Best monitors for Mac Studio in 2024

What is the best monitor for Mac Studio? Picking a display for such an incredible computer is a very difficult choice.

As one of the best Macs on the market, the Mac Studio has immense power that needs a monitor capable of keeping up with the M2 Max or M2 Ultra chip. Luckily, we've reviewed a lot of monitors at iMore and selected the very best options to enhance your desktop Mac experience. Whether you own the M2 Mac Studio or the M1 Mac Studio, these options are sure to provide for fantastic viewing.

These are the best monitors for Mac Studio based on varying budgets and sizes, so there should be the perfect option for everyone. All the products below have been thoroughly tested to ensure they deserve an iMore recommendation. We've also got you covered if you're looking for the best monitors for Mac full stop.

Quick list

Best overall

Philips 27B1U7903 4K monitor

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Best overall

Specifications

Screen Size: 27 inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Connectivity: 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x Thunderbolt 4 (upstream, data, video, PD 90 W)

Reasons to buy

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Immense display
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Great build quality
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Thunderbolt/USB4 hub with loads of ports

Reasons to avoid

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Thick
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Clunky menu buttons
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Poor speakers

The Philips 27B1U7903 is a stunning display and easily the best all-around monitor on this list. It's colorful, with great color accuracy, and its 4K resolution makes it super sharp. 27 inches is the perfect size for productivity without getting to the region of having a TV on your desk, and the stand is good to boot.

The speakers are a bit rubbish, and the many buttons for controlling the on-screen display could be better, but those small issues barely make a mark on the luster of this excellent monitor. Well-priced, super-powered, and with great connectivity, no Mac Studio user will regret picking this monitor up.

If you're looking for the best monitor for Mac Studio, the Philips 27B1U7903 is a fantastic option that is sure to stand out on your desk, perfect for anyone looking to get some serious work done with their incredibly powerful Mac.

Best for artists

A woman using the Apple Studio Display while sitting at a desk

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Best for artists

Specifications

Screen Size: 27 inches
Resolution: 5120 x 2880
Connectivity: 4x USB Type C

Reasons to buy

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Easy installation
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Wonderful design
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Real, beneficial speakers

Reasons to avoid

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No HDR support
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Expensive

Lets get one thing out of the way here first — the Apple Studio Display is an expensive monitor. If you're an artist, however, you're not going to find much better than the incredible resolution on display here. It features a 5K display, which makes it sharper and more detailed than the other displays on the list, making it perfect for when you need to see every single detail on an image or a drawing.

It doesn't have the most connection options, although it will connect to your Mac Studio with a USB-C cable, so you won't have to worry too much. The supply issues that plagued the monitor on its release are all but gone now, however, so you won't have any issues getting a hold of one.

Best budget

Dell S3222DGM on a colored background

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3. Dell S3222DGM

Best budget

Specifications

Screen Size: 32 inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Connectivity: 2x HDMI 2.2, 1x DisplayPort 1.2

Reasons to buy

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Curved screen
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Big screen
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Fast refresh rate

Reasons to avoid

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No extra connections
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Not 4K

If you don't mind about the Monitor being 4K, then this Dell is an excellent budget option. It's less than $400, for a start, making it the cheapest monitor on the list, and you get loads of performance for the money. It's got a blazing fast refresh rate of up to 165Hz depending on the connection you use on the back, and it's massive screen has a 1440p resolution that might not make it quite 4K, but does make it a great deal more impressive than the equivalent 1080p display.

You won't get a thunderbolt port on the back here, so you'll have to connect over DisplayPort or HDMI, but your Mac Studio has all the ports you'll need for this one. It does look a little 'gamery' as well, but you'll soon not notice when you give it a try.

Best for gamers

Dough Spectrum 4K 144Hz glossy monitor

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Best for gamers

Specifications

Screen Size: 27 inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Connectivity: 2x HDMI 2.1, 1x USB Type-C, 1x USB Type-B, 1x USB Type-C, 2x USB Type-A

Reasons to buy

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Gloriously rich display
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Great port array
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Reserved design

Reasons to avoid

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Certain lighting situations may prove problematic
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Expensive
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Auto source switching can be slow

Looking to enjoy some gaming on your Mac Studio? Look no further than the Dough Spectrum 27-inch. For the gamers amongst us its got loads of cool features, cheifly its monster 144Hz refresh rate. That'll make all those games you have running on your Mac run well, and crucially, really smoothly.

The 4K resolution will do you well too, making sure that your games are looking their best behind the glossy screen. That latter part means that you'll have to make sure that you're not using the display in a room filled with glare, but if you do, you'll be in for a high res treat. Connectivity is good too, with loads of ways to plug your Mac in. There's support for both Nvidia's Gsync and AMD's Freesync too, making sure that it's got all the features a modern gamer needs.

Best display

Pro Display XDR next to a Mac Pro

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5. Apple Pro Display XDR

Best display

Specifications

Screen Size: 32 inches
Resolution: 6016 x 3384
Connectivity: 4x USB Type C

Reasons to buy

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Stunning display
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Large screen
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Incredibly bright

Reasons to avoid

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It's so, so expensive

The Apple Pro Display XDR is, put simply, the best looking screen that you can pick up for an Apple machine. It's designed with content creation in mind, with ridiculous color accuracy and wonderful clarity. It's 6K, which means that while it might not be quite as detailed and sharp as an 8K display, it'll wow you more than a 4K display would. And at 32-inches, the differences between it and an 8K display are going to be almost entirely negligible.

All this does come at a price — a big price. The monitor will set you back $4,599. That's a lot for a monitor, but you're getting the tippity-toppiest Mac monitor for the price. It's not a bargain, but if you need the best display ever then you'll not regret the incredible expense.

Best all rounder

BenQ PD2706UA

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Best all rounder

Specifications

Screen Size: 27 inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Connectivity: HDMI 2.0, USB-C, DPI .4, USB-B, 2x USB 3.2

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous display
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Incredible color accuracy
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Monitor arm is excellent

Reasons to avoid

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Ugly chin
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Not great for gaming

The BenQ PD2706UA is a brilliant monitor for Mac Studio that combines a genius design with a high quality display. The built-in monitor arm allows you to free up space on your desk while also providing maneuverability to get the right angle for your setup. 

The 4K display is bright and beautiful but if you're looking to game or watch movies, the mediocre HDR and 60Hz display rate will miss the mark. Available for under $600 at times, this all rounder is a fantastic option at an even better price point. The PD2706UA is a top quality monitor for the money.

Q&A

What to look for in a monitor for your Mac Studio

You can always trust iMore. Our team of Apple experts have years of experience testing all kinds of tech and gadgets, so you can be sure our recommendations and criticisms are accurate and helpful. Find out more about how we test.

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, such as office work and gaming, as well as testing the monitor in different viewing scenarios to test performance in specific areas. Our testing includes viewing videos, photo and video editing, gaming, and more. We also test these products over an extended period to ensure that they are reliable regarding durability and build quality and are designed and built to last.

We consider the different conditions a monitor might need to work in too — whether that's in harsh direct lighting, on a cramped desk, in vertical or horizontal orientations, and more.

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.

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 viewing experience.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself. Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings. John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019.  John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.