Best external monitors for the 24-inch Apple iMac with M1: ASUS, LG, Samsung, and more!
Apple announced a refresh to its iMac range with a new model at its Spring Loaded event last month. The latest version comes in a variety of colors and is redesigned to have a very sleek-looking profile. It’s also powered by Apple’s in-house chipset, the M1 Silicon. If you’re planning to get your hands on the new 24-inch iMac, especially with a multi-monitor setup, we’ve got some notes for you.
First of all, the new iMac supports only one external monitor with up to 6K resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. As explained by my colleague, if you attempt to use more than one external screen, the iMac will just start mirroring the display. The same applies if you’re trying to use an adapter or a dock. This essentially means that you’re limited to a dual-monitor setup. The iMac also comes with only two Thunderbolt ports, regardless of the model you choose (the higher variant has two more USB C ports that are just USB 3 and not Thunderbolt). This means that you’ll end up losing a Thunderbolt port if you plan on connecting a second display.
If you’re fine with just one additional display, then here are some of the best monitors for iMac 2021.
Want to go all-out and get the best display experience possible on the new iMac? You need to get Apple’s Pro Display XDR. It costs a fortune, but with a 6K resolution, 1600-nits of peak brightness, and support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Hybrid-Log Gamma (HLG) playback, it doesn’t get better than this.
The ASUS ProArt PA279CV is a solid display if you plan on using your new iMac for creative tasks like photo or video editing. It comes with a 27-inch 4K resolution IPS panel that offers 100% sRGB coverage, factory calibrated for Delta E < 2 color accuracy and a USB-C port for seamless connectivity.
The 38-inch LG 38WN95C-W is one of the best ultra-wide monitors on the market. It features Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, so it's easy to hook up and the panel itself is pretty impressive with VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification, and 98% coverage of DCI-P3. It also comes with a 144Hz refresh rate with 1ms response time for a smooth experience.
The ZenScreen portable monitor from ASUS should be a great companion for the new iMac. Having a compact, portable design, it can be easily installed and moved away from your desk effortlessly. It offers a 15.6-inch IPS panel while a USB-C port ensures a single port connectivity solution.
Samsung’s latest Business series monitors are actually pretty good for the asking price. The SH850 has a 24-inch panel which makes it symmetrical to the display on the iMac, and while it cannot match up to the resolution, it is still one of the best QHD monitors at this budget. As a bonus, it comes with USB-C connectivity and a 3-year warranty.
The Apple Pro Display XDR is going to be the premier choice with the new iMac but it is also one of the more expensive options. If you are a content creator, you would be served decently with the ASUS ProArt Display as well. If you just need a secondary display to throw some chat apps on, then the Samsung Business series will also get the job done.
If you are planning on adding an external monitor to your new iMac, we suggest that you use a Thunderbolt dock so you don’t lose out on a precious Thunderbolt port. We recently listed some of the best Thunderbolt docks on the market today. Additionally, if you’re interested, we also have a list of some of the best Thunderbolt 3 laptops.