Apple Studio Display is the long-awaited monitor for Mac users.
The new Apple Studio Display is intended to complement the Mac Studio, but it is also an excellent screen for MacBook Pro users.
Apple has finally delivered on the product that so many Mac users have been clamoring for. The Apple Studio Display is a 27-inch 5K display that is ideal for pairing with your MacBook Pro. The display was unveiled today at an Apple event alongside the new Mac Studio, a desktop machine not much larger than the Mac Mini that outperforms even the flagship Mac Pro. While I am confident that the Mac Studio will be a huge success, I believe that the display will garner even more attention.
I appreciate the portability of a laptop. Although I spend the majority of my time in my home office these days, I appreciate the fact that I can take that same machine with me wherever I go – whether to the office, a press event or simply when traveling. When I'm at home, I connect my MacBook Pro to an external display and use my laptop's 13-inch screen as a second screen.
Until today, Apple's only option for that external display was a $5,000 Pro Display XDR, which, as lovely as it is, was way out of my price range. Yes, the Studio Display costs nearly the same as the entry-level iMac 27 (which has now been officially discontinued), but it is more affordable.
The new Studio Display's specs are impressive, and it's more than just a dumb monitor. The aluminum enclosure comes standard with a 30-degree tilt stand, with the option of adding a tilt and height adjustment bracket with a counterbalance for easy adjustment. If you want to wall-mount it or attach it to monitor poles, a VESA adaptor is included.
The screen itself has 14.7 million pixels, making it a 5K display with a brightness of 600 nits. It has Apple's True Tone for ambient light adjustment, and you can upgrade to the nano texture coating, just like the iMac 27 and Pro Display. Unfortunately for gamers, the Studio Display has a refresh rate of only 60Hz.
The monitor contains an A13 chip, which enables it to offer features that many other monitors do not. Above the display is a 12MP ultra-wide array camera with Center Stage for tracking during video calls. A three-mic array and a six-speaker sound system are also included.
The Studio Display has three USB-C ports and a Thunderbolt port with 96W upstream that can power your MacBook Pro. According to the specifications, it is compatible with 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros from 2016 and later, as well as more recent 14 and 16-inch models, the MacBook Air and Mac Mini from 2018 or later, as long as they are running macOS Monterey 12.3 or later.
It's a minor detail, but Apple also announced new black versions of its Magic keyboard, mouse, and trackpad to go with the new Studio line, which will please those who prefer a color-curated workspace (as I currently glare at my lone white mouse in an otherwise black and silver set up).
At $1599 / £1499 / AU$2499, you can get a 27-inch monitor for your MacBook Pro for much less, but if you want a complete Apple setup, this is a great-looking option. Especially with the additional ports and features it provides. Purchasing it along with the Mac Studio would be my ideal setup, but I may need to save up a little longer for that.
The Studio Display will be available for pre-order on Friday and will ship on March 18.