Modern laptops are almost as powerful as their desktop counterparts, and the MacBook Pro in particular is a potent and reliable personal computer. However, sometimes the small screen of a laptop is just not sufficient. Perhaps you want to work on Photoshop editing tasks in clearer detail, or have a better picture for gaming and movies. These are the 6 best monitors for MacBook Pro, helping you take those sensational graphics to the next level.
Choosing a good monitor for the MacBook Pro
Not every PC monitor will work with your laptop, so buy with caution. You will want a monitor with HDMI connection so you can take full advantage of the 2560 x 1600 pixel UltraHD capabilities offered by the MacBook. It also features a 2.7GHz dual-core engine with TurboBoost, so you will get plenty of power for photo editing, gaming, music production and other CPU-taxing processes.
The MacBook’s specs are impressive, and the resolution is stunning, but the average screen size of the series is just 15.4 inches. The backlit LED display with 900:1 contrast ratio delivers sharp, clear graphics while you play games and watch movies – but what about when you need something bigger? Simply hook your MacBook up to one of these great monitors!
Our top monitor picks
BenQ 24-Inch Gaming Monitor – LED 1080p HD Monitor
- Size/color: 7.4 x 22.8 x 17.1 inches; 9 pounds; black
- Display: 24 inch screen; 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
This slick BenQ monitor was designed for gaming PCs, with built-in speakers and ProGaming display technology. There is also an audio jack for connecting up headphones. It works great with the Apple MacBook as it perfectly complements the laptop’s full HD display. Internal eQualizer technology provides beautiful contrast, complementing action scenes and ensuring lines are sharp and bold. There are two HDMI ports, so you can connect up your MacBook and also your games console. It boosts your 15 inch laptop screen to a superb 24 inches – perfect for watching movies and video content, or just getting a clearer look at your work and your emails!
Dell UltraSharp U2414H 23.8” Inch Screen LED Monitor
- Size/color: 7.28 x 21.23 x 19.12 inches; 8 pounds; silver/black
- Display: 24 inch screen; 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
There is a reason Dell call this monitor series UltraSharp: the incredible 2 million:1 maximum contrast ratio is certainly well worth a look. Use the two HDMI ports to connect up your MacBook and enjoy all the benefits of a great laptop on the big screen. If you work on the go and need to take your computer everywhere, a laptop is certainly more practical. Come home after work and connect to your monitor for the full PC experience 0 great for relaxing with your favorite entertainment source. This neat monitor looks great too – the sturdy silver stand with rectangular bases provide plenty of support for the lightweight body and ensures that the screen remains stable, with no rocking or swaying.
Samsung CF591 Series Curved 27-Inch FHD Monitor
- Size/color: 24.2 x 10.6 x 18 inches; 9.7 pounds; white/silver
- Display: 27 inch full HD LED screen; 1800R curvature; 3000:1 contrast ratio
If size is what matters to you, prepare to be astounded by the screen on this Samsung monitor. The 27 inch curved design is huge, but also extremely comfortable. You get drawn in to the action – this is the perfect monitor for watching movies and TV shows, or for playing video games. It can be viewed for long periods of time comfortably, thanks to anti-glare technology that adapts to the viewer at every angle. The beautiful silver and white design is modern and cool, and although the case is is quite heavy, it is certainly stable. There are two built-in speakers which deliver a deep, crisp sound, and you can hook up your own PC speakers for a full surround sound effect.
ASUS VG248QE 24″ Full HD 1920x1080p Gaming Monitor
- Size/color: 22.42 x 8.7 x 19.68 inches; 12.1 pounds; black
- Display: 24 inch HD screen; 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution; 144Hz refresh rate
Another HD gaming monitor, this cool ASUS screen is the perfect companion to your MacBook Pro. Connect using one of the available HDMI ports to access all your laptop’s functions on a great 24 inch backlit LED screen. The two 2W speakers give a reasonable audio quality, but will benefit from some additional support. It is the graphics which really make this monitor worth a look. It is completely adjustable with a swivel and tilt base, for a very comfortable user experience. As well as the super refresh rate for top gaming graphics, the 80,000,000:1 contrast rate delivers a really sharp, fresh image. This is a good choice for mid-range budgets, with a sensible price tag and plenty of value.
LG Electronics UM57 25UM57 25-Inch Screen LED-lit Monitor
- Size/color: 24 x 15.1 x 7.4 inches; 8.8 pounds; black
- Display: 25 inch screen; 2560 x 1080 pixel HD resolution; 250 cd/m2 brightness
Thanks to a quirky design, this 25 inch LG monitor looks far bigger than it is. The widescreen design is great for split-screen working or gaming, and the display never suffers when dividing between tasks. To keep the picture accurately scaled and not distorted, the monitor screen features variable aspect ratio at max 21:9. The full HD graphics are as good as any near rival, and the bright, bold colors make any movie or game look fantastic. This is also a very lightweight monitor, given its size. It will look stylish on your desk at home or at work. Connect your MacBook Pro using the HDMI port and you can access all of your laptop’s files and features on a much bigger screen. The LCD screen blends in LED backlighting for an ultra-bright final result that will make your content come to life.
Apple MC007LL/A 27-Inch LED Cinema Display
- Size/color: 23 x 9.5 x 30 inches; 30 pounds; silver/black
- Display: 27 inch screen; 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution
If you want a monitor to pair with your Apple laptop, then really you should consider the Apple monitor. This 27 inch screen was designed to work with Apple Mac desktops and laptops, delivering incredible graphics and a sky-high resolution rate. Unlike many of the other monitors on this list, you are limited to just USB connection, so there will be no additional console gaming through the screen. However, the USB port is perfect for hooking up your MacBook. Work on your files, browse the web, watch movies and play games on a seriously large screen. This is also a very attractive and modern looking PC screen, perfect to complement your existing Apple set-up.
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