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How to calibrate your TV to get the best picture possible

So you’ve just brought your brand-new TV home, unboxed it, and turned it on. The picture looks great, but you’re not 100 percent pleased with some of the minor digital artifacts you see. The color could use some tweaking, too. And just maybe if you…

Don’t reconsider the salesperson’s pitch to send a technician to your home. That’ll cost you at least a couple hundred bucks. We’ll show you how to calibrate your TV in a fashion that will iron out some of the most common image issues and achieve best picture your new set is capable of. And most of our recommendations won’t cost anything more than your time.

To tweak or not to tweak

Before we get to the nitty-gritty, the vast majority of TVs exit the factory adjusted pretty darn well. This wasn’t always so, but odds are anything modern you buy is 98 percent of the way there. Choose the “home” option at first setup and if you’re like most viewers, you’ll be perfectly happy with the image quality. If that’s the case, spend your time watching a great movie instead of fiddling with the TV’s advanced picture settings.

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The first step in your calibration process is to make sure your TV is set for in-home use and not store demonstration mode.

Sanity check aside, if you’d like to milk those last couple percent of image quality from your TV, we’ll guide you through the process. Just don’t expect your $300 TV to all of a sudden look like it has quantum dots or OLEDs onboard. The technology you bought is the technology you bought, and no amount of twiddling will change that.

The HDR factor

High dynamic range (HDR) is the latest hot feature with TVs, and we’re discussing it up front because it can effect the adjustment process. An HDR TV will generate far more brightness than a standard dynamic range TV. Note that “HDR compatible” doesn’t count. It simply means that the TV understands the info, but it can’t really do anything with it.

HDR standards such as HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision are basically adjustment information embedded in video that tell your TV how to render the material. In our experience, HDR works best with TVs that have at least 700 nits of peak brightness. You’ll get some of the HDR effect (vivid laser shots, more detail in dark areas) with TVs generating less than that, but the overall palette can be quite dark, especially with the older HDR10.

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Dolby Vision HDR versus standard dynamic range

HDR10 adjusts the TV only once, at the beginning, and must consider the entirety of the movie when doing so. We have on occasion brightened an HDR10 title, though this is not possible on all TVs. Some will even lock you out of basic brightness and color adjustments while HDR is in play.

HDR10+ and Dolby Vision send adjustment info continually throughout the material, so anything you adjust according to one scene might mess with the next one or simply be thrown away. But if you feel the need, by all means give it a go. Here are the first steps.

Basic Adjustments

You could also call this step rudimentary calibration, and it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. All you need are a few test images and your eyes. You can also use a light meter, but that’s for later. So grab your remote, head to the picture settings and read on about the various things you might need to adjust. We’ll get to the finer points and true calibration in a bit.

Brightness: This is actually nothing like what you do with a common household dimmer switch—it’s a black level control; i.e., it adjusts the level of brightness (or lack thereof) that’s considered absolute black. You’ll increase the value to raise it, and decrease the value to lower it. Visually, it seems to have much the same effect as a dimmer, but there’s a subtle difference as you’ll see when we discuss contrast.

Before adjusting brightness, you might want to turn off adaptive brightness, which changes the strength of the backlight according to the amount of ambient light the TV senses. If left on, you won’t be able to see the actual results of your tweaks.

THX

With this image on the screen, adjust your TV’s brightness control until the large THX logo’s shadow in the center is just barely visible. To get this image on your TV, click to maximize it and then right-click to save it to a flash drive you can plug into your TV.

Backlight: Now this is a brightness control, but it only applies to LCD TVs or other types that use a separate source for luminance. OLEDs don’t have this because the light source is the diode itself—not a light shining through it. Increasing the strength or luminance of a backlight will result in a brighter picture, but it will also increase bleed around the edges of a TV as well as from the LCDs themselves (which are not perfect shutters) and the area surrounding them.

On some TVs, you can wash out color almost entirely by increasing the intensity of the backlight. Don’t do that. Generally speaking, leave the backlight as low as possible for the ambient light conditions while still maintaining suitable bright highlights bright. Opposite to color adjustment, you can lose edges and detail if you turn the backlight down too low, though some TVs won’t let you go that low.

Contrast: Again, this doesn’t really adjust contrast—i.e., the difference between adjoining light and dark areas—it changes the white level, or what hue is considered absolute white. So, brightness equals black level, and contrast equals white level. The difference between the two is your actual contrast level. That’s why it’s a good idea to revisit brightness after you adjust contrast, and vice versa.

Lowering the contrast, along with the brightness can help mask processing issues such as shimmer and moiré, and raising it can help bring out detail in darker areas. How much it will help will depend on your TV. THX

Color: This TV term actually sits closer to its mundane meaning, but refers to the intensity of color, or in industry-speak—saturation. It’s not the hue or RGB balance—those are in the fine settings we’ll cover later. Turn this setting up too high, and the colors overwhelm the details. Set it too low, and voila! You have a black-and-white TV, and a great way to to de-colorize old movies that have been “modernized.”

Saturation settings are easily done by eyeball. When you notice detail declining, you have just more than enough color. We recommend using an episode of The Simpsons for testing. In practical terms, when Bart Simpson’s skin color starts obscuring his outline, you’ve gone too far. Practically speaking, your adjustments should be very minute.

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These are readings from our UPRTek MK350N color meter showing skew in a white LED backlit TV.

You will also find color space settings, which can generally be left on automatic. But if you do have them and want to manually set your color depth, you’re fine with Rec.709 for most material; but with 4K HDR, you’ll want Rec.2020 if it’s available.

Tint: On some older sets, this might be called Hue. Originally designed to correct phase errors in communications between TV tuners and broadcasts, it modifies the proportion of red or green in each non-black color. The odds of your having to adjust this these days are negligible, but if your favorite star’s face is looking a little green around the gills, use the tint setting as the quick stomach remedy. If it doesn’t deliver a satisfactory result, you might need to check the advanced RGB balance settings—or buy a new TV.

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You can use this image featuring pure RGB black, white, red, green, and blue to gauge the accuracy of your TV’s color. If you don’t have a meter, look for green that looks lime and red that looks orange. If you can dial these out, fine. But with some TVs, it isn’t possible due to the backlighting being used.

Sharpness: This is the level of perceived detail and delineation of edges that you’ll see in an image. These days it basically adjusts the anti-aliasing algorithm used by the TV’s image processor. Too much and you’ll see jagged, aliased edges; too little and detail gets muddy. This is all according to taste, but TVs generally ship adjusted to “mild cheddar;” that is, a level that most everyone will find acceptable.

Some TVs also reduce sharpness to mask issues such as moire, shimmer, flicker, etc. that become more and more difficult to avoid as technologies that demand greater brightness such as HDR come into play. Handling those extra bright highlights perfectly when in motion is the video processing equivalent of cold fusion—it ain’t been done yet.

Motion: This is an adjustment that, as with sharpness, involves a trade-off. In this case, however, it’s between reducing artifacts such as judder (sudden jumps) and stutter in action sequences and pans, and retaining detail. If you want to see how much detail you’re losing, pause in the middle of a fast action sequence and study the edges of objects.

The difference from this setting can be dramatic—if your TV has the chops. Most TVs with a 60Hz hardware refresh rate suffer at least some occasional judder (jumpiness) or jerkiness, while 120Hz models rarely do. The extra cycles enable the frame-rate conversion porocess (59.97fps to 60fps and son) to insert black frames to be inserted, as well as other tricks to smooth the action.

TVs with higher hardware refresh rates also tend to employ better CPUs. You can ignore the rest of the phrases and numbers vendors throw at you—it’s just their way of saying they employ tricks such as flickering the backlight to ameliorate motion issues. Adjust to taste.

We like smooth except where it produces a “shot to video” effect, which can happen on cheaper TVs. Hollywood feels differently and you may find a “film mode” on newer models, which is supposed to come closer to the original “vision” of those who produced the material.

Image size: Also known as Aspect Ratio. Most modern content features a 16:9 aspect ratio. Nearly all TVs in the flat-panel era have the same 16:9 ratio and the two marry perfectly. A lot of older movies and some TV broadcasts, on the other hand, use narrower aspect ratios and should be displayed pillar-boxed; i.e, with vertical black bars on the left and right. True 4K or 4096 x 2160 (17.1:9) would be slightly letter-boxed, or with small black borders at the top and bottom of the display—just like high-resolution content displayed on a display with a 4:3 aspect ratio.

If everyone looks unnaturally thin or thick, or images appear truncated, you have the wrong setting. The settings you want are called 16:9 or Wide for HD (720p), FHD (1080p), or UHD (2160p) content, and 4:3/Standard for broadcast or older movies. A modern TV should correctly sense the signal and automatically adjust the way it’s displayed, unless you override it. That said, we’ve seen sensing inaccuracies with material streamed via DLNA or other sources on occasion.

Fine adjustment

Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, or what videophiles consider calibration. If you look around in your TV’s advanced settings, you’ll probably run across some complicated-looking stuff: color temperature, gain, and offset for red, green, and blue; white balance; and gamma. You can try to eyeball these settings, but as the differences can be so fine, you’d probably be better off with a hardware assist, which we’ll discuss next.

You can mess your picture up in a hurry with these fine settings, but they’re also the path to the last little bit of image accuracy. We can’t take you through the advanced settings of every of TV, but we can tell you about the most common settings and what they do. Note that you may see some of the same adjustments in the advanced settings as you do in the basic settings. These generally serve as a baseline for the common controls.

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A section under Advanced settings such as this one from an uber-bright Vizio P-Series TV is what you’re looking for when it comes to tweaking the finer points of your image.

Temperature: Color temperature settings affect the intensity of color across the spectrum in what’s basically a curve. They generally offer only a few choices that conform to industry standards. In effect, these run from cool (accentuating the blue end of the spectrum) to warm (the red end). Try the various temperatures before you mess around with the fine settings described below. We recommend you stick with the default unless you’re trying to match the output of another device or medium. About 5800K closely mimics sunlight.

Many TVs offer modes, such as sports, computer, gaming, movie, and so on that involve color temperature changes. These might be a better option if you like keeping things simple.

White balance: This goes hand in hand with the RGB settings below, because it is the amount of red, green, and blue used to create pure white. With technology capable of producing pure red, green, and blue this would be easy. Quantum dots and OLEDs come close, but no other technology really does, so this will generally be an approximation, and you’ll need to decide if you want a warm or a cool white.

RGB gain and offset: If your colors are skewed towards red, green, or blue, you can reduce or increase their level using these controls. Generally, you’ll use a white image and adjust the component colors so the image is actually white, or as close to it as the TV will render it. Again, you’re at the mercy of the technology. Many cheaper TVs simply can’t produce an accurate green or red due to the blue skew of the white LED lighting they employ. Also see White Balance.

Gamma: In several paragraphs, we could tell you what gamma is exactly (it has to do with interpreting a color space in terms of luminance). Instead, think of it as the equivalent of an audio mid-range control for your image. Gamma doesn’t affect white or black, but the luminance of colors in between. Too high a setting and they’re too dark; too low and they’re too light. The goal, unless you’re trying to match the output of another type of device, is to retain detail in dark areas, while not blowing it away in lighter areas.

Adjustment by phone

No, we’re not talking about calling tech support. This is about using THX’s Tune-Up app, which is available for both Android and iOS devices, and others. Install it on your smartphone, connect the phone to your TV via HDMI, and the app will display calibration images (we used some of the older ones above), walk you through adjustments, and measure levels using the phone’s camera.

It’s free, aside from the video adapter you’ll need to display its images on your TV. You could use Chromecast, but compression might prevent you from getting accurate colors and this functionality is broken according to the latest reviews. The app has not been updated in a while, so you’re on your own for that.

THX

Run this free THX calibration app on your tablet or smartphone (Android and iOS versions are available) and you’ll have your TV image in tip-top shape in no time. You’ll need a hardware connection to the TV (HDMI) for best results.

Spears & Munsil test disc

We’ve recently taken to using this $40 calibration disc as part of our own test suite, as it features a veritable host of tests for motion, brightness, line and pattern rendering, etc. It’s as comprehensive as they come, but some of the actual calibration tests require that you have a light/color meter of at least passable accuracy.

This could again be your phone, or you could grab something like the portable UPRTek MK350N spectrometer than we now use—but that’ll cost you a cool $1,700. There are a lot of options in between, but your phone is likely to be as accurate as your perception and you can always upgrade if needs be.

We also recommend the test disc for those still shopping. If you ask nicely, maybe your salesperson will let you play the disc on the TV. This of course assumes the store actually sells the increasingly rare Blu-ray disc player.

The high-priced spread

Now if you’d like really like everything as close to perfect as possible, but you don’t want to spend a lot of hours being certified or learning about calibration, there is an alternative that’s widely supported: Portrait Displays’ $145 CalMan Home comes in versions for Samsung, Sony, LG, and Panasonic TVs. Each is brand specific in terms of its AutoCal function, though you can use them manually with any TV. You will need a supported meter.

SpectraCal

SpectrCal’s CalMAN calibration software interface. If you really want to get down to the nitty-gritty, this is the level of complexity you’re going to deal with.

