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Apple Studio Display: 27-Inch 5K (Review)

Reviewed by Oguz

Last updated at March 11th, 2022

On March 8th of 2022, Apple unveiled their second new monitor with very high resolution and incredible features. It has a potential to be Apple's best selling monitor given It's reasonable price.

In this article, we will go over the details of Apple Studio Display to help you decide whether It satisfies your needs.

What Resolutions Does Studio Display Support?

Currently, the best 27-Inch monitors on the market have 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels), which is what makes Apple Studio Display very uniquely positioned for professional use.

In addition to supporting 4K resolution, Apple is pushing the boundaries of display panel technology by supporting 5K (5120 x 2880 pixels) resolutions with Studio Display.

With the increased number of pixel spread around the same 27-Inch surface, Apple Studio Display offers one of the heights DPI (218 dots or pixels per inch) display panels.

This increased pixel density enables everything on the screen, including text, to be a lot more crisp similar to retina displays on phones and MacBooks.

Surprising Refresh Rate of Studio Display

We are used to seeing high refresh rate display panels in mobile Apple devices, such as iPhone 13's 120Hz screen.

In addition to mobile devices, many gaming or high quality professional monitors also offer higher refresh rates, some of them even up to 240Hz.

However, Apple Studio Display offers only standard 60Hz refresh rate, which might be disappointing for people used to higher refresh rate monitors.

On the other hand, If you have never used a high refresh rate monitor, the difference shouldn't be noticeable as most laptops and TVs still use 60Hz.

Apple Pro Display XDR vs Apple Studio Display

In 2021, Apple similarly unveiled It's 32-Inch 6K resolution Pro Display XDR. With It's more affordable price Studio Display offers a similar display quality to professionally users.

Even though, Pro Display XDR has 6K resolution, since those 6K pixels are spread around a bigger surface area (32-Inch), It offers the same pixel density as the Studio Display monitor. That's why the picture quality of these two monitors should be very similar.

On the other hand, since Pro Display XDR is specifically designed for multiple screen setups, It doesn't even include the built-in speaker and the camera that Studio Display has.

Height Adjustable Stand and VESA Adapter

With the popularity of monitor arms, and adjustable stands, Apple is following the similar trend with offering adjustable height stands.

Apple Studio Display has 3 different mount options

However, in the case of Apple monitors, adjustable height monitor stand for Studio Display is an additional $400.

Even though Apple is offering It's own high quality monitor stand, Apple Studio Display is compatible with the industry standard VESA monitor mounts, but this requires an additional adapter which needs to be ordered.

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