If you have a recent Mac Mini or Mac Pro, chances are it'll work with pretty much any monitor out there. Some monitors are a bit better-suited for Mac users, including USB-C connectivity, which makes it easy to connect your Mac to the monitor. Also, macOS works best with monitors that have around 110 or 120 PPI pixel density, as it affects the scaling of certain user interface elements. As such, our recommendations will prioritize optimal performance over connectivity options, so some of the picks may not include a USB-C port.
Due to numerous complaints of compatibility issues and Dell's unwillingness to offer support to those affected, all Dell monitors have been removed from our list of recommendations for the time being and until the situation is resolved. At this time, we don't test for compatibility; if you run into any issues using a monitor when connected to a Mac Mini, please let us know in the discussions below.
We've reviewed over 100 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for Mac to purchase. Also see our recommendations for the best monitors for MacBook Pro, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best 34 inch + monitors.
The best monitor for Mac Mini that we've tested so far is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. This monitor is primarily designed for gaming, but that doesn't mean that it can't perform just as well for productivity tasks. Its 27 inch screen is great for multitasking, and the 1440p resolution delivers images and text with clarity.
It's well-built and the stand is very adjustable, so you can place it however you like. Its peak brightness is enough to overcome glare and it has pretty decent reflection handling. This monitor's IPS panel has wide viewing angles, which is great for sharing work with coworkers; however, like most IPS monitors, it has a rather mediocre contrast ratio, making blacks look grayish in the dark. Response time is excellent when using the monitor at its native 144Hz refresh rate, and although it's a bit slower at 60Hz, it shouldn't be noticeable for most people. Input lag is equally outstanding, and the monitor supports FreeSync if you want to use it for some gaming on the side.
It has an 8-bit panel with decent color accuracy; but unfortunately, it doesn't support a wide color gamut. It also doesn't have any USB ports, but this monitor comes with integrated speakers and its backlight is flicker-free. Overall, though, this is still a great monitor for the Mac Mini.
If you prefer a monitor with a VA panel for better dark room performance, look into the Samsung CHG70. It doesn't have good viewing angles like the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, but its VA panel typically has a much higher contrast ratio, so blacks look deep and inky in the dark. It also has a 27 inch screen and a 1440p resolution, which is close to the optimal 110 PPI pixel density when working on macOS. This monitor has an impressive color accuracy and it supports a wide color gamut, but text clarity is only decent, though it shouldn't be an issue for most people.
Overall, the ASUS is a better choice, but if dark room performance is important to you, look into the Samsung.
The best ultrawide monitor for Mac Mini is the LG 34GK950F-B. It's a good overall monitor that should please most people for any type of use, and it's a good choice to use with your Mac Mini thanks to its 1440p resolution and 34 inch screen.
This monitor uses an IPS panel, so it has very wide viewing angles, which is ideal for sharing your screen with others. It has good out-of-the-box color accuracy, near-perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used in most content, and it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. It also has decent HDR performance, with a wide color gamut and decent HDR peak brightness. With a high refresh rate, it also has an excellent response time, so fast-moving objects look clear, and the input lag is low, delivering a responsive desktop experience.
Unfortunately, with its IPS panel, its dark room performance isn't good with a disappointing contrast ratio and poor black uniformity. However, it's a good choice for most office environments with good peak brightness and decent reflection handling. Overall, the LG is the best ultrawide monitor for Mac Mini.
If you're looking for a super ultrawide monitor, then check out the LG 49WL95C-W. It can't get as bright and doesn't have as good coverage of the Adobe RGB color space as the LG 34GK950F-B. However, it has a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, which allows you to send an image to your screen and power the USB ports on the monitor, so you can charge your mobile devices at the same time. The 49 inch screen provides plenty of space to work with and it supports Picture-by-Picture, displaying two inputs from different devices at once. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright, and although it supports HDR, it doesn't display a wide color gamut. Luckily, it has good viewing angles for when you need to share your screen with others.
Overall, if you're looking for the best ultrawide monitor for Mac Mini, consider the 34GK950F-B, but if you want a bigger alternative, look into the 49WL95C-W.
The best budget monitor for the Mac Mini that we've tested so far is the ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD. Just like our other recommendations here, this monitor has a pixel density of 109 PPI, which means a 27 inch screen and a 1440p resolution.
It has an IPS panel with excellent wide viewing angles and impressive peak brightness, and its reflection handling is decent too. As expected, this IPS panel has a mediocre contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, as well as limiting the monitor's ability to produce dark, saturated colors. However, its color accuracy is satisfactory, but it doesn't support a wide color gamut. If you want to use this monitor for gaming, its input lag and response time are both excellent. Combined with the monitor's high refresh rate and FreeSync support, it's well-equipped to provide you an incredible gaming experience.
Build quality is acceptable, but the stand is truly its weakness, as there's only tilt adjustment and the range is pretty narrow. On the whole, the ViewSonic is a great monitor for its price, and it even comes with built-in speakers.
If you're shopping on a small budget and you find the ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD too expensive, then check out the AOC CQ27G1. This monitor has a slightly curved screen, which may not be to everyone's liking, but the build quality is good and its ergonomics are decent, with the ability to rotate to portrait mode being the only thing that's lacking. Its VA panel has a great contrast ratio, but viewing angles are disappointing, causing colors to shift when viewed from the side. Color accuracy is truly impressive for a monitor at this price range, not to mention its outstanding SDR color gamut. It has an acceptable peak brightness and reflection handling; however, it's best to avoid placing the monitor directly opposite a window. Text clarity is decent and it has a flicker-free backlight that can help reduce eye strain.
If you can afford it, the ViewSonic is better overall; otherwise, the AOC is a great alternative that won't break the bank.
06/01/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity, updated notable mentions.
04/02/2020: Replaced all recommendations, as macOS works best with monitors that have a pixel density around 110 or 220 PPI.
03/16/2020: Removed Dell U3818DW, Dell U4919DW, Dell U2518D. Added LG 34WK95U-W, LG 49WL95C-W, ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors for a Mac Mini or a Mac that are currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.
If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.