If you want the ability to cross brands, there are professional versions of CalMan starting at around $2,000, but again, the meter is sold separately. Note that the original developer SpectraCal was acquired by Portrait Displays and the formerly mentioned Enthusiast bundle is no longer available.

With any TV or projector that supports CalMan, which also includes models from JVC and Sharp, you can use the AutoCal function to automatically adjust the settings in a few minutes. Depending on the TV, generally all that’s required is pushing a button or two and running the meter over the display surface. Sweet. If you have the right TV and—a meter.

Final Advice

Far be it for us to tell you what you want to do with your TV, but calibration can be a very interesting and educational experience if you have the tweaking gene (or compulsion). Our own vintage SpectraCal setup is a hoot to use, albeit in a much geekier, number-heavy fashion. That said, there’s a reason we bought the MK350N, which spits out nice neat images without the need for data interpretation.

We were pleased results with the THX app, as well as our pay methodologies, satisfied with what we came up with using the standard adjustments by eye, and to be honest, generally satisfied with the picture of most TVs without any tweaking at all. But where’s the fun in that? Have a go with the tweaks, and remember—there’s a picture reset function. Mis-calibrating your TV won’t break anything. Enjoy!

Vizio D-Series TV Review (D65u-D2, D55u-D1, D58u-D3, D50u-D1, D70-D3) 4K

Although the price is much less, the D-series 4K TVs from Vizio for 2016/2017 look suspiciously similar to the M-series from 2015 in specifications, design, and functionality. It has the same processing engine, and very similar color and contrast performance. The M-series did have 32 zones of local dimming to the D-series 16. But aside from that and some small aesthetic and remote control differences. It’s a very similar TV. One aspect of a TV that we reviewers struggle with is front panel differences. The LCD front panel can have a major impact on viewing quality and be quite different from year to year – or it can be the same or nearly the same. Since we don’t have last year’s TV to compare it to, and there are no specifications for the panel, we have to guess by viewing and looking at notes from previous year’s TV. From my testing, I see many of the same characteristics and measurements as the M-series. That may make the D-series more appealing to you since it’s a couple hundred dollars less expensive.

Strengths

  • Picture Definition, Clarity, Image edges
  • Gaming Input Lag
  • V6 processor with Quod Core GPU do a great job with Amazon and Netflix Apps (once you get it working)
  • Price
  • 5 HDMI inputs (but only 1 USB)
  • Color and Light Flowthrough, especially front and center

Weaknesses

  • Visual artifacts and image edge enhancement
  • Sometimes even with Reduce Judder turned off the TV still over-clarified images
  • No 3D compatibility
  • Gray Uniformity (from backlighting issues)
  • No Internet Browser
  • Judder/Motion Lag when turning off Reduce Judder but a necessary tradeoff to a more natural picture

Neutral

  • Screen Glare not too intrusive from semi-matte screen

Picture Quality Rating: 87/100

As with previous years we keep producing and buying 4K TVs but there is little content out there to enjoy it with. Plus, we increasingly stream our video. This makes upscaling all the more important. Upconversion takes on significant importance in our evaluation since most everything you will currently watch (1080p HD, 720p HD, 480p/i standard def). This places prime importance on the processing ad upscaling engine. For this reason, we choose to rate the picture quality rating and notes based mostly on those lower resolution signals rather than 4K, like streaming 720p. The D-series Vizio uses the same processing engine as last year’s M-series and that’s a positive. The picture quality understandably varies based on the source. BluRay, Broadcast and streaming video from the Amazon Instant App are very defined and excellent, taking advantage of some of that 4K resolution. Netflix content was somewhat softer, but still accurate and colorful.

Vizio’s D-series offers exceptional value as the picture quality it delivers. The 16 LED dimming Zones are a plus as well from the BluRay version of Return of the Jedi

Black Levels and Contrast Benefit from Full Array Backlighting

One of the most notable features of the D-series is the 16 Zones of LED full array backlighting. This system beats edge lit backlighting in a couple of important ways, namely better contrast and black levels in certain situations and better side angle viewing quality. Toggling the Active LED Zones setting back and forth revealed the better contrast in areas of the picture where the feature increased contrast. While the zonal manipulation is a clear benefit, I believe the full array backlighting is the greatest qualitative difference maker here. Black levels appeared very saturated, and once calibrated colors looked great. This TVs got lots of pop for the price in the picture category.

Picture Setting Modes

Vivid – The TV comes preset out of the box set to the Vivid setting. The setting has a significant blue push as the Color Temperature is set to Cool. The Auto Brightness control is disabled, Backlight 90, Contrast is 50% and Sharpness 60. They are normally more on the Vivid setting.

Game Mode – Gamma 2.2 with Game Low Latency setting On. Clear Action setting On. Active LED Zones Off. This is a great gaming TV. The Reduce Judder and Reduce Motion Blur settings set half way 50%. This combination of the TV’s features improves response rate for gaming. The Game Low Latency setting that helps reduce input lag no matter what Picture Mode you are using. The TV has incredibly low input lag in the Game Mode and we do not hesitate to recommend this model as a gaming TV.

Computer – Cuts Sharpness to 0. Gamma 2.1. Reduce Judder and Motion Blur 50%. All other advanced settings Off.

Standard – Has even more blue push than the Vivid setting also set to Color Temp Cool, backlight 58, contrast 50, color 67, sharpness 40.

Calibrated – Close to D65K out of the box. Nice warm, natural colors. Backlight 85, contrast, 50, color 50, Sharpness 30. Has an 11 point white balance adjustment and uses the Normal Color temperature. Flesh tones look warm and greens are tamped down to natural saturation. The Clear Action setting is set to Off.

Calibrated Dark – For dark room settings, dials in better black levels even better. Same exact settings as Calibrated Mode except with the Backlight dialed down to 26%.

There are only two Color Temp choices aside from Computer – Cool and Normal. Think of the Normal Color Temp as what would normally be called Warm 1. The Calibrated Mode does a good job of getting near D6500K without much dithering with the 11 point white balance.

Recommended (Calibrated) Picture Settings

Calibrated Picture Mode (Adjust Backlight Up or Down depending on room light conditions)

Picture Menu More Picture Menu
Backlight: 90 Black Detail: Low
Brightness: 50 Active LED Zones: Off
Contrast: 48 Reduce Judder: 0
Color: 58 Reduce Motion Blur: 50
Tint: 0 Clear Action: Off
Sharpness: 30 Game Low Latency: Off
  Film Mode: On
  Color Space: Auto
  Gamma: 2. 1
  Color Temp: Normal

Reduce Judder Setting

This setting comes set to 50% in all preset picture modes. It over-clarifies the background of the picture introducing what we call the “Telenovela”effect – a fake unnaturally enhanced picture. I recommend turning this setting Off for all but sports programming and Game mode. You will see a bit of judder, but that is natural. If you want to try older DVDs with it, try those as well as it can bring new life to them.

This is an excellent example of how the upscaling makes broadcast HD signals look incredibly sharp and detailed

240 Clear Action Rate – 120 Effective Refresh-Motion Lag

A 240 Clear Action Rate is Vizio’s backlight scanning feature that amps up the native resolution of the screen for better fast action performance. There are times when this is helpful like with sports, but it should normally be kept Off. Turning the Reduce Judder setting Off will enable some noticeable judder from the 60Hz native, 120Hz effective refresh rate screen. You get used to it quickly. On the larger screen sizes of 60” and larger, the Effective Refresh Rate is increased to much welcome 240Hz.

Top notch clarity of detail and color reproduction are highlights of the Vizio 4K D series

Side Angle Viewing Quality

“From 15 degrees off center, you’re looking at around a 10% reduction in color saturation”

As usual with all LED backlit LCD TVs, the D-series Vizio is no exception in that contrast and color saturation are reduced at side angles. My best estimates are a 20% reduction in contrast from around 25 degrees off center. From 15 degrees off center, you’re looking at around a 10% reduction in contrast.

Light Flowthrough Extreme

One of the greatest traits of local array LED backlit TVs is the beautiful lighting effects from on-screen windows and on-screen in room lights. It can add a neat visual effect and make programming more 3-dimensional. But it takes a little getting used to for purists as it can be extreme enough to cause the picture to look less realistic, basically diminishing natural background blur. The good news about this is that it did not often bleed over into shadows. Often LED backlit LCD develop some clouding and unevenness in dark scenes over time so this is something to watch out for. But from front and center you will enjoy the benefits of the strong LED backlighting.

Clarity and detail looks amazing on the Vizio D-series.

Backlight Uniformity

The performance in this area was better than most LED backlit TVs, which isn’t saying a lot, but since the only other alternative is expensive OLED TVs, it’s worth noting. We mentioned before that there are 16 separate backlight zones in the D-series Vizio. As mentioned above we recommend leaving the local dimming setting on for enhanced contrast and black levels. Performance here was decent as this can be such a detractor with LED backlighting. This category of performance often changes over the time you actually use the TV. It can get worse. At the time we tested the D-series, we noted a bit more light coming from the center of the screen which makes sense since it has full array LED backlighting rather than edge lit. With a full screen uniform color test, we could note some backlight issues like darker edges.

Features Rating: 83/100

Internet Features, Wireless and Vizio Internet Apps Plus

802.11ac dual-band MIMO wireless is built right into the TV for the fastest connection available. See above for our comments on picture and sound quality from streaming. The Vizio D series pushes the updated Smart TV platform, Vizio Internet Apps Plus, the same as the M-series from last year.

“The quad core CPU did a nice job of handling streaming shows from Netflix”

One of the best upgrades is the processing power behind it all. The V6 processor provides a quad-core GPU and a dual-core CPU. This combination indeed did a fine job of handling all the video and computing that you’ll need on a smart TV. The picture quality is definitely softer when streaming movies even HD streaming.The Menu settings are discrete for Internet connections and comes preset to Calibrated Mode. Don’t forget to adjust the picture settings again and turn off the Reduce Judder setting. One of the highlights from last year was the streaming quality of TV shows from Amazon. Unfortunately the new Vizio Internet Apps Plus does not include Amazon as an option. Sound quality is much more pinched and muffled than with cable, BluRay or other sources.

Excellent picture quality and streaming speed in the Netflix app

There is also Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio – an App with your favorite radio stations. Most of the Yahoo! Apps are of limited use. There is a lack of sports Apps, and the ones that are there aren’t worth much. The YouTube App is a highlight.

No Browser?

There is no Internet browser included with the Vizio Internet Apps Plus (Yahoo!) suite and no way to connect to the open Internet. Odd, but that’s the case. Why have a QWERTY keyboard if there is nothing to use it with? You are confined to the Yahoo! Apps store with the M-C series Vizio.

The Netflix app works wonderfully on the Vizio Internet Apps Plus platform

4K streaming is possible with the HEVC H.265 codec and the latest HDMI standard for full resolution 60fps playback. HDCP 2.2 also allows for playback of copyright protected 4K content.

Remote Control

The buttons on the standard remote are too small in many cases and operation is not smooth. There are dedicated Smart TV buttons for Netflix, Xumo, and iHeart Radio allowing quick access to those Apps. The front side is not backlit.

5 HDMI Ports

There are 5 HDMI ports on the 65” D series. But check below in the value section for the others.

Appearance and Design – Definitely Not Flashy

Stand Design – The sturdy metal stand feet are black and they sit wide on the TV as you can see from the above picture. Whichever size version you get, take into account the width of the stand feet if you plan to set it on a table. The stand feet are located approximately 3.5” from the outer edges of the TV, so make sure your table is wide enough to accommodate.

TV Design – The D-series isn’t as cool looking as last year’s M-series brushed silver. It’s an all black affair, which isn’t bad, just plain. The depth is increased some to 3 inches. It’s a typical Vizio design, nice enough looking for a low priced TV with no extra zing.

Audio Quality

I was impressed by the balance and quality of the speakers. Volume from the 2 X 15W speakers was very loud even at only 40% volume level. When viewing the BluRay remake of Return of the Jedi the TV did a very acceptable job with voice clarity and quality. There is plenty of volume even for a very large room. The Surround Sound feature is set to On which is my preference with fuller sound. Sound quality was more pinched without it. This is one of the best speaker/audio sets in the market.

Value Rating 92/100

Some of the D-series models have subtle differences as noted below. The 70” model at only 1080p resolution is a not-so-minor difference.

Vizio D65u-D2 – $1288 The “u” in the model number stands for UHD. This model is setup to be a winner at this price.

Vizio D70-D3 – $1379 The 70” version has only 3 HDMI inputs and is only 1080p resolution, is not 4K. It also has only 12 zones of backlighting. It’s a great deal for a 70” TV though. 10W X 2 speakers.

D58u-D3 – $799 The oddly sized 58” is a great deal. It has 10 active LED zones. 5 HDMI ports.

D55u-D1 – $670 Also a great price for what you get, has 12 active LED zones. 3 HDMI ports. 15W X 2 speakers.

D50u-D1 – $598 Same as 55u-D1.

