The best Apple Studio Display alternatives you can buy

The Studio Display isn't the only 5K monitor out there

Best overall Apple Studio alternative
LG UltraFine 5K IPS Monitor
LG UltraFine 5K IPS monitor
Starts at
$1599
Resolution
5K
Size
27-inches
Brightness
500 nits
Best cheap Apple Studio alternative
Kogan 40" Curved Ultrawide WUHD 5K USB-C Monitor
Kogan 40" Curved Ultrawide WUHD 5K USB-C Monitor
Starts at
$849
Resolution
5K
Size
34-inches
Curvature
2500R
Best Studio Display alternative for gamers
Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED
Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Starts at
$2098.80
Resolution
4K
Size
34-inches
Brightness
1000 nits
Best 4K Apple Studio alternative
Samsung Smart Monitor M8
Samsung Smart Monitor M8
3 out of 5 stars
3
Starts at
$1042.99
Resolution
4K
Feature 2
32-inches
Brightness
400 nits
Fergus Halliday
May 01, 2024
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Apple’s new Studio Display makes monitors exciting again. it's a glitzy and futuristic alternative to dull workspace-grade options available elsewhere. Unfortunately, at an Australian RRP of $2499, it’s also very expensive.

Fortunately, there are a few other cheaper options out there that you might want to investigate if you’re in the market for a desktop monitor that excites you in the way that the Apple Studio Display does and you don't want to pay the premium.

Apple Studio Display alternatives compared

Product
Size
Resolution
DCI-P3
Includes webcam
RRP
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Image of the Apple Mac Studio Display with transparent background.Apple Studio Display
27 inches5K98%Yes$2,499
LG UltraFine 5K IPS MonitorLG Ultrafine 5K IPS Monitor
27 inches5K99%Yes$1,599
MSI Prestige PS341WUMSI Prestige PS341WU
34 inches5K98%No$1,599
Alienware 34 QD-OLED monitorAlienware 34 QD-OLED
34 inches4K99.3%No$2,098.80
Samsung Smart Monitor M8Samsung Smart Monitor M8
32 inches4K98%Yes$1,042.99
Kogan 40" Curved Ultrawide WUHD 5K USB-C MonitorKogan 40" Curved Ultrawide WUHD 5K USB-C Monitor
40 inches5KN/ANo$849

LG UltraFine 5K IPS monitor

Best overall Apple Studio alternative

LG UltraFine 5K IPS Monitor
LG UltraFiine 5K IPS monitor
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
Features
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Value
3 out of 5 stars
3
From
$1599
pro 5K resolution
pro Thunderbolt 3 ports
con No center stage and Siri integration
con Plain design

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

This 27-inch LG Ultrafine monitor is one of the only other options for macOS users who want the practical but premium perk that comes with a 5K resolution display.

The aesthetics here aren’t as slick as offerings from Apple or Samsung, but if the 5K resolution is the key selling point for you, then this is a cheaper way to go about getting that. On top of that, you’re getting DCI-P3 99% colour gamut coverage, 500 nits of brightness and a set of Thunderbolt 3 ports that support up to 94W charging via USB-C.

Akin to the Studio Display, LG’s UltraFine 5K IPS monitor also incorporates an adjustable stand, an internal webcam, built-in speakers and a microphone - allowing it to act as an all-in-one package that is similar to the approach taken by Apple with their latest luxury monitor. 

The LG Ultrafine 5K IPS monitor is just as fit for purpose as Apple's Studio Display, even if it lacks a few bells and whistles.

Model27MD5KL
Size27 inches
Resolution5120 x 2880
Brightness500 nits
Response time14ms
Panel typeIPS

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Kogan 40-inch Curved Ultrawide WUHD 5K USB-C Monitor

Best cheap Apple Studio alternative

Kogan 40" Curved Ultrawide WUHD 5K USB-C Monitor
Kogan 40" Curved Ultrawide WUHD 5K USB-C Monitor
Design
4 out of 5 stars
4
Features
3 out of 5 stars
3
Value
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
From
$849
pro Competitive price
pro Ultrawide 5K
con No built-in webcam
con No speakers

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

Kogan isn't usually the first brand that comes to mind when you’re looking for high-end desktop monitors. However, the company's curved 5K monitor has a lot to offer content creators in search of a high-resolution display. It’s a little larger than Apple Studio Display, but still delivers the good when it comes to supporting 5K2K Ultra-Wide resolutions, plus 99% of sRGB colour and 65W charging via USB-C.

The Kogan 40-inch Curved Ultrawide WUHD 5K USB-C Monitor is neither the cheapest nor the closest alternative to Apple’s Studio Display, but it’s one worth considering if you’re looking for something that falls along the same lines.

ModelKAMN40DQUCWA
Size40-inches
Resolution5120 x 2160
Curvature2500R
Response time14ms
Panel typeIPS

Alienware 34 QD-OLED

Best Apple Studio alternative for gamers

Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED
Alienware 34 QD-OLED
Our Rating
5 out of 5 stars
5
Design
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Features
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Value
2.5 out of 5 stars
2.5
From
$2098.80
pro OLED
pro Gorgeous color
con Curved isn't for everyone
con Only 4K

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

If you’re drawn in by the promise of Apple’s Studio Display, but not necessarily willing to make the jump to macOS needed to make the most of it, Alienware’s first QD-OLED might sate your desire for high-end desktop picture quality in a different.

