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I have about $95 in credits towards a purchase at Best Buy. I have a 2015 13" rMBP I plan on using it with. Primarily I'll be using it as an extended work-space for Lightroom/Photoshop. I have not yet decided whether I would use my rMBP screen or the external display to actually edit my images on (in comparison to using the screen for library/slider controls/etc). I don't know whether I would like the higher resolution display on the rMBP or a larger but cheap display. That will be trial and error.

Honestly, I was looking at some of the AOC monitors on BestBuy.com. Specifically this one really sticks out to me:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/aoc-23-ips-led-hd-monitor-black-silver/8176078.p?id=1218864997552&skuId=8176078

I'm looking for something probably in the $100 range, not really wanting to "spend" anything but rather just use my credit, but will come out of pocket slightly if it is a big enough difference.

Resolution, I'm thinking 1920x1080. I use two 1080p monitors at work and they seem sufficient even though more monitor is always better for everything but account balances.

I think I'm leaning towards IPS unless someone steers me another direction.

Refresh rate, probably 5ms. I may see how my 2013 rMBP does for some light gaming at 1080p. Wouldn't be the largest reason but wouldn't mind giving it a try for some Steam games. I'm comparing this to the native resolution of the retina screen, I imagine it would do better at 1080p resolution.

Color accuracy is important, but still wanting to stay within my price range.

I want the monitor to be available at BestBuy.com. They are the ones that take my gift card and rewards certificates!

Maybe you could recommend a monitor that is more expensive on BestBuy.com but could be price matched to another retailer and end up being the best purchase overall.
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Spending your $95 credit toward a monitor from Best Buy would be mistake. You'll need to add at least twice that in cash to get a worthy companion to your Apple retina screen. And Best Buy's selection of IPS and VA displays will be limited, especially in your price range.

If I were you, I'd spend $200 out of pocket for a used or refurbished 24, 25, or 27-inch 27-inch 2560x1440 IPS display from eBay.

But make sure it has DisplayPort or you'll also need to spend another $50 (used) to $100 (new) for a dual-link DVI-to-mini-DisplayPort active adapter.
Edited by MarylandUSA - 1/26/16 at 11:17am
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I know any monitor under probably $300 is going to be inferior to the rMBP. Basically what I'm looking for is some extra pixels for windows and the like. At work I use these two ViewSonic monitors. They are pretty nice for what they are. They would be perfect for keeping Lightroom pulled up on with all the little sliders and menus pulled up on. I could then display the image fullscreen on my 13" rMBP screen.

Just a thought.

Also, is there any reason that this would not accomplish what I would need?

http://amzn.to/1ONfhgK

I wanted to get the monitor at BestBuy because of the credit. They have monitors for $99 that have hundreds of great reviews. Surely one of them is worth a "free" purchase essentially to get me by until I want to get a UHD monitor or the like.
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That cable should work for an AOC IPS monitor. From what I understand, it's only the Korean off-brand monitors whose DVI output can't be converted to DisplayPort or mini-DisplayPort.
So this purchase will just be for an interim monitor, to tide you over until you buy a 4K monitor? Then sure, at $120 from Best Buy, an AOC IPS 23-incher is a great buy. For the same price, also consider opting for a 21.5-inch IPS: either the AOC or the slim-bordered Lenovo. I think you'd notice the improved pixel density.
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Thanks!

I like that the Lenovo is VESA. I wondered if getting a 23"/24" display would truly be better than the smaller 21". It would offer more DPI.
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