Overall Rating 86/100

Quick Specs

  • Processor V6 Six-core processor: Quad-core GPU + Dual-core CPU
  • 3840×2160 Resolution
  • 16 Active Dimming Zones (65” model)
  • Spatial Scaling Engine for Upscaling
  • 15W x 2 Speakers (65” model)
  • D65u-D2 with stand 57. 42”W x 35.77”H x 10.24”D
  • D65u-D2 without stand 57.42”W x 33.21”H x 3”D
  • Without Stand Weight: 51 lbs.
  • Inputs: 5 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 Component/Composite Combination

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  2. White balance
  3. Manual setting

Preset manual is for recording and reusing custom white balance settings when shooting in mixed lighting conditions or for correcting the effects of light sources that produce strong tones. The camera can store up to six preset white balance values ​​in presets d-1 to d-6. There are two ways to perform preset white balance:

Changes to white balance presets apply to all photo shooting menu banks (0 Photo Shooting Menu Bank).

  • Viewfinder photography
  • Live view (spot white balance)
  • Preset management

Viewfinder photography

  1. Light up the reference object.

    Place a neutral gray or white object under the light source that will be used for the final photo. In studio conditions, it is recommended to use a standard gray template as a reference object. Note that exposure is automatically increased by 1 EV when white balance is measured; in exposure mode M Adjust exposure so that the exposure indicator shows ±0 (0 Exposure Indicators).

  2. Set the white balance to L ( Preset manual ).

    Press the U button and rotate the main command dial until L is displayed in the control panel.

    U button

    Main dial

  3. Select preset.

    Press the U button and rotate the sub-command dial until the desired preset white balance (d-1 to d-6) is displayed in the control panel.

    U Button

    Sub Dial

  4. Select direct measurement mode.

    Briefly release the U button, and then press the button until the L icon starts flashing in the control panel. A flashing D icon will also appear in the viewfinder.

  5. Measure white balance.

    A few seconds before the indicator stops flashing, frame the reference object to fill the viewfinder and press the shutter all the way down. The camera will measure a value for white balance and store it in the preset selected in step 3. No photographs will be recorded; white balance can be measured accurately even when the camera is not in focus.

  6. Check the results.

    If the camera has measured a value for white balance, C will flash in the control panel while a will flash in the viewfinder. Press the shutter-release button halfway to exit to shooting mode.

    The camera may be unable to measure a white balance value in extremely dim or bright conditions. A flashing b a will appear in the control panel and viewfinder. Press the shutter-release button halfway to return to step 5 and measure white balance again.

Manual white balance setting cannot be measured during time-lapse movie shooting or HDR photography or multiple exposure.

If no operations are performed while taking pictures using the viewfinder while the screen is flashing, direct metering mode will end at the time selected in Custom Setting c2 ( Standby timer , 0 Standby timer).

If the current preset is protected (0 Protect), 3 will flash in the control panel and viewfinder when you try to measure a new value.

Selecting Preset manual for White balance in the photo shooting menu displays white balance presets; highlight a preset and press J. If no value currently exists for the selected preset, white balance will be set to 5200 K, which corresponds to Direct sunlight .

Live view (spot white balance)

During live view (0 Live View Photography, Recording Movies), white balance can be measured in a selected area of ​​the frame, eliminating the need to prepare a reference object or change lenses during still photography in telephoto mode.

  1. Press the a button.

    The mirror will raise and the scene through the lens will be displayed on the camera monitor.

  2. Set the white balance to L ( Preset manual ).

    Press the U button and rotate the main command dial until L is displayed in the monitor.

    U button

    Main dial

  3. Select preset.

    Press the U button and rotate the sub-command dial until the desired preset white balance (d-1 to d-6) is displayed in the monitor.

    U Button

    Sub Control Dial

  4. Select direct measurement mode.

    Briefly release the U button, and then press the button until the L icon flashes in the monitor. A spot white balance (r) target will be displayed at the selected focus point.

  5. Position the target on a white or gray area.

    While L is flashing in the display, use the multi selector to position r in the white or gray area of ​​the subject. To zoom in on the target for more precise positioning, press the X button. White balance can also be measured anywhere in the frame by touching the subject in the monitor, in which case it is not necessary to press the center of the multi selector or the shutter-release button as described in step 6.

  6. Measure white balance.

    Press center of multi selector or press shutter-release button all the way down to measure white balance. The time available for measuring white balance is the time selected for Custom Setting c4 ( Monitor Off Delay ) > Live view (0 Monitor Off Delay).

    If the camera is unable to measure white balance, a message will appear. Select a new white balance target and repeat the procedure from step 5.

  7. Exit direct measurement mode.

    Press the U button to exit the direct measurement mode.

    White balance presets can be viewed by selecting Preset manual for White balance in the photo or movie menu. The location of targets used to measure preset white balance is displayed in the presets recorded during live view.

Preset manual white balance cannot be measured when exposure is HDR (0 High Dynamic Range (HDR)) or any option other than No , selected for W/W display. at photo. live view in the i button menu (0 Using the i Button).

Manage presets

Copy white balance from a photo

Follow the steps below to copy a white balance value from an existing photo to a selected preset.

  1. Select Manual setting .

    Select White balance in the photo shooting menu, then highlight Manual setting and press 2.

  2. Select destination.

    Highlight a preset (d-1 to d-6) as a destination and press the center of the multi selector.

  3. Select Select Image .

    Highlight Select image and press 2.

  4. Select the original image.

    Select the original image. To view the highlighted image full frame, press and hold the X button.

    To view images in other locations, press W (M) and select the desired memory card and folder (0 Playback Controls).

  5. Copy the white balance value.

    Press J to copy the white balance value of the highlighted photograph to the selected preset. If the selected photo has a comment (0 Image Comment), it will be copied to the comment for the selected preset.

The selected preset can be fine-tuned by selecting Fine-tuning and adjusting the white balance as described in “Fine-Tuning White Balance” (0 Fine-Tuning White Balance).

To enter a descriptive comment of up to 36 characters for the current preset white balance, select Edit comment in the manual white balance menu and enter a comment (0 Entering Text).

To protect the current preset white balance, select Protect in the manual white balance menu, then highlight On. and press J. Protected presets cannot be changed and parameters Fine tuning and Edit comment cannot be used.

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  2. White balance
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( P , S , A and M modes only) strong shades. The camera can store up to six manual white balance settings in presets d-1 to d-6. There are two ways to perform manual white balance adjustment:

  • Viewfinder photography
  • Live view (Spot white balance)
  • Preset management

Viewfinder photography

  1. Light up the reference object.

    Place a neutral gray or white object under the light source that will be used for the final photo. In studio conditions, it is recommended to use a standard gray template as a reference object. Note that exposure is automatically increased by 1 EV when white balance is measured; in mode M , adjust exposure so that the exposure indicator shows ±0 (0 Exposure Indicators).

  2. Set the white balance to L ( Preset manual ).

    Press the L (U) button and rotate the main command dial until L is displayed in the information display.

    L (U) Button

    Main Dial

  3. Select preset.

    Press the L (U) button and rotate the sub-command dial until the desired preset white balance (d-1 to d-6) is displayed in the information display.

    L (U) Button

    Sub Control Dial

  4. Select direct measurement mode.

    Briefly release the L (U) button, and then press the button until the D icon flashes in the control panel and viewfinder.

  5. Measure white balance.

    A few seconds before the indicators stop flashing, frame the reference object to fill the viewfinder and press the shutter all the way down. The camera will measure a value for white balance and store it in the preset selected in step 3. No photographs will be recorded; white balance can be measured accurately even when the camera is not in focus.

  6. Check the results.

    If the camera has measured a value for white balance, C will flash in the control panel while a will flash in the viewfinder. Press the shutter-release button halfway to exit to shooting mode.

    The camera may be unable to measure a white balance value in extremely dim or bright conditions. A flashing b a will appear in the control panel and viewfinder. Press the shutter-release button halfway to return to step 5 and measure white balance again.

Manual white balance cannot be measured in time-lapse photography, or when shooting HDR (0 High Dynamic Range (HDR)), or multiple exposures (0 Multiple Exposure).

If the current preset is protected (0 Protect), 3 will flash in the control panel and viewfinder when you try to measure a new value.

If no operations are performed while taking pictures using the viewfinder while the screen is flashing, direct metering mode will end at the time selected in Custom Setting c2 ( Sleep timer , 0 Sleep timer).

Selecting Preset manual for White balance in the photo shooting menu displays white balance presets; highlight a preset and press J. If there is currently no value in the preset, the white balance will be set to 5200 K, which corresponds to parameter Direct sunlight .

Live view (Spot white balance)

In live view, white balance can be measured in a selected area of ​​the frame, eliminating the need to prepare a reference object or change lenses during telephoto shooting.

  1. Press the a button.

    The mirror will raise and the scene through the lens will be displayed on the camera monitor.

  2. Set the white balance to L (Preset manual).

    Press the L (U) button and rotate the main command dial until L is displayed in the monitor.

    L (U) Button

    Main Dial

    Monitor

  3. Select preset.

    Press the L (U) button and rotate the sub-command dial until the desired preset white balance (d-1 to d-6) is displayed in the monitor.

    L (U) Button

    Sub Control Dial

  4. Select direct measurement mode.

    Briefly release the L (U) button, and then press the button until the L icon flashes in the monitor. A spot white balance (r) target will be displayed at the selected focus point.

  5. Position the target on a white or gray area.

    While L is flashing in the display, use the multi selector to position r in the white or gray area of ​​the subject. To zoom in on the area around the target for a more precise position, press the X (T) button. White balance can also be measured anywhere in the frame by tapping the subject in the monitor, in which case there is no need to press J or the shutter-release button as described in step 6.

  6. Measure white balance.

    Press J or press the shutter-release button all the way down to measure white balance. The time available for measuring white balance is the time selected for Custom Setting c4 ( Monitor Off Delay ) > Live view (0 Monitor Off Delay).

    If the camera is unable to measure white balance, a message will appear. Select a new white balance target and repeat the procedure from step 5.

  7. Exit direct measurement mode.

    Press the L (U) button to exit the direct measurement mode.

    White balance presets can be viewed by selecting Preset manual for White balance in the photo or movie shooting menu. The target position used to measure the preset white balance is displayed on the presets recorded during live view.

Manual white balance cannot be set while HDR exposure is on (0 High Dynamic Range (HDR)).

Manage presets

Copy white balance from a photo

Follow the steps below to copy a white balance value from an existing photo to a selected preset.

  1. Select Manual setting .

    From the photo shooting menu, select White balance then highlight Manual tuning and press 2.

  2. Select destination.

    Highlight a preset destination (d-1 to d-6) and press W (Z).

  3. Select Select Image .

    Highlight Select image and press 2.

  4. Select the original image.

    Select the original image. To view the highlighted image full frame, press and hold the X (T) button.

  5. Copy white balance.

    Press J to copy the white balance value of the highlighted photograph to the selected preset. If the selected photo has a comment (0 Image Comment), it will be copied to the comment for the selected preset.

The selected preset can be fine-tuned by selecting Fine-tuning and adjusting the white balance as described in “Fine-Tuning White Balance” (0 Fine-Tuning White Balance).

To enter a descriptive comment of up to 36 characters for the current white balance preset, select Edit comment in the manual white balance menu and enter a comment.

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If you’re not sure which port to use with your external display, hard drive, camera, printer, iPhone, iPad, or other device, the port shapes and symbols in this guide should help. 

Information about these and other types of Mac ports is in the specifications for your Mac:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > About This Mac, double-click your serial number, then press Command-C to copy it.
  2. Go to the Tech Specs page, click the Search Tech Specs bar, press Command-V to enter your computer’s serial number, then click Search.
  3. Click the specs page for your Mac.

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  • Mac Studio (2022)
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You can connect external displays and other devices that connect using a Thunderbolt 4  cable, Thunderbolt 3  cable, or USB-C cable. You can also connect a USB-C charge cable to charge your laptop, or a USB-C to Lightning cable to charge your iPhone or iPad. If you have a device that doesn’t connect to this port, you can use an adapter to connect it.

If you have a Mac Studio with M1 Ultra, you can also connect a display or Thunderbolt device to the Thunderbolt 4 ports on the front of the computer.

Thunderbolt / USB 4

These Mac models have Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports:

  • MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, M2, 2022)
  • iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020)
  • MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
  • Mac mini (M1, 2020)

You can connect a single external display and other devices that connect using either a Thunderbolt 3  cable or USB-C cable. You can also connect a USB-C charge cable to charge your laptop, or a USB-C to Lightning cable to charge your iPhone or iPad. If you have a device that doesn’t connect to this port, you can use an adapter to connect it.

On iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021), the  symbol appears above each Thunderbolt / USB 4 port. To connect a display, use either of the ports with the Thunderbolt symbol .

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These Mac models have Thunderbolt 3 ports:

  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020)
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2019)
  • iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019)
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  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)

Use these ports with displays and other devices that connect using either a Thunderbolt 3  cable or USB-C cable. You can also connect a USB-C power adapter and cable to charge your laptop computer. If you have a device that doesn’t connect to this port, you can use an adapter to connect it.

