Which 4K, 5K Monitor for Mac to buy?

You are looking for a 4K, 5K monitor for your Mac – be it a Mac mini, MacBook or Mac Pro? Maybe the budget is a bit smaller and it could be a good monitor with lower resolution? We’ll show you some models and tell you what to look out for. We also list models according to different connection standards (e.g. USB-C, Thunderbolt 2 or 3).


Which 4K, 5K Monitor for Mac mini, MacBook or Mac Pro to buy?

Let’s start with 5K monitors. Here the market is quite clear. Since the amount of data to be transferred is very high, these monitors have a Thunderbolt 3 connector. They can therefore be connected to modern Macs that also have a Thunderbolt 3 port. These are all iMacs, the 2018 Mac mini and the MacBook Pro and Air. The small 12″ Macbook can’t drive these monitors because it only has one USB-C port without Thunderbolt. You read here more about the connection between mechanical plug form and USB name.

Be aware that the monitors can offer more ports but these can no more operate at Thunderbolt speed, because most of the bandwidth is simply eaten up by the video information.


5K Monitors for the Mac

The Mac Pro 2013 has only Thunderbolt 2 ports. This allows you to connect only 4K monitors at full resolution with one cable. The 5K LG monitor can also be connected via an adapter – but it just has to extrapolate half the resolution. Older 5K monitors that are connected with two cables are only available used.


LG 5K Ultrafine Monitor with Thunderbolt 3 for the Mac

This 5K monitor from LG was developed in cooperation with Apple and is also distributed by Apple. It uses the same panel as the iMac 5K. After initial teething troubles, the monitor is now stable and has an excellent image with high brightness and a large color gamut.

  • 500 nits Brightness
  • P3 Color space
  • charges a MacBook up to 85 watts
  • height adjustable
  • Integrated webcam and speakers

Disadvantages are the limited connection possibilities: A computer can only be connected via Thunderbolt 3, as a small hub there are three USB-C ports. So if you want to connect something via HDMI or DisplayPort, you won’t be happy with this model. For all of you who only want to connect a few USB-C devices to your Mac, it’s quite sufficient.

Buy on Amazon: LG 5K Ultrafine


iiyama ProLite XB2779QQS-S1 5K monitor with Thunderbolt 3 for the Mac

This 5K monitor costs a bit less than the LG model and comes in handy for anyone who wants a high-resolution display. However, there are some details to consider when connecting: The monitor only accepts a maximum of 4K (3840×2160 pixels) via HDMI. A full 5K signal is only possible via DisplayPort 1.4. And this causes some problems for Apple users: All Macs with Thunderbolt 3 ports only support DisplayPort output up to version 1.2 – and that’s 4K. The fact that it works with the LG 5K model mentioned above is because it absolutely requires a Thunderbolt 3 port: two 1.2 connections are possible at the same time, and therefore the full resolution. So as long as a Mac can’t output DisplayPort to version 1.4, you can’t run this monitor at full resolution.

  • cheapest 5K monitor
  • HDMI and DisplayPort Inputs
  • 440 nits Brightness
  • height adjustable
  • Integrated speakers

Update: Currently the 2018 MacBook Pro (only the 15″ model) and the Mac mini 2018 are able to establish DisplayPort 1.4 connections (Theoretically, not tested by themselves. Let us know in the forum if you have this combination running).

Buy on Amazon: iiyama ProLite


LG Electronics 34WK95U-W 34 inch 5K Monitor with Thunderbolt 3 for the Mac

If you want to get away from the usual monitor formats and really profit from the 5K resolution, you can take a look at the new LG 34WK95U-W monitor in 34 inch. LG distributes 5120×2160 on a very wide screen. For comparison: it’s basically a Thunderbolt display that’s 32 percent wider and also high-resolution. A fantastic format.

