When pairing a monitor with a Mac, the Apple Studio Display is hard to beat. After all, it blends seamlessly from a design standpoint, and it has plenty of features to match. For instance, it sports a sharp 27-inch 5K (5120 x 2880) Retina panel with 600 nits of brightness and wide color gamut coverage. On top of that, it has a built-in 12-megapixel camera, a three-mic array and six speakers, as well as an A13 Bionic chip under the hood for Center Stage and Spatial Audio. The problem is, it’s on the expensive side, and getting things like a tilt- and height-adjustable stand will cost extra.
On that note, there are a couple of decent Apple Studio Display alternatives around, and while they each provide their own unique benefits, they have one thing in common: All of them are more affordable than the Cupertino brand’s display. Namely, there’s the LG UltraFine 5K that’s more or less the same, the Samsung M8 Smart Monitor that’s smarter in some ways, the Dell UltraSharp with a slew of ports and the ASUS ProArt as a budget pick.
Apple Studio Display Alternatives Comparison Chart
|Model||Apple Studio Display||LG UltraFine 5K 27MD5KL-B||Samsung M8 Smart Monitor||Dell UltraSharp U3223QE||ASUS ProArt Display PA279CV|
|Price||Check Price at Apple.com||Check Price at LG.com||Check Price at Samsung.com||Check Price at Dell.com||Check Price at ASUS.com|
|Screen Size||27-inch Retina||27-inch IPS||32-inch VA||31.5-inch IPS Black||27-inch IPS|
|Resolution||5K (5120 x 2880)||5K (5120 x 2880)||4K (3840 x 2160)||4K (3840 x 2160)||4K (3840 x 2160)|
|RGB Color Space||100% P3||99% DCI-P3||99% sRGB||100% Rec 709 and sRGB, 98% DCI-P3||100% rGB|
|Brightness||600 nits||500 nits||400 nits||400 nits||350 nits|
|Audio||3-mic array, 6 speakers with Spatial Audio||Microphone, speaker||Microphone, speaker||n/a||Speaker|
|Camera||12MP, ultra wide, built-in||Yes, built-in||Yes, detachable||n/a||n/a|
|Ports||3 x USB-C, 1 x Thunderbolt 3||3 x USB-C, 1 x Thunderbolt 3||2 x USB-C, 1 x Micro HDMI||3 x USB-C, 5 x USB-A, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 out, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45 Ethernet port, 1 x 3.5mm audio jack||1 x USB-C, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2 x HDMI, 4 x USB-A, 1 x 3.5mm audio jack|
|Processor||A13 Bionic||n/a||Yes, unspecified||n/a||n/a|
|Stand||Tilt adjustable (included), tilt and height adjustable (sold separately)||Tilt and height adjustable (included)||Tilt and height adjustable (included)||Tilt, height, pivot and swivel adjustable (included)||Tilt, height, pivot and swivel adjustable (included)|
LG UltraFine 5K 27MD5KL-B — The Most Similar Alternative
Practically the same monitor with different branding.
In terms of specs, the LG UltraFine 5K 27MD5KL-B is the closest thing to the Apple Studio Display. For starters, it also measures 27 inches and has a 5K resolution (5120 x 2880). Moreover, it has the same set of ports that consists of three USB-C and one Thunderbolt 3, and it has a microphone, speakers and an integrated camera too. That isn’t too surprising since Apple partnered with LG to create it.
It even has the upper hand on some fronts. Particularly, it comes with a tilt- and height-adjustable stand right from the get-go, and again, it’s a bit easier on the pocket. However, it’s not as bright with a maximum of 500 nits, and it falls a tad short with its 99% DCI-P3 coverage—not that the difference is that significant, though.
- Similar to the Apple Studio Display
- Includes stand with adjustable tilt and height
- Still on the expensive side
Samsung M8 Smart Monitor — A Smarter Alternative
An inch closer to the Apple Studio Display, thanks to its AirPlay support.