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These Mac models have USB 3 ports:

  • Mac Studio (2022)
  • iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021) with four ports
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2017)
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)

On Mac Studio models with M1 Max, use the USB 3 ports on the front of the computer with external devices that connect using a USB-C cable. To connect an external display, use the ports on the back of the computer with the Thunderbolt symbol .

On iMac (four-port model only), use the USB 3 ports with external devices that connect using a USB-C cable. To connect an external display, use either of the ports with the Thunderbolt symbol .

On MacBook, use this port with displays and other devices that connect using a USB-C cable. You can also connect a USB-C power adapter and cable to charge your laptop computer. If you have a device that doesn’t connect to this port, you can use an adapter to connect it.

HDMI

These Mac models have an HDMI port:

  • Mac Studio introduced in 2022
  • 14-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2021 or later
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2021 or later
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2012 through 2015
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2012 through 2015
  • Mac mini introduced in 2010 or later
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later

Use HDMI with displays and TVs that connect using an HDMI cable.
   

SD card

These Mac models have an SDXC card slot:

  • Mac Studio introduced in 2022
  • 14-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2021 or later
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2021 or later
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2011 through 2015
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2011 through 2015
  • Mac mini introduced in 2011 through 2014
  • 13-inch MacBook Air models introduced in 2013 through 2017
  • 27-inch iMac models introduced in 2010 or later
  • 21. 5-inch iMac models introduced in 2010 or later

Use the SD card slot with SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, and UHS-II media cards, such as those used by digital cameras.
  

Ethernet

Use Ethernet  with networks and devices that connect using an Ethernet (RJ45) cable.

On some iMac models, the Ethernet port is located on the computer’s power adapter. If your Mac or power adapter doesn’t have an Ethernet port, you can use an Ethernet adapter.

Power

Use the power port on your Mac laptop to connect your computer to AC power using a USB-C to MagSafe 3 cable and USB-C power adapter, MagSafe 2 power adapter, or MagSafe power adapter. Some Mac laptops have a dedicated charging port while others use only USB-C ports to charge.

Learn how to identify your Mac power adapter and how to fast charge your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

MagSafe 2 and MagSafe power adapters are not compatible with MagSafe 3.

Audio

Use Audio-Out —  or  — with headphones, speakers, and other audio-output devices that connect using an audio cable that has a 3. 5 mm (1/8 inch) audio jack. On Mac laptops introduced in 2021 or later and Mac Studio, you can connect high-impedance headphones to the 3.5mm audio jack.

Use Audio-In  with a microphone or other audio-input device that connects using an audio cable that has a 3.5 mm (1/8 inch) audio jack.

 

USB-A

Use these ports with devices that connect using a USB-A  cable. USB ports are sometimes known by the USB specification of the port, such as USB 2 or USB 3. 

  

Left to right: power, two Thunderbolt, USB-A, and Audio-Out.
 

Thunderbolt

These Mac models have Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 ports:

  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2011 through 2015
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2011 through 2017
  • Mac mini introduced in 2011 through 2014
  • iMac introduced in 2011 through 2015
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2013

Use these ports with displays and other devices that connect using a Thunderbolt  cable.

Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 are not the same as Mini DisplayPort . They have the same shape, but use different symbols on the cable and port. However, this port does support Mini DisplayPort for video output, so you can use a Mini DisplayPort cable to connect a Mini DisplayPort display.
   

Mini DisplayPort

These Mac models have Mini DisplayPort:

  • MacBook Pro introduced in late 2008 through 2010
  • MacBook Air introduced in late 2008 through 2010
  • Mac mini introduced in 2009 and 2010
  • iMac introduced in 2009 and 2010
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2009 through 2012

Use this port with displays that connect using a Mini DisplayPort  cable.

Mini DisplayPort is not the same as Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 . They have the same shape, but use different symbols on the cable and port.
  

FireWire

FireWire 400 FireWire 800

Use FireWire  with devices that connect using a FireWire 400 or FireWire 800 cable.

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How To Connect USB Devices to Your Macbook Pro or Air

The advantages of purchasing a MacBook are endless. From a high-end look and high-definition screen display to its very powerful operating system and renowned durability, the MacBook is certainly one of the most versatile and highly-coveted machines out there.

However, the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air have drawn flack for having their traditional USB-A ports removed and replaced with Thunderbolt ports that are only compatible with USB-C. This has left many users trying to figure out how to connect their USB-A devices to the smaller USB-C ports.

So if you’re about to buy a new MacBook, don’t forget that you still need some extra money to buy compatible adapters, hubs, or docking stations if you plan to continue using your peripheral devices.

Why Do New MacBooks Only Come With USB-C Ports?

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It was in 2016 when Apple introduced its new MacBook Pro which came without the standard USB-A ports. Apple also removed the HDMI port and the SD card slot, and replaced everything with four USB-C ports. One of the reasons why Apple reverted to using the slimmer USB-C ports was to support its goal of having the MacBook look thinner and feel lighter. It certainly did the job as MacBooks are now slimmer in appearance, and in essence, more fashionable.

Furthermore, the USB-C port is more powerful than other traditional ports, particularly in terms of charging and transmitting speed. It also negates the complexity of having extra ports, and protects you from security issues that the old ports have. Overall, Apple did a tremendous job of braving the uncertainty and pushing through with a new trend.

But for those who just bought a new MacBook and struggling to connect devices without the USB-A you’re so familiar with, we’re here to help.

How to Connect Your USB-A Devices to MacBook Pro or Air

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Since most of today’s external hard drives, mouse, keyboards, joysticks, printers, scanners, and digital cameras still make use of the traditional USB-A cables, follow these steps first to be able to connect your USB-A devices into your MacBook.

  1. Find or purchase a USB-C adapter or hub that has a USB-C connection on one end, and a USB-A port on the other. These will be compatible with MacBooks.
  2. Connect the adapter or hub into your MacBook Pro’s or MacBook Air’s USB-C ports.
  3. As soon as a light appears on the adapter or hub, you can now plug in your USB-A devices. They are now ready for use.

How to Connect a USB Flash Drive on a MacBook

Through these simple steps, you’ll see that connecting a USB flash drive on your MacBook is just as easy as plugging in USB-A devices.

  1. Find or purchase a USB-C adapter.
  2. Connect the adapter into one of your MacBook Pro’s or MacBook Air’s USB-C ports.
  3. Plug in your USB flash drive into the adapter, and you’ll now be able to save and transfer files into your MacBook.
  4. After using your USB flash drive, properly eject it from the MacBook so as to avoid corrupted files.

Is Thunderbolt the Same as USB-C?

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They may look exactly the same, but the Thunderbolt ports are much faster than USB-C ports. Through the Thunderbolt port, you can transfer files up to 40Gbps, which is twice the speed of a USB-C port. Moreover, Thunderbolt ports are all fully compatible with USB-C devices and cables.

What To Do If Your USB Device is Not Showing Up

If your USB device is not being detected, try several things:

  • Check if the cables are properly connected
  • Make sure that your software is updated
  • Try quitting and reopening apps
  • Restart your MacBook

If the problem persists, there’s a possibility that the USB device is corrupted or your MacBook needs to be serviced.

Must-Have Accessories & Adapters for USB-C Ports

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You need at least one of these accessories to be able to connect your USB-A devices on your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

1. USB-C to USB Adapter

A USB-C to USB adapter allows you to connect your USB-A devices to your MacBook. It is useful when you have only one USB-A device to plug into your MacBook.

Apple has a USB-C to USB-A adapter that is compatible in iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs.

Other adapters to consider:

  • Anker USB-C Adapter
  • nonda USB-C Adapter
  • Syntech USB-C Adapter, 2 Pack

2. USB-C Hub

If you need to plug in multiple USB-A devices into your MacBook, then buying a USB-C hub is the way to go. A USB-C hub usually contains at least five ports that you can use at the same time.

There are also other USB-C hubs that have a 7-in-2 feature, which includes 1 multi-function USB-C port, 1 USB-C data port, 2 USB-A ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 SD card slot, and 1 microSD card slot.

Other hubs to consider:

  • Plugable 5-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Hub
  • Dockteck 7-in-1 USB-C Hub
  • Hiearcool Adapter USB-C Dongle

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Ports on a Mac – Apple Support (UK)

If you’re not sure which port to use with your external display, hard drive, camera, printer, iPhone, iPad, or other device, this guide will help you determine the purpose of each port based on its form and symbol.

See your Mac specifications for these and other port types:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > About This Mac, double-click the serial number, then press Command-C to copy it.
  2. Go to the Specifications page, click the Search Specifications row, press Command-V to paste in the computer’s serial number, and then click Search.
  3. Click the Mac specifications page.

Thunderbolt 4

The following Mac models have Thunderbolt 4 ports:

  • Mac mini (2023)
  • MacBook Pro (14-inch 2023)
  • MacBook Pro (16-inch 2023)
  • Mac Studio (2022)
  • MacBook Pro (14-inch 2021)
  • MacBook Pro (16-inch 2021)

You can connect external displays and other devices using a Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, or USB-C cable. You can also connect a USB-C charging cable to charge your laptop, or a USB-C to Lightning cable to charge your iPhone or iPad. If your device does not connect directly to this port, you may be able to connect it using an adapter.

If you have a Mac Studio with an M1 Ultra chip, you can also connect a Thunderbolt display or device to the Thunderbolt 4 ports on the front of the computer.

Thunderbolt/USB 4

The following Mac models have Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports:

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, M2, 2022)
  • iMac (24″ M1 2021)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020)
  • MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
  • Mac mini (M1, 2020)
  • You can connect one external display and other devices using a Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C cable. You can also connect a USB-C charging cable to charge your laptop, or a USB-C to Lightning cable to charge your iPhone or iPad. If your device does not connect directly to this port, you may be able to connect it using an adapter.

    iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021) has a symbol above each Thunderbolt/USB 4 port. To connect a display, use any of the ports with the Thunderbolt symbol.

    Thunderbolt 3

    The following Mac models have Thunderbolt 3 ports:

    • iMac (Retina 5K 27-inch 2020)
    • iMac (Retina 5K 27-inch 2019)
    • iMac (Retina 4K 21. 5-inch 2019)
    • iMac (Retina 5K 27-inch 2017)
    • iMac (Retina 4K 21.5-inch 2017)
    • iMac (21.5-inch 2017)
    • iMac Pro
    • Mac Pro (2019)
    • Mac Pro (rack model, 2019)
    • Mac mini (2018)
    • MacBook Air (Retina 13-inch 2020)
    • MacBook Air (Retina 13-inch 2019)
    • MacBook Air (Retina 13-inch 2018)
    • MacBook Pro (13-inch 2020 Dual Thunderbolt 3)
    • MacBook Pro (13-inch 2020 Quad Thunderbolt 3)
    • MacBook Pro (16-inch 2019)
    • MacBook Pro (13-inch 2019 Dual Thunderbolt 3)
    • MacBook Pro (15-inch 2019)
    • MacBook Pro (13-inch 2019 Quad Thunderbolt 3)
    • MacBook Pro (15-inch 2018)
    • MacBook Pro (13-inch 2018 Quad Thunderbolt 3)
    • MacBook Pro (15-inch 2017)
    • MacBook Pro (13-inch 2017 Quad Thunderbolt 3)
    • MacBook Pro (13-inch 2017 Dual Thunderbolt 3)
    • MacBook Pro (15-inch 2016)
    • MacBook Pro (13-inch 2016 Quad Thunderbolt 3)
    • MacBook Pro (13-inch 2016 Dual Thunderbolt 3)

    Use these ports with displays and other devices that connect using a Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C cable. You can also connect the power adapter and USB-C cable to charge your laptop. If your device does not connect directly to this port, you may be able to connect it using an adapter.

    USB 3

    The following Mac models have USB 3 ports:

    • Mac Studio (2022)
    • iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021) with four ports
    • MacBook (Retina 12-inch 2017)
    • MacBook (Retina 12-inch Early 2016)
    • MacBook (Retina 12-inch Early 2015)

    To connect external devices with a USB-C cable to Mac Studios with M1 Max chip, use the USB 3 ports on the front of the computer. To connect an external display, use the ports on the back of your computer with the Thunderbolt symbol.

    On iMac (quad-port model only), use the USB 3 ports with external devices that connect with a USB-C cable. To connect an external display, use any of the ports with the Thunderbolt symbol.

    On a MacBook, use this port with displays and other devices that connect with a USB-C cable. You can also connect the power adapter and USB-C cable to charge your laptop. If your device does not connect directly to this port, you may be able to connect it using an adapter.

    HDMI

    The following Mac models have an HDMI port:

    • Mac Studio (2022)
    • MacBook Pro (14-inch) models released in 2021 or later
    • MacBook Pro (16-inch) models released in 2021 or later
    • MacBook Pro (13-inch) models manufactured between 2012 and 2015
    • 15-inch MacBook Pro models from 2012 to 2015
    • Mac mini (2010) or later
    • Mac Pro (2013) or later

    Use the HDMI port with displays and TVs connected with an HDMI cable.

