One of the highlights at Apple’s March 8 event this week was the new Studio Display. Even though the 5K resolution professional-level display is mainly aimed at content creators with Apple’s Mac products, it turns out that it might end up working with Windows systems, too.
Apple’s webpage for the new display doesn’t officially mention Windows support, but according to Apple spokesperson Alex Bender, who spoke with The Verge, the Studio Display will work fine in Windows. Per Bender, when connected with a PC that supports it, the display will apparently “act like any normal monitor with a built-in webcam and speakers.” However, there are a few caveats.
On Windows systems, features like Center Stage won’t work. Neither will Spatial Audio or Hey Siri. The webcam will also just show up as a 13 MP webcam, and the resolution you get out of the monitor will depend on your PC.
Priced at $1,600, and featuring USB-C and Thunderbolt connectivity, the Studio Display might not be for all Windows users though. While it might be cool to buy if you’re in the Windows and Mac ecosystem, it is pretty expensive for what it is.
There are plenty of other alternatives, from QLED to OLED displays, to monitors with ultra-fast refresh rates. The new Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor is a good alternative, though it won’t hit 5K resolutions like Apple’s. There are even monitors certified for Microsoft Teams, too, with built-in speakers, and even a webcam.