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The 6 Best Monitors For Mac Mini - Spring 2020
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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 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. 

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 90 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 our best 34 inch + monitors.


  1. Best Monitor For Mac: LG 32UL950

    Test Methodology v1.0
    7.8
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Office
    7.8
    Gaming
    7.9
    Multimedia
    7.9
    Media Creation
    7.0
    HDR Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best monitor for Mac Mini we've tested so far is the LG 32UL950-W. This is a 32 inch 4K monitor with an IPS panel that's good for almost any type of use. The high resolution and wide screen means it's useful for multitasking or multimedia creation. The SDR color gamut is exceptional, with near-perfect coverage of the s.RGB color space, so most photo and video editors will like this monitor. As with most IPS panels, the vertical viewing angle is good, but the horizontal viewing angle is decent.

    It includes two USB-C ports, which you can connect your Mac Mini to and transfer files with, or you can even daisy chain a second screen. Unfortunately, the contrast ratio is decent and the black uniformity is poor, and the local dimming isn't very effective. However, its peak brightness is great, so combined with good reflection handling, it's a good monitor for bright rooms.

    Overall, this is a good monitor for Mac Mini if you plan on using it for media creation or office use.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: LG 32UD99-W

    Size 32"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    LCD Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, the LG 32UD99-W is a good choice. It doesn't have the two USB-C ports like the LG 32UL950-W, so you can't daisy chain a second screen, but it performs almost as well. It's a 32 inch IPS panel with 4k resolution and a great SDR color gamut, making it a very good monitor for offices and multimedia creation. Unfortunately, the reflection handling is disappointing, so it might be distracting and hard to see images in very bright rooms. However, the monitor can be adjusted to portrait mode, and the stand is height-adjustable as well.

    If you want to daisy chain a second screen with your Mac Mini, look into the 32UL950-W, but if you plan on using one monitor, consider the 32UD99-W.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultrawide Mac Monitor: LG 34WK95U-W

    Test Methodology v1.0
    7.7
    Mixed Usage
    7.8
    Office
    7.6
    Gaming
    7.8
    Multimedia
    7.7
    Media Creation
    6.8
    HDR Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 5120x2160
    Refresh Rate 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    No

    The best ultrawide monitor for Mac that we've tested so far is the LG 34WK95U-W. It's a large 34 inch ultrawide monitor with a 5k resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio. This monitor has plenty of screen real estate for you to multitask comfortably, and its IPS panel has decent viewing angles so you can easily share your work with colleagues. It has an impressive peak brightness and good reflection handling for use in a bright room, however, it isn't as ideal for dark rooms due to its low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity.

    Out of the box, this monitor has great color accuracy. It also supports HDR, but the monitor can't get bright enough to make small highlights pop. There's very little motion blur thanks to its fast response time and its input lag is equally outstanding. There's a USB hub on the back of the monitor that you can use to charge your mobile devices, and its Picture-by-Picture mode allows you to display signals from two sources simultaneously.

    If you find the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio too narrow or you like having multiple windows opened at the same time, this monitor may be a good option.

    See our review

  4. Bigger Alternative: LG 49WL95C-W

    Size 49"
    Resolution 5120x1440
    Refresh Rate 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    No

    If you need an even bigger monitor than the LG 34WK95U-W, take a look at the LG 49WL95C-W. This super ultrawide monitor has a whopping 32:9 aspect ratio and a wide stand, so you'll need a large desk to put it on. The main drawback is the downgrade in resolution, as it's equivalent to two 27 inch 1440p monitors placed next to each other. If you're worried about visibility, its IPS panel has decent viewing angles and the monitor has a gentle curve to help you see the sides. Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it has poor black uniformity and a sub-par contrast ratio, resulting in blacks looking like gray. Picture-by-Picture mode is present for easier multitasking, and it comes with built-in speakers if you don't already have dedicated ones.

    If you prefer a higher resolution, the 34WK95U-W is a better choice; otherwise, the 49WL95C-W is a good alternative if you need the extra screen space.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Mac Monitor: LG 27UK650-W

    Test Methodology v1.1
    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    8.1
    Office
    7.8
    Gaming
    7.9
    Multimedia
    8.1
    Media Creation
    6.8
    HDR Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    LCD Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best budget Mac monitor we've tested so far is the LG 27UK650-W. 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. Even though 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.

    See our review

  6. Cheaper Alternative: ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    LCD Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If your budget is tight and you need something a bit cheaper, go with the ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD. It's the same size as the LG 27UK650-W, but it has a lower resolution of 1440p. This monitor also uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and decent color accuracy; however, it doesn't support HDR. It has a 144Hz refresh rate and a fast response time for smooth animations with minimal blur, and its low input lag helps to keep everything feeling responsive. There's a compromise with this monitor, though, and that's mainly its ergonomics, as there's only tilt adjustment and the range is pretty narrow. It has support for FreeSync if you want to use it for gaming, and it has a flicker-free backlight to help reduce eye strain for those long work days.

    Overall, the LG is a better monitor for most people, but if you're okay with a few compromises like resolution and ergonomics, then the ViewSonic is a good option and will save you some money.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 34WK95U: Good ultrawide monitor, but bad ergonomics. See our review
  • BenQ EW3270U: Good monitor for most uses, but terrible ergonomics. See our review

Recent Updates

03/16/2020: Removed Dell U3818DW, Dell U4919DW, Dell U2518D. Added LG 34WK95U-W, LG 49WL95C-W, ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD.

02/21/2020: Minor changes to text for accuracy. 

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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