    SD card

    The following Mac models have an SDXC card slot:

    • Mac Studio (2022)
    • MacBook Pro (14-inch) models released in 2021 or later
    • MacBook Pro (16-inch) models released in 2021 or later
    • 2011 to 2015 MacBook Pro (13-inch) models
    • 15-inch MacBook Pro models from 2011 to 2015
    • Mac mini (2011-2014)
    • 13-inch MacBook Air models from 2013 to 2017
    • iMac (27-inch) models released in 2010 or later
    • 21. 5-inch iMac models released in 2010 or later

    Use the SD card slot with SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, and UHS-II cards used in devices such as digital cameras.

    Ethernet

    Use the Ethernet port with networks and devices connected with an Ethernet (RJ45) cable.

    Some iMac models have an Ethernet port on the computer’s power adapter. If your Mac or power adapter doesn’t have an Ethernet port, you can use an Ethernet adapter.

    Power

    Use the power port on your Mac notebook to connect your computer to AC power using a USB-C/MagSafe 3 cable and a USB-C, MagSafe 2, or MagSafe power adapter. Some Mac laptops have a dedicated charging port, while others only use USB-C ports for charging.

    Learn how to identify your Mac’s power adapter and how to quickly charge your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

    MagSafe 2 and MagSafe power adapters are not compatible with MagSafe 3.

    Audio

    Use the audio output ( or ) with headphones, speakers, and other audio output devices that connect with a 3. 5 mm cable. On Mac laptops released in 2021 or later and Mac Studio computers, you can connect high-impedance headphones to the 3.5mm audio jack.

    Use the audio input with microphones or other audio input devices connected with a 3.5 mm cable.

    USB-A

    Use this port with devices that connect with a USB-A cable. USB ports are sometimes labeled according to the USB specification, such as USB 2 or USB 3.

    From left to right: power jack, two Thunderbolt ports, USB-A port, and audio output.

    Thunderbolt

    The following Mac models have Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 ports:

    • MacBook Pros from 2011 to 2015
    • MacBook Airs from 2011 to 2017
    • Mac minis from 2011 to 2014
    • iMacs released from 2011 to 2015
    • Mac Pros released in 2013

    Use these ports with displays and other devices that connect with a Thunderbolt cable.

    Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 standards differ from Mini DisplayPort . The shape of the connectors is the same, but the cables and ports are marked with different symbols. However, this port supports Mini DisplayPort for video output, which allows you to use a Mini DisplayPort cable to connect a Mini DisplayPort display.

    Mini DisplayPort

    The following Mac models have Mini DisplayPort ports:

    • Late 2008 to 2010 MacBook Pros
    • Late 2008 to 2010 MacBook Air
    • Mac minis released in 2009 and 2010
    • iMacs released in 2009 and 2010
    • Mac Pros from 2009 to 2012

    Use this port with displays that connect using a Mini DisplayPort cable.

    The Mini DisplayPort standard is different from Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2. The shape of the connectors is the same, but the cables and ports are marked with different symbols.

    FireWire

    FireWire 400 FireWire 800

    Use the FireWire port with devices connected using a FireWire 400 or FireWire 800 cable.

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    Choosing an adapter for Macbook. Top 5 best Type-C adapters

    The worldwide transition to the Type-C connector did not take place, and all Macbook owners with this connector faced an unpleasant problem. Firstly, now it’s impossible to use the old peripherals, but somehow I don’t want to throw it away. Secondly, modern realities are such that most connected devices are not equipped with a Type-C connector.

    Type-C connectors equipped with:

    • Macbook 12
    • Macbook Pro 13 (2016-2020)
    • Macbook Pro 15 (2016-2018)
    • Macbook Pro 16
    • Macbook Air 13 2020

    Therefore, no matter how much you want, you will have to purchase several adapters. The only question is whether you want to buy different adapters for each task or prefer one universal one.

    It seems to us that no one wants to drown in a sea of ​​wires and adapters, so we have compiled a selection of the most convenient adapters for you, with which you can expand the functionality of your Macbook and freely perform any tasks.

    Hoco HB1 adapter

    Ideal for those who “would just like to connect a USB flash drive.” Simple and concise design. Four USB 2.0 connectors for convenient connection of flash drives, computer mice, synchronization with a smartphone, etc.

    Adapter for Macbook Baseus Circular Mirror

    Artfully combines two devices at once – wireless charging and an adapter. Incredibly compact, functional and stylish adapter for comfortable work and leisure.

    • Two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port are suitable for connecting any peripherals with the appropriate connector, synchronizing with a smartphone and reading flash drives.
    • Bi-directional Type-C works both ways: to connect a charger to a Macbook and charge any connected device.
    • HDMI for high quality image transmission to an external monitor.
    • Wireless charging add-on for use with Qi-enabled smartphones.

    Baseus Pro 7-in-1 Macbook Adapter

    Another Baseus hub on our list. Powerful and functional, it will be a practical addition to your Macbook. Please note that the adapter is connected via two Type-C connectors. Seven additional ports will make using the laptop as comfortable as possible.

    • Bi-directional Type-C for connecting the charger to a Macbook or charging smartphones and other devices.
    • Two USB 3.0 for connecting appropriate peripherals and data transfer.
    • Card reader for processing information from SD and micro SD memory cards.
    • The

    • Ethernet RJ-45 will provide high-speed network connectivity.
    • HDMI will be able to transmit a high-quality 4K picture to a third-party monitor or TV.

    Adapter for Macbook Satechi

    The compact and functional Satechi adapter is all that a modern user needs. In one accessory, we get everything you need for comfortable work and entertainment.

    • Passthrough Type-C for connecting charger to Macbook.
    • Three USB 3.0 for syncing with iPhone or iPad, connecting flash drives, hard drives, mice, etc.
    • HDMI for image output.
    • Ethernet RJ-45 to connect to the Internet using a cable.
    • SD and micro SD card reader.

    Baseus Enjoyment Series Macbook Stand Adapter

    This model wins first place in all categories. Perfect appearance, full compatibility with Macbook and just incredible functionality. The adapter will not only increase the number of connectors, but also, thanks to the form factor in the form of a stand, will slightly raise the laptop, which will improve the performance of the cooling system and make typing much more comfortable.

    Best monitor for web development: The 6 Best Monitors For Programming – Spring 2023: Reviews

    The 6 Best Monitors For Programming – Spring 2023: Reviews

    1. Table of Contents
    2. Intro
    3. Best Monitor

      1. Best Upper Mid-Range

        1. Best Mid-Range

          1. Best Lower Mid-Range

            1. Best Budget

              1. Best Cheap

                1. Notable Mentions
                2. Recent Updates
                3. All Reviews
                4. Discussions

                Updated May 15, 2023 at 11:16 am

                By Nicholas Di Giovanni

                Programming often requires you to multitask with tons of windows open, and if that’s what you need, you’ll want a big monitor to open different windows simultaneously. You can either get a large, high-resolution screen that makes it easy to open multiple windows at the same time, or you can also get an ultrawide monitor that offers more horizontal screen space. While size is a top consideration, you’ll also want to look for other things in a monitor, like ergonomic adjustments, great picture quality, and a USB hub if you want to connect external devices.

                We’ve bought and tested more than 270 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors to purchase for programmers. Also, check out our recommendations for the best ultrawide monitors, the best monitors for dual setup, and the best office monitors.

                1. Best Monitor For Programming

                  LG 38WN95C-W

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                  Office

                  7.8

                  Gaming

                  8.4

                  Media Consumption

                  7.5

                  Media Creation

                  8.0

                  HDR

                  7. 0

                  Size

                  38″

                  Pixel Type

                  IPS

                  Max Refresh Rate

                  144 Hz

                  Variable Refresh Rate

                  Yes

                  Native Resolution

                  3840 x 1600

                  HDR10

                  Yes

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                  The best programming monitor that we’ve tested is the LG 38WN95C-W. It’s a great overall display that’s versatile for different uses and performs well for work-related purposes. It offers great connectivity with two USB-A ports and a USB-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3. It means you can connect a compatible laptop to display an image from it and charge it using a single cable. It also has a Picture-by-Picture mode that lets you view images from two sources at once, which is useful if you simultaneously work with a laptop and a desktop computer.

                  It has a large 38-inch screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, which is great for programming because you can easily open multiple windows and multitask for a better workflow. It has a unique 3840×1600 resolution which helps result in good text clarity. If you want even better text clarity, the LG 40WP95C-W is a similar display with a 5120×2160 resolution, and text looks extremely sharp. However, it also costs a lot more for features you don’t necessarily need for programming, like its accurate sRGB picture mode, so the 38WN95C-W offers better value for programmers.

                  See our review

                2. Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor For Programming

                  Dell U3223QE

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                  8.4

                  Gaming

                  6.7

                  Media Consumption

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                  Media Creation

                  8.7

                  HDR

                  6.9

                  Size

                  32″

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                  Max Refresh Rate

                  60 Hz

                  Variable Refresh Rate

                  No

                  Native Resolution

                  3840 x 2160

                  HDR10

                  Yes

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                  If you’re looking for something cheaper in the upper mid-range price category or aren’t a fan of the ultrawide format of the LG 38WN95C-W, check out the Dell U3223QE. It’s also an impressive work monitor with a large 32-inch screen and 4k resolution, so while it doesn’t offer as much horizontal screen space as the LG, it has higher pixel density for sharper text clarity. It means that you can easily read your coding text and view more lines simultaneously, and the screen is still big enough for multitasking with various windows open.

                  Like the LG, it has extra features to improve your workflow, like a massive USB hub with three USB-C and five USB-A ports. It supports DisplayPort Alt Mode if you want to connect a laptop, and it has 90W of power delivery, which is enough to charge many laptops. It even has a KVM switch that makes using the same keyboard and mouse easy if you have two devices connected to the monitor. Also, it has Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes, so you can view images from two sources simultaneously.

                  See our review

                3. Best Mid-Range Monitor For Programming

                  Dell U2723QE

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                  Gaming

                  6.7

                  Media Consumption

                  7.7

                  Media Creation

                  8.6

                  HDR

                  6.9

                  Size

                  27″

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                  Max Refresh Rate

                  60 Hz

                  Variable Refresh Rate

                  No

                  Native Resolution

                  3840 x 2160

                  HDR10

                  Yes

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                  If you find the Dell U3223QE too expensive or prefer a smaller option, consider the Dell U2723QE. It’s essentially a smaller version of the U3223QE with a cheaper price tag, so you can choose whichever size you prefer. While both monitors have the same features and perform similarly, there are a few differences in performance, but not necessarily with things you need while programming. For example, the U2723QE displays a wider range of colors in HDR and images look more vibrant. While this isn’t useful for programming, it does present an advantage if you want to also use the monitor for relaxing and watching videos at the end of a long programming session.

                  It has the same massive USB hub and extra features as the U3223QE, so it’s a great choice for productivity using different devices. The smaller screen also results in higher pixel density, making it very easy to read fine text. Also, it has a wider swivel range than the U3223QE, which is great if you often need to turn the screen to show a coworker.

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                4. Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor For Programming

                  Dell S2722QC

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                  Gaming

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                  Media Consumption

                  7.6

                  Media Creation

                  8.4

                  HDR

                  6.4

                  Size

                  27″

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                  Max Refresh Rate

                  60 Hz

                  Variable Refresh Rate

                  Yes

                  Native Resolution

                  3840 x 2160

                  HDR10

                  Yes

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                  If you find the Dell U2723QE too expensive, cheaper options are available in the lower mid-range price category that are still good, like the Dell S2722QC. It’s a step down from the U2723QE in terms of features because it has a smaller USB hub with a single USB-C port and two USB-A ports, and it doesn’t have a KVM switch, so it isn’t as good for multitasking. However, that’s what you have to expect for something cheaper, and it still offers the same 4k resolution with fantastic text clarity, and thanks to its 27-inch screen, you can open two windows side-by-side.

                  It’s a great choice for well-lit rooms because it gets bright enough to fight glare. The reflection handling is also very good, even better than the U2723QE, meaning you won’t have issues using it in well-lit rooms. Fortunately, it has wide viewing angles to keep the image consistent from the sides, and with its excellent ergonomics, it’s easy to adjust the screen and share it with someone sitting next to you as they’ll see a consistent image from the sides.

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                5. Best Budget Monitor For Programming

                  ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV

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                  8.3

                  Gaming

                  6.7

                  Media Consumption

                  7.1

                  Media Creation

                  7.8

                  HDR

                  3.0

                  Size

                  27″

                  Pixel Type

                  IPS

                  Max Refresh Rate

                  75 Hz

                  Variable Refresh Rate

                  Yes

                  Native Resolution

                  2560 x 1440

                  HDR10

                  No

                  See all our test results

                  If you’re looking for the best monitor for developers and are on a budget, consider the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It has a lower 1440p resolution than the Dell S2722QC, meaning that text doesn’t look as sharp. However, the text clarity is still decent, and with the 27-inch screen size, there’s enough space to open two windows next to each other. As it’s a budget monitor, it doesn’t have a USB-C input like the Dell, so you’ll need to connect it via DisplayPort or HDMI, but it still has four USB ports. If you want a monitor with a USB-C port, the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is similar but costs a bit more.

