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The best monitors for Mac mini in 2022

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Apple’s smallest PC deserves one of the best monitors for Mac mini. Considering how much performance is hiding inside these diminutive computers, getting a display just as capable only makes sense.

After all, the Mac mini M1 not only has three times the processing power and six times the graphical power of Intel-equipped models, but it can power through graphics design and video editing projects without breaking a sweat. Even if you’re just using it for day-to-day productivity, consider getting a display with fantastic picture and build quality as well as a feature set that will match your needs.

The products below are either monitors we've used or reviewed (see how we test for more details on our process) or are those we're recommending based on our expertise. When we're looking at the best monitors for Mac mini, we recommend looking at those that are built well, offer great image quality, and have the port selection and features that work best with a Mac mini. More than a few on this list will also satisfy content creators with their colour accuracy and wide colour spaces. You might find them on our guides for the best monitors for photo editing and the best monitors for video editing.

The best monitors for Mac mini available now

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01. LG 32UN880-B UltraFine Ergo

The best monitor for Mac mini for creatives overall

Specifications

Size: 31.5in
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Input: 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI, 1 x USB-C
Brightness (typical): 350 cd/m2

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous colours and great picture quality
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Versatile ergonomic stand

Reasons to avoid

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HDR nothing to write home about

What makes the LG 32UN8800-B UltraFine Ergo so great for use with a Mac mini comes down to several factors, not just one. That’s because this is one of those jack-of-all-trades type panels that can do everything at least reasonably well. Whether it’s that USB-C connectivity that also makes it great for use with Ultrabooks and MacBooks, its 350 nits of brightness and HDR10 support for a vibrant image, or its 4K resolution and 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut that can handle all but the most professional of editing projects, this display’s feature set will meet most users’ needs.

Of course, there is one particularly well-executed feature. Its ergonomic C-Clamp stand offers the kind of ergonomic adjustments that other displays can’t even touch. You can pivot the panel 90 degrees, tilt and swivel as far as any other display, adjust the height to your liking, and even extend or retract it, making it incredibly intuitive and easy to adjust on the fly without having to interrupt your workflow.

There are much more affordable options out there. But, the price tag for this LG display is still accessible to all but the most cash-strapped buyer. Considering that the Mac mini itself is Apple’s most affordable computer, adding the LG 32UN8800-B not only makes economic sense but offers a setup capable of just about any creative task you can throw at it.

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02. ASUS ProArt PA278CV

The best Mac mini monitor for balancing budget and pro features

Specifications

Size: 27in
Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440
Input: 1 x USB-C, 2 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x HDMI
Brightness (maximum): 350 cd/m2

Reasons to buy

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Amazing colour support for the price
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Great connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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Average brightness

Most monitors packed with pro features come at a premium price. But, the ASUS ProArt PA278CV is not your typical monitor. For just under $400/£400, you get the kind of display packed with everything a creative could want, outside of a 4K resolution. Its 75Hz refresh rate helps deliver sharper visuals free of ghosting. Meanwhile, the Calman Verified colour accuracy of Delta E <2 and excellent colour gamuts of 100% sRGB and 100% REC 709 make it a terrific monitor for content creators.

If you want 4K resolution, you might struggle with its 1440p one. Its brightness level is also nothing to write home about. However, if you’re comfortable with not having the highest resolution or the brightest screen, this one is a great value. That’s especially considering its price. Other reasons to seriously consider this monitor are its on-screen scaling overlay, the ability to daisy-chain two screens together via its DisplayPort, and the decent number of ports. And, for your ultimate workplace comfort, it boasts an ergonomic design that lets you tilt, swivel, pivot, and make height adjustments.

BenQ PD3220U, one of the best monitors for Mac mini

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The best monitor for Mac mini for productivity, coding and creative workflows

Specifications

USB-C: Yes x 2
Screen size: 31.5 inches
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Brightness: 250 nits
Response time: 5ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Color support: 100% Rec.709, 100% sRGB, 95% DCl P3
Weight: 10.7kg

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous design
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Lovely IPS panel

Reasons to avoid

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Only good color accuracy
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Not cheap

The BenQ DesignVue PD3220U boasts plenty of impressive features out of the box, from its high colour accuracy out of the box to its impressive 100% Rec.709, 100% sRGB, and 95% P3 colour gamuts. Better yet, our test results revealed that it covers 98% of the DCI-P3 colour space. Those, alongside a variety of colour modes that include Animation, Rec.709, Adobe RGB, and CAD/CAM, pretty much have graphic designers and content creators covered.

