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I need to purchase a new MBP for my boss. He wants all of the bells and whistles and he wants a docking station at home with a nice screen. He likes the Dell U3417W but I'm not clear whether there is a way to have it work with the new MBP.

I'm generally a PC guy so I don't feel qualified to answer the question myself. I found a short discussion about it. The Dell "liaison" recommended the user pose the question on the Apple forum. When I search the Apple forum for U3417w I don't see anything posted.

Can anyone tell me if this will work and if not, why?

  • I have done a quick search on reddit, and to no avail, it says that the display should work with either HDMI or mDP. Personally, (in that price range) is the fully apple endorsed LG UltraFine 5K and LG UltraFine 4K monitor lineup, which is almost guaranteed to produce optimal (non-problematic) results. — Hope this helps. – bret7600 Jan 3 '18 at 2:13
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Why wouldn't it work? It's just a monitor and the MacBook Pro is an Intel based computer.

The MacBook Pro will support

  • Up to two displays with 5120-by-2880 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors
  • Up to four displays with 4096-by-2304 resolution at 60Hz at millions of colors
  • Up to four displays with 3840-by-2160 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors

The Dell will support a maximum resolution of 3440 x 1440 at 60 Hz

Just go from DisplayPort to DisplayPort with the proper USB-C to DisplayPort cable (I prefer to avoid conversion to HDMI) and it should work just fine.

For the record, the only monitors I use are Dells. I have sizes ranging from very old 19" DVI models to 30" Dual Link DVI models and everything in between. I use a 24" UltraSharp at my remote office with both a MacBook Pro and a Surface Pro and it performs beautifully with zero issues.

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