Best Mac / Apple Monitors Alternatives 2016

Whether you’re a graphic designer or just someone looking for a quality monitor with accurate color representation, Apple makes some of the best IPS panel monitors available. IPS monitors provide greater color representation than traditional TN or twisted nematic panel monitors because they can display display 24-bit color depth rather than the 18 bit depth that a TN panel can reproduce. This allows IPS monitors to have up to 16.7 million colors which are mixtures of 256 shades of green, red, and blue.

Apple Thunderbolt Display MC914LL/A (NEWEST VERSION)

The world’s first thunderbolt display monitor, the Apple MC914LL/A allows you to move data between your devices and computer at 10-Gb/s in both directions. This allows your monitor to become a complete desktop workstation and plug and play for all of your peripheral devices.

The screen itself is a 27 inch glossy display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 2560-by-1440 resolution. With this full HD resolution, you get twice the pixels to work with that you’d get with a typical 20-22 inch display. The Thunderbolt Display also uses LED backlighting which instantly turns on and is more power efficient than standard fluorescent-lit LCD monitors. Because the Thunderbolt Display is an IPS monitor it can be viewed clearly from every angle and displays colors more accurately than TN monitors.

Light Sensor

The Thunderbolt display has an ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts the brightness of your monitor to give it just right amount for each situation.

FaceTime HD Camera and Microphone

Integrated above the bezel of the display is a facetime HD camera which makes it easy to connect with your closest family and friends.

Additional Technical Details:

178° horizontal/vertical viewing angle, 375 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 12 ms response time, Three powered USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 port, Gigabit Ethernet port, Thunderbolt port, Kensington security slot, built in speakers with integrated subwoofer, and a one year limited warranty.


This is a great monitor with a brilliant picture. Although it isn’t ideal for gaming, it’s a great value as a mid-range photo editing monitor with workstation capabilities.

Apple LED Cinema Display 27-Inch MC007LL/A

The predecessor of the Apple Thunderbolt the Apple LED Cinema Display is still a great option for those who want a great IPS monitor and don’t necessarily need the Thunderbolt port. You should be able to find this monitor for around $50-100 cheaper than the newer Thunderbolt Display.

Technical details: Screen size: 27 inches (diagonal viewable), Screen type: TFT active-matrix LCD with in-plane switching (IPS), Resolution: 2560 by 1440 pixels, 16.7 million colors, Aspect ratio: 16:9, Viewing angle: 178° horizontal; 178° vertical, Brightness: 375 cd/m2, Contrast ratio: 1000:1, Response time: 12 ms, Three powered USB 2.0 ports, Kensington security slot, Built-in iSight with microphone, Built-in 2.1 speaker system (49 watts), Compatible with VESA Mount Adapter Kit, and LED display green design.

What One Owner Said About It:

“I received my LED Cinema Display after much anticipation. I put a good deal of thought into what to purchase for my MacBook Pro. I shelled out the money, and was glad I did. This monitor is amazing. The designers at Apple are on a different plane than other industrial designers. The cables that come out of the back are great: USB, Display Port, and MagSafe Power Adaptor for pass-thru power from the monitor.
It’s an elegant monitor. Every last detail has been considered, and I can now work more effectively at my studio with my MacBook Pro. Having this 27″ monitor connected to my laptop makes it feel like I have a Mac Pro. For those who are worried about the gloss–get over it. It’s a non-issue. Matte just doesn’t cut it anymore. You will not regret the purchase.”

Apple LED Cinema Display 24-Inch MB382LL/A

Although it’s difficult to find this monitor available new, you can still find them on Amazon in new or near perfect condition.

The first display made precisely for a MacBook. The  24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display doesn’t just expand the screen of your new MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, it expands your whole experience. Plug in three simple connectors on one cable—the new industry-standard Mini DisplayPort, MagSafe, and USB—and suddenly you have more room to work and play, power for your notebook, and access to peripherals. The built-in iSight camera, microphone, and speaker system let you video chat* or listen to your music whether your MacBook is open or closed. And it features a mercury-free LED-backlit display that delivers stunning 1920-by-1200-pixel resolution. With the LED Cinema Display, everything you see is bigger, brighter, and even more brilliant.

Apple Cinema 20″ Flat-Panel Display

*This 20-inch flat panel display is only available from a few select retailers. You can find a few of them on Amazon.

This 20″ computer monitor is perfect for the prosumer and professional alike. Imagine multi-tasking with multiple full-size windows open simultaneously, or editing video with a super-wide timeline! It has a native resolution of 1680×1050, and a contrast ratio 700:1, for stunning quality on either a Mac or a PC. Brightness – 300 cd/m2 Viewing Angle – 170 degrees horizontal / 170 degrees vertical Antiglare Hardcoat Screen Treatment Kensington Security Port User Controls – Display Power, System Sleep, System Wake, Brightness and Display Tilt Connects to a PC or Macintosh via a digital DVI connection.

About: We hope you’ve enjoyed this review of the best Mac/Apple Monitors for 2013. If you didn’t find what you were looking for, then look at our top ten lists above for many other Mac-compatible monitors.