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The 5 Best Monitors For Mac Mini - Winter 2022 Reviews

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Best Monitors For Mac Mini
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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 those with USB-C connectivity, making it easy to connect your Mac to the monitor. Also, macOS works best with monitors with around 110 or 220 PPI pixel density, as it affects the scaling of some 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 haven't tested the monitors' compatibility with the Mac Mini, so these recommendations are based on predictions. If you run into any issues using a monitor when connected to a Mac Mini, please let us know in the discussions. Also, due to numerous complaints of compatibility issues and Dell's unwillingness to offer support to those affected, we removed all Dell monitors from our list of recommendations for the time being and until the situation is resolved.

We've tested over 210 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for Mac to purchase. Check out our recommendations for the best monitors for MacBook Pro, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best 34 inch + monitors.


  1. Best Monitor For Mac: ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV

    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    8.4
    Office
    8.3
    Gaming
    7.6
    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 that we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It's a great all-around monitor with a focus on photo and video editing. It has a simple style meant to look nice in office setups, and it has a fantastic stand that comes with a bunch of ergonomic adjustments, like tilt, swivel, and height adjustments. You can even rotate it into portrait mode if you want to use it as a secondary display.

    It has a great selection of inputs available, including four USB 3.0 inputs and a USB-C input. This USB-C option supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to display an image from a compatible device and charge it at the same time. Its 27 inch screen and 1440p resolution deliver the ideal 109 PPI pixel density for the Mac Mini while still offering clear images. It's a good choice if you want to use it in a bright room because it has good reflection handling and gets bright enough to fight glare.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR at all. Also, while its Adobe RGB coverage is very good, some professional photo editors may be disappointed a bit, but at least our unit has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy. Its 75Hz refresh rate is a slight upgrade over 60Hz monitors, but the difference is minimal. Overall, it's one of the best monitors for mac mini that we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With Wide Gamut Support: MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    If you need a monitor that supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut, check out the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD. It has a similar form factor as the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, with a 27 inch, 1440p screen, but it has worse viewing angles and a slightly worse stand, so it's not quite as versatile. It has an impressive SDR color gamut, with perfect coverage of the sRGB and the Adobe RGB color spaces, so it's a great choice for content creators. It also supports HDR and can display an incredibly wide color gamut in the DCI P3 color space. It also has a USB-C input so you can connect your Mac Mini and display an image.

    If you only use the monitor for text processing or browsing the web, go with the ASUS because it has better ergonomics, better viewing angles, and a USB-C port. However, if you need a wide color gamut or HDR support, go with the MSI.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultrawide Mac Monitor: LG 34GP83A-B

    7.8
    Mixed Usage
    7.7
    Office
    8.3
    Gaming
    7.7
    Multimedia
    7.9
    Media Creation
    7.1
    HDR Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    160 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The LG 34GP83A-B is the best ultrawide monitor for Mac that we've tested. It's good for office use or media creation, as the large 34 inch screen delivers excellent screen real estate, making it easier to work with multiple apps open. The IPS panel delivers wide viewing angles, and visibility isn't an issue thanks to its high peak brightness. It delivers good text clarity as well, and it's close to the ideal pixel density for the macOS user interface.

    It's a great choice for color-accurate work, with great accuracy out-of-the-box and an exceptional SDR color gamut. It also supports HDR, and it can display a wide color gamut. When you're not working, it's a great gaming monitor, too. It has a fast refresh rate and exceptional motion handling, with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has low input lag, which ensures a responsive gaming experience.

    Sadly, it has low contrast and mediocre black uniformity, so it's not the best choice for a dark room. It also has limited ergonomics, but this isn't unusual for ultrawide monitors. Overall, despite its flaws, it's a great monitor, and it's the best ultrawide Mac monitor we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: Acer Nitro XV340CK

    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you want something cheaper than the LG 34GP83A-B, take a look at the Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx instead. Externally, it's very similar, but it has worse viewing angles, and it's not as bright, so it's not quite as versatile. It's very good for office use, with good text clarity and very good reflection handling. Like most monitors on this list, it has excellent gray uniformity, superb gradient handling, and an amazing SDR color gamut, so it's a great choice for color-accurate work. It also supports HDR, but sadly, it can't display a wide color gamut, and it's not very bright. It's also a great gaming monitor, with a fast response time and low input lag.

    Overall, the LG is the best ultrawide monitor for Mac for most people, but it's a bit expensive, so if you want to save some money, the Acer is a good alternative.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Mac Monitor: Gigabyte M27Q

    8.1
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Office
    8.6
    Gaming
    7.9
    Multimedia
    8.0
    Media Creation
    7.3
    HDR Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    170 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The Gigabyte M27Q is the best monitor for Mac in the budget category that we've tested. It's a great monitor for most uses, with a 27 inch, 1440p screen, great viewing angles, and an exceptional SDR color gamut. It's very bright in SDR, and the matte anti-reflective coating delivers decent reflection handling, so viewability isn't an issue in most viewing environments.

    It's even a great choice if your work or hobbies rely on accurate colors. It has excellent gray uniformity and exceptional gradient handling, so you don't have to worry about the dirty screen effect or banding in areas of similar color. As previously mentioned, it has an exceptional SDR color gamut with near-perfect coverage of both the common sRGB color space and the wider Adobe RGB color space. Finally, it has outstanding accuracy out of the box, and other than some slight issues in dark scenes, most people won't notice any issues.

    Sadly, it uses a BGR subpixel layout, which is uncommon in monitors and results in sub-par text clarity. Thankfully, this isn't an issue on recent Macs; as long you're running macOS Big Sur or later, you won't notice any issues. It also has limited ergonomics, so you might have to consider a mounting arm if you're having a tough time placing it in an ideal viewing position. Despite these flaws, it's a great monitor overall, and it's the best budget Mac monitor we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx: The Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx is a great 1440p monitor with perfect Adobe RGB coverage, but it may be hard to find and is expensive. See our review
  • ASUS TUF VG27AQ: The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is a good alternative to the ASUS ProArt PA278CV, but it lacks a USB-C port, and its color gamut isn't as good as the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD. See our review
  • Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X: The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is a good alternative to the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV if you want full Adobe RGB coverage. However, it's costly and lacks a USB-C input. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx: The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx is a gaming monitor that offers great office performance, but it lacks a USB-C port and has low peak brightness, so it's better to get the Gigabyte M27Q instead. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a great budget monitor, but it has a much worse SDR color gamut than the Gigabyte M27Q and doesn't support HDR. See our review
  • Corsair XENEON 32QHD165: The Corsair XENEON 32QHD165 has an impressive color gamut, but it's overpriced, and there are much better options available for less. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Nov 12, 2021: Completely restructured the article and changed most of our picks for better consistency with our other related articles. Removed some of the older Notable Mentions that aren't widely available and added the Corsair XENEON 32QHD165.

  2. Sep 14, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Gigabyte G27QC to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jul 16, 2021: Moved the Gigabyte M27Q to 'Budget Alternative' in place of the Gigabyte G27Q for consistency; added the LG 27GP83B-B; updated Notable Mentions.

  4. Jun 17, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced Gigabyte G27QC with Gigabyte G27Q because it has better DCI P3 coverage and higher HDR brightness.

  5. May 21, 2021: Checked picks for accuracy and availability; no change to recommendations.

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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