The 5 Best Monitors For Mac Mini - Fall 2021 Reviews

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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 those with USB-C connectivity, making it easy to connect your Mac to the monitor. Also, macOS works best with monitors with around 110 or 220 PPI pixel density, as it affects the scaling of some user interface elements. As such, our recommendations will prioritize optimal performance over connectivity options, so some of the picks may not include a USB-C port.

Keep in mind that we haven't tested the monitors' compatibility with the Mac Mini, so these recommendations are based on predictions. If you run into any issues using a monitor when connected to a Mac Mini, please let us know in the discussions.

We've tested over 200 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for Mac to purchase. Check out our recommendations for the best monitors for MacBook Pro, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best 34 inch + monitors.

Note: Due to numerous complaints of compatibility issues and Dell's unwillingness to offer support to those affected, we removed all Dell monitors from our list of recommendations for the time being and until the situation resolves.


  1. Best Monitor For Mac: ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV

    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    8.4
    Office
    8.3
    Gaming
    7.6
    Multimedia
    7.8
    Media Creation
    5.8
    HDR Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    75 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The best monitor for Mac Mini that we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It's a great all-around monitor with a focus on photo and video editing. It has a simple style that's meant to look nice in office setups, and it has a fantastic stand that comes with a bunch of ergonomic adjustments, like tilt, swivel, and height adjustments. You can even rotate it into portrait mode if you want to use it as a secondary display.

    It has a great selection of inputs available, including four USB 3.0 inputs and a USB-C input. This USB-C option supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to display an image from a compatible device and charge it at the same time. Its 27 inch screen and 1440p resolution deliver the ideal 109 PPI pixel density for the Mac Mini while still offering clear images. It's a good choice if you want to use it in a bright room because it has good reflection handling and gets bright enough to fight glare.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR at all. Also, while its Adobe RGB coverage is very good, some professional photo editors may be disappointed a bit, but at least our unit has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy. Its 75Hz refresh rate is a slight upgrade over 60Hz monitors, but the difference is minimal. Overall, it's one of the best monitors for mac mini that we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Better Adobe RGB Alternative: LG 27GP83B-B

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you're a photo editor and need something with better coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, then check out the LG 27GP83B-B. It has much worse ergonomics than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, so it may be harder to place in an ideal viewing position if you don't buy a mounting arm. However, it also has extra gaming features if you want to game with it, like a 165Hz refresh rate, variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and a quick response time. There aren't any USB-C ports, but there's one USB input. It has HDR support, but it doesn't deliver the best HDR experience because of its low contrast, so blacks look gray in a dark room.

    If you want the best monitor for Mac Mini, you should be happy with the ASUS, but if you need a wider SDR color gamut, then check out the LG.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultrawide Mac Monitor: LG 38WN95C-W

    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    7.9
    Office
    8.3
    Gaming
    7.9
    Multimedia
    8.1
    Media Creation
    7.4
    HDR Gaming
    Size 38"
    Resolution 3840x1600
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you prefer something with a larger screen, then the best monitor for Mac with an ultrawide screen is the LG 38WN95C-W. It has an advantage over the other monitors in this recommendation because it has a 21:9 aspect ratio, providing more horizontal screen space. It has a 3840x1600 resolution too, so text looks sharp and legible.

    It's easy to connect to this monitor because it has a DisplayPort input, two HDMI inputs, two USB slots, and a USB-C that supports Thunderbolt 3, which is similar to DisplayPort Alt Mode but with more power delivery. It even has a Picture-by-Picture mode so you can display images from two sources at once. Its IPS panel has wide viewing angles so the image remains accurate no matter where you sit, so it's a good choice for sharing your screen with others. It provides a responsive desktop experience thanks to the low input lag, and motion looks smooth as it has a quick response time.

    It displays a wide color gamut and has great HDR peak brightness, better than most monitors, but it still doesn't offer the best HDR experience. It has a low contrast ratio due to its IPS panel and the terrible edge-lit local dimming feature doesn't improve the contrast at all. If you're just going to use it for watching SDR content, then it's the best monitor for Mac Mini with an ultrawide screen.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Mac Monitor: ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV

    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    8.4
    Office
    8.3
    Gaming
    7.7
    Multimedia
    7.8
    Media Creation
    5.8
    HDR Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    75 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The best monitor for Mac Mini if you're on a budget is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It's an older version of the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, but without a USB-C input, which explains its more budget-friendly price. Like its successor, it's also a 1440p IPS display with a 75Hz refresh rate. It has wide viewing angles, good reflection handling, and gets bright enough to fight glare, even in very well-lit environments.

