CES 2017 starts in Las Vegas this week, and few numbers of USB-C displays compatible with the new MacBook Pro will be launched at the show. USB-C displays display up to 4K video, transfer data, and charge the new MacBook Pro over a single cable connected with the notebook and display.
Dell today launched the S2718D Ultrathin Monitor, a 27-inch IPS display which it cites is the “world”s overall thinnest monitor” with HDR10 support for vibrant colors. The display has a glossy finish with Dell’s ultra-thin InfinityEdge bezels. However, its base is bulkier than average in order to accommodate for the internal components.
Although the display is indeed very thin, its other specs are lesser than that of some existing USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 displays on the market. For example, it is not 4K instead it is Quad HD with a resolution of 2,560×1,440 for 108 PPI. Also as it covers over 99% of the sRGB color gamut, it does not support the wider DCI-P3 color gamut.
As according to Tom’s Hardware, the display has a 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 contrast ratio, peak brightness of 400 nits, 6ms response time, and 178⁰ wide viewing angle. It can connect to a new MacBook Pro or 12-inch MacBook over a single cable, however with only 45W of power supply. There is also an audio line out and one HDMI 2.0 port.
The S2718D Ultrathin Monitor will start at a rather expensive price of $700 on Dell.com, with U.S. store availability expected on March 23.
LG will be exhibiting more attractive options at CES this week, that includes the 32UD99, a new 32-inch IPS display with 4K Ultra HD resolution of 3,840×2,160 for 137 PPI and HDR10 support. Along with HDR, the 32UD99 covers over 95% of the DCI-P3 color gamut for more immersive and wider colors.
The 32UD99 can connect to the new MacBook Pro or 12-inch MacBook over a single cable. However, LG did not reveal the power supply for charging. According to LG, the display also features built-in speakers with “True Color Pro” setting for “color reproduction accuracy” and “Rich Bass” technology unmatched in the industry”.
As it does not feature USB-C input, LG will also be displaying the 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide Mobile+ Monitor at CES 2017. The new 34UM79M model is “the world’s first Chromecast-enabled multimedia monitor,” that allows users to stream music, movies, games, and so on from mobile devices directly to the monitor. LG’s and Dell’s new USB-C displays offer new MacBook Pro users with some additional choices after Apple stopped its Thunderbolt Display. LG’s UltraFine 5K Display is undoubtedly one of the best options.