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The 5 Best Monitors For Mac Mini - Summer 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 recently started testing monitors with an M1 MacBook Pro, and we expect the results to also be valid with Mac Minis. The following recommendations are monitors that we confirmed work with macOS, and even though Dell monitors haven't worked properly with macOS in the past, their newer monitors work.

We've tested over 235 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 Dell S2722QC. It's an excellent office monitor that doesn't have any connectivity issues with recent macOS devices. It's easy to connect to via its USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, letting you display an image from the Mac with a USB-C cable. 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 has good reflection handling, making it one of the best displays to use with a Mac Mini.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget Monitor For Mac Mini

    The best budget monitor for Mac Mini we've tested is the LG 32QN55T-B. Although it's a pretty basic monitor, it doesn't break the bank and works well if you need a simple display to connect your Mac Mini. Unlike the Dell S2722QC, it doesn't have any USB-C ports, so you just need to connect to the Mac Mini via an HDMI cable instead. Everything works as expected with macOS, except for the variable refresh rate (VRR) feature, but that isn't a problem if you don't play games on it.

    For picture quality, it has great gray uniformity without much distracting dirty screen effect in the center and displays a wide range of colors in SDR. However, some of those colors are oversaturated, which isn't ideal if you need to do some photo editing. That said, it's fine for web browsing. Even though it doesn't have a ton of features, it's still a good budget option to pair up with your Mac Mini.

    See our review

  3. Best Photo Editing Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you want something for photo editing, the Dell U2723QE is the best monitor to use with the Mac Mini that we've tested. It's higher-end than the Dell S2722QC and has more features to improve your workflow. For photo editing, 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.

    It has three USB-C ports, one of which supports DisplayPort Alt Mode. It works without any problem with macOS, and windows return to their position after waking the display up from sleep. However, if you want a display with a higher 5k resolution that you can take full advantage of with a Mac Mini, the Apple Studio Display has remarkable accuracy and incredible text clarity.

    See our review

  4. Best Dual Setup Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you want to get two displays to use in a dual setup with your Mac Mini, we recommend the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It's a versatile 1440p monitor with an easily adjustable stand, helping you place the screen in an ideal position. You can remove the stand and mount the screen if you want to use a dual mounting arm. It has thin bezels, meaning you won't see much black space between two screens, and it has a virtual grid to help align to displays.

    It's a great choice to use in a dual setup because it has a DisplayPort output, so you can connect the Mac Mini to one display via USB-C and then daisy chain a second monitor. If you also want to use it for photo editing, the out-of-the-box accuracy is fantastic, thanks to the sRGB mode. However, it lacks any HDR support and has a lower resolution than the Dell U2723QE mentioned above, but it's still a great SDR monitor.

    See our review

  5. Best Ultrawide Monitor For Mac Mini

    The best ultrawide monitor for Mac Mini that we've tested is the Dell S3422DWG. The ultrawide screen gives you an advantage if you want to open multiple windows side-by-side because it has a 21:9 aspect ratio, which has more horizontal screen space than a typical 16:9 monitor. It works well with macOS, including with HDR, but there's occasional flickering with VRR enabled, so it's best to leave it disabled if you aren't gaming.

    While it doesn't have a USB-C input, it has an HDMI port and four USB ports if you want to connect your peripherals. It looks good if you work in dark and bright rooms because it displays deep blacks and has excellent black uniformity with minimal blooming. It also gets bright enough to fight glare, and the reflection handling is good, meaning visibility won't be an issue in well-lit rooms.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a great budget monitor as it costs less than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, but it lacks a USB-C input, so it's worth getting the PA278CV instead. See our review
  • Apple Studio Display: The Apple Studio Display has a higher 5k resolution than the Dell U2723QE. However, it also costs more, has worse ergonomics, and doesn't support HDR, so it's worth getting the Dell instead. See our review
  • Dell U3223QE: The Dell U3223QE is a larger version of the Dell U2723QE, so get this if you want a larger screen, but it also costs more. See our review
  • Gigabyte M34WQ: The Gigabyte M34WQ is a great ultrawide monitor with a USB-C port, but it's harder to find than the Dell S3422DWG. 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

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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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