                  Regarding picture quality, the PA278QV gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit workspace. However, like most monitors, it doesn’t look good in dark rooms because it has a low contrast that makes blacks look gray. It doesn’t support HDR either, but that doesn’t make a difference for programming.

                  See our review

                6. Best Cheap Monitor For Programming

                  ASUS VG246H

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                  Mixed Usage

                  6. 5

                  Office

                  7.6

                  Gaming

                  6.3

                  Media Consumption

                  6.5

                  Media Creation

                  7.2

                  HDR

                  2.7

                  Size

                  24″

                  Pixel Type

                  IPS

                  Max Refresh Rate

                  75 Hz

                  Variable Refresh Rate

                  Yes

                  Native Resolution

                  1920 x 1080

                  HDR10

                  No

                  See all our test results

                  If you want a cheap entry-level monitor that won’t take up a lot of space, then the ASUS VG246H is a good option. With a smaller 24-inch screen and lower 1080p resolution than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, it’s better to use it as a secondary display next to your main one. Using two next to each other for more screen space in a multi-monitor setup is also possible. Its text clarity is decent, and the picture quality is good thanks to its good reflection handling and decent SDR peak brightness, meaning you won’t have problems with it in a bright room.

                  It’s pretty barebones in features, which is what you have to expect for a cheaper monitor. Despite its low cost, it has remarkable ergonomics that make it easy to adjust the screen to your liking, and with wide viewing angles, images look the same when viewing from the sides. It also has a flicker-free backlight that helps reduce eye strain during long programming sessions.

                  See our review

                Notable Mentions

                • Gigabyte M34WQ:
                  The Gigabyte M34WQ is an ultrawide monitor like the LG 38WN95C-W with a smaller 34-inch screen and 3440×1440 resolution, so it’s a good choice if you want something cheaper. However, the LG is still better if you want the best performance.
                  See our review
                • Dell S2721QS:
                  The Dell S2721QS is a cheaper alternative to the Dell S2722QC because it doesn’t have a USB hub. It can be harder to find, but it’s still worth getting if you don’t want the USB hub and can find the monitor.
                  See our review
                • Gigabyte M27Q:
                  The Gigabyte M27Q is a budget-friendly monitor with more features than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. However, it has worse text clarity because it uses a different subpixel layout, so the ASUS is better for programming.
                  See our review

                Recent Updates

                1. May 15, 2023:
                  Verified that the monitors are still available to buy, and updated text for clarity throughout.

                2. Mar 17, 2023:
                  Added the Dell U2723QE as the ‘Best Mid-Range Monitor’ to give another option; replaced the Dell S2721QS with the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV because it’s easier to find; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

                3. Jan 18, 2023:
                  Replaced the Gigabyte M34WQ and the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV with the Dell U3223QE and the Dell S2721QS because they’re each better aligned with user needs for programming; renamed the Dell S2722QC to the ‘Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor’; updated the Notable Mentions based on changes.

                4. Nov 10, 2022:
                  Restructured article to reflect how programmers are looking for monitors; removed the Gigabyte M32UC, Dell S3422DWG, Dell S3221QS, Dell S2722DGM, and the Lenovo D27-30; added the LG 38WN95C-W, Gigabyte M34WQ, Dell S2722QC, ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, and the ASUS VG246H because they’re all better-suited for productivity; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

                5. Oct 06, 2022:
                  Restructured article to reflect user needs for programming in the dark; Removed the Dell U2723QE, Dell S2722QC, Dell S2721QS, and the Dell C1422H because they all have a low contrast ratio; renamed the Gigabyte M32UC as the ‘Best Monitor For Programming’; replaced the Gigabyte M34WQ with the Dell S3422DWG and renamed to ‘Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor’; added the Dell S2722DGM and the Lenovo D27-30 to their respective categories; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

                All Reviews

                Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors for coding and programming that are currently available. They’re adapted to be valid for most people in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price, and feedback from our visitors.

                If you would prefer to make your own decision, here’s the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

                Best monitors for programming 2023: Size matters

                Updated

                Programmers will love these large, pixel-dense displays.

                By Matthew S. Smith

                PCWorld Apr 5, 2023 7:30 am PDT

                Image: Matt Smith/Foundry

                Programming is possible on nearly any monitor, but most programmers prefer a big, pixel-dense, attractive screen that can render tiny code with clarity and display numerous windows at once. Prolific multi-taskers, many programmers also go all-in on multiple displays and use two or three monitors at once.

                In this guide, we’ll point you to the best monitors for programmers that we know of, based on our extensive testing of monitors across a range of sizes, price points, and feature sets. To learn more about what monitor features we consider most important for programmers, scroll below our recommendations.

                Updated 3/29/23: For some additional ultrawide display options, see our recent reviews of the Viewsonic Elite XG341C-2K, which stands out with its brilliant Mini-LED panel, and the Alienware AW3423DWF, which sports a QD-OLED display and high refresh rate—in case you want to take a break from programming for a quick gaming session.

                1. Asus ProArt PA348CGV – Best monitor overall for programming

                Pros

                • Excellent SDR image quality 
                • Sturdy, hefty design 
                • Wide range of customization
                • 120Hz refresh rate

                Cons

                • USB-C hub lacks video-out or ethernet
                • HDR is merely passable

                The Asus ProArt PG348CGV is an excellent monitor for programming—and many other tasks.

                This is a 34-inch ultrawide monitor with a resolution of 3440×1440, which provides plenty of display space and pixel density for viewing multiple windows or large amounts of code. It also has a USB-C port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode and 90 watts of Power Delivery. That’s great for easily docking a USB-C-compatible laptop.

                Though ideal for programming, the ProArt PG348CGV excels in any task thrown at it. It has accurate color and a wide color gamut, so it’s great for photo, video, and graphics editing. The monitor also has a 120Hz refresh rate and supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, which makes it a solid choice for gaming.

                Its price seals the deal. Available for $749.99, the ProArt PG348CGV is less expensive than similar competitors. In fact, it overdelivers compared to most alternatives: Many ultrawide monitors offer similar image quality, a high refresh rate, or USB-C, but very few offer all three.

                Read our full

                Asus ProArt PA348CGV review

                2. Dell U3223QE – Best 4K monitor for programming

                Pros

                • IPS Black panel fulfills its promise 
                • Accurate color with wide gamut 
                • High brightness in SDR  
                • USB-C hub with 90 watts of power 

                Cons

                • Edges of display are noticeably bright 
                • HDR performance disappoints 
                • Only a 60Hz panel

                If you want a standard widescreen monitor for programming, or prefer the pixel density of 4K resolution, the Dell U3223QE is a great choice.

                The U3223QE is a 32-inch widescreen monitor with 4K resolution. It offers a large, pixel-dense display that’s great for using four windows in a grid arrangement. The monitor’s high pixel density and strong brightness make code easy to read even when individual windows are small.

                Its size and resolution are supported by excellent image quality. This is among the few monitors with an IPS Black panel, which roughly doubles the contrast ratio of a standard IPS panel. The result is a richer, more pleasant image. It also has excellent color accuracy, so it’s great for photo, video, and graphics editing.

                The U3223QE is also among the best USB-C monitors available. When connected over USB-C it acts as a feature-rich USB-C hub with multiple USB-A ports, ethernet, audio-out, and DisplayPort-out. It’s perfect for programmers who need to dock a laptop over USB-C.

                Need a slightly smaller monitor? Dell also offers the U2723QE, which packs similar features into a 27-inch from factor.

                Read our full

                Dell U3223QE review

                3. Asus ProArt PA279CV – Best mid-range monitor for programming

                Pros

                • Accurate image
                • High maximum brightness
                • Menu settings allow calibration
                • Has USB-C with 65 watts Power Delivery
                • Competitive price

                Cons

                • Unimpressive design
                • Luminance uniformity could be better
                • HDR is bright but otherwise falls short

                The Asus ProArt PA279CV is an affordable way to snag the benefits of high-end monitors with few sacrifices.

                This monitor is a 27-inch widescreen with 4K resolution, offering a reasonably sized and pixel-dense space for viewing multiple windows at once. Its pixel density, which works out to 163 pixels per inch, is as high as you’ll find without upgrading to a more extravagant (and much more expensive) option such as a 5K or 8K display. Image quality is excellent, too, with top-notch color accuracy.

                This is a USB-C monitor with 65 watts of Power Delivery and four USB-A ports. Its Power Delivery won’t be enough for high-end laptops but remains adequate for more portable machines, and its USB-A port selection is great for the price.

                And what, exactly, is the price? The ProArt PA279CV usually retails for $449.99. That’s a sweet deal for the features and quality it offers.

                4. AOC CU34G2X – Best budget monitor for programming

                Pros

                • Good performance
                • Curved monitor
                • Special gaming settings
                • Quite inexpensive

                Cons

                • No height adjustability
                • Only medium brightness
                • High power consumption

                Need a monitor that’s ideal for programming on a tight budget? The AOC CU34G2X has you covered.

                The AOC CU34G2X is a 34-inch curved ultrawide monitor with a resolution of 3440×1440. Its  size and resolution are the same as our top pick, the Asus ProArt PA348CGV, so it’s just as useful for programming and multi-tasking.

                This monitor uses a VA panel that provides an advantage in contrast ratio and black levels. Its color accuracy and color gamut, though not as good as more expensive alternatives, are more than acceptable in day-to-day use. This monitor supports a 144Hz refresh rate and adaptive sync, making it a solid choice for gaming after the workday is done.

                Priced at $399.99 (and often available for less), the CU34G2X is more affordable than most alternatives. This does result in a few sacrifices. It’s not especially bright, so it’s best used in a room with some light control. It also lacks the wide color gamut and great color accuracy found in the ProArt PA348CGV. With that said, its overall image quality is solid and won’t distract from programming.

                Read our full

                AOC CU34G2X review

                LG DualUp 28MQ780-B”>
                5. LG DualUp 28MQ780-B – Best second monitor for programming

                Pros

                • Unique aspect ratio is useful for photo, video editing
                • Makes an awesome second monitor 
                • Highly adjustable stand 
                • Vivid, accurate color

                Cons

                • Difficult to fit in a small home office 
                • USB-C port offers limited downstream connectivity 
                • Can lack immersion in some content

                Programmers often want to use a second monitor—not just for viewing code, but also for managing the wide variety of extra programs (like Slack or Monday) that programmers must use to keep organized and connected. The LG DualUp 28MQ780-B is uniquely suited for this task.

                The DualUp 28MQ780-B is a 28-inch monitor with an unusual 16:18 aspect ratio that’s a bit taller than it is wide. It can also rotate 90 degrees, if you’d prefer, to become a bit wider than it is tall. Either way, the monitor is close to square and about as tall as a 32-inch monitor. It also ships with a monitor arm, instead of a desktop stand, which is handy for positioning the monitor next to another display.

                Programmers will be pleased with the monitor’s 2560×2880 resolution, which is higher than a 1440p monitor but slightly less than a 4K monitor. The monitor has great image quality with high color accuracy and a wide color gamut. It’s a USB-C monitor, too, providing up to 90 watts of Power Delivery for charging a connected laptop.  

                Read our full

                LG DualUp 28MQ780-B review

                What to look for in a monitor for programming

                Programming doesn’t require a specific type of monitor. Most programmers could be productive on a simple 1080p, 24-inch display. However, there are several features that most programmers will find desirable.

                Bump up the size

                A larger monitor is often better for programming than a smaller one. This includes ultrawide monitors. A larger monitor effectively increases the size of everything on-screen, which in turn can make it easier to see. We think a 27-inch widescreen monitor is a comfortable minimum size to aim for, and all the monitors on this list are at least that large.

                There are limits to size, though: A 48-inch display can be uncomfortable to use because it will lack pixel density and may require a lot of head and neck movement to see the corners of the screen.

                More pixels mean more usable space

                Programmers will also find high resolutions more useful than lower resolutions.

                A higher resolution provides more useable display space because it increases the number of pixels visible. If comparing a 1080p monitor to a 4K monitor, for example, the 4K monitor can literally display four times as many pixels.

                Those pixels will also be easier to view and use because a higher resolution improves sharpness. Programmers will find a high-resolution monitor can maintain clarity in extremely small fonts. That’s great when viewing large chunks of code.

                Great connectivity, including USB-C, is useful

                A wide range of connectivity, including USB-C, can be useful for programmers. That’s epically true for programmers who use a laptop and frequently dock/undock the laptop throughout the workday.

                A USB-C connection can carry video over DisplayPort Alternate Mode and charge a connected laptop with Power Delivery. That makes it a one-cable solution for docking the laptop. Just plug it in and you’re good to go. In many cases, the USB-C monitor will even function as a USB-C hub.

                Great image quality is always a plus

                Programing doesn’t require a monitor with good, or even modest, image quality. Functionally, most tasks core to programming would work just as well on a 20-year-old LCD as on a modern display.

