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The 6 Best Monitors For Mac Mini - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Monitors For Mac Mini

If you have a recent Mac Mini or Mac Pro, you'll want a good monitor to take advantage of it. While most monitors work with macOS devices, some are better suited than others. Monitors with USB-C connectivity make it easy to connect your Mac to the monitor. When looking for the monitor of your choice, you should also consider its ergonomics and picture quality, among other factors. Having a high resolution results in high pixel and sharp text clarity, which is important if you often need to read text on your monitor.

We test monitors' compatibility with the 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro chip using USB-C or DisplayPort connections, so our recommendations reflect those results. The results are also valid for any Mac Mini too.

We've bought and tested over 260 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for Mac Mini to purchase. Check out our recommendations for the best monitors for MacBook Pro, the best 4k monitors, and the best monitors for photo and video editing.

  1. Best Monitor For Mac Mini

    The best monitor for Mac Mini that we've tested is the Apple Studio Display. If you have an Apple product like the Mac Mini, you'll want to take full advantage of it by completing your Apple ecosystem with this monitor. It's a unique monitor with features you can only use with an Apple device, like using its extremely accurate sRGB mode. It makes colors look accurate without any calibration, which is important if you're a photo editor. It has a 5k resolution that results in extremely sharp text, and you can easily open multiple windows at once.

    There are a few different variants of this monitor, with one of the differences being the stand that it comes with. The stand on the unit we tested only offers tilt adjustments, but there's a version with height adjustments and another with a VESA adapter if you want to mount it on an arm instead. Another difference in variants is the screen finish. Luckily, even if you get the standard screen coating, it has fantastic reflection handling and easily gets bright enough to fight glare, making it a great choice for well-lit rooms.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you find the Apple Studio Display too expensive and want something with high-end features for a bit less, check out the LG 40WP95C-W. It's different from the Apple monitor because it has an ultrawide 40-inch screen with plenty of space to open multiple windows at once, which is great if you like multitasking. It has a 5120x2160 resolution, and while that means it has a lower pixel density than the Apple monitor, the text clarity is still fantastic. It also has Thunderbolt 4 support on two ports, which lets you take full advantage of the Mac Mini.

    It's a great choice if you're a content creator because it has a dedicated sRGB picture mode that results in excellent color accuracy before calibration, and it also displays a wide range of colors both in SDR and HDR. Unfortunately, it isn't as bright as the Apple monitor, and its reflection handling is just decent, so it isn't ideal for well-lit rooms. If that's important to you, the Gigabyte M34WQ is much cheaper and gets brighter, but it doesn't have Thunderbolt 4 support and has a smaller screen.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you still prefer something even cheaper, you can find a monitor in the mid-range price category for a lot less, like the Dell U2723QE. It's smaller than the LG 40PW95C-W and instead has the same 27-inch screen as the Apple Studio Display with a lower 4k resolution, but the text clarity is once again fantastic. It works without issue with macOS devices, and you can even use its KVM switch to control two devices with the same keyboard and mouse, like if you want to connect your Mac Mini and MacBook. It has three USB-C ports, and one of them supports DisplayPort Alt Mode if you want to connect your computer via USB-C.

    Like the other monitors, it has excellent accuracy before calibration, and the colors don't look oversaturated. It also has perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used in most web content and great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. If you find the 27-inch screen too small, the Dell U3223QE is a larger alternative, but the colors look undersaturated in HDR, and it costs more only for a bigger screen.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you're looking for something cheaper in the lower mid-range price category, then look into the Dell S2722QC. It often goes on sale, so even if you're on a tight budget, it's a good choice. It's a lower-end version of the Dell U2723QE, so it has fewer USB-C ports and doesn't have a KVM switch, meaning that while the U2723QE is better for multitasking thanks to its extra features, this monitor is still excellent overall. There aren't any issues with a Mac Mini, and it's easy to connect to it via its USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode. The 4k resolution also delivers sharp text, and the 27-inch screen is big enough to open multiple windows at once.

