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The 6 Best Monitors For Mac Mini - Winter 2020 Reviews

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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. Some monitors are a bit better-suited for Mac users, including USB-C connectivity, making it easy to connect your Mac to the monitor. Also, macOS works best with monitors that have around 110 or 220 PPI pixel density, as it affects the scaling of certain 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.

We've tested over 135 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for Mac to purchase. Also, make sure to 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, 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.


  1. Best Monitor For Mac: ASUS TUF VG27AQ

    8.1
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Office
    8.5
    Gaming
    7.9
    Multimedia
    8.0
    Media Creation
    7.1
    HDR Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best monitor for Mac Mini we've tested is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. Although it's primarily designed for gaming, it's well-suited for nearly any type of work environment. It has a 27 inch screen that allows you to work with multiple windows opened side-by-side, and its 1440p resolution results in sharp images and text. It has excellent ergonomics so that you can adjust the screen to your ideal viewing position, and its IPS panel's wide viewing angles are great for sharing work or content with others.

    It can deliver an incredibly responsive desktop experience due to its low input lag and high refresh rate. It has decent accuracy out of the box and near full coverage of the sRGB color space. Its coverage of the Adobe RGB color space is only decent, though, and it doesn't support a wide color gamut. Also, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look grayish in dark rooms, and there's some color bleed that might disappoint content creators. On the upside, it has excellent gradient handling to minimize banding.

    There aren't many extra features except for a pair of integrated speakers. The backlight is entirely flicker-free, which helps to reduce eye strain. Lastly, it has a design that isn't too flashy, so it shouldn't stick out in an office setting, and its thin bezels make it a good option for multi-monitor setups. All in all, this is a great option that performs well for a wide variety of uses and should satisfy most people.

    See our review

  2. Dark Room Alternative: Samsung LC27G75TQSNXZA

    Size 32"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    240 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you often work in the dark, you should consider a monitor with a VA panel, like the Samsung Odyssey G7. Like the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, it's also mainly intended for gaming. However, it has a significantly higher contrast ratio that allows it to produce deep blacks. It has a better SDR color gamut, and it can display a wide color gamut in HDR content. Its gradient handling is superb, and it can deliver an even more responsive desktop experience due to its lower input lag and 240Hz refresh rate. The downside is that its VA panel has mediocre viewing angles, and the stand's swivel range is quite narrow, which isn't ideal if you need to share work or content with others. Last but not least, this monitor comes in two sizes, a 27 inch and a 32 inch. While the larger one provides more screen space, its 92 PPI pixel density might not play well with macOS and may result in scaling issues.

    Overall, the ASUS is a better choice for most people as it has better ergonomics and wider viewing angles. However, if you work in dark environments, then go with the Samsung.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultrawide Mac Monitor: LG 34GN850-B

    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    7.8
    Office
    8.3
    Gaming
    7.9
    Multimedia
    7.9
    Media Creation
    7.1
    HDR Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    160 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best ultrawide monitor for Mac Mini we've tested is the LG 34GN850-B. It's a large 34 inch screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, which provides plenty of extra horizontal screen space for multitasking. Its 1440p resolution keeps the pixel density high, resulting in clear text and sharp images.

    The IPS panel has wide viewing angles, and the screen is slightly curved to increase visibility. It handles reflections decently well and gets bright enough to fight glare in most rooms. Its 144Hz refresh rate can be overclocked up to 160Hz, which makes scrolling through long documents or webpages look silky smooth. It has great out-of-the-box color accuracy and has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which is great for content creators. It supports HDR10, and it displays a wide color gamut; however, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR content.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't have any extra features that are geared towards productivity since it's primarily made for gaming. It has two USB 3.0 ports for charging, but there's no USB-C. It isn't the best for dark rooms as it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray. On the upside, it has a flicker-free backlight that can help reduce eye strain. On the whole, this is a versatile monitor that most people should be happy with.

