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. Many of them have USB hub functionality, so you can drive your monitor and your USB devices with only a single cable running back to your Mac.
We've reviewed over 75 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for Mac to purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best monitors for MacBook Pro, the best ultrawide monitors, and our best 34 inch + monitors.
The LG 32UL950-W is the best monitor for Mac Mini that we've tested so far. It delivers good overall picture quality, with a decent contrast ratio, great peak brightness, and wide viewing angles. It supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut; this is great, though it isn't currently supported on Mac, but it will be with macOS Catalina, announced for this fall.
This monitor has a few useful features for Mac users. It has two USB-C ports, which can be used to transfer data from the built-in USB hub to your Mac, while also transferring video and audio from your computer to the monitor. One of them can also be used to chain a second monitor, with only one cable going back to your Mac. Finally, the USB-C ports support USB-C power delivery, which is great if you also have a MacBook Pro you want to keep charged.
Unfortunately, although this monitor has good motion handling, the backlight uses PWM to dim and doesn't look quite as good in a dark room despite the local dimming feature. Overall, though, the LG 32UL950-W is a very good monitor that should please most people.
If the LG 32UL950-W is too expensive for you, the LG 32UD99-W is a bit cheaper and performs nearly as well, making it one of the best monitors for Mac Mini. The biggest difference between these two monitors is the additional features and inputs. The cheaper LG doesn't support local dimming, and it only has one USB-C port, so you can't daisy-chain a second monitor with a single USB-C cable going back to your Mac. If these features don't add much for you, this monitor is a great choice.
Although the LG 32UL950-W is the best monitor for Mac that we've tested so far, it isn't cheap. If you want to save a bit of money, the LG 32UD99-W is a great alternative with fewer inputs.
The Dell U3818DW is the best ultrawide mac monitor that we've tested so far. This massive 38", 3840x1600 screen is amazing for multitasking, as you can easily work with multiple apps open at once, or see more of your work at once. This is great for media creation, as you can see more of your timeline at once, and spend less time scrolling.
Like the LG 32UL950-W, this monitor has a built-in USB-C port, and it supports USB-C power delivery of up to 95W. Although this isn't very useful for Mac Mini users, it's great if you always have a MacBook Pro and want to switch between them, as the USB-C port can charge your MacBook while you work, with a single cable running to your computer.
The Dell has great viewing angles, an adjustable stand, and great reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues with it in most rooms. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room though, and it isn't the best for gaming. Overall, though, it's a great monitor for almost any use.
If you want the widest screen possible, check out the Dell U4919DW instead. This massive 49 inch monitor is the equivalent of two 27", 1440p displays placed side-by-side, and it delivers an unprecedented amount of screen real-estate to work with. It also supports multiple input display, so you can work from two sources at once. Like the Dell U3818DW, it supports USB-C power delivery of up to 90W, and combined with the picture-in-picture mode, you can easily work on your MacBook Pro and Mac Mini at once.
This massive display isn't perfect for everyone though, and for most people, the Dell U3818DW is a better, more versatile choice. If you want the most screen real estate possible, though, check out the Dell U4919DW instead.
If you want a cheaper alternative, the LG 27UK650-W is the best monitor for Mac in the budget category that we've tested so far. It has wide viewing angles, great peak brightness, and good reflection handling, making it a versatile choice for almost any room. It also has a decent height adjustment range, an acceptable tilt range, and it can switch to portrait orientation.
The 27 inch, 4k screen on this monitor is great for multitasking, and most recent Macs should be able to run it without any issues. If you decide to also connect a PC or game console, it has some great gaming features, including support for FreeSync variable refresh rate.
Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't look quite as good in a dark room, and although it supports HDR, macOS isn't able to take advantage of that yet. Although it doesn't support USB-C and doesn't have a built-in USB hub, it's still a great 4k monitor for most uses.
If you want a budget monitor that's even cheaper than the LG 27UK650-W, check out the Dell U2518D instead. This basic 25 inch monitor is a good, well-rounded 1440p monitor with wide viewing angles, great ergonomics, and a good selection of inputs. It doesn't support USB-C power delivery though, so like the LG, you'll have to plug in your Mac to a separate power source.
Overall, the LG 27UK650-W is the best budget Mac monitor that we've tested so far. If you want something even cheaper though, the Dell U2518D is a basic, no-frills monitor that should please most people.
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.
10/28/2019: Verified the picks for accuracy and updated the text.