady, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      I want to throw my hat into the ring on this one. Like all them, I also use a 21:9 3440x1440 monitor Acer XR341CK. Trust me, when you go 21:9 there's no going back. You can have 3 1100-1200px wide windows open side by side and not being 4k (lower physical height) it doesn't feel like it's completely taken over your space.

      2 points
    • Paul @StammyPaul @Stammy, over 7 years ago

      I was looking for a long time.. ended up getting a dell 5K monitor, but it's a messy solution requiring 2 cables and the most updated Macbook Pro otherwise it drops frames and feels laggy. It's also a pretty big monitor (thickness/base etc). I ended up returning it (it also arrived with slightly cracked glass) and ended up buying a 5k 27" iMac. Much much happier. Though I know this isn't a good option for folks that only have one computer and need it to be a laptop.

      1 point
    • Duncan GrahamDuncan Graham, over 7 years ago

      can confirm: the LG 34UC97-S has been wonderful.

      0 points
    • Todd SielingTodd Sieling, over 7 years ago

      Thanks very much for posting these. We usually go for cinema displays but now that they're discontinued, I need to set up a new employee with something quickly.

      0 points