For other Mac mini users who aren't in the creative world – like coders and other professionals, our BenQ PD322OU review should reveal a handful of nifty features as well. Among them are not just one but two Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy-chaining multiple monitors. One of them even delivers 85W power delivery for charging MacBooks and other laptops as well. Meanwhile, things like Picture-in-Picture, Picture-by-Picture, and a 90-degree pivot capability for portrait mode are best for productivity. All in all, we found the big 32-inch 4K display delivered stacks of detail and great image quality, making this the best value professional screen we've tested. 

Product shot of LG 38WN95C, one of the best monitors for Mac mini

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04. LG 38WN95C

The best ultrawide monitor for Mac mini

Specifications

USB-C: Yes, 1
Screen size: 38in
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3840 x 1600
Brightness: 450 nits
Response time: 1ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Color support: 98% DCI-P3
Weight: 18.3kg

Reasons to buy

+
Great P3 colour coverage
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Plenty of features

Reasons to avoid

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Not 4K

A stunning 3840 x 1600 display, the LG 38WN95C gives you the real estate you need to spread out and have all your tools handy so you can immerse yourself in your creative process and save time as well. But, there are many more features to love here besides its ultrawide goodness.

Content creators will appreciate its 99% sRGB and 98% DCI-P3 colour gamuts and VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification while gamers will appreciate the fast refresh rate of 144Hz, 1ms fast response time, and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and Nvidia G-Sync support. Meanwhile, the LG's ambient light sensor and an articulating stand are most useful for professionals who love to multitask. The LG 38WN95C is a great all-rounder that should fit most types of Mac mini users.

BenQ SW321C PhotoVue, one of the best monitors for Mac mini, on a desk next to photography equipment

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The best 32-inch monitor for Mac mini for photographers

Specifications

Screen size: 31.5in
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
Input: 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x USB-C
Brightness: 250 cd/m2

Reasons to buy

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Great colour coverage and uniformity
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Excellent colour accuracy
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Lots of editing-specific features

Reasons to avoid

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Built-in OSD controls annoying to use
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Contrast could be better

The BenQ SW321C PhotoVue is one of the best displays for photographers, and it's designed to be that way as one of the manufacturer's photography monitors. Its 32-inch 4K screen lets you really get in and see every pixel if you need to, or simply provides a nice big and detailed canvas to view overall. Of course, you've got all the vital colour spaces covered as well, touting 99% Adobe RGB, 95% P3, 100% sRGB colour gamuts, and a 16-but 3D LUT helping to maintain realistic colour gradation. 

During testing, we found that it delivers a bit more coverage than advertised, giving us a colourimeter reading of 100% Adobe RGB. Our BenQ SW321C PhotoVue review should also show that colour accuracy is top-notch on testing as well, delivering an average Delta E of 0.9 out of the box.

A clever PaperSync feature that enables you to choose from different paper types, and the display will attempt to mimic what your image would look like on that material. Gimmicky perhaps, but even without it, this is simply a phenomenal screen for photographers. The low brightness is a trade-off we can live with for total accuracy. It also offers some extra connections, though they're a bit recessed for our liking.

Product shot of Dell UltraSharp UP2720Q, one of the best monitors for Mac mini

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06. Dell UP2720Q

The best 4K monitor for Mac mini with impeccable accuracy

Specifications

Size: 27in
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
Input: 1 x Thunderbolt 3/USB-C, 2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
Brightness (max): 250 cd/m2

Reasons to buy

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Self-checking colour calibration
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Thunderbolt 3 connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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It isn't cheap

The Dell UP2720Q is for those who have discerning colour accuracy and connectivity needs and are seeking a pro-level monitor for their Mac mini. Here, you get 100% Adobe RGB, 80% BT. 2020 and 98% DCI-P3 gamut support, but the crown jewel is the built-in colorimeter that's CalMAN ready. It checks its own screen regularly to make sure accuracy hasn't drifted, so you don't need to worry about it.