A gorgeous QN-OLED panel turns specs that would otherwise be routine into something revelatory. It isn’t that much cheaper than the Studio Display, but early hype suggests that it’s currently one of the best-looking monitors out there for gamers and non-gamers alike. 

ModelAW3423DW
Size34-inches
Resolution3440 x 1440
Brightness1000 nits
Response time0.1ms
Panel typeOLED

Samsung Smart Monitor M8

Best 4K Apple Studio monitor alternative

Samsung Smart Monitor M8
Samsung Smart Monitor M8
Our Rating
5 out of 5 stars
5
Design
3 out of 5 stars
3
Features
4 out of 5 stars
4
Price
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
From
$1042.99
pro Smart TV functionality
pro Appealing design
con Only 4K
con Limited webcam functionality

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

If the 5K resolution found on Apple’s Studio Display is more of a novelty than a necessity, there’s a decent chance that Samsung’s M8 Smart Monitor might work as a half-decent substitute.

Available in a single 32-inch size, the Samsung M8 Smart Monitor has the brains of a smart 4K TV but the looks of a sleek desktop display. It also comes with a webcam accessory that incorporates similar face tracking and active-framing technology as Apple’s new monitor does. 

If the part of the Studio Display that appealed to you was that Apple made a monitor that offered more than just higher resolutions, Samsung’s Smart Monitor M8 might strike the same chord at a cheaper price. 

ModelLS32BM801UEXXY
Size32-inches
Resolution3840 x 2160
Brightness400 nits
Response time4ms
Panel typeIPS

Apple Studio alternatives we also considered

Here are more high-end monitors that we considered that didn't make the cut.
Samsung Odyssey Ark
Samsung Odyssey Ark
Starts at
$5,293.73
pro Dolby Atmos speakers
pro One Connect Box
con Multi-view is finicky
con Manual rotation

We didn't spend enough time with the Samsung Odyssey Ark to render a full verdict on it, but our hands-on time with this demigod of desktop monitors has us convinced that it'll cut it as an alternative to the Apple Studio Display if all you're after is a monitor that'll start a conversation.

The Odyssey Ark can't match Apple's Studio Display when it comes to resolution, but it's got it beat on both size and flexibility (thanks to a nifty rotating monitor stand). It's not going to be for everyone, but if you're keen on what Samsung is promising here you're likely to come away even more thrilled with the reality.

Apple Studio Display buying guide

What to look for when comparing other monitors to the Apple Studio Display
Mac Studio lifestyle

It's easy to be thrilled by the futuristic features and pixel-perfect looks of Apple's high-end desktop monitor. It's a little harder to love the price tag that comes attached to the Mac Studio Display.

As with most tech categories, it's well worth breaking down what aspects of Apple's smarter and sleeker Studio Display stand out and make it appealing to you before you drop the cash on one. For some, this will be the 5K resolution. For others, it'll be the smart features and the built-in webcam. For a few, it might even be the Siri integration.

Regardless of whatever your drawcard is, it's well worth doing your research and seeing how the Studio Display compares to other monitors with that feature. It might be hard to find one with all the same bells and whistles as Apple's effort, but tracking one down with some of them at a better price might be easier than you expect.

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How we review monitors

Monitor reviews start with prices relative to features. For example, it’s okay for a widescreen high-resolution monitor to cost more if it has a fast refresh rate, lots of ports and a bright display. Similarly, we appreciate that portable monitors can be pricier relative to their portability, versatility and ease of use.

Before connecting, we have a look at the weight, mounting options and ports to appraise connection options and compatibility. Once connected, we love a monitor that’s plug and play. Companion software isn’t essential, especially if it takes up a USB port to track monitor usage, but it’s nice to have, particularly if physical monitor controls are missing or difficult to use.

The next step is to put the monitor through its paces as an everyday screen. This means using the monitor for basic computing, video playback and gaming to see how it performs in terms of brightness, viewing angles and colour accuracy. Extras like onboard speakers, headset brackets and other perks also help separate an average monitor from one that’s worth paying hundreds of dollars for.

Apple Studio Monitor FAQs

Here are the most commonly asked questions about the Apple Studio Display monitor

The Apple Mac Studio Monitor is a desktop display that the tech company released in 2022. On top of offering a similarly high resolution to the one found in the Pro Display XDR, this sleek monitor also comes with a suite of nifty features including a built-in webcam with Center Stage tracking and integrated Siri.

Whether an Apple Studio Display is worth the high price tag depends a lot on what you're going to be using it for. If you're not a content creator or photography professional, the benefits of the high resolution here aren't quite as easy to realise.

In our review of the Studio Display, Alex Choros found that "the Studio Display is one of those products where you find yourself doing mental gymnastics to try and justify it."

"The 5K resolution is glorious, but at the same time, the overall package is dated thanks to the lack of modern display tech. This doesn't stop the screen from Studio Display from being a lovely monitor, but it makes the $2,499 price harder to reconcile. It's not a best of the best monitor, which for money, it should be."

The Mac Studio Display will play nice with up to four addition displays via Thunderbolt 4 and one more on top of that via HDMI. In total, the Mac Studio Display should be able to be daisy-chained with up to five other displays.

The Apple Mac Studio Display might look like the most recent set of iMac but is not the same as one. While the presence of an A13 Bionic processor does make this monitor a little smarter than the average, you'll still need to attach it to a PC or Mac in order to use it. The Studio Display has more going for it than most screens, but it is still just a screen.

Fergus Halliday
Written by
Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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