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Apple Studio Display Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed May 03, 2022 at 10:54 am
Apple Studio Display Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
8.1
Office
6.1
Gaming
7.5
Media Consumption
7.8
Media Creation
3.1
HDR
Size
27"
Resolution
5120x2880
Max Refresh Rate
60Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDR10
No

The Apple Studio Display is a 27 inch monitor with a 5k resolution. It's targeted for the consumer level as Apple previously released Pro Display XDR for professional users. It's for use with Mac computers, meaning you can use all of its features with a macOS device, like the extremely accurate sRGB picture mode. It works with Windows computers, but you can't change any settings or use certain features. It also has built-in speakers, a microphone, and a webcam, so you can use it for video calls. There are a few variations of the monitor, as you can choose between a tilt-only stand or a tilt and height-adjustable stand, but since you can't remove either stand to wall-mount the display, there's a variant with a VESA mount adapter too. Also, it comes with standard glossy reflective glass, but you can choose to get the nano-texture reflective glass with a matte finish instead.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The Apple Studio Display is okay for mixed usage. It performs best for content creation and for office use, and you can use all of its features with a macOS device. It has exceptional out-of-the-box accuracy, and the high resolution makes it a very good choice for content creators. It also has wide viewing angles, and it performs well in bright rooms, so it's great for bright offices, but the tilt-only variant has limited ergonomics. Sadly, it doesn't support HDR, which is disappointing if you're a content creator that needs HDR.

Pros
  • High 5k resolution delivers sharp text and images.
  • Excellent peak brightness and fantastic reflection handling.
  • Exceptional out-of-the-box accuracy.
Cons
  • Limited ergonomics on tilt-only version.
  • Can't remove stand to wall-mount it.
  • No HDR support.
8.1 Office

The Apple Studio Display is a great office monitor. You can use all of its features, including the exceptionally accurate sRGB picture mode, using a macOS device, as it has limited compatibility with Windows PCs. Images and text look sharp, and it has a big enough screen to open two windows side-by-side. It also has high peak brightness and fantastic reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue in bright rooms. Sadly, the tilt-only version has limited ergonomics, so it's hard to place in an ideal viewing position.

Pros
  • High 5k resolution delivers sharp text and images.
  • Excellent peak brightness and fantastic reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Exceptional out-of-the-box accuracy.
Cons
  • Limited ergonomics on tilt-only version.
  • Can't remove stand to wall-mount it.
  • Limited compatibility with Windows PCs.
6.1 Gaming

The Apple Studio Display is mediocre for gaming, but it's not meant for this. It's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. Also, it has poor motion handling because it has a slow response time.

Pros
  • High 5k resolution delivers sharp text and images.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
  • 60Hz panel.
  • Low contrast and no local dimming.
  • Poor motion handling.
7.5 Media Consumption

The Apple Studio Display is good for media consumption. The high 5k resolution helps deliver clear images, and it displays a wide range of colors accurately. It's good for watching content with someone sitting next to you because it has wide viewing angles, but the ergonomics are limited. Sadly, it's not good in dark rooms because blacks look gray, and there's no local dimming feature.

Pros
  • High 5k resolution delivers sharp text and images.
  • Excellent peak brightness and fantastic reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Exceptional out-of-the-box accuracy.
Cons
  • Limited ergonomics on tilt-only version.
  • Low contrast and no local dimming.
  • Poor motion handling.
7.8 Media Creation

The Apple Studio Display is very good for content creators. It has exceptional out-of-the-box accuracy in the sRGB picture mode, so you won't need to calibrate it, and it displays a wide range of colors. It also has a 27 inch screen with a 5k resolution, meaning you can view images with sharp detail. It has limited ergonomics as the stand only offers tilt adjustments, but you can buy a variant with a VESA mount adapter instead.