This monitor also adds Thunderbolt 3 hub support, so if you want to daisy chain or just have several high-bandwidth accessories to connect, it's ready to go. This comes on top of all of the advantages of the screen at number one, including a razor-sharp 4K display and great ergonomics. Alas, you've still only got 250 nits of brightness, but that's no issue if accuracy is your main requirement. The only other downside on this one is that it's more expensive.

Product shot of BenQ EX3501R, one of the best monitors for Mac mini

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07. BenQ EX3501R

The best ultrawide monitor for Mac mini on a lower budget

Specifications

Size: 35in
Resolution: 3,440 x 1,440
Input: 1 x USB-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
Brightness (typical): 300 cd/m2

Reasons to buy

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Great size for multitasking
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Useful connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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Average brightness

We've featured ultrawide monitors already, but they've been quite high-end. If you want the extra working space but don't need high-end features, the answer might be the BenQ EX3501R. It has some great features of its own, including 100% sRGB coverage and a refresh rate of up 100Hz if you want to also use it as a gaming display, but the main draw here is the 21:9 aspect ratio. 

This is an expanded Quad HD display. At 35 inches, that provides a wonderful amount of extra space to work, although naturally, it's not as sharp as the 4K options here. With a bit of extra connectivity on board as well if you need it, this is a great option for those who need a lot of windows open but only want to use the one screen.

Product shot of ViewSonic VP3268a-4K, one of the best monitors for Mac mini

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08. ViewSonic VP3268a-4K

Excellent video editing monitor for Mac mini

Specifications

Screen size: 32in
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Inputs: 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x USB-C
Brightness: 350 nits

Reasons to buy

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Good factory calibration
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Great productivity and content creation features

Reasons to avoid

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No HDR support

Post-production editors and colourists that develop broadcast and online video content will appreciate having ViewSonic VP3268a-4K’s 100% Rec. 709 and 100% sRGB colour coverage. And, while it isn’t exactly new, it is a fresh update on the ViewSonic VP3268-4K, now touting USB-C connectivity, including, you guessed it, the Mac mini. It also offers improved colour accuracy over the original model and Pantone validation.

All those make this 4K monitor not just an ideal match for Mac computers, but also an excellent option for creators looking for a video editing monitor. Other things you’ll appreciate about it is its great port selection, 350 nits of brightness, and decent factory calibration. Unfortunately, there’s no HDR support and the contrast ratio is only 1,300:1, but the colours are more than vibrant and accurate enough for content creators.

Product shot of ASUS ProArt PA148CTV, one of the best monitors for Mac mini

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09. Asus ProArt Display PA148CTV

The best portable monitors for creative digital nomads

Specifications

Size: 14in
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Input: 2 x USB-C, 1 x Micro HDMI
Brightness (max): 300 cd/m²

Reasons to buy

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Impressively bright and vibrant
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Touchscreen is reliable and handy

Reasons to avoid

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Only 1080p

The Mac mini’s svelte and portable nature makes the ideal travelling companion, especially if you’re going away for a long period for work or travelling full-time. Nomadic creators aren’t likely to have access to a monitor made specifically for video or photo editing, which means something like the Asus ProArt Display PA148CTV might just do the trick.

There aren’t a lot of portable monitors designed specifically for content creation out there, even less that perform as well as this. And, unsurprisingly so, as this boasts 100% sRGB and 100% Rec. 709 colour gamut, and Delta E < 2 colour accuracy, which means it’s just the ticket for editing on the go – short of a laptop, that is. It also comes with an incredibly responsive touchscreen and the ASUS Dial that works to simplify your Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Pro workflows. 

And, finally, when you’re finally back in your home studio or office, this portable monitor can moonlight as a control panel, again to make your workflow seamless and let you focus on the creative part of the process. All in all, this is one of the best monitors for Mac mini for content creators that work on the go.

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10. Asus ProArt PA32UC-K

The best monitor for Mac mini for video editing

Specifications

Size:: 32in
Resolution:: 3,840 x 2,160
Input:: 2 x Thunderbolt 3, 4 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
Brightness (max): : 1,000 cd/m2

Reasons to buy

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1,000-nit peak brightness
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Thunderbolt 3 connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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Overkill for non-video work

For those who want to work with HDR video, the trouble with most monitors is the lack of brightness – you can't see what things would look like on a mid-range or better TV. That is not the case here. 1,000 nits of peak brightness puts this monitor up there with great TVs In fact, the use of Mini-LED means its localised dimming is actually more precise than a lot of TVs can manage for fantastic contrast, with hundreds of individual zones. 

