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.
We've reviewed over 75 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for Mac 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.
The LG 32UL950-W is the best monitor for Mac Mini that we've tested so far. It delivers good overall picture quality, with a decent contrast ratio, great peak brightness, and wide viewing angles. It supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut; this is great, though it isn't currently supported on Mac, but will be with macOS Catalina, announced for this fall.
This monitor has a few useful features for Mac users. It has two USB-C ports, which can be used to transfer data from the built-in USB hub to your Mac, while also transferring video and audio from your computer to the monitor. One of them can also be used to chain a second monitor, with only one cable going back to your Mac. Finally, the USB-C ports support USB-C power delivery, which is great if you also have a MacBook Pro you want to keep charged.
Unfortunately, although this monitor has good motion handling, the backlight uses PWM to dim and doesn't look quite as good in a dark room despite the local dimming feature. Overall, though, the LG 32UL950-W is a very good monitor that should please most people.
If the LG 32UL950-W is too expensive for you, the LG 32UD99-W is a bit cheaper and performs nearly as well. The biggest difference between these two monitors is the additional features and inputs. The cheaper LG doesn't support local dimming, and it only has one USB-C port, so you can't daisy-chain a second monitor with a single USB-C cable going back to your Mac. If these features don't add much for you, this monitor is a great choice.
Although the LG 32UL950-W is the best monitor for Mac that we've tested so far, it isn't cheap. If you want to save a bit of money, the LG 32UD99-W is a great alternative with fewer inputs.
The Dell U3818DW is the best ultrawide Mac monitor that we've tested so far. The 38 inch, 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.
If you want an even bigger screen, check out the Dell U4919DW instead. This massive 49 inch monitor is the equivalent of two 27", 1440p monitors placed side-by-side. This is great for multitasking, but it can also display the input from two different sources at once, allowing you to work on your Mac and a Windows PC on the same screen. Like the smaller model, this monitor also supports USB-C power delivery, and it can deliver up to 90W of power, more than enough to keep your Macbook charged, even while under heavy loads.
Although the Dell U3818DW is the best ultrawide Mac monitor overall, if you want an even wider aspect ratio, the Dell U4919DW is a great choice.
If you want a cheaper alternative, the LG 27UK650-W is the best budget monitor for Mac 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 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. Although 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.
If you want a budget monitor that's even cheaper than the LG 27UK650-W, check out the Dell U2518D instead. This basic 25 inch monitor is a good, well-rounded 1440p monitor with wide viewing angles, great ergonomics, and a good selection of inputs. It doesn't support USB-C power delivery though, so like the LG, you'll have to plug in your Mac to a separate power source.
Overall, the LG 27UK650-W is the best budget Mac monitor that we've tested so far. If you want something even cheaper though, the Dell U2518D is a basic, no-frills monitor that should please most people.
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.