Pros
  • High 5k resolution delivers sharp text and images.
  • Excellent peak brightness and fantastic reflection handling.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Exceptional out-of-the-box accuracy.
Cons
  • Limited ergonomics on tilt-only version.
  • Can't remove stand to wall-mount it.
  • No HDR support.
3.1 HDR

The Apple Studio Display doesn't support HDR.

  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 8.1 Office
  • 6.1 Gaming
  • 7.5 Media Consumption
  • 7.8 Media Creation
  • 3.1 HDR
  1. Updated May 20, 2022: Fixed a mistake that called the Thunderbolt 3 cable a USB-C cable.
  2. Updated May 03, 2022: Adjusted language to better reflect our experience with the performance of the webcam.
  3. Updated May 03, 2022: Review published.
  4. Updated Apr 28, 2022: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

The Apple Studio Display looks a lot like an iMac but without the larger housing at the bottom. It has a typical Apple look with silver metal throughout and branding on the back. It looks nice in any office environment.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Apple Studio Display has fantastic build quality. The body and stand are solid aluminum that doesn't flex anywhere. The glass sits flush to the monitor as it's attached properly to the bezels. The stand is solid, and the screen stays in place when you tilt it. The base of the stand is a bit small for the size of the display, but it won't fall over unless you really push it. There's also a vent on top, and you don't hear it pushing out air, which is great. The main downside to this monitor is that the power cable is fixed to the display, so if it gets damaged, you'll have to bring the entire monitor to get it repaired.

2.5
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
0.0" (0.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-25° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
No
Swivel Range
No swivel
Wall Mount
No Mount

The ergonomics of the Apple Studio Display are terrible. This unit is the version with the tilt-only stand, so it's hard to place in an ideal position. You can buy the version with a height-adjustable stand if you prefer. However, you can't remove either stand, so the monitor can't be wall-mounted, and neither stand can swivel or rotate into portrait mode. Instead, there's a version with a VESA mount 100x100 adapter, so if you need to make adjustments often, get this version instead.

The back of the monitor is basic, and there's a cutout in the stand for cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
6.0" (15.3 cm)
Base Depth
6.6" (16.8 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
4.3" (11.0 cm)
Weight (With Display)
14.0 lbs (6.4 kg)

The base on the tilt-adjustable stand is small and doesn't take up much space, and because it's flat, you can put stuff on it. The base of the height-adjustable stand is bigger, with a depth of 8.1" (20.7 cm).

Design
Display
Housing Width
24.5" (62.3 cm)
Housing Height
14.3" (36.3 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
0.8" (2.0 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
N/A
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.5" (1.4 cm)

As you can't remove the stand, we couldn't measure the weight of the Apple Studio Display without the stand. The manufacturer advertises the variant with the VESA mount adapter to weigh 12.1 lbs (5.5 kg).

Design
Controls

The Apple Studio Display doesn't have any physical controls. The monitor turns itself on when you connect a device, and you access all display settings through the settings on a macOS device.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

  • Thunderbolt 3 cable
  • User guides and manuals
  • 2x Apple stickers

Picture Quality
6.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,052 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The Apple Studio Display has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in the dark, and there's no local dimming feature to improve it.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Apple Studio Display doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the monitor so you can compare the backlight performance with a monitor that has local dimming.

8.7
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
618 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
576 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
584 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
585 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
585 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
585 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
574 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
582 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
584 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
584 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
584 cd/m²
ABL
0.002
Minimum Brightness
4 cd/m²

The Apple Studio Display has excellent peak brightness in SDR. It easily gets bright enough to fight glare in most bright rooms, and although smaller highlights are a bit dimmer, the difference isn't noticeable. These measurements are from after calibration in the 'Apple Display (P3-600 Nits)' Picture Mode.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
No Certification
Real Scene
N/A
Peak 2% Window
N/A
Peak 10% Window
N/A
Peak 25% Window
N/A
Peak 50% Window
N/A
Peak 100% Window
N/A
Sustained 2% Window
N/A
Sustained 10% Window
N/A
Sustained 25% Window
N/A
Sustained 50% Window
N/A
Sustained 100% Window
N/A
ABL
N/A

The Apple Studio Display doesn't support HDR.

