The 6 Best Monitors For Mac Mini - Winter 2021 Reviews

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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, making it easy to connect your Mac to the monitor. Also, macOS works best with monitors that have around 110 or 220 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.

We've tested over 155 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for Mac to purchase. Also, make sure to check out our recommendations for the best monitors for MacBook Pro, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best 34 inch + monitors.

Note: 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.


  1. Best Monitor For Mac: MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD

    8.2
    Mixed Usage
    8.1
    Office
    8.6
    Gaming
    8.0
    Multimedia
    8.2
    Media Creation
    7.4
    HDR Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The best monitor for Mac Mini we've tested is the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD. This great IPS monitor has a 27 inch screen with a 1440p resolution, providing you plenty of space to work comfortably, as well as delivering sharp images and text. The stand allows for height, tilt, and swivel adjustments, and you can also rotate the screen to portrait mode in either direction. Visibility is good in bright settings due to its decent reflection handling and great peak brightness, and it has wide viewing angles so that images don't look washed out when viewed from the side.

    It has full sRGB and Adobe RGB coverage, and it covers 93.8% of the DCI P3 color space, the highest we've measured. Gradient handling is superb, but there's some color bleed, which might disappoint content creators. Also, color accuracy is mediocre out of the box, so calibration is required if you plan on doing color work. It has exceptional response times, low input lag, and a 165Hz refresh rate, making the desktop experience feel more fluid and responsive.

    There are two USB 3.0 ports that you can use for charging or data and one USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode. However, the USB-C port can only deliver 15W of power, which isn't enough to charge more power-hungry laptops. The backlight is entirely flicker-free at all brightness levels, and there's a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Overall, although it's designed for gaming, this is a great monitor that Mac Mini users should be happy with.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: Gigabyte M27Q

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    170 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you find the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD too expensive, the Gigabyte M27Q is a good alternative. It's also a 27 inch IPS monitor with a 1440p resolution and a superb color gamut. It has wider viewing angles and gets brighter to combat glare. On top of having a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, it has a Picture-in-Picture/Picture-by-Picture mode and an integrated KVM switch, which means you can display signals from two input sources simultaneously and control both devices with one set of peripherals. One thing to note about this monitor is that it uses a BGR subpixel layout. It doesn't affect image quality, but it can cause blurry text in some applications. Unfortunately, the ergonomics are sub-par because it only allows for height and tilt adjustment.

    Overall, the MSI and the Gigabyte are very similar, so choosing between them depends on your needs and budget. The MSI has better ergonomics and much wider DCI P3 coverage. On the other hand, the Gigabyte has better viewing angles, more multi-device features, and is cheaper.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultrawide Mac Monitor: LG 38WN95C-W

    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    7.9
    Office
    8.3
    Gaming
    7.9
    Multimedia
    8.1
    Media Creation
    7.4
    HDR Gaming
    Size 38"
    Resolution 3840x1600
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best ultrawide monitor for Mac Mini we've tested is the LG 38WN95C-W. It's a 38 inch curved monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio, giving you tons of screen space to open multiple windows side-by-side. It has good viewing angles, and it gets very bright, enough to overcome glare even in the brightest settings. It can't rotate to portrait mode due to its wide format, but it does offer height, tilt, and swivel adjustment, making it easier to place the screen at a comfortable viewing position.

    Color accuracy is good out of the box. It has an outstanding color gamut, superb gradient handling, and no color bleed, which is great for content creators. It has exceptional response times and a 144Hz refresh rate, and it supports VRR to reduce screen tearing if you want to use it for gaming. It has great DCI P3 coverage and a high peak brightness to deliver a good HDR experience, although its edge-lit local dimming is awful.

    There are a couple of features that can improve your workflow and help you keep a clean setup. It has integrated speakers, two USB 3.0 ports, and a USB-C input that supports Thunderbolt 3. Its auto-brightness feature adjusts the screen's brightness according to your room's ambient light, and there's also a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Last but not least, it has a Picture-in-Picture/Picture-by-Picture mode, great for those working on two computers. So, if you're shopping for a feature-rich ultrawide monitor for your Mac Mini, this is the one to get.