  • P3 color space 98% covered
  • Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort and HDMI Ports
  • built-in USB hub
  • Loudspeaker
  • height adjustable

Buy on Amazon: LG Electronics 34WK95U-W


EIZO EV3285 32″ 4K monitors with USB-C and DisplayPort for the Mac

For those who don’t value the highest resolution, but the best image quality, Eizo monitors are traditionally a good choice. The EV3285, a monitor with 4K resolution at 31.5″ diagonal, has been on the market since the end of 2018. This is also a good choice for Mac Pro users, as there is currently no longer a 5K monitor that can be operated on the Mac Pro.

  • USB-C port with 60 Watt charging power
  • DisplayPort and 2x HDMI
  • 350 nits Brightness
  • 5 years warranty
  • matte display

The Eizo not only comes with several inputs, these can also be played back simultaneously using the Picture-in-Picture function. This allows you to connect a stationary Mac via DisplayPort and a MacBook via USB-C, for example.

Disadvantages are the limited color space to sRGB. However, the IPS is so good that even photographers should try it at least once if they want a very good Eizo and the sRGB color space is sufficient.

Buy on Amazon: Eizo 4K 32″ Monitor


Dell U3219Q 32 inch 4K monitor with USB-C and DisplayPort for Mac

If you like the idea of a 4K monitor with a 31.5″ diagonal but you can’t immediately reach for a premium product like the Eizo then Dell offers an alternative. It is a few hundred euros cheaper, but technically also up to date, and the Dell shines even brighter.

  • 400 nits Brightness
  • USB-C, DisplayPort, and HDMI input
  • KVM Switch
  • 3 years warranty

The monitor creates 99% of the sRGB and 95% of the P3 color space and also brings the ability to display with multiple signal sources (three offered by the Dell) simultaneously. You can also use an integrated KVM switch to operate keyboard and mouse on two connected computers at the same time.

Buy on Amazon: Dell 4K 32″ Monitor


LG 32UD89-W 32Inch 4K Monitor with USB-C and DisplayPort for the Mac

Even cheaper is the LG 32UD89-W. It also has a good IPS panel and 99% sRGB color space, as well as integrated loudspeakers.

  • USB-C, DisplayPort and 2x HDMI input
  • 60 Watt charging power via USB-C
  • Pivot Function (rotating the display)

Another hundred euros distance to the Dell does not have to be negative, but backlight bleeding can occasionally occur – the series spread is somewhat higher. If your budget is limited and you still need an upright monitor, you should try this model.

Buy on Amazon: LG 4K 32″ Monitor


BenQ EW3270U 32 Inch 4K Monitor with USB-C and DisplayPort for the Mac

An affordable 4K monitor is the BenQ EW3270U. It also has different inputs and the picture quality is ok. There is also a two-year warranty.

  • USB-C, 2x HDMI, DisplayPort
  • 2 years warranty
  • good price/performance ratio
  • Don’t take the HDR label too seriously: the panel is not bright enough for that. It’s more about the fact that the monitor can process signals, for a correct display like a bright TV for example, the panel is not bright enough.

    Buy at Amazon: Benq 4K 32″ Monitor


    LG 43UD79-B 43 Inch 4K Monitor with USB-C and DisplayPort for the Mac

    Before we get to smaller monitor formats, it gets really big again here: with the LG 43UD79-B in 43 inch. This is the right monitor if you also want to use it as a TV set or if you use it professionally to display four video sources at the same time. In the size all four sources are then pleasant to look at (four times 21.5 inches).

    • 4x 4K HDMI (2x 60 Hz, 2x 30 Hz)
    • DisplayPort and USB-C input
    • 10 Watt Harman Kardon Loudspeaker
    • Also practical for computer use: The device is so large that two images can be displayed next to each other, without the assumption that both are running on one monitor. But beware 🙂 the device is really big and has TV dimensions. It even comes with a remote control.

      So it almost opens up a new category of monitor/television due to its versatility. Surprisingly, the costs are within reasonable limits: the huge monitor is available for around 600 dollars.