7.9
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
43°
Color Washout From Right
41°
Color Shift From Left
49°
Color Shift From Right
52°
Brightness Loss From Left
47°
Brightness Loss From Right
46°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
42°
Gamma Shift From Right
39°

The horizontal viewing angle is very good. The image looks a bit darker from the sides, but you won't have issues if you need to share your screen with a coworker or client sitting next to you.

6.9
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
31°
Color Washout From Above
29°
Color Shift From Below
32°
Color Shift From Above
35°
Brightness Loss From Below
34°
Brightness Loss From Above
33°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
36°
Gamma Shift From Above
36°

The Apple Studio Display has an okay vertical viewing angle. It's worse than the horizontal viewing angle, and you start to notice a color shift earlier, but this is only a concern if you get the VESA mount adapter variant and place it above eye level.

8.2
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.899%
50% DSE
0.150%

The Apple Studio Display has great gray uniformity. The edges of the screen are a bit darker, but it's not too noticeable, and there's minimal dirty screen effect in the center. It means that webpages and large areas of solid colors look great.

6.5
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.636%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Apple Studio Display has okay black uniformity. There's not too much blooming around the center cross, but there's noticeable backlight bleed in the corners. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to improve this, so it's not a good choice to use in dark rooms.

9.7
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
sRGB
sRGB Gamut Area xy
100.2%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.80
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,534 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.17
Color dE (Avg.)
0.44
Contrast Setting
N/A
RGB Settings
Default
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
N/A
Measured Brightness
81 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
Yes

The out-of-the-box accuracy on the Apple Studio Display is simply exceptional. There are hardly any inaccuracies to the colors and white balance in the sRGB mode, and the color temperature is nearly spot-on with the 6500K target. You can only access the sRGB mode with a macOS device, and it locks most settings, including the brightness. The brightness in sRGB is dim, but it's the standard. If you use the 'Apple Display (P3-600 nits)' mode to adjust more settings or achieve higher brightness, then colors are over-saturated, as you can see here.

You can only change the picture mode using a macOS device. If you plug in a Windows PC, it will use the last picture mode from the previous macOS device.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Apple Display
sRGB Gamut Area xy
99.2%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.50
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,482 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.18
Color dE (Avg.)
0.31
Contrast Setting
N/A
RGB Settings
No Color Settings
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
N/A
Measured Brightness
100 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The accuracy after calibration is remarkable, but it's not that much better than before calibration. The main benefit of getting the display calibrated is if you want to use the 'Apple Display (P3-600 nits)' mode so you can customize the settings and have a brighter screen. The human eye can't spot any inaccuracies after calibration.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
99.1%
sRGB Picture Mode
Apple Display
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
88.0%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Apple Display

The Apple Studio Display has an incredible SDR color gamut. It has perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used in most web content, and colors aren't over-saturated. It has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which is important if you're a photo or video editor that uses this space. However, some colors are over-saturated.

We normally test the DCI-P3 color space in HDR, but because this monitor doesn't support HDR, we decided to test it in SDR too. It has 99.8% DCI-P3 coverage.

9.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
99.1%
sRGB Picture Mode
Apple Display
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
94.2%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Apple Display

The Apple Studio Display has an exceptional color volume. Thanks to its high peak brightness and wide color gamut, it displays colors at a wide range of brightness levels well. However, because it has a low contrast ratio, it can't display dark colors very well.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
N/A
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

The Apple Studio Display doesn't support HDR. If you're a content creator looking for something similar with full support for HDR, take a look at the LG 40WP95C-W instead.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

The Apple Studio Display doesn't support HDR.

9.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.2%
Indirect Reflections
0.2%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.9%

The Apple Studio Display's reflection handling with the standard glass finish is fantastic. Despite having a glossy finish, the mirror-like reflections aren't as distracting as on other glossy displays like TVs, and it handles bright light sources very well. Combined with the high peak brightness, you won't have any issues using it in a bright room. The nano-texture coating has a matte finish that the manufacturer advertises to reduce the amount of direct reflections, but it also makes text and images look hazier.