    Color accuracy is good out of the box. It has near-full sRGB coverage, but its Adobe RGB coverage is only decent and might not be good enough for professionals in print media. It has excellent gradient handling, and there are no signs of color bleed. If you want to play games, it has a great response time and VRR support to reduce screen tearing. While the lack of a USB-C input is disappointing, it does provide four USB 3.0 ports and a USB-B upstream port, which means you can plug your peripherals into the monitor.

    Unfortunately, there's no HDR support, which we expect for a budget productivity monitor. Lastly, it has a flicker-free backlight that helps reduce eye strain on long workdays. So, if you need USB-C input and you can afford to spend a bit more, it's probably best to go with the newer version, but this is still a great choice if you're shopping on a tighter budget.

    See our review

  5. HDR Alternative: Gigabyte M27Q

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    170 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you want something that supports HDR, then consider the Gigabyte M27Q. It has a BGR subpixel layout, which is different from the RGB layout on the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, and not all programs support it, so text may look a bit blurry. If that doesn't bother you, it offers a ton of features like a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and a KVM feature that allows you to control two devices using one set of a mouse and keyboard. It performs well in bright environments because it has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR, but since it has low contrast, it's not a good choice for dark room viewing.

    If you're in the market for the best monitor for Mac Mini and you're on a budget, you can't go wrong with the ASUS. However, if you need basic HDR support, then the Gigabyte is a good alternative.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx: The Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx is a great 1440p monitor with perfect Adobe RGB coverage, but it may be hard to find, and if it is, it's expensive. See our review
  • LG 38GL950G-B: The LG 38GL950G-B is a good ultrawide monitor, but it has narrower viewing angles than the LG 38WN95C-W, and it lacks a USB-C input. See our review
  • ASUS TUF VG27AQ: The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is a good alternative to the ASUS ProArt PA278CV, but it lacks a USB-C port, and its color gamut isn't as good as the MSI's. See our review
  • Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X: The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is a good alternative to the PA278CV if you full Adobe RGB coverage. However, it's costly and lacks a USB-C input. See our review
  • MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD: The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is a great alternative to the Gigabyte M27Q, but it has some color bleed, which isn't ideal for photo editors. It has a wide color gamut and displays more colors than the Adobe RGB color space encompasses, which means some colors appear over-saturated. See our review
  • LG 27GP850-B: The LG GP850-B is a slightly better version of the LG 27GP83B-B with better Adobe RGB coverage, but it costs more. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx: The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx is a gaming monitor that offers great office performance, but it lacks a USB-C port and has low peak brightness, so it's better getting the M27Q instead. See our review
  • Gigabyte G27Q: The Gigabyte G27Q is similar to the Gigabyte M27Q and has a more program-friendly RGB subpixel layout, but it may be harder to find. See our review
  • ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B: The ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B is an ultrawide option that has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, but it's smaller than the LG 38WN95C-W and doesn't have a USB-C port. See our review
  • LG 27GN800-B: The LG 27GN800-B is a low-cost option that has a wider color gamut than the LG 27GP83B-B, but it has much worse ergonomics. See our review
  • Gigabyte G27QC: The Gigabyte G27QC is a dark room alternative to the Gigabyte M27Q because it has a VA panel, but it doesn't have a USB-C input and has worse viewing angles. See our review

Recent Updates

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

  2. Jul 16, 2021: Moved the Gigabyte M27Q to 'Budget Alternative' in place of the Gigabyte G27Q for consistency; added the LG 27GP83B-B; updated Notable Mentions.

  3. Jun 17, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced Gigabyte G27QC with Gigabyte G27Q because it has better DCI P3 coverage and higher HDR brightness.

  4. May 21, 2021: Checked picks for accuracy and availability; no change to recommendations.

  5. Apr 21, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Removed LG 49WL95C-W because it's discontinued. Replaced MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD with ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV.

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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