    See our review

  4. Bigger Alternative: LG 49WL95C-W

    Size 49"
    Resolution 5120x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    No VRR

    If you want an even bigger monitor than the LG 34GN850-B, then check out the LG 49WL95C-W. Its 32:9 aspect ratio is basically the same as two 16:9 1440p screens placed side by side, although without any distracting bezels. You can make use of the extra space with its Picture-by-Picture mode, which allows you to display two input signals at once. There are four USB 3.0 ports to charge your mobile devices or to plug in other peripherals. There's a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt mode, so you can display an image from a compatible device such as a MacBook Pro, and charge it at the same time with a single cable. Viewing angles are decent on this IPS panel, and the screen is also curved. Its SDR peak brightness is a bit low, making it less ideal for bright rooms. Response time is good, and input lag is low, but sadly, it has a basic 60Hz refresh rate.

    For most people, the 34GN850-B is one of the best monitors for Mac with an ultrawide screen that we've tested; however, if you need the extra screen real estate, the 49WL95C-W is a good alternative.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Mac Monitor: ASUS Pro Art 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 in the budget category that we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It's a versatile model with a high 1440p resolution, allowing you to see text clear while working. It doesn't have a USB-C input for your Mac Mini, but it does have four USB 3.0 ports to charge your devices while working.

    It has an IPS panel that has wide viewing angles, which is great if you need to share your work with others. Its stand offers one of the widest swivel ranges that we've tested, so it should be easy to place the screen in an ideal viewing position. If you work in a well-lit environment, it has very good reflection handling and it gets bright enough to combat glare. Our unit has good out-of-the-box color accuracy and excellent gray uniformity, although both of these may vary between units. Lastly, if you also want to use it for gaming on the side, it has an impressive response time, resulting in clear motion, and low input lag.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, which may be a bit disappointing, but it's also somewhat expected of a model in this price range. It also has a low contrast ratio, so blacks appear closer to gray. On the upside, it has some nice extra features, like built-in speakers. All in all, this is one of the best monitors for Mac Mini that we've tested, and it won't cost you much.

    See our review

  6. HDR Alternative: Gigabyte G27QC

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

    If you prefer a monitor with HDR support, then check out the Gigabyte G27QC. It doesn't have wide viewing angles like the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV because it has a VA panel, but it displays deeper blacks. It supports HDR 10, displays a wide color gamut, and its HDR peak brightness isn't bad, but some highlights may not pop the way they should. It has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space if you want to use it for photo editing, and it has outstanding reflection handling. Sadly, its ergonomics are somewhat limited because you can't swivel it or switch it into portrait mode due to the screen's curvature. Fortunately, it also has built-in speakers and supports a Picture-by-Picture mode, allowing you to display images from two sources side-by-side.

    If you're on a budget and want the best monitor for Mac, go with the ASUS, but if you prefer something with HDR support, the Gigabyte is a great alternative.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • BenQ EX2780Q: The BenQ EX2780Q has a USB-C input, and it displays a wider color gamut than the VG27AQ, but it has much worse ergonomics. See our review
  • LG 38WN95C-W: The LG 38WN95C-W is bigger than the LG 34GN850-B, and it has a USB-C input, but for its price, it's worth getting the LG 49WL95C-W. See our review
  • Samsung C49RG9: The Samsung C49RG9/CRG9 is a good alternative to the LG 49WL95C-W, but its VA panel has sub-par viewing angles. See our review
  • Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q: The Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q is a great monitor overall, but it's more expensive than the ASUS VG27AQ. See our review
  • LG 27GL83A-B: The LG 27GL83A-B is a good overall monitor with wide viewing angles. It's cheaper than the ASUS VG27AQ but may be harder to find. See our review
  • Lenovo Q27q-10: The Lenovo Q27q-10 is slightly cheaper than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, but it has much worse ergonomics and doesn't get as bright. See our review

Recent Updates

11/26/2020: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced Samsung CHG70 with Samsung Odyssey G7.

09/29/2020: Replaced the ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD with the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV; replaced the AOC CQ27G1 with the Gigabyte G27CQ and renamed the pick to 'HDR Alternative'.

07/31/2020: Replaced LG 34GK905F with LG 34GN850-B.

06/01/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity, updated Notable Mentions.

04/02/2020: Replaced all recommendations, as macOS works best with monitors that have a pixel density around 110 or 220 PPI.

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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