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The 5 Best Monitors For Mac Mini - Spring 2024 Reviews

Best Monitors For Mac Mini

While you can use almost any monitor with a Mac Mini through an HDMI connection, there are monitors with USB-C ports, which let you connect your Mac Mini and transfer data with a single cable. Some of these ports support Thunderbolt 3 or 4, which allow for fast data transfer, but most monitors support DisplayPort Alt Mode, which has less bandwidth than Thunderbolt but provides the same benefits. While macOS is optimized for use with displays that have pixel density of around 110 or 220 PPI—it still works with any resolution, so choosing the right resolution and size is a personal preference.

Besides its specs, you should also consider its performance for what you need. For example, you need good color accuracy for content creation, while high peak brightness is important if you're going to use it in a bright room. We test monitors' macOS compatibility with the 2021 14-inch M1 MacBook Pro via USB-C or a USB-C to DisplayPort cable. The results are also valid for any Mac Mini, including those with newer chips and other Mac computers like the Mac Studio.

We've bought and tested over 310 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 and MacBook Air, the best 4k monitors, and the best monitors for photo editing.

  1. Best Monitor For Mac Mini

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    The best monitor for Mac Mini that we've tested is the Apple Studio Display. It's a great monitor that allows you to complete your Apple ecosystem and has features you can only use with a macOS device, like its extremely accurate sRGB mode. This makes colors look life-like and accurate without any calibration, which is important if you do any content creation. It also has a 5k resolution that results in the optimal 220 PPI for macOS, and it has extremely sharp text clarity. It's one of a handful of 5k monitors available, alongside its main competitor, the LG UltraFine 5k, which has fewer features and is harder to find. The Studio Display also supports Thunderbolt 3, which allows fast data transfer from your Mac Mini.

    There are a few different variants of the monitor, with one of the differences being the stand that it comes with. One only offers tilt adjustments, but there's a version with height adjustments and another with a VESA adapter if you want to mount it instead. Another difference in variants is with the screen finish, and regardless of which screen coating you get, it easily gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room.

    See our review

  2. Best Ultrawide Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you find the 27-inch screen on the Apple Studio Display too small and need more space to work with, consider an ultrawide monitor like the LG 40WP95C-W. With a 21:9 aspect ratio and 40-inch screen size, it's easy to multitask with different windows open, which is useful if you're a video editor, as you can see more of your timeline at once. It's different from the Apple monitor because it has a lower 5120x2160 resolution, but the text clarity is still fantastic. It also supports Thunderbolt 4 on both of its USB-C ports, which allows for higher bandwidth than Thunderbolt 3, and this is great if you have a newer Mac Mini that supports Thunderbolt 4.

    Regarding picture quality, it displays a wide range of colors in SDR and has excellent accuracy before calibration. It also has decent enough reflection handling to minimize glare if you have a few lights around, but it doesn't get as bright as the Apple monitor, so visibility is an issue in really bright rooms. If you want something brighter, consider the LG 38WN95C-W. However, it has a lower resolution and supports Thunderbolt 3 instead of Thunderbolt 4.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you don't want the ultrawide screen of the LG 40WP95C-W and find the Apple Studio Display too expensive, check out a mid-range option like the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx. It has a smaller screen than the LG, so it's not as good at multitasking with many windows open. Its 27-inch screen also has a 4k resolution, which is below the macOS target of 220 PPI that you'll find on the Studio Display. While text isn't quite as sharp as the Apple, it still has fantastic text clarity. The monitor performs extremely well no matter what you want to use it for.

    It gets extremely bright and has great reflection handling, making it a fantastic choice for very bright environments. It also has outstanding ergonomics, so it's easy to share the screen with a colleague or share a movie with a friend. Its fantastic accuracy in the sRGB mode and vibrant HDR colors make it an excellent choice for content creators. It's also amazing at gaming if you're interested in using a cloud streaming service like Xbox Cloud Gaming or GeForce NOW or if you prefer to play games directly on your MacBook. However, the Acer only has three USB ports. If connecting lots of USB devices is important to you, consider the Dell U2723QE. It has over twice as many USB ports as the Acer, which is great if you have a lot of devices to connect, though its gaming and HDR performance are much worse than the Acer's.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you're looking for something cheaper in the lower mid-range price category, check out the Dell S2722QC. As a lower-end monitor, it lacks a dedicated sRGB mode and has far worse HDR and gaming performance than the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx. However, it's still an excellent productivity monitor. It works well with a Mac Mini and is easy to connect via its USB-C input, which supports DisplayPort Alt Mode. It's important to note that there are some reported flicker issues on this monitor with M1 Macs, but not everyone experiences this. If you're concerned about it, the Dell S2721QS is a cheaper alternative with no issues over HDMI but no USB ports.

    The S2722QC's 4k resolution helps deliver sharp text, and the 27-inch screen is big enough to open two windows next to each other. It also has wide viewing angles that are great if you need to share the screen with someone else, and you won't have issues using it in a well-lit room either, though it doesn't get as bright as the Acer, so it's harder to see in very bright environments.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Monitor For Mac Mini

    If you're looking for something in the budget category, there are a few good options for the Mac Mini, like the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. The main trade-off for getting something cheaper is that it has a lower 1440p resolution than the Dell S2722QC, which means that it doesn't deliver the same amount of details, and with lower pixel density, it has worse text clarity, too. However, macOS is optimized for this pixel density of 110 PPI, and it's still a great office monitor for the Mac Mini as it has a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode. There are also four extra USB ports, which are useful if no free ports are available on your Mac Mini.

    This monitor is designed with content creators in mind, as it has an extremely accurate sRGB mode. It's ideal if you're just getting into photo editing or web design and don't want to spend much money on an accurate monitor. Sadly, it doesn't support HDR at all, and if that's something you want, you can also consider the Gigabyte M27Q P, but it has worse ergonomics than the ASUS, so it's harder to adjust to an ideal position.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a slightly cheaper alternative to the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, which has many of the same features and performance but doesn't have a USB-C input. However, it's still a good option if you want to spend less and don't mind connecting via HDMI. See our review
  • Apple Pro Display XDR: The Apple Pro Display XDR is a higher-end professional content creation monitor than the Apple Studio Display. It supports HDR and has a higher resolution but costs a lot more, so it isn't worth getting for most people. Untested - Join the discussion
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV is an alternative to the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx that tends to cost less. However, it has some compatibility issues with macOS, as HDR doesn't work over USB-C. Additionally, it has much worse gaming and HDR performance than the Acer. See our review
  • Dell U3223QE: The Dell U3223QE has a 32-inch screen instead of the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx's 27-inch screen, though the Dell has over twice as many USB ports. However, it performs worse for most uses and costs more than the Acer. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 16, 2024: Verified the accuracy and availability of current selections.

  2. Feb 15, 2024: Replaced the Dell U2723QE with the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx as 'Best Mid-Range,' as it has better performance; added the Dell U3223QE as a Notable Mention.

  3. Dec 14, 2023: Removed the ASUS VG246H because it doesn't fit into the scope of the article; added the Apple Pro Display XDR and the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV to Notable Mentions.

  4. Oct 16, 2023: Made sure that the monitors are still available for purchase and updated text for clarity throughout.

  5. Aug 17, 2023: Added the LG 40WP95C-W back in as the 'Best Ultrawide Monitor For Mac Mini' to reflect how people are looking for monitors; added the Gigabyte M34WQ and the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors currently available to use with a Mac Mini. 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.