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  • Mark Slocombe

    October 7, 2021 at 8:35 am

    I’m considering a new FCPX edit set up based on MBP with 2x 27inch (or bigger) USB-C monitors and a separate keyboard… anyone doing that, and if so, what monitors do you suggest (budget for monitors up to $800-1000 each) ?

  • Oliver Peters

    October 7, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    I would suggest two of the 4K LG UltraFines from Apple. Not as big as you want, but they fit the budget and work properly with Apple’s color profiles. I’ve also had good luck with Dell high-res 27″ displays, but you’ll need adapters or a dock to make them work.

  • Mark Slocombe

    October 7, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Thx Oliver; I think here in UK Apple don’t sell non-Apple monitors but I see them on Amazon – I’ll check them out. Do you recommend any particular USB-c dock if that’s required

  • Oliver Peters

    October 7, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    These may require Thunderbolt. I’m presuming when you say USB-C, you mean the connector type and that electrically it’s either USB-C or Thunderbolt 3. In the US these LGs show up in the Apple Store on the regular website as an accessory. The 5K is actually the size you want, but it’s more expensive. The LGs through the LG website or on Amazon may not be identical to the Apple versions.

    Whether or not you need a dock is going to depend on the number of ports on your MBP. If you get a display like a Dell that uses Mini Display Port or HDMI, then you’ll need a dock that can support it. Thunderbolt 2 ports typically support Mini Display Port connections. I would look at OWC or CalDigit. Just make sure that whatever model you select has the correct combo of connectors.

  • Oliver Peters

    October 7, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    PS: Another option would be to consider one of the 21:9 Ultrawide 32″ displays (or larger) that are out there. Dell and HP both have options, as do others. They are more expensive. But, you’d really only need one, since the MBP size itself is still functional as a second screen. In fact, two side-by-side 27″ displays PLUS the MBP display might be overkill anyway 🙂 But I don’t know what your layout is like.

  • Matthew Woods

    October 7, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    I actually find side by side displays less helpful for Final Cut X. The interface doesn’t work very well when divided over several monitors. I’d love to devote a monitor to a timeline, but there currently seems to be a bug that causes a lot of crashes when I do that. I would go with a relatively inexpensive but giant 4k TV for the primary interface display. My eyesight isn’t good enough for retina displays, but I like a lot of pixels for the interface. I would have a less size critical but more color critical display for video output, and use the laptop display for things like email/documents.

  • Mark Slocombe

    October 8, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Quick question – if using 2x monitors and external keyboard, and not wanting to use the MBP screen – does the MBP have to be open or can the lid remain closed?

  • Oliver Peters

    October 8, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    I used to run a mid-2014 15″ MBP with a Dell 27″. I could run the MBP open or closed. There’s some screen switching that occurs between the two modes, but it works. I’m not sure about two external screens, though.

  • Eric Santiago

    October 8, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Sorry to interrupt, Oliver any suggestions for a really wide display for a Mac Pro 2013 and possibly M1 (or whatever comes out soon)?

    I see a lot of options but they all have their issues with the MP 2013.

  • Oliver Peters

    October 8, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Sorry. No specific experiences there. What issues are you hearing about?

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