9.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Subpixel Layout
RGB

Thanks to the 5k resolution and high pixel density, the text clarity is outstanding. Text looks extremely sharp, and enabling Windows ClearType on a Windows PC (top photo) makes the letters bolder, but it's not necessary. These photos are taken on a Windows PC, and you can see the text clarity using default scaling on a MacBook here.

Keep in mind that these photos are with the standard glass that has a glossy finish. It makes text look clearer compared to the variant with the matte nano-texture glass.

9.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The Apple Studio Display has remarkable gradient handling. You won't see any banding in most shades, but banding gets a bit more noticeable with darker colors.

Motion
6.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
60 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
N/A
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
60 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
N/A

The Apple Studio Display has a basic refresh rate that you can achieve over a USB-C connection that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC
No
VRR Maximum
N/A
VRR Minimum
No VRR
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR

The Apple Studio Display doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology, but it does show as G-SYNC compatible in the NVIDIA Control Panel with an RTX 3060 graphics card. However, it doesn't work properly, as the screen flashes or just stops working altogether, so this isn't considered G-SYNC compatible. There's no screen tearing with lower frame rates in Tomb Raider, but the refresh rate of the monitor stays at 60Hz, and we confirmed that VRR isn't working using a slow-motion video, so it's likely using some other technology to reduce screen tearing. Unlike other displays with a macOS device, there's no setting for VRR in the macOS either.

5.1
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
10.7 ms
Total Response Time
20.4 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
18.4 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
37.4 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OnChartTablePhoto

The Apple Studio Display has a poor response time at its max refresh rate of 60Hz. The total response time is slow, resulting in clear motion blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Sadly, there aren't any overdrive settings, so motion always looks blurry.

not tested
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No 120Hz Refresh Rate
Rise / Fall Time
N/A
Total Response Time
N/A
Overshoot Error
N/A
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
N/A
Worst 3 Total Response Time
N/A
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
N/A

The Apple Studio Display doesn't support a 120Hz signal.

5.1
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No Overdrive
Rise / Fall Time
10.7 ms
Total Response Time
20.4 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
18.4 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
37.4 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OnChartTablePhoto

Since the Apple Studio Display has a max refresh rate of 60Hz, the results are the same as its max refresh rate, so fast-moving objects look poor.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
No BFI
Maximum Frequency
N/A
Minimum Frequency
N/A
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Pulse Width Control
No BFI
Pulse Phase Control
No BFI
Pulse Amplitude Control
No BFI
VRR At The Same Time
No BFI

There's no optional backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The Apple Studio Display has a completely flicker-free backlight at all brightness levels, which helps reduce eye strain.

Inputs
8.1
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
9.6 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.6 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

The Apple Studio Display has low enough input lag that you won't notice any delay during regular desktop use.

9.4
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
5120 x 2880
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
14.7 MP
Pixel Density
218 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
26.9"
Screen Area
310 in²

The high resolution results in an extremely high pixel density, and the screen is big enough to open two windows side-by-side.

0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 60Hz
No
HDR
No
VRR
No

The Apple Studio Display doesn't have any HDMI inputs, so you would need an adapter to connect the PS5 to the USB-C inputs, and we don't have an adapter to test it. There are reports online that it doesn't work with the PS5 anyway.

