Apple unveiled the first M1 Macs last October, including a refurbished MacBook Pro, a Mac mini, and a MacBook Air. The change will continue this year, with the new Apple Silicon-powered iMac, upgrades to 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, and more.
An obvious flaw in Mac setup as it evolves throughout Apple’s Silicon converter is the lack of an external display of charge at a cost…
When Apple discontinued the $ 999 Thunderbolt Display in 2016, its statement stated that “there are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users.” Unfortunately, this was not the case then, and while things have improved since then, it is still tough to find an external display that ticks all the important boxes.
The two most notable options include the LG UltraFine 4K and the LG UltraFine 5K. These displays have been widely viewed as de facto replacements for Apple’s Thunderbolt. They feature power-centric Macs like Thunderbolt 3 Connectivity and True Tone Display Technology, and in many respects, they are good displays. They get the job done.
Where the LG UltraFine display falls, however, is ideal. They are made of cheap, unsupported plastic and the base of the stand is great. And in a way, regardless of the size of the stand, the displays still hesitate a little touch.
I also recently tried the LG UltraFine Ergo display, which features a 32-inch 4K display under $ 700. The design here is surprisingly versatile – hence the “Ergo” brand – but the 4K resolution at 32 inches is disappointing. You also missed the Thunderbolt 3 connector, but that was to be expected for display at this point.
my colleague Michael Potuck monitors the best USB-C / Thunderbolt displays for Mac users. While there are many options, few, if any, can possibly mark all the important boxes for Apple fans.
I recently switched to my Mac setup, throwing my 27-inch iMac in favor of the M1 Mac mini. There are a few reasons behind this change, including the clean speed of the M1 chip. I also want to knock down the Intel iMac sooner rather than later, as retall prices are sure to drop rapidly once new Apple Silicon models are announced sometime this year.
The M1 Mac mini has been a perfect pleasure to use in everything. I just wish I had a display that Apple made to pair with – for under $ 4,999. I would be lying if I said I did not plan to buy a XDR Pro Pro, but it is not possible to justify my position. It was overwhelming for my needs, no matter how much I wanted one.
It came as a surprise to me that Apple is selling such a good desktop computer, the M1 Mac mini, without a smart display solution for buyers. When you walk into an Apple Store to buy the M1 Mac mini, your three options are the LG UltraFine 4K / 5K displays, or the XDR Pro Pro display.