My computer (mac) can't output 4k if I plug it in to a 4k monitor it'll just display a lower resolution right?

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  • 2 months ago

    one assumes, yes.  the computer likely detects the possible setting of the monitor and chooses the best fit -- which won't be 4k for you

  • opurt
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    If your Mac can't do 4K (modern ones can, older ones can't) and you plug it into a 4K monitor, then it'll use a lower resolution that both the monitor and Mac can handle.

    Monitors look best when running at their native resolution, though.

  • 2 months ago

    Depends, how old the mac is, newer ones should be able to output in 4k, older ones may not have the correct hardware to support it.

    there can also be issues with hardware being technically capable but some things such as streaming or watching bluray requiring newer drm that isn't built in.

  • Lv 7
    2 months ago

    if the monitor supports lower resolutions, yes.

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  • P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    If your Mac has a thunderbolt port with the right cables and monitor it can most certainly do 4k.  

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