      Buy on Amazon: LG 4K 43″ Monitor


      DELL U3818DW 38 inch curved widescreen Monitor with USB-C for the Mac

      If you are looking for a monitor in a really large format, but cannot or do not want to control it in 5K, the 38″ Dell will be on the list for you. With 3,840 x 1,600 it offers a lot of display space, speakers and a USB hub are also built in. The graphics can be connected to the following ports:

      • 2 HDMI Ports
      • 1 DisplayPort Input
      • 1 USB-C Port

      The latter is interesting because it can power the MacBook with up to 100 watts. A disadvantage of this model is that not every MacBook behaves properly (for example, when it comes to standby). It’s hard to tell whether it’s Apple or Dell, but in any case you should check the Mac to make sure everything works as you think it should. There should be less problems with older ports (i.e. Thunderbolt 2 to DisplayPort).

      Buy on Amazon: Dell 38″ Monitor


      LG 34UC99-W 34″curved widescreen Monitor with USB-C for the Mac

      The somewhat smaller LG 34UC99-W with a 34″ screen diagonal costs only half as much as the large Dell monitor. This also comes with a curved display and the possibility to load the MacBook via USB-C. The LG 34UC99-W is also equipped with a USB-C port. It’s only 60 watts, but that’s enough for the 15″ model if it doesn’t run permanently under full load. Further features are:

      • 2 HDMI Ports
      • 1 Built-in USB Hub
      • Stereo speakers with seven watts each

      The resolution is 3,440 x 1440 pixels. A nice monitor if you need a lot of space and a curved display, but don’t want to overstrain your budget.

      Buy on Amazon: LG 34″ Curved Monitor


      LG 34UC98-W 34″ Curved Monitor with Thunderbolt 2 for the Mac

      You can see from the similar product name to the previous monitor that the two 21:9 monitors are related. This model comes with a Thunderbolt 2 connector instead of a USB-C one. So it fits all MacBook Pros until 2015 and also the Mac Pro for example. The other data are largely identical:

      • 3440 x 1440 Pixel resolution
      • built-in USB hub
      • stereo speakers

      So this monitor is a good choice if you are still running a Mac with Thundebolt 2 port – and we know there are many more. This model could be exactly what you were looking for.

      Buy on Amazon: LG 34UC98-W 34″ Monitor


      Dell U3415W 34″ DisplayPort Monitor for Mac

      You neither have a computer with USB-C nor do you want to buy a Thunderbolt model? Then we suggest the Dell U3415W. The model has 3400 x 1400 pixel resolution and is reasonably priced.

      • 1 DisplayPort Input
      • 2 HDMI inputs
      • stereo speakers

      The corresponding Mac then simply connects via DisplayPort cable (i.e. Mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort). This allows you to operate a small 12″ MacBook that doesn’t have a Thunderbolt port.

      Buy on Amazon: Dell 34″ Monitor


      LG 34UM88-P 34″ Monitor with Thunderbolt 2 for Mac

      You want a wide 34″ monitor but can’t start with the curved displays and hang on to the traditional flat monitor design? That’s where the LG 34UM88-P comes in: 21:9 format, following ports:

      • HDMI
      • DisplayPort
      • Thunderbolt 2

      As you can see, you can connect to this model to Macs with Thunderbolt 2. What’s not included is USB-C. So if you want to use the most modern connection standard, this monitor is not on your shortlist.

      Buy on Amazon: LG 34″ Zoll Monitor


      Eizo EV2785-BK 27″ Monitor with USB-C for Mac

      If you’re looking for a 4K monitor that puts a lot of emphasis on accurate display, an Eizo comes into play. The EV2785 offers you 27 inch 2,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution and an internal USB hub.

      • 60 Watt charging power via USB-C
      • matte display
      • comprehensive setting options

      The monitor has a USB-C input that also charges the MacBook, two times HDMI and once DisplayPort. The IPS panel is very stable at viewing angles and shines at up to 350 cd/m². That’s bright enough, but not super bright. The monitor places more value on a balanced rather than an extremely bright picture.

