I am curious about current recommendations for 4k monitors as second monitors to an MBP 16in. The monitor is to replace a 24in AOC at 1920x1080 in my home office (and perhaps eventually at 25in AOC at 2k in my work office). I use the MBP extensively as workspace even as I use the larger space on the second monitor for most work. IOW, I don’t ever close down the MBP as a clamshell and use only the second monitor.
I could fill in here with extensive background but defer that I’ve done the reading at all appropriate reference sites. I am looking for a professional level monitor to do document preparation and editing, not a gaming monitor and not a photography-level monitor. My top price range is around $600, and a 27in seems to fit the size perfectly, especially for added screen real estate while not overpowering the physical desktop space at home or work. I don’t need (the typically tiny-sounding) built-in speakers.
One concern where I would appreciate feedback is that I should be able to drive the monitor with all its features using either HDMI through an Anker-thunderbolt dongle or directly through USB-C interface. IOW, when the monitor says that it supports Free-Sync or PiP/PbP modes, it often does not include the caveat “only through the display port hub” or “only with Windows OS”.
A second concern where I would appreciate feedback is that I do not want to limit my options to expand by being required to buy yet another replacement shortly down the road. The purchase should give me room to grow my hardware for the next three to five years. By specific example, newer monitors are now being driven by USB-C inputs, can power the MBP, and have built-in USB-3 ports to act as hubs.
My final question where I would appreciate feedback is whether any monitors provide limited clarity with respect to my use-case. Even as my eyesight is reasonable, I do find that spending significant time at the monitor is straining of late, especially working in the evenings with less natural light in the room.
My top contenders are in order of decreasing price are: Dell UtraSharp U2720Q, LG 27UN850-W, Sceptre IPS27 LED, Phillips 276E8VJSB, AOC U2790VQ. The first two have USB-C inputs, the others do not. By reference, I could spring for two of the AOC monitors at the price of the Dell. Is the spending really worth the investment?
I know that the Dell and LG have been oft-recommended here. Do they still stand as the best options? Any thoughts on the trade-offs?