                However, most programmers find themselves working with or viewing various forms of media occasionally, whether it’s image files for UI elements or textures for a game. This is where superior image quality becomes useful. It will help programmers get a better idea of what the result looks like on a typical user’s display.

                Work-from-home programmers will prefer great image quality in day-to-day use. Many use the same monitor for both work and entertainment.

                How we test monitors

                PC World’s monitor reviews are based on rigorous testing by the magazine’s staff and freelance testers.

                We use a SpyderXElite color calibration tool to measure the brightness, contrast, color gamut, and accuracy of each monitor. This tool, which can measure quality objectively, lets us directly compare hundreds of monitors.

                Our tests also consider whether a monitor supports any special features that give it an advantage. We like to see a USB-C hub that includes ethernet connectivity and at least 90 watts of Power Delivery. An ergonomic stand, multiple video inputs, and a useful on-screen menu are desirable, as well.

                FAQ


                1.

                What makes a monitor good for programming?

                Programmers need a lot of raw display space, and that display space needs to be as useful as possible. That means larger, more pixel-dense monitors are better for programming than smaller, less pixel-dense displays.  

                That’s not to say programmers can’t use smaller displays, and not all programmers have the same workflow. Some only need to view code from a single source at once, while others may have several open windows showing code from different programs, or different portions of the same program.

                In general, though, bigger is better, and it’s always nice to have a little extra space available.

                2.

                What is the best resolution for programming?

                4K resolution is best for programming. 

                Programming often requires multi-tasking, which can result in a lot of open windows. A large display is helpful, but the display also needs to be pixel dense, as this helps ensure that small text and interface elements are readable. 

                With that said, 1440p resolution is often just fine for programming. This resolution may look a bit rough when viewing very, very small font sizes, but that’s a less common use case. 1440p looks sharp in typical use.

                3.

                Is an ultrawide monitor good for programming?

                Yes, an ultrawide monitor is great for programming.

                Ultrawide monitors provide more display space than a similarly sized widescreen monitor. A 34-inch ultrawide monitor, for example, is the same height as a 27-inch widescreen but provides 25 percent more overall display space. That’s great when viewing two, three, or four windows at once.

                There is a trade-off, however: Most ultrawide monitors don’t support 4K resolution but are instead equivalent to 1440p resolution. There are exceptions, such as the LG 40WP95C-W, but they’re very expensive and not worth the price premium in most situations.

                Author: Matthew S. Smith

                Matthew S. Smith is a freelance technology journalist with 15 years of experience reviewing consumer electronics. In addition to PCWorld, his work can be found on Wired, Ars Technica, Digital Trends, Reviewed, IGN, and Lifewire. Matthew also covers AI and the metaverse for IEEE Spectrum and runs Computer Gaming Yesterday, a YouTube channel devoted to PC gaming history.

                The best monitor for coding in 2022


                Our guide to the best screens for easy coding.

                What makes a monitor one of the best for programming?
                A lot of pixels won’t hurt, that’s for sure. The more screen space, the more
                windows and applications you can open at the same time, whether for the most
                coding or for collaboration tools.

                Ergonomics also matter. Preferences vary, but
                most programmers need the ability to rotate the screen vertically to enlarge
                the height of the panel so that more lines of code fit without having to scroll through them.
                Similarly, the set of connections improves ergonomics, especially when you
                you use a laptop all the time, so USB-C is highly desirable.

                Less important factors such as HDR support, high fidelity
                color reproduction, high refresh rate and the like. Of course you need a screen with
                good contrast and colors, just to cut down on eye strain. But
                huge dynamic range, highest brightness and wide color gamut
                gamuts such as DCI-P3 increase the cost
                monitor without offering much advantage in the context of programming.

                First, we would be looking for a high resolution screen. 4K panels
                today are quite affordable, especially in the form factor of 27 and 28 inches. However
                However, 1440p remains a reasonable choice for programming. If you are a coder
                who likes to rotate the screen vertically, a couple of more affordable monitors
                1440 swivel will be the best option, offering excellent
                value.

                On the other hand, if you enjoy programming with
                multiple active windows lined up in parallel, wide panel
                may be more helpful. This is especially true today when one or two
                ultra-wide monitors can have a vertical resolution of 2160 pixels.
                Thus, you practically do not lose anything when it comes to vertical
                permissions.

                Other things being equal, we still prefer
                high-resolution 4K monitors to increase pixel density
                extreme. When you look at the code all day, beautiful clear numbers
                really help to reduce eye strain to a minimum. Again, our
                choose a monitor with a fully adjustable stand and support
                turn to a vertical position.

                In terms of panel type and performance, the advantage of an IPS panel in wide angles
                overview, which can be especially useful when using multiple monitors.
                That said, we wouldn’t be ditching a 4K VA panel out of the blue, especially since
                attractive price.

                What we wouldn’t worry about is the refresh rate,
                support for HDR and the last word in the world of gaming monitors – response speed
                pixels. Surcharge for a monitor with a refresh rate of 120 Hz or higher does not
                advantages for the programmer. The same goes for HDR monitors with unusual technologies,
                such as mini-LED backlight,
                wide range of colors and so on. All this only increases the price tag on the monitor,
                without offering benefits to the programmer.

                However, we are willing to pay for a quality connection. special
                value is USB Type-C with the ability
                power supply. This solution will allow you to connect your laptop and work at the same time
                with a monitor, charging your laptop with a single cable. Most USB-C monitors also integrate
                USB hubs,
                so you can connect a keyboard, mouse, and peripherals to the monitor.
                devices, including external memory, as well as connect them to a laptop with
                with one cable. This is a very convenient solution. After you try
                USB-C, you won’t want to go back to the pile
                cables again.

                We have also selected the best laptops for programming.

                1. Philips 288E2A

                (Image credit: Future)


                Inexpensive 4K monitor.

                Panel : 28″ IPS | Resolution : 3840 x 2160 | Brightness : 300 cd/m 2 | Pixel response : 4 ms | Color Gamut : 119% sRGB | Update rate : 60 Hz | Inputs : DisplayPort 1. 2, HDMI 2.0.

                Pros :

                • 4K resolution;
                • 28″ panel;
                • Adjustable stand;

                Cons :

                • Limited color gamut;
                • Not as bright panel;

                If you are looking for an inexpensive 4K programming monitor,
                be sure to turn on Philips
                288E2A to your list.
                It’s a 28″ monitor with 4K resolution and plenty of desktop space.
                coding table. The pixel density is decent, so fonts and menus
                remain clear. It uses an IPS panel,
                which provides an excellent viewing angle, although it is not the brightest screen in the world
                with a brightness of 300 nits with no HDR support at all.

                It is worth noting that there is no USB-C connectivity, which is not a big surprise in
                this price category. The design looks modern due to thin frames, and
                The stand allows you to adjust the height and tilt. Support turning in
                There is no portrait mode, which is a pity. But for the money, the offer is quite large.
                for the monitor.

                2. Huawei
                MateView


                More vertical space for programmer convenience.

                Panel : 28.2″ IPS | Resolution : 3840 x 2560 | Brightness : 500 cd/m 2 | Pixel response : 5 ms | Color Gamut : 98% DCI-P3 | Update rate : 60 Hz | Inputs : HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, USB-C 90W.

                Pros :

                • Unusual aspect ratio;
                • Many pixels;
                • Surprisingly affordable;

                Cons :

                • Unusual aspect ratio;
                • Limited HDR support;

                Turning the monitor to portrait mode is a popular solution
                among programmers who want to maximize the amount of code visible without
                scroll. But Huawei MateView approaches this problem a little differently. Instead of the usual
                widescreen 16:9 or even 21:9 is an unusually tall 3:2 panel. However
                However, the resolution is quite high: 3840 x 2560 x 28.2-inch panel. Others
                In other words, it’s a 4K monitor with extra vertical space. Perfect
                suitable for programming, many programmers will tell you.

                USB-C interface with
                65 W for easy single-cable connection – another important
                advantage, especially for laptop users. In addition, in front of you
                a fairly powerful panel with 500 nits of brightness, as well as high color fidelity with
                coverage in 98% DCI-P3 coverage. The monitor may not
                has a direct purpose for programming, but you certainly get
                high value for money in a single and reliable all-in-one package.

                3. AOC U32P2


                Relatively affordable 32-inch 4K.

                Panel : 32″ VA | Resolution : 3840 x 2160 | Brightness : 350 cd/m 2 | Pixel response : 4 ms | Color Gamut : 88% AdobeRGB | Update rate : 60 Hz | Inputs : DisplayPort 1. 2, x2 HDMI 2.0.

                Pros:

                • Fully adjustable stand;
                • 32″ VA 4K panel;
                • Relatively affordable;

                Cons :

                • Does not support USB-C or HDR;
                • Color accuracy is mediocre;

                4K resolution at 32 inches is a very good combination that
                ensures crisp fonts while encoding and also has plenty of space on
                desktop to work with multiple windows or applications at the same time. AOC U32P2 offers all these features on
                32″ VA panel
                at a reasonable price. VA panel
                can offer excellent contrast, which is an important parameter for
                prolonged use.

                Of course, in this price range you do not get
                connections over a single USB-C cable with
                power supply. But in terms of ergonomics, this monitor wins,
                because it has a multi-level stand, which is adjustable in all
                planes, including turning to portrait mode. In general, this is very
                attractive package for serious work.

                4. Dell UltraSharp U4021QW


                40-inch ultra-wide screen.

                Panel : 40″ IPS | Resolution : 5120 x 2160 | Brightness : 300 cd/m 2 | Pixel response : 5 ms | Color Gamut : 98% DCI-P3 | Update rate : 60 Hz | Input : DisplayPort 1.4, x2 HDMI 2.0, USB-C powered at 90W.

                Pros :

                • Epic 40″ panel;
                • High pixel density;
                • Good color coverage;

                Cons :

                • Does not support HDR;
                • Expensive monitor;

                Big monitors used to mean big pixels. But not with the Dell UltraSharp U4021QW. This 40″ monster boasts
                a resolution of 5120 x 2160 pixels with the same density as a 32-inch
                4K monitor. As a result, you get a huge workspace and beautiful,
                clear fonts for coding.

                You can also count on excellent color coverage with
                98 percent DCI-P3, but more importantly,
                USB-C connection with
                power 90 W for convenient connection of peripherals via a single cable. This,
                of course, not a cheap monitor, but it’s 40-inch, for a minute, so the lack of
                HDR support
                excusable. Compared to regular SDR programming monitors, this one is incredibly good.

                5. Viewsonic VG3448


                Widescreen option for a reasonable price.

                Panel : 34″ VA | Resolution : 3440 x 1440 | Brightness : 300 cd/m 2 | Pixel response : 5 ms | Update rate : 60 Hz | Inputs : DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort, x2 HDMI.

                Pros:

                • Great size for productivity;
                • High build quality;

                Cons :

                • Pretty expensive monitor;
                • No USB-C connection;
                • Adequate, but not the best image quality;

                Although a widescreen monitor in portrait orientation is quite
                popular among programmers, the ultra-wide panel does not interfere with being
                interesting alternative. Viewsonic VG3448 offers 21:9 aspect ratioWith
                3440 x 1440 VA panel resolution at a reasonable price.

                This is a no-frills monitor with no USB-C connection and no HDR support.
                And while the VA panel
                able to offer high contrast and a sea of ​​working space for
                parallel viewing of multiple windows and applications. The monitor body
                supports VESA mount,
                so you can use the VESA mount as an interesting option with
                subsequent orientation to portrait mode for a massive 3440 pixels
                vertical and thousands of visible lines of code without scrolling.


                Five things to consider when choosing
                programming monitor:

                1. Pixel density matters when it comes to beautiful and crisp fonts. A legible and crisp font will make long coding sessions more comfortable. So choose a high resolution monitor whenever possible.

                2. Rotating the monitor’s widescreen panel to portrait mode provides plenty of extra vertical code space, saving desk space. But not all monitors can do this.

                3. USB-C connection with power transfer will make the life of programmers using laptops much easier and neater, saving on the number of wires. Just connect the screen and peripherals with one cable to the monitor.

                4. Don’t worry about expensive features like HDR support, insanely fast refresh rates, or poor response times. They won’t help you with code.

                5. Panel type doesn’t really matter, but we prefer classic IPS or VA panels over TN monitors when it comes to long-term comfort and usability.

                How did we test monitors?

                We reviewed monitors based on a number of factors, including
                which price, design and performance. We take into account the diagonal of each
                monitor, as well as panel type, resolution, refresh rate, color gamut, and
                HDR support. We also
                considering connectivity options including HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C and
                wireless interfaces.
                Pixel Density and Color Accuracy
                are especially important for monitors with digital design, but ergonomics are equally important,
                so we evaluate the customization options of the stand. Finally, build quality
                and price-quality ratio are compared with competitors in the market.

                Monitors

                How to choose a monitor for a programmer: matrices, ports and examples

                We have already written about vertical mice, and now we want to talk about what you should pay attention to when choosing a monitor for a programmer.

                We conducted a survey among our subscribers, and according to the results, most of you use two.

                What is the difference between monitors?

