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 110 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. It's 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 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 it 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 it 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 it comes with integrated speakers and its backlight is flicker-free. Overall, 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 we've tested so far is the LG 34GN850-B. It's a large 34 inch monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio, which provides plenty of extra horizontal screen space for multitasking. Its 1440p resolution keeps the pixel density high, resulting in clear text and sharp images. Its IPS panel has wide viewing angles and the screen is slightly curved to increase visibility. It handles reflections decently well and it gets bright enough to fight glare in most rooms. It isn't the best for dark rooms, though, as it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray.
It has superb motion handling thanks to its exceptionally fast response time. Its 144Hz refresh rate can be overclocked up to 160Hz, which makes scrolling through long documents or webpages look silky smooth. It has an sRGB mode that's well-calibrated and it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which is great for content creators. Its input lag is incredibly low and it has native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility if you want to game on the side. It supports HDR10 and it can display a wide color gamut; however, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR content.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have any extra features that are geared towards productivity since it's primarily made for gaming. It has two USB 3.0 ports for charging but not USB-C, which is rather disappointing. On the upside, it has a flicker-free backlight that can help reduce eye strain. On the whole, this is a versatile monitor that most people should be happy with.
If you want an even bigger monitor than the LG 34GN850-B, then check out the LG 49WL95C-W. Its 32:9 aspect ratio is basically the same as two 16:9 1440p monitors placed side by side, although without any distracting bezels. You can make use of the extra space with its Picture-by-Picture mode, which allows you to display two input signals at once. There are four USB 3.0 ports to charge your mobile devices or to plug in other peripherals, and there's a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt mode, so you can display an image from a compatible device such as a MacBook Pro, and charge it at the same time with a single cable. Viewing angles are decent on this IPS panel and the screen is also curved. Its SDR peak brightness is a bit low, making it less ideal for bright rooms. Response time is good and input lag is low, but sadly, it has a basic 60Hz refresh rate.
For most people, the 34GN850-B should be large enough and it performs better overall; however, if you need the extra screen real estate, the 49WL95C-W is a good alternative.
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, it 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. As expected, this panel has a mediocre contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, as well as limiting its 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, this 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.
07/31/2020: Replaced LG 34GK905F with LG 34GN850-B.
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.