      The mechanical adjustment possibilities are excellent, the display can be lowered and raised very far. A loudspeaker is also integrated, but it’s only suitable for system sounds.

      Buy on Amazon: Eizo 27″ Monitor


      DELL U2718Q 27″ DisplayPort Monitor for Mac

      Somewhat cheaper than the Eizo is the Dell U2718Q. The two are very close in terms of technical data: 4K resolution, 350 cd brightness, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs.

      • HDMI port
      • DisplayPort
      • mini DisplayPort
      • The design of the 27″ is somewhat more restrained and its silver back reminds one of the iMac. In contrast to the more expensive Eizo, the Dell offers HDR10 support, but has no USB-C input. The Eizo may illuminate the picture a little more perfectly; but those who have to pay attention to the buget also get an excellent panel with the Dell.

        Buy on Amazon: Dell 27″ Monitor


        HP Z27 27″ 4K Monitor with USB-C for Mac

        Eizo and Dell were known to you, but how about the 27″ format with a monitor from HP? In its angular design it follows its own style and still looks very good. The display is cheaper than the two already presented above, but still offers a USB-C port that charges the MacBook with up to 65 watts.

        • independent design
        • USB-C with up to 65 Watts
        • DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort, HDMI
        • If you like the design, you can also get the model in 32″ format. For all those who are looking for good quality, this is a price tip with IPS panel that you should have on the list.

          Buy on Amazon: HP Z27 27″ 4K Monitor


          HP Envy 27s 27″ 4K Displayport Monitor for Mac

          If you don’t need a USB-C connection that charges your MacBook at the same time, but can handle traditional ports like HDMI and DisplayPort, then the HP Envy 27s will do. A 4K monitor that’s over a hundred dollars cheaper than the USB-C version.

          • independent design
          • 2x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
          • 4K IPS Panel
          • The monitor comes with a good IPS panel and fits very well to Macs due to the reserved but not boring design. The monitor doesn’t have built-in speakers, but a welcome feature: a matt display surface.

            Buy at Amazon: HP 27s 27″ 4K Monitor


            Samsung U28E590D 28″ DisplayPort Monitor for Mac

            The Samsung is less expensive than the previous models, and this is accompanied by the switch from IPS to VA panels. These are slightly more angle dependent and partly less colourful.

        • 2x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
        • average picture
        • Price/Performance good
        • The Samsung offers a decent performance for the called price, but can be annoying with beeping and not as crisp color reproduction as better panels. Those who have dedicated themselves to image processing should reach higher into the shelf. Those who have a limited budget and are looking for a monitor for office tasks can be happy with this inexpensive model and the offered 4K display.

          Buy on Amazon: Samsung (28 Zoll) Monitor


          Dell 34″ P3418HW curved widescreen Monitor with mini DisplayPort for Mac

          If you can do without the highest resolution and prefer to use a widescreen format instead, then the Dell P3418HW is for you on the shortlist. This monitor is the little brother of the U3415W shown above. Either the budget limits the selection or your Mac can’t output 4K resolution, then the 2560 x 1080 pixels in 21:9 format are a good compromise.

          • DisplayPort
          • mini DisplayPort
          • 2x HDMI
          • In addition, the wide display comes with an integrated USB hub and usable integrated speakers. So it’s a good choice if format and display area are more important than resolution.

            Buy on Amazon: Dell 34″ Monitor


            LG 34″ 34UB67-B widescreen Monitor for Mac

            A bit cheaper than the already mentioned Dell monitor is the variant of LG. This also appears in the 21:9 format with 2560 x 1080 pixels. The maximum brightness is 300 cd/qm.

            • HDMI connection
            • DVI Connection
            • Integrated speakers

            The lower price is also due to the more limited connection possibilities. But if that’s enough, you can save a few bucks here.

