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. Many of them have USB hub functionality, so you can drive your monitor and your USB devices with only a single cable running back to your Mac.
We've reviewed over 80 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 our best 34 inch + monitors.
The best monitor for Mac Mini we've tested so far is the LG 32UL950-W. It has a good overall picture quality, can get very bright, and is suitable for almost any room thanks to its good reflection handling. It has an IPS panel, so the image remains accurate at an angle but the contrast ratio is only decent as with most IPS panel monitors. The monitor has a wide color gamut and supports HDR, but if you have a Mac you'll have to wait until the macOS Catalina is released as announced this fall.
Mac users will appreciate some of this monitor's features that help reduce the number of cables required to perform common tasks. Thanks to the two USB-C ports, you can simultaneously transfer data from the built-in USB hub to your Mac and video and sound from your Mac to the monitor. You can also use one of the USB-C ports to power your MacBook Pro or chain a second monitor without having to connect another cable to your Mac. Unfortunately, this isn't a great monitor for a dark room and some people might be bothered by the PWM dimming of the backlight.
Overall, most Mac Mini owners will be happy with its performance.
If the LG 32UL950-W is too expensive for you, the LG 32UD99-W is a bit cheaper and performs nearly as well, making it one of the best monitors for Mac Mini. The biggest difference between these two monitors is the additional features and inputs. The cheaper LG doesn't support local dimming, and it only has one USB-C port, so you can't daisy-chain a second monitor with a single USB-C cable going back to your Mac. If these features don't add much for you, this monitor is a great choice.
Although the LG 32UL950-W is the best monitor for Mac that we've tested so far, it isn't cheap. If you want to save a bit of money, the LG 32UD99-W is a great alternative with fewer inputs.
The Dell U3818DW is the best ultrawide mac monitor that we've tested so far. This massive 38", 3840x1600 screen is amazing for multitasking, as you can easily work with multiple apps open at once, or see more of your work at once. This is great for media creation, as you can see more of your timeline at once, and spend less time scrolling.
Like the LG 32UL950-W, this monitor has a built-in USB-C port, and it supports USB-C power delivery of up to 95W. Although this isn't very useful for Mac Mini users, it's great if you always have a MacBook Pro and want to switch between them, as the USB-C port can charge your MacBook while you work, with a single cable running to your computer.
The Dell has great viewing angles, an adjustable stand, and great reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues with it in most rooms. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room though, and it isn't the best for gaming. Overall, though, it's a great monitor for almost any use.
If you find that the Dell U3818DW's screen isn't wide enough for your work requirements, then check out the Dell U4919DW. This monitor is like two 27 inch 1440p monitors put together. You can have multiple documents or applications open at the same time, and thanks to the multiple inputs you can also operate the monitor from two different sources at the same time. If you have a MacBook Pro you can use the USB-C port to keep it charged and at the same time work from your Mac Mini and MacBook Pro seamlessly.
For most people, the Dell U3818DW should be sufficient. But if your work requires a special setup where multiple sources and one of the largest screens available is necessary, then the Dell U4919DW is the way to go.
If you want a cheaper alternative, the LG 27UK650-W is the best monitor for Mac in the budget category that we've tested so far. It has wide viewing angles, great peak brightness, and good reflection handling, making it a versatile choice for almost any room. It also has a decent height adjustment range, an acceptable tilt range, and it can switch to portrait orientation.
The 27 inch, 4k screen on this monitor is great for multitasking, and most recent Macs should be able to run it without any issues. If you decide to also connect a PC or game console, it has some great gaming features, including support for FreeSync variable refresh rate.
Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't look quite as good in a dark room, and although it supports HDR, macOS isn't able to take advantage of that yet. Although it doesn't support USB-C and doesn't have a built-in USB hub, it's still a great 4k monitor for most uses.
If you want a budget monitor that's even cheaper than the LG 27UK650-W, check out the Dell U2518D instead. This basic 25 inch monitor is a good, well-rounded 1440p monitor with wide viewing angles, great ergonomics, and a good selection of inputs. It doesn't support USB-C power delivery, though, so like the LG, you'll have to plug in your Mac to a separate power source.
Overall, the LG is the best budget Mac monitor that we've tested so far. If you want something even cheaper, though, the Dell is a basic, no-frills monitor that should please most people.
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.
12/24/2019: Confirmed picks and made small changes to text for accuracy.
10/28/2019: Verified the picks for accuracy and updated the text.