Like the Apple Studio Display, the Samsung M8 Smart Monitor is powered by an onboard processor, though it’s unspecified. At any rate, it also has a microphone and speakers, and it has a detachable camera called the SlimFit.
Now what makes it stand out is it doubles as a stand-alone smart TV, meaning it can stream movies and shows from apps like Netflix. It even has AirPlay support, so you can mirror your iPhone or iPad to it. In addition, it includes a tilt- and height-adjustable stand, and it has HDR10+ to boot, which is something Apple’s monitor doesn’t have.
However, it’s not as sharp in comparison, owing to its lower 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) and larger screen real estate of 32 inches. And it tops out at 400 nits too, so it doesn’t get as bright either.
- Smart TV and monitor in one
- Support for Netflix and other streaming apps
- AirPlay support
- Less sharp because of bigger screen and lower resolution
Dell UltraSharp U3223QE — A More Functional Alternative
The Apple Studio Display doesn’t even have half the number of its ports.
To start things off, the Dell UltraSharp U3223QE is sort of an outlier in this list because it doesn’t share that many similarities with the Apple Studio Display, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. First off, it boasts an IPS Black panel that provides unrivaled contrast compared to other IPS counterparts out there, and to top things off, it has DisplayHDR 400.
Also, there’s no shortage of ports on it either: three USB-C, five USB-A, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet and 3.5mm audio jack. There’s a good reason for that too, as it features Auto KVM that lets you control two sources with the same keyboard and mouse, which is just the thing if, say, you use a Mac and a Windows PC. Last but not least, its stand has an adjustable tilt and height, and it pivots and swivels as well.
That said, it doesn’t have a speaker or microphone, and neither does it have a camera. But that’s nothing some peripherals can’t fix. It’s on the big side too, measuring 31.5 inches. That, coupled with a lower 4K resolution (3840 x 2160), makes for a less sharper display.
- Ports galore
- KVM Auto
- IPS Black panel
- DisplayHDR 400
- No speakers or microphone
ASUS ProArt PA279CV — A Budget Alternative
For the budget-conscious who doesn’t want to compromise on quality.
Compared to the Apple Studio Display, the ASUS ProArt PA279CV doesn’t exactly keep up. In its defense, it’s 27 inches with a 4K resolution (3840 x 2160), totaling to a respectable PPI of 163 as opposed to 218 PPI.
What’s more, it has HDR10 support, a speaker and plenty of ports, including one USB-C, DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI, four USB-A and 3.5mm audio jack. You can also adjust its included stand’s height, tilt, pivot and swivel.
Thing is, it only has a max brightness of 350 nits, and it doesn’t have a camera either. Sure, it may seem relatively bare-bones, but considering its lower price point, it provides a lot of bang for the buck.
- A lot more affordable
- Only has a few features
Being on the expensive end of the spectrum, the Apple Studio Display isn’t accessible to a lot of folks, but there are plenty of monitors that can take its place, such as the LG UltraFine 5K, Samsung M8 Smart Monitor, Dell UltraSharp and ASUS ProArt.
And there you have it—our picks for what we think are the best Apple Studio Display alternatives. To reiterate, the LG UltraFine 5K is likely the next best thing because of how it’s similar. Meanwhile, the Samsung M8 Smart Monitor is the smarter option, and it even comes with AirPlay support. Then there’s the Dell UltraSharp that has a ton of ports and IPS Black panel, and lastly, the ASUS ProArt that delivers somewhat comparable performance without breaking the bank.
Yes, the Apple Studio Display has a 27-inch 5K Retina display with a wide color gamut coverage and brightness that goes up to 600 nits. It also has an integrated camera, speakers and microphones.
Unfortunately, the Apple Studio Display is only an SDR monitor.
The Apple Studio Display is clocked at 60Hz.
Besides processing images, the Apple Studio Display uses an A13 Bionic chip for features like Spatial Audio and Center Stage.