Its 4K resolution is also ideal, so you can really watch something at full quality here. Naturally, that means great DCI-P3 colour support (95% in this case), but 99.5% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB coverage make it great for other work too. There's Thunderbolt 3 connectivity on board, which is ideal if you'll have RAIDs full of raw high-res footage. This monitor strikes a balance, offering excellent features for video pros, without entering the seriously high pricing of a Hollywood video monitor, making it a great choice as the best monitor for Mac mini for video editing.

Can I use any monitor with a Mac mini?

Unless you plan on pulling out a monitor from the last century, you can use just about any display with the Mac mini. But, since Mac minis don’t come with a screen like a MacBook Pro or iMac, having versatile connectivity is much more crucial. The Mac mini M1 and its Intel-powered predecessor come with an HDMI 2.0 port and multiple USB-C ports. And, you would be hard-pressed to find a monitor that doesn’t have at least HDMI connectivity.  If your monitor has DisplayPort, you'll need an adapter.

How many monitors can the Mac mini M1 support?

The Mac mini M1 may be small, but it is quite the powerhouse, especially for its size. This little computer can drive two high-resolution monitors, thanks to that M1 system on a chip Apple introduced in late 2020. Specifically, it can connect and run a 6K display at 60Hz via one of its Thunderbolt ports and one 4K at 60 Hz via the HDMI 2.0 port. It might not be quite what the newest 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros can do, but it’s impressive nonetheless. The only caveat is that you can't daisy chain on the Thunderbolt 3 connection.


How do I choose the best monitor for Mac mini?

The Mac mini is very flexible and any recent monitor with a USB-C or HDMI port will serve you, so the best monitor for Mac mini will really depend on what you're using it for. Anyone working in visual design will want a high-quality display with good colour coverage. and uniform brightness. If you're going to want to hook up additional accessories, for example a MacBook, then you'll want a range of ports. it's also worth considering the location of those ports, especially if you'll be taking your Mac mini on the road with you and will need to plug it in and out regularly.

How do you connect a monitor to Mac mini?

It's very easy to connect a monitor to a Mac mini. Simply locate the USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 or HDMI 2.0 ports (the former have a lightning symbol above them), plug in with a compatible cable, then turn on both devices.

Are Mac minis worth it?

There’s no more reasonably priced computer among Apple’s lineup than the Mac mini. And, with the M1 chip on hand, it’s pretty powerful as well. Of course, you need to factor in the price of your peripherals, such as a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. But, this diminutive little beast can handle just about anything you can throw at it, from working on high-resolution editing and design projects to powering through the latest games available to Mac users.

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Product shot of LG 38WN95C, one of the best USB-C monitors

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10. LG 38WN95C

The best ultra wide USB-C monitor for creatives

Specifications

USB-C: Yes, 1
Screen size: 38in
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3840 x 1600
Brightness: 450 nits
Response time: 1ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Color support: 98% DCI-P3
Weight: 18.3kg

Reasons to buy

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Great P3 colour coverage
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Plenty of features

Reasons to avoid

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Not 4K

With the MSI PS341WU being tough to find, your options for a truly impressive ultrawide USB-C monitor for creative workloads have become considerably limited. Luckily, LG is here to save the day with the LG 38WN95C, a stunning 3840 x 1600 display that gives you plenty of room to spread out and have all your tools handy so you can immerse in your creative process. Content creators will also appreciate its 99% sRGB and 98% DCI-P3 colour gamuts.

While it isn't a 5K2K display like the PS341WU, it comes with its own strengths including a fast refresh rate of 144Hz and a fast response time of 1ms, as well as AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and Nvidia G-Sync – all the good stuff esports and non-pro gamers need. A great all-rounder, it also boasts LG's ambient light sensor and an articulating stand, both of which productivity and creative professionals will appreciate. 

Of course, its pixel-per-inch ratio of 110.93 is just the ticket for making those visuals sharp and those texts comfortably readable. Oh, and did we mention its VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification?

