Best 4K monitors for Mac iMore 2021
Are you upgrading that high-tech home office and want to check out the best monitors for Mac? Your display may already be gorgeous, but if you're in the market for a second display or even something larger than what you have, a 4K monitor is a massive step in the right direction. If you want to try and maintain the same level of definition as your current display, here are the best 4K monitors for Mac users, but they're especially perfect for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
HDR10 support: LG 27UK850-W Monitor for Mac
One of LG's latest displays, the 4K 27UK850-W is also a great USB-C monitor and features HDR support via two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort, a headphone jack, and two down-stream USB-A ports. It also has excellent viewing angles, thanks to its IPS panel, and its grey-to-grey response time is a blazing-fast five milliseconds.
Entertaining experience: BenQ EW3280U 32-inch 4K Monitor
For high-quality visuals and next-level sound, you can't beat the BenQ EW3280U. One of our favorite USB-C monitors for Mac, this bad boy is equipped with 4K UHD resolution and 95% DCI-P3 wide color gamut for a crystal clear picture and vibrant colors. It also comes with True Tone treVolo Audio that includes multiple speakers and a built-in 5W subwoofer so that you can expect an exceptional sound experience, as well. This makes it one of Mac's best 4K monitors for streaming video, gaming, and even video editing work.
USB-C connection: HP Z27n G2 LED Display
HP's new Z27 4K monitor may just take over the top spot after more testing since it features USB-C and DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort, and HDMI. Its colors are immaculately accurate, and with a grey-to-grey response time of 8 milliseconds, you won't see any hiccups while you're working or gaming.
Upgrade pick: BenQ 32-inch, 4K UHD Monitor
BenQ's 32-inch monitor is somewhat expensive. Still, it offers excellent features for the creative pro, like several different modes (including Darkroom) for photo and video editing, a built-in SD card reader, as well as a 5-port USB hub, HDMI ports, and mini and regular DisplayPorts.
Budget option: LG 32UD59-B 32-Inch 4K UHD LED-Lit Monitor
This inexpensive monitor from LG has the company's excellent IPS panel, as well as a swift 5-millisecond response time. With a refresh rate of 60Hz, excellent viewing angles, and a designated gaming mode, this is a solid all-around monitor for most people. It doesn't offer much in terms of inputs (HDMI and DisplayPort only), but it'll do in a pinch.
Thunderbolt 3: LG 32UL950-W 32-inch Ultrafine 4K Monitor
LG's big 34-inch 32UL950 is not only a Thunderbolt 3 monitor, meaning you can daisy chain monitors together but also has quite a few ports. With one Thunderbolt 3 port, USB-A, an HDMI, and multiple DisplayPort ports, this monitor has tons of connectivity to attach all your favorite devices. Plus, its ultrafine 4K display and high color fidelity make this screen look amazing right out of the box.
A couple of suggestions
Of course, when it comes to using a newer MacBook, like the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, you're going to want it to come with a USB-C port unless you have a USB-C hub. You're also going to want the flexibility of having a variety of different ports. That's where the LG 27UK850-W comes in. Since it can charge your MacBook, MacBook Air, or 13-inch MacBook Pro, and it also features two USB-A ports, two HDMI ports, a display port, and a headphone jack, it is not only a fantastic monitor but a whole hub for connectivity. This is our favorite pick out of the best 4K monitors for Mac.
When it comes to excellent 4K monitors, the BenQ EW3280U is hard to beat, with excellent bang for your buck. Its combined features and price make it a great consideration, but the lack of USB-C can be concerning for some.
Lastly, if the price is your only concern, the LG 27UD58-B is probably the monitor you should pick up. Since it was released a couple of years ago, it recently received a massive price cut, and that's no laughing matter.
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Luke is a senior writer at iMore and often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget." When he isn't playing video games (Apple Arcade included), he's typically playing disc golf, taking photos, or fiddling with his favorite tech. Follow him at @LukeFilipowicz on Twitter.
Jaclyn is a content writer at iMore. She's a longtime Apple addict with a flair for creating (written works, design, photos; you name it!) on her devices. When she's not churning out new things, Jaclyn loves exploring the world, playing with her children, and good old-fashioned baking. You can read more about her expat lifestyle at MorningPapaya.com.
Mick is a staff writer who's as frugal as they come, so he always does extensive research (much to the exhaustion of his wife) before making a purchase. If it's not worth the price, Mick ain't buying.