With no new Apple screens, here are the best high-res screens for your Mac


imac in blue on white background
Enlarge / No bigger M1-powered iMac but.

Apple held its fall event was right this moment, and the stars of the present have been the M1 Pro and M1 Max introduced for the new MacBook Pros. We even bought new AirPods and phrase on macOS Monterey. But all was quiet on the shows entrance. Hope for a bigger iMac with Apple Silicon to accompany the 24-inch mannequin introduced in April was not rewarded, and the Apple Pro Display XDR continues to be Apple’s solely standalone monitor. If you have been ready for right this moment’s occasion that can assist you choose the subsequent display screen to run macOS on, we really feel your ache. We can’t drive Apple to launch new shows, however we will spherical up some non-Apple PC screens value contemplating in case you want one thing now.

But let’s get one thing out of the manner first. Nothing can actually compete with the iMac proper now by way of show decision and computing energy. Every show listed under is a monitor solely; there are no all-in-one PCs here.

5K options

One of the best benefits the iMac and Pro Display XDR have is their ridiculous pixel depend. The iMac has what Apple calls a 4.5K decision (4480 x 2520). And the Pro Display XDR claims 6K, or 6016 x 3384. Neither decision is frequent, and 5K (5120 x 2880) choices have extra pixels than the iMac (14,745,600 versus 11,289,600 pixels). But pixel density, which impacts how sharp the picture seems to be, is decided by every monitor’s measurement.



For $1,300, LG’s 27MD5KL-B gives a 5120 x 2880 decision in a 27-inch display screen. Because the iMac has a smaller display screen, its pixel density is bigger—218.7 pixels per inch (ppi) versus 217.6 ppi—however you’d should get actually shut to note the distinction, in case you do in any respect. You’re more likely to discover the LG’s barely bigger measurement (27 inches diagonally versus 23.5 inches) extra instantly.

Both the LG 27MD5KL-B and that iMac declare as much as 500 nits of brightness. Both additionally declare protection of the DCI-P3 coloration house, with the LG stated to hit 99 p.c. Plus, the monitor works with macOS, so you possibly can tweak monitor settings, like brightness and quantity, from macOS.

You get a Thunderbolt 3 port with 94 W Power Delivery, in addition to three USB-C (Gen 3) ports reasonably than the two to 4 (relying on the configuration) USB 4 ports on the iMac.

MSI Prestige PS341WU

MSI Prestige PS341WU.
Enlarge / MSI Prestige PS341WU.

OK, this is not good 5K. Because it is an ultrawide-screen (32:9 side ratio), the decision is totally different. 5120 x 2160 equals 11,059,200 pixels, so it is solely slightly below the iMac’s depend. Pixel density is a decrease 163.4 ppi, however the show can be bigger than the iMac.

The 450-nit show is not fairly as vibrant as the iMac (and manner dimmer than the Pro Display). You do, nonetheless, get USB-C, DisplayPort, and, in contrast to with Apple’s shows, HDMI, though that is restricted to a 3840×2160 decision.

The PS341WU currently goes for $1,000.

LG 34WK95U-W

LG 34WK95U-W.

Like the MSI show above, the LG 34WK95U-W means you sacrifice a bit in decision (5120 x 2160), however you get a powerful 98 p.c protection of P3 and a barely larger distinction declare (1,200:1) than the common IPS display screen. Again, the display screen is a smidgen dimmer than an iMac, however with a display screen this massive, 450 nits needs to be lots for most indoor environments.

The display costs about $1,300, and Thunderbolt 3 makes issues extra Mac-friendly.

Pixel-heavy ultrawides

If you are after a number of pixels, ultrawides are a great way to get them whereas gaining a number of display screen actual property. Pixel density is manner decrease than the Apple screens, however you could be prepared to sacrifice a few of that for an immersive display screen.

Samsung 49
Enlarge / Samsung 49″ CRG9.

There are numerous 5120 x 1440 ultrawides available, but if you want to come closer to matching Apple displays’ brightness and color, take a look at the Samsung 49-inch CRG9. It’s massive, which makes its $1,200-ish worth extra digestible, however that additionally means the show is tougher to discover a residence for. It claims as much as 1,000 nits of brightness and 95 p.c of P3. However, there are solely HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-A ports here.

If you can find it, the Philips 499P9H, on the different hand, has a built-in USB-C docking station. At a claimed 350 nits, brightness is not as excessive as the shows talked about above, however its VA panel claims thrice the distinction (3,000:1) as the typical IPS panel.

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