Product shot of LG 38WN95C, one of the best USB-C monitors

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10. LG 38WN95C

The best ultra wide USB-C monitor for creatives

Specifications

USB-C: Yes, 1
Screen size: 38in
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3840 x 1600
Brightness: 450 nits
Response time: 1ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Color support: 98% DCI-P3
Weight: 18.3kg

Reasons to buy

+
Great P3 colour coverage
+
Plenty of features

Reasons to avoid

-
Not 4K

With the MSI PS341WU being tough to find, your options for a truly impressive ultrawide USB-C monitor for creative workloads have become considerably limited. Luckily, LG is here to save the day with the LG 38WN95C, a stunning 3840 x 1600 display that gives you plenty of room to spread out and have all your tools handy so you can immerse in your creative process. Content creators will also appreciate its 99% sRGB and 98% DCI-P3 colour gamuts.

While it isn't a 5K2K display like the PS341WU, it comes with its own strengths including a fast refresh rate of 144Hz and a fast response time of 1ms, as well as AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and Nvidia G-Sync – all the good stuff esports and non-pro gamers need. A great all-rounder, it also boasts LG's ambient light sensor and an articulating stand, both of which productivity and creative professionals will appreciate. 

Of course, its pixel-per-inch ratio of 110.93 is just the ticket for making those visuals sharp and those texts comfortably readable. Oh, and did we mention its VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification?

Product shot of LG 38WN95C, one of the best USB-C monitors

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10. LG 38WN95C

The best ultra wide USB-C monitor for creatives

Specifications

USB-C: Yes, 1
Screen size: 38in
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3840 x 1600
Brightness: 450 nits
Response time: 1ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Color support: 98% DCI-P3
Weight: 18.3kg

Reasons to buy

+
Great P3 colour coverage
+
Plenty of features

Reasons to avoid

-
Not 4K

With the MSI PS341WU being tough to find, your options for a truly impressive ultrawide USB-C monitor for creative workloads have become considerably limited. Luckily, LG is here to save the day with the LG 38WN95C, a stunning 3840 x 1600 display that gives you plenty of room to spread out and have all your tools handy so you can immerse in your creative process. Content creators will also appreciate its 99% sRGB and 98% DCI-P3 colour gamuts.

While it isn't a 5K2K display like the PS341WU, it comes with its own strengths including a fast refresh rate of 144Hz and a fast response time of 1ms, as well as AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and Nvidia G-Sync – all the good stuff esports and non-pro gamers need. A great all-rounder, it also boasts LG's ambient light sensor and an articulating stand, both of which productivity and creative professionals will appreciate. 

Of course, its pixel-per-inch ratio of 110.93 is just the ticket for making those visuals sharp and those texts comfortably readable. Oh, and did we mention its VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification?

Product shot of LG 38WN95C, one of the best USB-C monitors

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10. LG 38WN95C

The best ultra wide USB-C monitor for creatives

Specifications

USB-C: Yes, 1
Screen size: 38in
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3840 x 1600
Brightness: 450 nits
Response time: 1ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Color support: 98% DCI-P3
Weight: 18.3kg

Reasons to buy

+
Great P3 colour coverage
+
Plenty of features

Reasons to avoid

-
Not 4K

With the MSI PS341WU being tough to find, your options for a truly impressive ultrawide USB-C monitor for creative workloads have become considerably limited. Luckily, LG is here to save the day with the LG 38WN95C, a stunning 3840 x 1600 display that gives you plenty of room to spread out and have all your tools handy so you can immerse in your creative process. Content creators will also appreciate its 99% sRGB and 98% DCI-P3 colour gamuts.

While it isn't a 5K2K display like the PS341WU, it comes with its own strengths including a fast refresh rate of 144Hz and a fast response time of 1ms, as well as AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and Nvidia G-Sync – all the good stuff esports and non-pro gamers need. A great all-rounder, it also boasts LG's ambient light sensor and an articulating stand, both of which productivity and creative professionals will appreciate. 

Of course, its pixel-per-inch ratio of 110.93 is just the ticket for making those visuals sharp and those texts comfortably readable. Oh, and did we mention its VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification?

Matt has been testing technology for over a decade, working in specialist Apple publications as well general technology and creative journalism. By day, you can find him covering TV, audio, smart home gear and more at T3.com, as Home Tech Editor. By night, he's probably updating or pairing or installing some new piece of technology in the quest for the perfect setup.

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