    The ergonomic stand makes it easy to adjust the screen in an ideal position. It also has wide viewing angles if you need to share the screen with someone else, and you won't have issues using it in a bright room either, as it gets bright enough to fight glare. Sadly, it doesn't have an sRGB mode, which isn't ideal if your work requires accurate colors, but it's fine if you just need it for regular office use.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you're looking for a monitor on a budget and you can't find the Dell S2722QC on sale, there are a few slightly cheaper displays you can get, although you'll have to give up a few features. If that interests you, the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a great choice as it delivers impressive office performance. It doesn't have USB-C ports like the Dell S2722QC, so you have to connect with it via HDMI or a USB-C adapter. It works well with macOS devices, except there are some issues when the device goes to sleep as you need to reconnect it, but this is more of an issue with MacBooks and not so much with Mac Minis if you disable the sleep settings.

    It has a lower 1440p resolution than the Dell, but the text clarity is still decent. Despite its budget price, it has a dedicated sRGB mode with amazing accuracy, which is important if your work requires accurate colors. Its stand also offers outstanding ergonomics as you can easily adjust it to your liking, and its wide viewing angles are ideal if you need to share your screen with someone else.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you need a basic display for your Mac Mini, the ASUS VG246H is even cheaper than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, and it's still good for office use. It has a smaller 24-inch screen and 1080p resolution, which also results in decent text clarity, but it isn't ideal if you need to open multiple windows at once. It has many of the same features, including incredible ergonomics and amazing color accuracy, thanks to its sRGB mode. It doesn't get as bright, so it's best to use in a dim or moderately-lit room, but the reflection handling is still very good.

    As expected for a cheap monitor, it's limited in extra features and doesn't have a USB hub, and you can only connect to it via HDMI. Despite its low cost, it still has decent build quality, and the ergonomics are remarkable as you can adjust the screen however you like, including a portrait mode. It's great if you want to use it in a vertical orientation as a secondary display in a multi-monitor setup.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is a higher-end version of the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV and has a USB-C port. However, it costs more and is too expensive to be a budget monitor. See our review
  • Dell S2721QS: The Dell S2721QS is similar to the Dell S2722QC, with the main difference being that the S2721QS doesn't have a USB-C port. However, if you won't use the USB-C input, get whichever is cheaper. See our review
  • Gigabyte M27Q: The Gigabyte M27Q is a budget-friendly monitor with a USB-C port and is in the same price range as the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It doesn't have any of the sleep issues that the ASUS has, but some picture modes don't work well with macOS. See our review
  • LG 38WN95C-W: The LG 38WN95C-W is an ultrawide monitor like the LG 40WP95C-W that costs a bit less, but it isn't as good for productivity because it has worse text clarity and a smaller USB hub. However, it gets brighter, if that's important to you. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 24, 2023: Renamed the LG 40WP95C-W to the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor' with the Dell U2723QE and the Dell S2722QC as the 'Best Mid-Range' and 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitors' to be consistent with their market position; added the LG 38WN95C-W to Notable Mentions.

  2. Nov 18, 2022: Replaced the Gigabyte M34WQ with the LG 40WP95C-W because it has Thunderbolt 4 support; updated the text for clarity and accuracy throughout.

  3. Sep 20, 2022: Added the Apple Studio Display because of its capabilities with macOS devices; moved the Dell U2723QE to the 'Best Upper Mid-Range' category and renamed the Dell S2722QC as 'Best Mid-Range' to reflect their price points; replaced the LG 32QN55T-B with the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV because it's easier to find; added the ASUS VG246H; replaced the Dell S3422DWG with the Gigabyte M34WQ for consistency; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  4. Jun 09, 2022: Complete restructuring to reflect user needs; replaced the Gigabyte M32U with the Dell S2722QC because it's geared towards office use; replaced the Gigabyte M27Q with the LG 32QN55T-B because it doesn't have any issues with macOS; added the Dell U2723QE; renamed the ASUS ProArt PA278CV to 'Best For Dual Setup'; replaced the Gigabyte M34WQ with the Dell S3422DWG because it's easier to find.

  5. Mar 18, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text. Added the Dell S3422DWG to the Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors for a Mac Mini 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.