0
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 60Hz
No
HDR
No
VRR
No

Like with the PS5, you would need an adapter to connect the Xbox Series X to the monitor, and we don't have that for testing.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
No
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
No
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
No
3.5mm Audio In
No
3.5mm Microphone In
No
Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
0
USB-A Rated Speed
No USB-A Ports
USB-B Upstream Port
No
USB-C Ports
4
USB-C Upstream
Yes
USB-C Rated Speed
10Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 2)
USB-C Power Delivery
96W
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
Yes
Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt 3

The USB-C input that supports Thunderbolt 3 has 96 W of power delivery, which is enough to charge your MacBook while working, and the other ports have 15 W of power delivery. It isn't enough to charge a power-hungry device, but it will keep your laptop's battery alive while working. Also, the Thunderbolt 3 is the only port that accepts video, while the other ports are only used for charging devices.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

As it's an Apple monitor, it works without any issue with a macOS device. It's for use with a Mac or MacBook as you can only access the display's settings with a macOS device, but it still works with Windows devices, you just can't change settings, and some extra features like the sRGB mode don't work. You can even rotate the screen into a vertical orientation and the macOS interface automatically rotates, even if this isn't the version with the VESA mount adapter, and you can't use it in a vertical orientation.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
Yes
RGB Illumination
No
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

The Apple Studio Display has a few extra features, like its webcam, microphone, and speakers. You can use some of these features with a Windows PC, like the webcam and speakers, and the display works with Windows, but you lose out on other features like the ability to change settings and the processing that the display uses with macOS devices. Even though it has a built-in processor, you can't use it as a stand-alone monitor like the Samsung Smart Monitor M8 S32BM80, which has a built-in smart system.

The webcam is disappointing, and you can see the test video here. The microphone sounds fine, but the camera quality is washed out and dull. Apple has released a beta firmware update to fix it (you need to update the monitor through a macOS device), but this test was done before the update, so we'll update it and retest it. The camera has a center stage feature that follows you as you move, and you can only use this feature with macOS devices.

The speakers are fantastic and you can see the results below:

  • Frequency Response Plot
  • Dynamic Range Compression Plot
  • Max Volume: 83 dB SPL
  • Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB): 4.3 dB
  • Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB):
  • 1.2
  • Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.): 79 Hz
  • Treble Extension (High-Frequency Extension): 20 kHz
  • Dynamic Range Compression @Max Vol.: 2.0 dB
  • Final Score: 9.5

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

The Apple Studio Display doesn't have an on-screen display, and you can only change the display settings with a macOS device. If you use a Windows PC, it uses the last saved settings from a previous macOS device, and you'll need to connect it again to change the settings. Also, all firmware updates are down through a macOS device.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 27 inch Apple Studio Display (model number A2525), which is the only size available. We purchased the variant with the tilt-adjustable stand and the standard glass; there are different stand and anti-reflective coating options that you can get for this monitor. The differences between the stands are listed below; the standard glass has a glossy finish and the nano-texture glass has a matte finish. Besides the ergonomics and reflection handling, the results are valid for the other variants.

Stand Stand Included Tilt Adjustment Height Adjustment VESA Mount
Tilt-adjustable stand Yes Yes No No
Tilt and height-adjustable stand Yes Yes Yes No
VESA mount adapter No - - 100x100

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Apple Studio Display doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Apple Studio Display is a very good 5k monitor for content creators, but only if you're going to use it with a Mac computer like the Mac Studio. It has exceptional out-of-the-box accuracy with its sRGB mode, but you can only get that mode with a macOS device, and you can't change the picture settings if you're not using a macOS device, like if you have a Windows PC. Despite its great accuracy, it still lacks HDR, and it falls short in a few other areas. The limited ergonomics are disappointing, and you can only wall-mount it if you get the variant with the VESA mount adapter. It's also very expensive, and you can get cheaper, more versatile 4k monitors, like the Dell S2722QC.

Also see our recommendations for the best monitors for photo editing, the best monitors for the MacBook Pro, and the best office monitors.

Dell U2723QE

The Dell U2723QE and the Apple Studio Display are both great office monitors with a few differences. The Apple is a 5k display with better text clarity than the 4k display on the Dell. The Dell has a better selection of inputs with DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB inputs, and it has much better ergonomics too. The Dell supports HDR, which the Apple doesn't, and it performs better in dark rooms. However, the Apple is better for bright rooms because it gets brighter and has much better reflection handling. It's also a better choice to use with macOS devices because you get much better out-of-the-box accuracy, and you can use all of the display's features.

ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV

The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV and the Apple Studio Display are both very good monitors for content creators, but they're different in a few ways. The ASUS is a 1440p monitor with much better ergonomics, and it has a better selection of inputs like an HDMI and DisplayPort input, so it's more versatile if you want to connect a PC or gaming console. Both have fantastic out-of-the-box accuracy with their sRGB modes, but you can only get the sRGB mode on the Apple with a macOS device. However, the Apple has a higher 5k resolution, gets brighter, and has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice if you work in a bright room.

Gigabyte M28U

The Gigabyte M28U and the Apple Studio Display are different types of monitors. The Gigabyte is a 4k gaming monitor with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, meaning you can play games from the Xbox Series X and PS5 without issue. It's also more versatile for different uses because it has HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, as well as HDR support, which the Apple monitor doesn't have. On the other hand, the Apple is a 5k monitor meant for macOS users, and it has significantly better reflection handling, so it performs better in well-lit rooms.

LG 27GP950-B

The LG 27GP950-B and the Apple Studio Display are both high-resolution 27 inch monitors meant for different uses. The LG has many more gaming features like a higher refresh rate panel, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and variable refresh rate support to reduce screen tearing. It also has HDMI ports so you can connect gaming consoles. However, the Apple is meant for content creators with macOS devices as it has outstanding out-of-the-box accuracy, and it easily gets bright enough to fight glare in well-lit rooms.

Dell S2722QC

The Dell S2722QC is a more versatile monitor than the Apple Studio Display. The Dell supports HDR, which the Apple doesn't, and it's much easier to place in an ideal viewing position thanks to its better ergonomics. It also has more inputs like HDMI ports if you want to use it for gaming. Although the Apple monitor is meant for macOS users, the Dell doesn't have any issues with a Mac or MacBook. The Apple does have a few advantages, like the much better accuracy, and it gets much brighter, so you won't have any issues using it in a bright room.

Dell UltraSharp U2720Q

The Apple Studio Display and the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q are both good work monitors, but there are a few differences between them. The Apple is a 5k monitor targeted for macOS users, and it has a few extra features like a webcam that the Dell doesn't have. The Apple also gets much brighter and has significantly better color accuracy if you want to use it for photo editing. However, the Dell is more versatile for other uses because it has DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, supports HDR, and has much better ergonomics, making it easier to place in an ideal position.

Gigabyte M32U

The Gigabyte M32U is a better all-around monitor than the Apple Studio Display, but they're for different uses. The Gigabyte is a 4k gaming monitor with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so it's a great choice for console gaming up to 120 fps. It also has more inputs like HDMI and DisplayPort, and it supports HDR, which the Apple monitor doesn't have. On the other hand, the Apple is a 5k monitor meant for macOS users, and it has significantly better reflection handling, meaning it performs better in well-lit rooms.

Samsung Smart Monitor M8 S32BM80

Although the Apple Studio Display and the Samsung Smart Monitor M8 S32BM80 look similar in terms of style, they're very different monitors. The Apple is a 5k monitor meant for content creators as it has remarkable out-of-the-box accuracy, and it displays a wider range of colors in SDR than the Samsung. Also, the Apple has wider viewing angles that make it a better choice for sharing content with someone next to you. The Apple also gets brighter and has better reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room. On the other hand, the Samsung has a built-in smart platform, making it easier to stream your favorite movies, and it comes with a remote that has voice control. It also supports HDR, which the Apple doesn't, and it displays deeper blacks if you want to use it in a dark room.

LG 40WP95C-W

The LG 40WP95C-W is a much more versatile monitor than the Apple Studio Display. Both models target creators, but the Apple monitor can only reach its maximum potential when used with a Mac. The LG works well with any environment and even allows you to load a calibration profile to the display itself, ensuring you get an accurate image with any source. The LG also has better connectivity, with Thunderbolt 4 support as well as HDMI and DisplayPort inputs.

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