Monitor question for new Mac Mini

PaulMac89

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I'm planning to replace my Late-2012 27-inch iMac with a Mac Mini (16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD - I store most of my files on an external 1TB drive). I'd like to have more flexibility than the iMac's built-in screen provides.

Could anyone recommend a 27-inch to 32-inch monitor that would work well with the Mac Mini? It doesn't have to be 4K, though I'm leaning that way at the moment. My price range is $500 to $750.

Thanks for your help!
 

Erehy Dobon

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I am using a LG 27UL650 monitor with my Mac mini 2018. It is a 4K HDR UHD display. With the TB3/USB-C cable that came with the monitor, it runs at 2160p @ 60 Hz.

The 27" 4K display is great for my tired old eyes (which do not get any better with each passing year), better than the ancient 24" 1080p Dell it replaced.
 
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Heat_Fan89

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I bought a 27" Phillips 4K monitor and I could not be happier. Great colors, no dead pixels or blacklight bleed. And I bought it for $240 and the price has dropped by $10 and the monitor has a 4 yr replacement mfg
warranty

 

Fishrrman

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Be aware that a 27" display running in "HiDPI mode" ("looks like 1080p") might result in text (displayed at "normal" sizes) that might seem "too large" for you.
The "effective" dot pitch for this display at "looks like 1080p) will be .31mm.

It's not a problem for me, but some DO complain about that.

Another possible choice:
A 32" display with a native resolution of 1440p (2550x1440).
The dot pitch for this display will be .277mm.
This IS NOT a "4k display", it will not run in HiDPI mode for normal usage.

If I was buying a 32" 1440p display right now, I'd lean towards the HP "Omen"...
 
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If I was buying a 32" 1440p display right now, I'd lean towards the HP "Omen"...
That's very interesting, I have been pondering 1440p displays recently - if not for a Mini, then I also need to upgrade my old Windows 7 system that I use with specialized software. Is this what you had in mind? That is a lot cheaper than I would have expected.


Am using a 24" 1080p screen now, and would like to keep text around the same size for my old eyes, while having a bigger workspace for GIS/mapping applications.
 

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Be aware that a 27" display running in "HiDPI mode" ("looks like 1080p") might result in text (displayed at "normal" sizes) that might seem "too large" for you.
The "effective" dot pitch for this display at "looks like 1080p) will be .31mm.

It's not a problem for me, but some DO complain about that.

Another possible choice:
A 32" display with a native resolution of 1440p (2550x1440).
The dot pitch for this display will be .277mm.
This IS NOT a "4k display", it will not run in HiDPI mode for normal usage.

If I was buying a 32" 1440p display right now, I'd lean towards the HP "Omen"...
Just adding a difference of opinion to the conversation and not arguing. I recently purchased a 27" Phillips 4K monitor, using the HDMI port. System Report shows the monitor running at 4K resolution at 60Hz. Displays settings in System Preference shows the monitor running at Default for Display which in my case it's basically the "UI Looks Like 1080p". While I don't dispute the text might display a little larger, the difference between a 1080p monitor and a 4K monitor is staggering.

I originally was running a 19" Dell Business monitor 5:4 (1280x1024). The jaggies were noticeable, I then purchased a 24" Viewsonic 1080p monitor and honestly, the text and fonts pretty much looked the same as on my Dell which was borderline crap since moving up to Mojave, so I returned the Viewsonic.

The 27" Phillips using the straight HDMI port on my 2018 Mini, is a night and day difference. The text to me is just the right size, not too big or too small. The text and fonts are tight, clear and have no absolutely no jaggies. I don't even see a need to mess with the Sub Pixel AA settings as the text and fonts look great as it is.

Maybe I might see a difference if I had a monitor with a TB port or I used the DP port on my monitor but I don't see a need because the text and fonts are already clear enough that I can see a vast improvement going from a 1080p monitor to a 4K monitor.

I also have not encountered the infamous no video signal issue with my HDMI setup which is weird because many have brought up this issue.
 

Steve Jobs.

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You should get the LG 27UK850. It's pretty much identical to the newer 27UL850 (which has some very very minor HDR improvements just to meet a new certification standard - but still isn't "True HDR" so doesn't matter that much).

It's on Amazon for $400 and it's also better than both the newer UL850 and the UL650 version that someone else mentioned (the UL650 does not have USB-C).

I recently bought a Mac Mini and did a ton of research to find the perfect monitor and settled on this one. I'm coming from a 5k iMac.

 
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PaulMac89

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Thanks, everyone, for the great suggestions. They're very helpful. I'm going to check out the Phillips and LG 4K monitors in the electronics stores before deciding which one to buy.
 

Heat_Fan89

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This is the Phillips I bought. It's now $229 and it's a steal at that price.