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The 6 Best Monitors For Mac Mini - May 2019
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Best Monitors For Mac Mini
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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. There are some monitors that 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 65 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best Mac Pro and Mac Mini monitors 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.

  1. Best Monitor For Mac: LG 32UL950

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.8
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    The LG 32UL950-W is the best monitor for Mac that we've tested so far. Whether you are working from a Mac Mini or Mac Pro, this monitor has some great features. It has wide viewing angles and great screen real estate, perfect for multitasking. 

    This monitor supports USB-C for easy connectivity to your Mac, and even supports USB-C Power Delivery if you're looking to connect a MacBook. It works as a USB hub, which is great if you have a Mac Mini and want to hide it in your desk. It even has a second USB-C port, which can be used to daisy-chain a second display, with just a single cable going back to your Mac Pro or Mac Mini.

    Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room. The backlight uses PWM to dim, so some people might be bothered by the backlight flicker. Overall, though, it is a very good monitor that should please most Mac users.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: LG 32UD99-W

    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the LG 32UL950 but are looking for something a bit cheaper, check out the LG 32UD99-W instead. The two monitors are extremely similar overall, and both deliver very good performance for most users. This monitor has a flicker-free backlight, which is great, but it doesn't have a USB-C out port, which can be used on the 32UL950 to daisy-chain a second monitor.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultrawide Mac Monitor: Dell U3818DW

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.7
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 38 "
    Resolution : 3840x1600
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    The Dell U3818DW is the best ultrawide Mac monitor that we've tested so far. The 38", high resolution screen is great for multitasking. It also has a Picture-in-Picture and Picture-Beside-Picture mode, which is great if you want to work on two computers at once, like a dual PC/Mac setup. It also has very good viewing angles, so you won't have any issues sharing your screen with someone else.

    Like the LG 32UL950-W, this monitor supports USB-C, so it's a breeze to connect it to your Mac. It has a built-in USB hub, with two ports on the back and two convenient, easy access ports on the side of the monitor. It doesn't have a USB-C out port though, so if you want a second display, you'll have to connect it directly to your Mac.

    Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't look quite as good in a dark room, and due to the extreme bandwidth required for the high resolution screen, the USB hub is limited to USB 2.0 speeds when connected with a single USB-C cable. This shouldn't be an issue for most people, but isn't ideal. Overall, this is an impressive ultrawide monitor that should please most Mac Pro and Mac Mini users.

    See our review

  4. Bigger Alternative: Dell U4919DW

    Size : 49 "
    Resolution : 5120x1440
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    If you like the wide format of the Dell U3818DW but would prefer something even bigger, check out the Dell U4919DW. This monitor has a massive 49" screen, which is essentially two 1440p monitors side-by-side. Like the U3818DW, it supports power delivery over the USB-C port, and it supports Picture-By-Picture, so you can work on a Mac and your MacBook Pro at the same time.

    Unfortunately, if you have an older Mac, it might not support the full 5120x1440 resolution of this monitor, and will instead output at 3840x1080, but this is still great for most users.

    See our review

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

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want a cheaper alternative, the LG 27UK650-W is the best budget Mac monitor 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.

    The 27", 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 is still a great 4k monitor for most uses.

    See our review

  6. Cheaper Alternative: Dell U2518D

    Size : 25 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    If you want something cheaper than the LG 27UK650-W, check out the Dell U2518D. This monitor has a smaller, lower resolution screen, but is still great as a daily driver for most users. It has a great stand, wide viewing angles, and great low input lag, but isn't as well-suited for gaming. Like the LG, it doesn't have a USB-C port, but it does have a built-in USB hub, so you can still hide your Mac Mini in your desk and connect your devices to the monitor instead.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell U3219Q: Very similar to the 32UD99, but not quite as good. See our review
  • LG 34WK95U: Good ultrawide monitor, but bad ergonomics. See our review
  • BenQ EW3270U: Good monitor for most uses, but terrible ergonomics. See our review
  • Dell U2718Q: Very similar to the 27UK650, but slightly less versatile. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors for a Mac Mini or a Mac Pro 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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