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The 6 Best Monitors For Mac Mini - Fall 2022 Reviews

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Best Monitors For Mac Mini

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. Traditionally, macOS works best with monitors with a pixel density of around 110 or 220 PPI, but we've confirmed it works well with other pixel densities, too, so our recommendations reflect that. When looking for the monitor of your choice, you should also consider its connectivity, ergonomics, and picture quality.

We've bought and tested over 250 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 the Studio Display. 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 great 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 reflection handling, and our unit comes with the standard reflective coating, which has fantastic reflection handling, and it 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 don't want to spend a ton of money and prefer saving money by getting something cheaper, then the Dell U2723QE is a great choice as an upper mid-range monitor. It has the same 27-inch screen as the Apple Studio Display with a lower 4k resolution, but the text clarity is still fantastic. It works without issue with macOS devices, and you can even use its KVM switch so you can control two devices with the same keyboard and mouse, like if you connect your Mac Mini and MacBook. It has three USB-C ports, one of which supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, and it also has five USB-A ports, so you get a bunch of options if you need to charge or connect other devices.

    Like the Apple monitor, it has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy that limits the colors to the sRGB color space, so you don't need to calibrate it unless you want the most accurate colors possible. 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 some photo editing.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you're looking for something cheaper in the mid-range price category, then look into the Dell S2722QC. It's a lower-end version of the Dell U2723QE, so it has fewer USB-C ports and doesn't have a KVM switch. While the U2723QE is better for multitasking thanks to its extra ports and daisy-chaining feature, which the S2722QC doesn't have, it's still excellent overall, and there aren't any issues with a Mac Mini. If you don't need all the premium features of the U2723QE, the S2722QC is a great choice as it's easy to connect to via its USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode. The 4k resolution delivers sharp text, and the 27-inch screen is big enough to open multiple windows at once.

    It's great for everyday use, and 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, like a coworker or friend sitting next to you. You won't have issues using it in a bright room either, as it gets bright enough to fight glare, and it even has better reflection handling than the U2723QE. It doesn't have an sRGB mode like the U2723QE, 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

  4. Best Budget Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you need to buy a monitor on a budget for your Mac Mini, there are a few displays you can get, although you'll have to give up a few features found on more expensive options. If that interests you, the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a great choice as it delivers impressive office performance. It doesn't have any USB-C ports like the Dell U2723QE or the Dell S2722QC, so you have to connect with it via HDMI. There aren't any display issues with it when connected to a macOS device, except for when the device goes to sleep as you need to disconnect and reconnect it. If you're using a Mac Mini, it's better to disable the sleep settings with this monitor.

    It has a lower 1440p resolution than the Dell monitors above, 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 incredible 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

  5. Best Cheap Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you need a basic display to use with your Mac Mini or to use as a secondary display, 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 as the PA278QV, including incredible ergonomics and amazing color accuracy thanks to its sRGB mode. It doesn't get as bright as the PA278QV, so it's best to use in a dim or moderately-lit room.

    As expected for a cheap monitor, it's limited in extra features, and it doesn't have a USB hub, so you can only connect to it via HDMI. However, it has built-in speakers, which are a nice addition if you quickly need to watch a video or listen to something, but speakers built into monitors aren't anything special, so don't expect good sound.

    See our review

  6. Best Ultrawide Monitor For Mac Mini

    While the monitors above all have a standard 16:9 aspect ratio, there's another subset of monitors with a 21:9 aspect ratio called ultrawide displays. These monitors offer more horizontal screen space while providing the same screen height as a standard monitor, so your eyes don't have to move up and down the screen as much. If this is something that intrigues you, the Gigabyte M34WQ is a great ultrawide monitor. It has all the features you would want to use with a Mac Mini, like a USB-C port and a KVM switch that lets you control multiple devices with the same keyboard and mouse.

    With a 3440x1440 resolution and 34-inch screen size, there's enough space to open multiple windows next to each other, and the text clarity is good. It also has better ergonomics than most ultrawide monitors as it offers swivel, height, and tilt adjustments and has wide viewing angles if you need to share your screen. Lastly, it gets bright enough to fight glare and has great reflection handling, so visibility isn't a problem in a bright room.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell U3223QE: The Dell U3223QE is a larger version of the Dell U2723QE, so get this if you want a larger screen, but HDR doesn't look as good on it. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is a higher-end version of the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, and it has a USB-C port. However, it costs more and is too expensive to be considered a budget monitor. See our review
  • LG 40WP95C-W: The LG 40WP95C-W is a high-end ultrawide monitor with Thunderbolt 4 support, which is ideal if you have a Mac Mini. It's bigger than the Gigabyte M34WQ, but it also costs a lot more, so only get this if you're going to take full advantage of all its features. 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 aren't going to 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 it's in the same price range as the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It's great for office use, but some of its picture modes have flicker issues with macOS devices. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. Jan 18, 2022: Updated recommendation to reflect user needs; added the Gigabyte M32U as 'Best 4k' and renamed the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV as the 'Best 1440p'; removed the LG 34GP83A-B and the Acer Nitro XV340CK as the 'Best Ultrawide' monitors and added the Gigabyte M34WQ and the LG 38WN95C-W as the alternate; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  5. 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.

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.

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