            Buy on Amazon: LG 34″ Monitor


            DELL S2719DC 27″ Monitor with USB-C for Mac

            The Dell S2719D is the modern interpretation of the old Thunderbolt display, as we already stated here in our review. It is suitable for many who are satisfied with the 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. It’s a nice to look at monitor, whose picture is good enough for daily office work and watching movies.

            • USB-C with charging function
            • USB hub
            • HDMI with HDR Support

            The monitor offers an elegant design, USB ports, an audio output (no own speakers) and an HDMI input. The front view looks very light due to the thin black edges, something we’d also like to see at Apple.

            The connection is made via USB-C to the Mac and works well. Note that the MacBook only charges when the monitor is in standby mode, not when it is turned off by pressing the button on the monitor. According to Dell, that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

            Buy on Amazon: Dell 27″ Monitor


            Dell U2719D 27″ DisplayPort Monitor for Mac

            A very objective monitor can be found in the Dell U2719D. It comes with the usual 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and is a nice office monitor. The advantage of this model is that it can be turned upright. So if you want to edit the layout or scroll through your code, you can do so conveniently with this model.

            • HDMI Port
            • DisplayPort Input and output
            • audio output but no speakers

            The model listed here comes with the connection options mentioned above. But there is also a variant with USB-C ports, which saves on newer MacBooks adapter cables. The model then listens to the name U2719DC (C for USB-C) and costs a little more. It’s the sober brother of the S2719DC, so to speak, that we already listed above.

            Buy on Amazon: Dell 27″ Monitor


            Lenovo ThinkVision P27H 27″ Monitor with USB-C for Mac

            The Lenovo ThinkVision is the right choice if you are looking for the absolute price/performance tip in the 27″ class. The monitor has a good picture, an integrated USB hub, and connects to the MacBook via USB-C.

            • USB-C
            • 2 HDMI Ports
            • DisplayPort Input and output

            So it’s a modern monitor like you imagine it to be. It looks good and is price-balanced. The equipment even goes so far that you can connect several screens in a row due to the offered DisplayPort output.

            Many won’t have the Lenovo model on their list, but if you’re looking for a large screen to simply have more screen estate connected to your MacBook, you should definitely take a look at the model for this price.

            Buy on Amazon: Lenovo 27″ Monitor


            BenQ EW2770QZ 27″ HDMI Monitor for Mac

            The Benq EW2770QZ also plays in a similar price range as the aforementioned Lenovo. It comes with built-in speakers and a good picture, but the connections are rather old-fashioned and somewhat limited.

            • 2x HDMI connections
            • 1x SubD VGA Port
            • built-in loudspeakers

            The design may seem more pleasing to many with the silver back. If you already have a USB-C or Mini DisplayPort on HDMI cable, or if you like the design better, you can also short-list the Benq. If modern connection methods are more important, then go for the Lenovo.

            Buy on Amazon: Benq 27″ Monitor


            DELL P2418D 60,5 cm 23,8″ HDMI Monitor for Mac

            You need something small for your desk, but still want a relatively good resolution? Then 24″ models come into consideration, which are more compact than the well-known 27″ siblings but have the same resolution with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels – this makes the picture a bit sharper and you get just as much information.

            • HDMI Port
            • DisplayPort
            • USB stroke

            The smaller format also reduces the price: the good model P2418D from Dell costs less than 250 dollars. But you get a good viewing angle stable IPS panel.

            Buy on Amazon: Dell 24″ Monitor


            BenQ GW2470ML 24″ HDMI Monitor for Mac

            If the budget is tight, or it just comes down to making a few pixels glow, the BenQ GW2470ML comes into play. For the lower price you get a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and even integrated speakers.

            • HDMI Port
            • DVI Port
            • VGA Port

            The VA panel is ok and sufficient for simple applications. For small computers that only need to surf the internet or do office work, this is a model worth considering.

            Buy on Amazon: BenQ GW2470ML 24″ Monitor