The rumor mill expected Apple to release a self-branded monitor (the first in years) in 2019, but the actual announcement caught everyone a little off-guard. The new Apple Pro Display XDR comes with advanced HDR tech and a whopping 6K resolution. It’s also tremendously expensive, to the tune of $5,000.
And you may have heard about the incredibly puzzling $1,000 monitor stand that’s not paired with it (subjected to widespread ridicule and possibly the worst marketing move in Apple’s history).
But let’s face it, the specs of this super powerful monitor aren’t for everyone and the price tag limits it to only the most professional pursuits. Like the Mac Pro, companies and wealthy freelancers will be buying this monitor, but not average consumers.
However, if you’re interested in a powerful, ultra-high resolution, Mac-friendly monitor; you may need one that’s not quite as expensive (or at least doesn’t beg for a $1,000 add-on).
In that case, we have a few great choices for you. Here are the best 6K Apple Pro Display alternatives.
Best Apple Pro XDR Display Alternatives
LG Ultrawide 5K – $1,099
This 34-inch ultrawide monitor comes with a ton of screen real estate – as long as you have a desk big enough, you can easily pull up multiple large windows for work for or play. This particular monitor sports a 5120 x 2160 resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a 5ms response time. It offers a plug and play setup via the excellent Thunderbolt 3 port for Apple devices.
For those interested in color quality, the color gamut and accurate are great, and max brightness is rated at 450 CD/m2. Overall it’s an awesome monitor at a fraction of the price that Apple’s 6K display is selling for. However, you have to be okay with using an ultra-wide screen, which isn’t for everyone. Get it here.
HP Z27 4K UHD – $539
HP’s ultra HD monitor offers a 3840 x 2160 resolution, nowhere close to Apple’s 6K, but plenty of resolution for a home monitor that’s meant to tackle all kinds of general tasks. There’s also a USB-C port for versatile connections, as well as a DisplayPort and HDMI connection. The brightness for the IPS monitor reaches 350 cd/m2.
It’s not the fanciest monitor, but it’s highly-professional and an excellent 4K choice if you need a high resolution without breaking the bank. HP also offers good warranties if you’re a little worried about having a faulty monitor or something else going wrong. Get it here.
Dell UltraSharp 49″ – $1,342
This massive Dell monitor features an incredible 49″ curved display, with enough screen space for anything you might want to do (from immersive racing games to day-trading). It can also handle two computer sources at once in case you want to run multiple programs at the same time from two separate Macs. The response time can reach 5ms in fast mode, and the refresh rate is 60Hz. If you have room for this monitor and need all the screen real-estate you can get, it’s one of the best options on the market, and is still far less expensive than Apple’s Pro display. Get it here.
LG 24″ 4K UHD – $309
On the other hand, maybe you’re looking for a much, much more affordable display. With a limited budget, one your best options is this 24-inch, 4K LG model. It offers an ultra HD resolution at 3840 x 2600, with brightness at 250 cd/m2 and a 60Hz refresh rate. Ports include HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort. There’s also FreeSync tech and a game mode, if by chance you’re picking a monitor out for AMD graphics gaming. Get it here.
Dell UltraSharp 32″ 8K – $4,200
Suppose you care less about price, and just want a super-high resolution monitor for your work – possibly video editing or similar design work, but the 2019 Apple monitor really didn’t do anything for you. In that case, we humbly suggest this amazing Dell UltraSharp, which reaches an 8K resolution on a 32-inch display for all the detail you could possibly want. Brightness levels are at 400 cd/m2, the refresh rate is 60Hz, and the color accuracy is, of course, excellent. Get it here.