Picking out one of the best monitors for Mac Studio makes one of the most impressive Macs around even better. Potentially the best Mac on the market thanks to its M2 Max or M2 Ultra chip, the Mac Studio is a force to be reckoned with.
Because of that, it just makes sense to add on the best Mac Studio monitor. Unlike the iMac or the best MacBooks, it's a standalone desktop with its aluminum cuboid design crying out for a good display to be hooked up.
Below, we've picked out a selection of monitors that fit most needs. That includes something to match most budgets. If you've already invested in a shiny new Mac Studio M2 Max, but we won't judge if you want to keep your monitor budget a little lower. All the products below have been thoroughly tested to ensure they deserve an iMore recommendation.
The best monitors for Mac Studio
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Incredible 4K monitor
An incredible monitor for Mac Studio, the Philips 27B1U7903 truly impressed us when we reviewed it. We were wowed by the monitor's 4K display and HDR capabilities with the screen providing impressive colors and great contrast. The 27-inch monitor also offers a wide range of connection ports, including Thunderbolt.
The obvious choice
The Apple Studio Display is expensive but it's the go-to monitor choice for Mac Studio. A 27-inch 5K display, it has four ports including three USB-C ports and one Thunderbolt port that can deliver up to 96W of power. It also comes with a 6-speaker array that sounds great along with a 12MP camera at the top, although be aware of its image processing issues at launch. It has a tilt-adjustable stand as standard, although you'll need to pay extra for the height-adjustable version. There may be cheaper monitors out there, but Apple did design the Studio Display with the Mac Studio in mind, so you get quite the spec if you can afford it.
The best gaming monitor
The Dough Spectrum 4K is fantastic value for money. You get a 4K 144Hz display that's gorgeously glossy. The premium display ensures your games look and feel incredibly smooth. It also has an excellent selection of ports too with DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.1 ports for modern consoles, one USB Type-C, one USB Type-B (USB hub), along with two USB Type-A, and even a 3.5mm audio jack.
What to look for in a monitor for your Mac Studio
You've invested a lot into buying the Mac Studio, whether it's the latest M2 variety or the older Mac Studio M1. One of the main reasons why you've been tempted by it over the Mac Mini is likely to be due to how well the Mac Studio's GPU performs with creative apps like Final Cut Pro, Compressor, Affinity Photo, Boris FX Sapphire 2022, Maxon Cinema 4D, and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Studio.
To take advantage of such fantastic raw power, you need to match it with a similarly superior monitor, otherwise you're just missing out. Here are a few things to consider when picking the best monitor for your Mac Studio:
- Size - this is an obvious one, but the size of a monitor is very important. A larger display will mean more information and content shown on screen, while a smaller display will take up less room, be cheaper, and use less energy
- Resolution - the number of pixels in a display determine how much detail you see and how good the picture is. A 4K monitor is the standard these days. A 5K monitor like the Apple Studio Display will offer twice as much detail while keeping the proportions of macOS just right, but at a cost. You may also want to consider a normal 1080p HD monitor, which will have lower visual fidelity but cost much less.
- Colors - Monitors will offer various color modes that can be used for things like photo and video editing, this is particularly important if you want to undertake visual heavy tasks using your new monitor.
- Ports and connectivity - A monitor will take up one of your Mac Studio's ports, but the right monitor can actually expand and increase connectivity, with the best options listed here also acting like hubs to add USB connectivity, charging, and more
How we test monitors
All of these Mac Studio monitors have been reviewed by iMore, and we've put them through their paces in a number of different ways. A monitor review includes testing in day-to-day use, and viewing in various scenarios to test performance in specific areas. That includes viewing videos, photo and video editing, gaming, and more. We also test these products over an extended period of time to ensure that products are reliable when it comes to durability and build quality, and are designed and built to last.
Does any monitor work with Mac Studio?
The Mac Studio's HDMI connection is a standard type so it will work with all monitors that have HDMI capabilities. You can also connect the Mac Studio to any Thunderbolt-compatible monitors as well as through DisplayPort.
What is the best resolution for Mac Studio display?
The best resolution for a Mac Studio display is 5120 x 2880.
Can I use MacBook as monitor for Mac Studio?
No, you can't use a MacBook as a monitor for your Mac Studio.
Lots of screens to go around
Picking out the best monitor for you varies depending on how you plan to use your setup and your budget. Sometimes, it simply comes down to personal preference. That said, we're confident that all the monitors showcased above are worth considering thanks to their high quality.
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