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The 6 Best Monitors For Mac Mini - Summer 2023 Reviews

Best Monitors For Mac Mini

If you have a Mac Mini or any other Mac computer, you can find a good monitor to use with it. Although you can use the Mac Mini's HDMI port for video transfer with almost any monitor, getting a monitor with a USB-C input lets you display video and transfer data with a single cable from the Mac Mini. Some monitors support Thunderbolt 3 or 4, which supports high bandwidth for fast data transfer, but most monitors support DisplayPort Alt Mode, which has less bandwidth than Thunderbolt. While macOS is optimized for use with monitors that have high pixel density—around 220 PPI, which is the same as a 27-inch, 5k display—you can use your Mac Mini with any resolution and size, so you should choose which size and resolution you prefer.

You should also consider the monitor's picture quality depending on your use, like its color accuracy if you need a monitor for content creation or the brightness if you're going to use it in a well-lit room. We test monitors' macOS compatibility with the 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro chip via USB-C or a USB-C to DisplayPort adapter. The results are also valid for any Mac Mini, including those with the M2 chip, and they're also valid for other Mac computers like the Mac Studio.

We've bought and tested over 280 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 and MacBook Air, the best 4k monitors, and the best monitors for photo editing.

  1. Best Monitor For Mac Mini

    The best monitor for Mac Mini that we've tested is the Apple Studio Display. You can complete your Apple ecosystem with this display that has features you can only use with a macOS device, like its extremely accurate sRGB mode. This makes colors look life-like and accurate without any calibration, which is important if you're a photo editor or do any content creation. It also has a 5k resolution that results in extremely sharp text. The main competitor to this monitor is the LG UltraFine 5k, another 5k monitor that's very similar but can be harder to find at times. Even the Apple Pro Display XDR is a fantastic choice for professional content creators, but it costs significantly more.

    The Studio Display supports Thunderbolt 3, which allows fast data transfer from your Mac Mini. There are a few different variants of the monitor, with one of the differences being the stand that it comes with. One 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 with the screen finish, as the standard coating has a glossy finish, while the nano-texture coating has a matte finish, providing fantastic reflection handling with either coating.

    See our review

  2. Best Ultrawide Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you find the 27-inch screen on the Apple Studio Display too small, consider an ultrawide monitor like the LG 40WP95C-W. With a 21:9 aspect ratio and 40-inch screen size, it's easy to multitask with multiple windows open, and it's also useful if you're a video editor and need to see more of your video timeline at once. That said, it has a lower 5120x2160 resolution than the Apple monitor, but while it has lower pixel density, the text clarity is still fantastic. It also supports Thunderbolt 4 on both of its USB-C ports, which allows for higher bandwidth than the Thunderbolt 3 ports on the Apple monitor, and this is great if you have a newer Mac Mini that supports Thunderbolt 4.

    In terms of its picture quality, it displays a wide range of colors in SDR and has excellent accuracy before calibration. It also has decent enough reflection handling to minimize glare if you have a few lights around, but it doesn't get as bright as the Apple monitor, so visibility can be an issue in well-lit rooms. If you want something brighter, you can also consider the LG 38WN95C-W, but it has a lower resolution and supports Thunderbolt 3 instead of Thunderbolt 4.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you don't want the ultrawide screen of the LG 40WP95C-W and find the Apple Studio Display too expensive, check out the Dell U2723QE. It has similar pixel density to the LG and the same 27-inch screen size as the Apple, so the text clarity is fantastic, and while you don't get the biggest screen, it's still big enough to put two windows side-by-side. If you find the 27-inch screen too small, the Dell U3223QE is a larger alternative, but the colors look undersaturated in HDR, and it costs more for minimal difference in performance.

    The U2723QE works well with macOS devices, and you can even use its KVM switch to control two devices with the same keyboard and mouse, like if you want to connect both your Mac Mini and MacBook to the monitor. It has three USB-C ports, and one supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, making it easy to connect to your Mac Mini with one USB-C cable, but DisplayPort supports less bandwidth than Thunderbolt. It's great for content creators because it has excellent accuracy before calibration, as colors don't look oversaturated, and the monitor also has perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used in most web content.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you're looking for something cheaper in the lower mid-range price category, check out 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, but it's still an excellent productivity monitor. There aren't any issues using it with a Mac Mini, and it's easy to connect to it via its USB-C input, which supports DisplayPort Alt Mode. If you prefer connecting your Mac Mini via HDMI, the Dell S2721QS is a cheaper alternative to the S2722QC with similar overall performance, but it doesn't have a USB hub to connect any extra devices.

