If you’ve been holding out for a new standalone desktop display from Apple, you’re either going to take news of the Thunderbolt Display being discontinued as a sign of good things to come, or as a cue to finally purchase a new 4K or 5K display from someone else. For most, especially considering Apple itself is recommending you purchase a third-party display, the latter option is going to be the more likely.
While Apple didn’t recommend any specific third-party alternatives during its discontinuation announcement of the Thunderbolt display last week, we’ve done the work for you and put together our top picks for the best 4K & 5K displays for Mac available to buy right now.
Things have come quite a long way since my last roundup of the best displays for Mac a couple years back. Dell still makes it into my top picks in most price points, but there are some new and now less expensive models available and also a few more contenders from the other guys. And prices are now more reasonable than ever with a few year old or newer models available for well under $1000 or even $500 price points.
As always, support for 4K displays will depend on your Mac. All the displays on our list have been tested with Macs, but you’ll want to first look into Apple’s official list of support and compatibility for the various Mac models if you’re unfamiliar.
Top pick: The sweet spot for specs, Mac compatibility, and price point, the 27-inch Dell Ultra HD (P2715Q) monitor ($498) gets you a solid display with Dell’s specs and build quality not unlike the company’s more expensive options. Currently available for $498 shipped from Amazon, this is our top all-around pick for under $1000 and it really represents the best bang for buck currently. It replaces our top pick from a couple years back (also from Dell) but at a third of the price. There aren’t built-in speakers, but you can use the audio line output with your own or grab Dell’s $20 snap-on soundbar.