I'm thinking to get an external monitor for my MacBook Pro Retina display (late 2013 model).

What I would like to have is to get a 4K monitor or QHD monitor (Dell U2515H or P2715Q).

What I'm worried about is the font and icons size on the external monitor. Should I expect them to be tiny and hard to read text?

My graphic card is Intel Iris 1536 MB.

  • The answer depends on whether you have a 13 inch or 15 inch model. I'm guessing 13 inch by the Iris graphics card.
    – user77590
    Sep 8, 2015 at 5:59
  • @Andrew yes, I have 13 inches model. It could be used with u2515h ?
    – Chiron
    Sep 8, 2015 at 6:01
  • I'm trying to work this out myself! What I do know is that this model supports 4k for some monitors, but only at 30hz. This might be a deal breaker for you?
    – user77590
    Sep 8, 2015 at 6:02
  • @Andrew I'm not going to play games. I only wants bigger monitor for coding, surfing , etc ...
    – Chiron
    Sep 8, 2015 at 6:04
  • The answer to my related question may help you : apple.stackexchange.com/questions/204810/…
    – user77590
    Sep 11, 2015 at 3:30

1 Answer 1


You can use 4K displays and Ultra HD TVs with these Mac computers:

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013 and later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)
  • iMac (27-inch, Late 2013 and later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2014)
  • MacBook Air (Early 2015)
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)

So yes, your MacBook will support a 4K external monitor. You can decide how big you would like your interface/text etc. to appear in system preferences the same way you can on your internal monitor.

Source: Apple Support Documents

  • What are available scaled resolution, do you know? Aug 1, 2015 at 22:49
  • The list above does not specify 13 inch or 15 inch MacBooks. If 13 inch (as I believe the specification of the question points to) then this answer is quite possibly not correct.
    – user77590
    Sep 8, 2015 at 6:01
  • @KevinGrabher Can you cite any sources or documentation on this? At least for the first one, MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013, 4K exceeds Apple's specs page though I've heard the underlying hardware may be capable. I would like to be certain before bothering to research and purchase a 4K monitor. Jan 5, 2016 at 20:13
  • Actually @Andrew is correct. 13 inches late 2013 is not supporting high resolutions. I got today U2515H and it is not working . Constant flickering each one or two seconds
    – Chiron
    Jan 27, 2016 at 20:01

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