    See our review

  4. Bigger Alternative: LG 49WL95C-W

    Size 49"
    Resolution 5120x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    No VRR

    If you want an even bigger monitor for better multitasking, then consider the LG 49WL95C-W. It's very similar to the LG 38WN95C-W in design, but it has a 49 inch screen with a 32:9 aspect ratio and a 5120 x 1440 resolution, which is equivalent to two 27 inch, 1440p monitors placed side-by-side. It handles reflections very well but doesn't get very bright, so it's better suited for a moderately-lit room. Unfortunately, its USB-C port supports DisplayPort Alt Mode but not Thunderbolt 3, and it has a 60Hz panel with no VRR support. On the upside, you still get built-in speakers and a Picture-in-Picture/Picture-by-Picture mode.

    Overall, the 38WN95C-W is a better choice if you want a versatile monitor that can be used for gaming and work or have specific needs like a high peak brightness or Thunderbolt 3 support. However, if you want a bigger screen and don't mind compromising on those features, then go with the 49WL95C-W.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Mac Monitor: ASUS Pro Art Display PA278QV

    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    8.4
    Office
    8.3
    Gaming
    7.7
    Multimedia
    7.8
    Media Creation
    5.8
    HDR Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    75 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The best monitor for Mac Mini if you're on a budget is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It's a well-built 1440p model with a large screen and incredible ergonomics. It can rotate from landscape to portrait in either direction and has one of the widest swivel ranges we've tested, so you can easily adjust it to your liking. It also comes with some nice extra features like built-in speakers and a screen overlay that lets you preview documents in their actual size before printing.

    It's intended for creative professionals, so it has near full coverage of the sRGB color space. However, its Adobe RGB coverage is only decent. Its IPS panel has wide viewing angles and is bright enough to combat glare in all lighting conditions. The unit we tested also has good out-of-the-box color accuracy. Its high resolution and pixel density result in sharp text and images, and its 75Hz max refresh rate makes motion feel a touch smoother than your typical 60Hz display.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't have a USB Type-C port for your Mac Mini, but it has four USB 3.0 ports so you can connect multiple peripherals and charge all your devices at once. It also doesn't support HDR, and like other IPS panels, has a mediocre contrast ratio, so it may not produce the deepest blacks. Still, this is the best monitor for Mac Mini that we've tested that won't break the bank.

    See our review

  6. HDR Alternative: Gigabyte G27QC

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you'd rather have a budget monitor that supports HDR, then check out the Gigabyte G27QC. While it doesn't have the wide viewing angles and incredible ergonomics that the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV does, it has HDR10 support and a faster response time. Although it's designed for gaming, its large screen and high resolution make it good for a variety of uses. Unlike the ASUS, it has a VA panel with a great contrast ratio, although the narrow viewing angles make it more difficult to share work or content on your screen. It also has poor ergonomics since it can't swivel and doesn't rotate from landscape to portrait.

    If you're looking for a budget monitor for your Mac Mini and don't mind not having HDR support, get the ASUS, but if you prefer something that supports HDR, consider the Gigabyte.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS TUF VG27AQ: The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is a good alternative to the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, but it lacks a USB-C port, and its color gamut isn't as good as the MSI's. See our review
  • LG 38GL950G-B: The LG 38GL950G-B is a good ultrawide monitor, but it has narrower viewing angles than the LG 38WN95C-W, and it lacks USB-C input. See our review
  • LG 27GN850-B: The LG 27GN850-B is a good monitor, but it has sub-par ergonomics and no USB-C input. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 23, 2021: Replaced ASUS TUF VG27AQ with MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, replaced Samsung Odyssey G7 with Gigabyte M27Q as 'Cheaper Alternative', replaced LG 34GN850-B with LG 38WN95C-W.

  2. Jan 04, 2021: Updated text for clarity and accuracy; no change in recommendations.

  3. Nov 26, 2020: Replaced Samsung CHG70 with Samsung Odyssey G7.

  4. Sep 29, 2020: Replaced the ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD with the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV; replaced the AOC CQ27G1 with the Gigabyte G27CQ and renamed the pick to 'HDR Alternative'.

  5. Jul 31, 2020: Replaced LG 34GK905F with LG 34GN850-B.

All Reviews

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.

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