                The main thing in the monitor is the matrix. It depends on it: the image quality, the number of colors and the price of the monitor. Other things that matter are brightness, refresh rate, stand type (height and swivel), Flicker-Free, and screen resolution.

                What are the types of matrices?

                • TN (TN + Film) is the oldest type. Such matrices have a small viewing angle and poor color reproduction. Their advantage is a response of up to 1ms, due to which TN-matrices are used by e-sportsmen.
                • VA (MVA, PVA) – have a wide viewing angle and good color reproduction. Among all other types of matrices, they have the highest contrast. They are often used in curved monitors.
                • IPS (or PLS from Samsung) – have the largest viewing angle and excellent color reproduction. But due to the complex processing of each pixel, this matrix has the slowest response (about 5ms).
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                • OLEDs are the highest picture quality, but they still cost the price of a powerful laptop. OLED monitors are more suitable for designers than programmers.

                How to connect?

                The most common image transmission interfaces (and sound, if the connector is digital):

                • HDMI – the most common. Capable of transmitting an image in high quality, but may have a frequency limit. And even if you have cable version 1.4 or higher, the monitor can only deliver a high refresh rate over DisplayPort. The maximum resolution is 4K, the maximum frequency is 120Hz.
                • DisplayPort is a new interface that supports higher refresh rates than HDMI. Keep in mind that this is the only cable that has a latch, without pressing which it will not be possible to remove it. The maximum resolution is 4K, the maximum frequency is 240Hz.
                • USB Type-C is a universal interface. Through it, you can not only transfer the image, but also charge devices. The maximum resolution is 4K.
                • DVI – one of the old interfaces, has a resolution limit of up to 1920×1080 pixels. Analog DVI-A – transmits only the image. DVI-I and DVI-D digital connectors are similar but not compatible. The maximum resolution is 1920×1200 (in single-channel mode), the maximum frequency is 60Hz.
                • VGA (D-Sub) is the oldest analog interface in use. Sends only the image. Officially supports resolutions up to 1280×1024 pixels. However, depending on the video card, it can output up to 2K resolution. The maximum frequency is 75Hz.

                The supported screen refresh rate depends on the resolution and interface version.

                What else is important?

                In addition to the type of matrix and interfaces, you should pay attention to:

                • screen brightness – usually from 200 to 1500 candelas per m². If you have to work a lot in the dark, it is better to choose a low brightness – 200-250 cd;
                • screen size – choose the size based on your needs and the amount of space on the table, but in general, the larger the screen, the freer your favorite IDE will feel;
                • aspect ratio – standard screen proportions – 16:9, ultra-wide monitors are suitable for those involved in video editing and those who like to line up three windows in a row;
                • degrees of freedom of the stand – from adjusting the angle of inclination to changing the height and rotating the screen;
                • Flicker-free – this technology allows you to avoid flickering at any monitor brightness (without it, eyes can hurt at low brightness).

                Our selection of programmer monitors

                We selected monitors based on the following characteristics: nice picture, IPS-matrix, screen size of at least 27 inches, 90-degree stand, Flicker-free and low brightness. We are not the ultimate truth, so if you want to recommend something, write your options in the comments.

                DELL S2721HS(X) 27″

                • Brightness – 300 cd/m².
                • Screen size – 27 inches.
                • The aspect ratio is 16:9.
                • Screen resolution – 1920×1080.
                • Frame rate – 75 Hz.
                • Field of view – 178 degrees.
                • Anti-glare screen coating.
                • Blue filters.
                • Ports: HDMI, DisplayPort.
                • Price ~14500₽.

                Iiyama ProLite XB3270QS-B1 31.5″

                • Brightness – 250 cd/m².
                • Screen size – 31.5 inches.
                • The aspect ratio is 16:9.
                • The screen resolution is 2560×1440.
                • Frame rate – 60 Hz.
                • Field of view – 178 degrees.
                • Anti-glare screen coating.
                • Stand allows you to rotate the screen 360 degrees.
                • Blue filters.
                • Ports: HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D.
                • Price ~21000₽.

                DELL P2719H 27″

                • Brightness – 300 cd/m².
                • Screen size – 27 inches.
                • The aspect ratio is 16:9.

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    Yuri

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    Master Anton performed diagnostics as soon as possible and identified a problem with 7 IPhone! Within 2 hours, all damaged/faulty parts were replaced! The phone functions, and a 90-day repair guarantee insures! The possibility of paying by card was a pleasant surprise! Reception / repair point within walking distance from Babushkinskaya metro station! I recommend!

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    Thank you for the prompt repair of the smartphone. They replaced the glass, glued the hydrogel film and all this within an hour of work! They even did a free diagnostic! Thank you very much for the quality and fast work. \

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    Everything is super, I came with the confidence that the type-c jack in my phone is broken due to the use of a stretchable wire in the car, because. a large axial load, but the master first of all cleaned the nest, blew it and checked it, everything was fine! 5 min and done)

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    Recently turned off the phone, the wire stopped charging. I found this service center nearby, the guys promptly provided assistance, picked up a new charging cord and recharged the phone itself! The instructors are friendly, courteous and customer oriented. Thanks

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    I express my deep gratitude to the Service! And, personally, master Alexei! Worked great and solved my problem! Thank you! Repaired two Samsung smartphones.

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    I turned today with a banal problem for a specialist, which I am not) The reaction to the appeal is instant, so to speak, “giving up everything.
    Received my smartphone back serviceable in just 5 minutes.
    Master in one word! Thank you.
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    in just a few minutes again came to life in my phone!!!!
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    Fortunately, I rarely use smartphone repair services, but . … everything happens for the first time. And the first positive experience in this business is very important. The first time I came with the fact that the phone was not charging from charging. In 2 minutes!!! the master cleaned the connector on the phone and did not charge a penny for it. shock. On the radio market, they would probably say that you got a guy – there is a lot of work with the replacement of a half-phone. Therefore, the choice of the center for the second time (drowned an iPhone in the pool) was obvious, although driving from Odintsovo to the center of Moscow is still a pleasure. And everything is great again. And it’s not just the cost of an old iPhone, but the fact that I really don’t like the process of transferring data to a new one. In general, quickly, efficiently and at a reasonable price. And many thanks to Lydia Konovalova for constantly keeping me informed about the stages of the repair. It’s so nice when such nice people help you solve your temporary life troubles.
    So far everything is fine with the phone. I hope for a long time. Thanks guys.

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    Anastasia

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    The prices are average but the quality of the work is amazing!
    I can safely recommend this salon0003

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    There are some cheap phones you can buy that come with internal SIM cards; Assurance Wireless ships some of its phones with internal SIM cards.

    But this isn’t necessarily a good thing. For instance, what happens if you damage the phone or it breaks?

    Your SIM card is hermetically sealed inside the phone, so you cannot get it out.

    With an external SIM card, you can simply remove the SIM card and insert it into a new phone (or an old phone that you’re not using) and resume normal service.

    Verizon used to make CDMA-only phones and some of these did feature internal SIM cards, however, this service has no longer available to new customers.

    Verizon confirmed its CDMA2000 network will be completely gone by 2022.

    Why? Back in 2010, Verizon launches its LTE network and this required different technology than what its CDMA2000 network ran on.

    By 2011, Verizon had around 98% LTE coverage in the USA.

    Between 2011 and 2019, Verizon began winding down its CDMA2000 network with a view to replacing it with its LTE wireless network.

    PinVerizon LTE & 5G Coverage Map

    LTE, including 5G, is the future of mobile data and this is why Verizon has spent the best part of a decade making the switch.

    It took so long to make the switch because up until 2014, Verizon still used its CDMA2000 network to deliver its calls.

    After 2014, Verizon implemented voLTE (voice over LTE) to its LTE network and the rest, as they say, is history.

    Since then, Verizon has added in things like WiFi Calling and HD Voice, a technology designed to give its customers crystal-clear voice calls over the LTE network.

    As of right now, meaning from 2020 onwards, all Verizon phones ship with external SIM cards.

    And if you buy a new phone in 2021 and beyond, even a cheaper Android phone, there’s a good chance it will be a 5G phone.

    And this means you will be able to benefit from Verizon’s super-fast 5G network which is currently serving over 230 million Americans.

    You can check out all of Verizon’s latest deals on LTE and 5G phones here, as well as its prepaid plans and family data deals.

    Richard Goodwin

    Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.


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    What to do if the sim card is not from Verizon Wireless

    Last updated: April 23, 2023 Posted by Angelos Chronis


    The other day I was looking into the “used things” section of my local electronics store and noticed something what is really strange; Some of the used phones, even models from the last few years, were sold at extremely low prices. Not wanting to miss out on a good deal, I decided to buy one after checking if it could turn on and if it was structurally sound.

    When I got home, ready to check out my relatively new phone, I realized why it was being sold for half the price of what I normally would, even used. The phone was blocked by Verizon network. The problem is we don’t even have Verizon in my country so I either had to find a way to get rid of the sim not from Verizon error I was getting or resigned myself to the fact that I just wasted some money .

    Fortunately, the Internet is an endless source of solutions. So, in just a few hours, I had a fully functional phone.

    Here’s how I did it:

    Navigation:
    • Why are you getting a SIM card not due to Verizon error
    • Solution for unlocked phones: how to change APN settings
    • Solution 1 for phones with locked sim- card: flash your device
    • Solution 2 for SIM locked phones: use the media removal platform.

    Why are you getting a sim card not because of a Verizon 9 error0036

    First of all, we need to explain why you are getting this error. There are two possible reasons.

    Reason 1: Your phone is locked to Verizon network

    Some mobile carriers like Verizon , AT&T , Vodafone etc, offer phones for a fraction of their original price if you buy them tied to their network. So at first it may look like they are losing money, but they make up for the cost due to the fact that the buyer is usually contractually obligated to work with that supplier for several years. Moreover, even after the expiration of the first contract, they have very little reason to switch to another company, since the phone will only work with a SIM card from the original company.

    Cause 2: Your phone is not locked, but the APN is set incorrectly

    Another possible reason is that the previous owner of your Verizon phone has a SIM card on it. When we change the SIM card, our phones should usually change their APN (Access Point Name) automatically. However, this is not always the case. In this case, your phone will try to connect to the Verizon network even with a different SIM card.

    Attention

    The Access Point Name, or APN for short, is a temporary name that your phone assumes every time it tries to connect to a network. It is supposed to change every time you change network provider. Sometimes even every time you connect to the network.

    Solution for unlocked phones: how to change APN settings

    If your phone is not locked and you need to change the APN, it’s relatively simple. All you have to do is change the settings manually and then your new SIM should be recognized. No more SIM card from Verizon error.

    Here’s how to do it:

    • Call your network provider and ask them to give you their APN settings.
    • Go to “Settings” – “SIM cards and mobile networks”.
    • There, click on the SIM card that is currently installed in your phone. My Xiaomi Redmi, which is also the phone I’m using for this tutorial, has two.
    • Then click on “Access Point Names” and click on the little arrow next to your APN.
    • Enter the settings provided by your ISP and press back when done.

    Solution 1 for SIM locked phones: flash your device

    If your device is tied to a specific network or ISP, things get a little more complicated. However, you don’t have to become an Android expert, but it does require some technical knowledge that the average user doesn’t have. Luckily, that’s why we’re here. To give you as simple and comprehensive a guide as possible.

    We will try to reprogram the phone. This means that we will install custom firmware. We need to do this because most companies install a code that locks the devices on their SIM cards in the phone’s firmware, so even a hard reset won’t remove it. Therefore, we will bypass this and replace the original firmware with our own.

    Here’s what you need to do:

    • Search for the term “custom firmware (make and model of your device)” and download it to your computer.
    • Turn off your phone.
    • Press and hold the Power and Volume Up buttons at the same time until your phone vibrates or turns on.
    • You will be taken to Download Mode.
    • Connect your phone to your computer via USB and install the firmware you downloaded.
    • When finished, reboot the device to exit download mode.

    Attention

    Getting in and out of boot mode can be tricky. That’s why we have an app to help you log in and log out with just one click. the is fast , the stock is , and the will work on just about any device. Here’s how I used it to put the phone in and out of download mode.

    Solution 2 for SIM-locked phones: Use the media removal platform.

    There is one more thing you can do. You can use one of many media removal platforms like Unlock base . Some of them even belong to the providers themselves and you can use them after you get in touch and get permission to unlock your phone. These are the first things you should try. If Verizon doesn’t accept your request, you can also download third party apps.

    However, you should be aware that if you do this without permission, you may have problems with your ISP. Moreover, it will probably delete all data from your phone. That’s why you should make sure you back up everything using a backup app like Echoshare Android Backup and Restore.

    Here’s how I did it, and the peace of mind knowing that all my data is safe.

    Conclusion

    Despite the lack of knowledge, it is not uncommon to buy Android phones with a SIM-locked card. In fact, there are many people who don’t mind if they want a new phone for a fraction of its price. But if you buy one of these phones used, you might feel like you’ve gotten the short end of the stick. Don’t worry, we have this guide to help you get around this problem, how I managed to solve SIM card is not from Verizon question.

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