    The S2722QC's 4k resolution helps deliver sharp text, and the 27-inch screen is big enough to open two windows next to each other. It also has wide viewing angles that are great if you need to share the screen with someone else, and you won't have issues using it in a well-lit room either, as it gets bright enough to fight glare. Sadly, it doesn't have an sRGB mode, so some colors are oversaturated, which is still fine if you just need it for regular office use, but not if your work requires perfectly accurate colors.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you're looking for something in the budget category, there are a few good options for the Mac Mini, like the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. The main trade-off for getting something cheaper is that it has a lower 1440p resolution, which means that it doesn't deliver the same amount of details as the 4k Dell S2722QC, and with lower pixel density, it has worse text clarity too. However, it's still a great office monitor for the Mac Mini as it has a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and four extra USB ports, which are useful if you don't have any free ports available on your Mac Mini.

    This monitor is designed with content creators in mind, as it has an extremely accurate sRGB mode. It's ideal if you're just getting into photo editing or web design and don't want to spend much money on an accurate monitor. Sadly, it doesn't support HDR at all, and if that's something you want, you can also consider the Gigabyte M27Q. However, some picture modes on that monitor have flicker issues with macOS, so the ASUS is safer if you don't want to deal with compatibility issues.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you need a basic and cheap monitor for your Mac Mini, you'll have to get something that doesn't have many features but is still good enough to get the job done, like the ASUS VG246H. As expected for a cheap monitor, it doesn't have a USB-C input like the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, so you can only connect to it via HDMI. It has a smaller 24-inch screen and 1080p resolution, and the text clarity is still decent, but the size isn't ideal if you need to open multiple windows simultaneously. Luckily, what makes this such a good monitor for work compared to other cheap displays is that it also has a dedicated sRGB mode with good accuracy. However, you still need to calibrate it for the most accurate colors.

    Despite its low cost, it has decent build quality, and the ergonomics are remarkable, as you can adjust the screen however you like, including rotating it into portrait mode. It's great for a vertical orientation in a multi-monitor setup, like if you want to get two and place one horizontally and the other vertically.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a slightly cheaper alternative to the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, which has many of the same features and performance but doesn't have a USB-C input. However, it's still a good option if you want to spend less and don't mind connecting via HDMI. See our review
  • Gigabyte M34WQ: The Gigabyte M34WQ is a much cheaper alternative to the LG 40WP95C-W as it has a smaller 34-inch screen and 3440x1440 resolution. Get this if you want to save money, but it also supports DisplayPort Alt Mode instead of Thunderbolt like on the LG. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx: The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is a good cheap monitor, similar to the ASUS VG246H. It gets brighter and even supports HDR, but there are some compatibility issues with macOS. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 17, 2023: Added the LG 40WP95C-W back in as the 'Best Ultrawide Monitor For Mac Mini' to reflect how people are looking for monitors; added the Gigabyte M34WQ and the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx to Notable Mentions.

  2. Jun 21, 2023: Moved the LG 40WP95C-W to Notable Mentions because it doesn't fit into the scope of what people are looking for with their Mac Mini; replaced the Gigabyte M27Q with the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV for consistency with other articles.

  3. Apr 21, 2023: Verified that the monitors are still available and updated text for accuracy; added the Gigabyte M34WQ to Notable Mentions.

  4. Mar 23, 2023: Replaced the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV with the Gigabyte M27Q because the ASUS has some connection issues with macOS; renamed the LG 40WP95C-W as the 'Best Ultrawide Monitor' to reflect how people are looking for monitors; added the Dell S3221QS to Notable Mentions.

  5. Jan 24, 2023: Renamed the LG 40WP95C-W to the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor' with the Dell U2723QE and the Dell S2722QC as the 'Best Mid-Range' and 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitors' to be consistent with their market position; added the LG 38WN95C-W to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors that are currently available to use with a Mac Mini. 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.