What is the best way to connect MacBook pro to external moni

I have a mid-2012 MacBook pro and I am planning on buying this monitor:
I know that there are different ways of connecting a MacBook to a monitor and using it as the main display, so that I can work on that monitor from my MacBook pro. My MacBook obviously doesn't have usb type-c.
So what would be the best way to connect my laptop to a separate monitor and still be able to work from my laptop. I do not want a second display, I am just trying to use the separate monitor in place of my laptops screen. Would I use a thunderbolt to hdmi cable as a connection to the new monitor?

I plan on buying a separate mouse and keyboard and simply docking my laptop to the side and working on the larger monitor, also not looking to use both displays at the same time.

I also plan on buying a new MacBook pro and using the usb type-c as a connection to do the same thing, working on the laptop but with a larger monitor. Is that easily done with this monitor?


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From what I've seen.

You are very much in control of which screen does what so if you want the external to be primary and such, then it is NOT the choice of the cable that matters as Mac OS in every instance lets us pick and choose what display.

Small world, I am current on my Sceptre U27 from and let me write "i'd buy it again."

HDMI, DisplayPort and the speakers are actually great IMO. It was only 200USD too. I've been using it since Oct 2018.

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Thunderbolt to whatever the monitor has

is the way to go.
TB to Display Port may offer good quality as will TB to HDMI.
As to the new MBP, usb C to usb C will make the job even easier and display the best quality picture.
There are a number of USB "C" docks that may come in handy as a means of supplying extra ports, HDMI, USB 3, Audio and such.


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