In the last post, I’ve been talking about how is Mac Mini going to get updated in 2017, but as everyone knows – if you buy Mac Mini, you will need to have your own monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
In this post, I will tell you some of the best monitors for Mac Mini in 2017.
It will meet everyone’s budget so you don’t need to worry about money here.
What is with Apple Thunderbolt display?
Apple’s display Thunderbolt has been released in 2011, which makes it 6 years old.
It is outdated and in 6 years there have been huge updates and as you probably know, there are way better displays out there now.
Apple Thunderbolt display isn’t only outdated but is still expensive since it still retails for somewhere around $1000 US Dollars.
Also, Apple Thunderbolt display is removed from Apple’s store and it’s not available for purchase anymore.
However, Apple has LG UltraFine 4K and LG UtraFine 5K displays available in their store.
Which means that Apple probably won’t update Apple Thunderbolt since it was secretly retired. Also because they are promoting LG monitors as next best option instead of Apple Thunderbolt display.
So what are some good options?
As I have said, Thunderbolt is 6 years old and it’s retired. It’s not worth going for it anymore, but it’s not the end of the world since there are way better options instead.
Some of the best monitors for Mac computers in 2017 are:
If you have looked around other people’s configurations, you may have probably seen this monitor in action many times.
This is one of the best and the most popular monitors to use with Mac Pro and Mac Mini.
Also, it’s very affordable with its price tag of something under $300 US Dollars.
For $300 you will get a monitor with a little more vertical room at 16:10. It has wide viewing angles, vibrant colors, and accuracy.
Are you wondering what are it’s connectivity options?
I am happy to tell you that there are plenty of connectivity options.
These include 2 x HDMI ports, 1 Mini Displayport, a 1.2 Displayport, 5 x USB 3.0 ports and more.
It is a monitor with a flexible tilt which I like a lot, but also it has swivel, pivot and height adjustments.
You are probably wondering – is there anything else? Yes! There is.
Not only it’s full of these features, it is eco-friendly low power consumption display as well.
For the price a little under $300, this is the best replacement for outdated Apple Thunderbolt display.
If you are on a budget, HP Pavilion 27xw might be the best option for you.
If you don’t care about color accuracy, but you care more about wide viewing angles – you could save some money by buying this monitor.
This large 27″ IPS monitor costs only around $200 US Dollars.
I have to mention, this monitor still has a great picture and overall it is a good quality display.
It’s a display with a nice thin profile design but also with various tilt adjustment option.
It provides 2 x HDMI ports and a VGA port.
Overall it doesn’t have a color accuracy like Dell display I have mentioned earlier, but it is one of the best-looking monitors on the market right now and its price is only around $200 US Dollars.
One of the cheapest monitor you could get for your Mac Pro or Mac Mini.
It costs only around $140 but it is currently on sale and you can get it for only $130 US Dollars.
But before you decide if it’s the right monitor for you, let’s see what does the cheapest monitor provide.
This monitor is a great replacement for Thunderbolt if you don’t need something that’s color accurate or had wide viewing angles.
It’s also not as big as other monitors since it’s only 24″ inches but for sure it’s sleek enough to fit any type of environment.
For the price you pay, you are getting the best picture possible on the market right now.
It’s not an IPS panel, but it still looks great and has deeper blacks than other monitors.
That’s mostly because of it’s 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, glossy panel and full HD 1920×1080 resolution.
If you are on a budget and you aren’t looking for something particular, this is the best monitor for such a low price.
Some other options
If you aren’t happy with those 3 monitors, I will list a few other great monitors which could easily replace old Thunderbolt.
If you need an additional monitor, but you don’t want to spend much money on it – there is a BenQ GL2760H 27″ inch monitor which is on sale for somewhere around $300 US Dollars.
The best and the closest replacement for Apple Thunderbolt display would
It’s 27″ inch IPS monitor which is one of the closest alternatives for Thunderbolt. So if you are looking something very similar to Thunderbolt, Dell Ultrasharp U2711 is the monitor you should look up for.
With this monitor, you will get wider color gamut for a relatively better price. And you don’t need to worry about connectivity, since it is made to be used for Mac computers, so it has all connectivity options you would ever need.
However, if you are into gaming and you are looking the best monitor for gaming – you should check out BenQ RL2455HM.
Maybe you don’t know, but BenQ is obsessed with finding the best option for the gamers and this monitor is used in the biggest eSport tournaments such as Major League Gaming tournaments.
It’s important for gamers that the input lag of the monitor is closest it can be to none, and this monitor boasts little to no input lag.
It’s a 1ms response time monitor which won’t slow you down and is ideal for gamers.
Also, if you think it’s expensive – it’s actually not and you could grab one for under $200 US Dollars.
What’s with the LG UltraFine 4K and 5K displays on Apple’s store?
If you are wondering why didn’t I suggest you to go for LG UltraFine 4K or 5K monitors which are featured on Apple’s store, I will tell you why.
I don’t say these monitors are bad, but I just find them too pricey. Actually, I think they are overpriced.
While LG UltraFine 4K display costs $699.95, LG UltraFine 5K display costs $1,299.95 US Dollars.
They both have great features, and they are an amazing 4K and 5K and have outstanding image quality, I still think you could get better or pretty the same for way less money.
If you don’t have a budget, these monitors would be great to use.
However, if you are on a budget – there are still many options I have mentioned in this post.
It’s 2017 and Thunderbolt display is outdated. It’s most likely everyone, not only you, is looking for a display to use with Mac computer.
I have listed monitors which are in my opinion best quality for the lowest price possible.
You won’t miss by going for any of these monitors.
I hope you like my post and you have decided which monitor would be the best for you and your Mac computer.
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