Apple Studio display versus ProDisplay XDR
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Apple Studio display versus ProDisplay XDR

The Peek Performance Apple event had some shocking reveals, with massive announcements like the M1 Ultra chipset and Mac Studio desktop.

But one of the most exciting announcements from the event might be the company's new external monitor, the Apple Studio Display, becoming a more affordable alternative to the Pro Display XDR.

If you're interested in how these two monitors compare, keep reading as we'll break down the differences.

Price and release date

The Pro Display XDR is a premium device and comes in two versions: standard glass and nano-textured glass, which cost £4599 and £5499 respectively. Add-ons will increase the price, with the Pro Stand adding an additional £949 and a VESA mount adapter costing an additional £189, although they are optional.

The Pro has also been out for a while now, as it launched in 2019, but that hasn't brought the price down significantly.

The new Studio Display was announced in early March this year, with the base models being much cheaper than the Pro.

You can choose between standard glass and nano-textured glass, which cost £1499 and £1749 respectively. From there, the tilt-adjustable stand and VESA mount adapter don't cost extra, although you can choose the tilt- and height-adjustable stand for an extra £400 added to your bill.

You can order the Studio Display now, with shipping starting March 18. However, according to Apple's website, delivery could take until the end of April if you order now.

Overall, the Studio Display is definitely the cheaper monitor with a more affordable setup because you don't have to pay extra for things like the stand or a mounting adapter.


In keeping with the aesthetic created by Apple, the two monitors look quite alike, with muted shades of white and silver and the same general stand shape.

The Pro Display XDR appears to have a slimmer bezel and screen stand, making it a little sleeker than its successor. The Studio Display has a thicker stand with a hole for easy routing, while also featuring a thicker bezel.

Side tilt and front view Apple Pro Display XDR
Side tilt and front view Apple Pro Display XDR

The rear of each monitor is where they differ the most, as the Studio is sleek and sleek with four Thunderbolt 4 ports on the left side. The Pro display looks more like the Mac Pro, with a perforated mesh pattern that should allow for better airflow through the device.

As we said before, the Pro Display XDR doesn't come with a stand, while the Studio Display comes with one out of the box.

Apple Studio screen
Apple Studio screen


The 6-inch Retina XDR 32K screen of the Pro Display XDR uses an IPS LCD panel with TFT technology with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a resolution of 6016 × 3384 pixels.

Its biggest party trick is that it can reach and maintain 1000 nits of brightness, according to Apple, with a peak of 1600 nits and a contrast ratio of 1:000.

While we haven't tested these claims, they're still incredibly impressive even if the PC can come close to these numbers. Apple also claims to have 10-bit depth for 1,073 billion colors, with HDR10 support for more accurate color grading.

Moving on to the new, the Studio Display has a 5-inch Retina 27K display with a resolution of 5120×2880, with a peak of 600 nits of brightness.

There's also support for 1 billion colors and a wide P3 color gamut, but overall it looks like the Pro Display XDR wins in terms of pure specs, with higher peak brightness and a larger screen. big.

Both screens have an adjustable refresh rate of 50-60Hz, and it's safe to say that both monitors will do wonders for intensive creative work.

First verdict

Since we weren't able to fully test every product, it's hard to make definitive statements, but it looks like the Pro Display XDR trumps the Studio Display, although they should both work. perfect for demanding creative work such as 3D rendering. or video editing.

The Studio Display is the cheaper option, with a 5K screen instead of 6K and a lower brightness level. However, given that the stand is included here and the specs are still nothing to sniff at, it seems the Studio Display is the better option for anyone on a tighter budget, while the Pro Display XDR is for when the money is no object.

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