Best monitors for Mac Studio 2023

The Mac Studio is one impressive machine, especially with the M1 Ultra chip inside; however, it's an independent Mac, meaning it's just a box. You'll need a keyboard, mouse, and, most importantly, a fantastic monitor. There are a ton of different displays out there you can go with, some even made by Apple, but if you want some of the best monitors for Mac Studio, here's a list to get you started. This list includes monitors at different price points, so you don't have to break the bank, with prices dropping ahead of Black Friday. There's also a range of features offered on each. 

The Mac Studio is even better with one of these fantastic monitors

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What to look for in a monitor for your Mac Studio

When you decided to purchase a Mac Studio, you were probably sold on the superior performance promised by its M1 Max or M1 Ultra chip. One major component of this is how well the Mac Studio's GPU performs with creative apps such as Final Cut Pro, Compressor, Affinity Photo, Boris FX Sapphire 2022, Maxon Cinema 4D, and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Studio.

To fully appreciate this raw power, the Mac Studio needs to be matched with a superior monitor; otherwise, what's the point? Therefore, check the Mac Studio specs with the monitor requirements most important to you at a price point you can afford. 

What to avoid for a Mac Studio monitor

In a word, don't go "cheap" when it comes to buying a monitor for your Mac Studio. Otherwise, you're going to be missing out on many of the features that make the Mac Studio great in the first place. And remember, you're paying for those features. 

Lots of screens to go around

There are so many great monitors out there, all for different uses, that what you ultimately decide on will mostly be up to personal preference; however, we have a few things we'd like to highlight for you.

The LG 27UP850-W is the updated version of the LG 27UK850-W, which we loved when we reviewed it. It truly is a monitor that can handle a little bit of everything. The 60Hz refresh rate isn't the highest available on the market, but it's still perfectly acceptable for gaming and other uses. Its added ports, plus its power-transferring USB-C make it a fantastic de-facto USB-C hub while also being a monitor.

If you love watching movies and other content on your Mac Studio, it's really hard to go wrong with the BenQ EW3280U. Yes, we mentioned that the speakers aren't super great at handling really heavy bass, but they are still some of the better small speakers you can find in monitors regarding how loud they can get.

Lastly, suggesting a portable screen like the ASUS ZenScreen for the Mac Studio may seem silly, but a quality portable screen offers you flexibility. Maybe you need to show a client a finished design at a coffee shop, and it's just easier to bring your Mac Studio, or maybe you have a MacBook that also needs a monitor sometimes. Even if you never take your Mac Studio off your desk, a small portable screen like this is a great second monitor that can handle all your boring day-to-day tasks. Put your email and Slack on this 15.6-inch screen and save that giant monitor for your actual work!

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.