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Solving Macbook issues with external monitors
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2019
You are probably here trying to figure it out why your Macbook looks terrible in an external display, well, the good news is that you are in the right place, there is a solution, but first of all let me start with the devices I am using:
- Laptop: Macbook pro 13'' (2017)
- Monitor: Asus VP28UQG 28" 4K/UHD monitor
- Cable: USB C to DisplayPort Cable (4K@60Hz), uni Thunderbolt 3 to DisplayPort Cable from Uni (this may be obvious but through time, Amazon links point out to different products)
I was completely frustrated after trying different HDMI adapters, even using the official 4K Apple adapter from thunderbolt 3 to HDMI, and I had 2 types of issues: 1) Text was blurry or not sharp enough and 2) brightness and colors were terrible and Mac did not properly recognize my monitor, so I could not properly configure the output, like scaling fonts
For 1, you'll need to start searching on Internet for "mac fix subpixel antialiasing", a quick configuration will help with that, that is not a physical issue but an Apple configuration. Now, for 2, and for the health of you eyes, you DEFINITELY NEED THUNDERBOLT 3 to DISPLAY PORT, don't ask me why, I am not Apple engineer, but it recognizes perfectly monitors (I have tried some Viewsonic and HP's as well), it allows you to configure more things and it does load an specific color profile for the monitor. In other words, clear and sharp text again, and full 4K resolution.
I am not going to pretend I have tested multiple cables, I did not, this is the first and only one, but it works perfect for me so far, so no reason to try others, I am happy with this one. But seriously, if you are a macbook user, stop wasting money on HDMI adapters, Display port is the answer.