Nothing is as astounding in Apple’s already impressive lineup as the Mac mini, whose tiny form factor only makes it all the more magnificent. Therefore, not just any monitor will do, especially if the model you have is the M1 Mac mini, the more powerful Mac Studio, or the newest M2 Mac minis.
The best monitors for Mac mini should take full advantage of its prowess. Anything less – especially with 4K fast becoming the standard – would be a disservice. A 1440p monitor can work as well if you’re on a tight budget, but bear in mind that the best 4K monitors can be just as inexpensive. Take a look at our guide to the best Dell monitors too.
Screen size is also important. Some folks choose the Mac mini for its size, which means that desk space might be a factor. If that’s the case, a monitor with a 27-inch panel should suffice as it will fit your small setup better. If size isn’t a factor, you’ll be better served with a 32-inch display as that is the sweet spot for 4K resolution. On the other hand, if you need an ultrawide monitor with generous screen real estate, a 34-inch is best.
There are a few other things to consider, of course, including color coverage and accuracy, contrast ratio, brightness levels, ergonomics, and availability of ports – all of which are of varying levels of importance depending on your daily workload.
To help you narrow your choices down further, we found the best monitors for Mac mini and every type of Mac mini user. Whatever type of monitor is ideal for your day-to-day, you’ll find the perfect monitor for you here.
Best monitor for Mac mini in 2023
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If you want the best monitor for Mac mini, you want to go to the source, right? Just be warned: it's very expensive.
Should you be able to afford it, though, you'll be rewarded with a very lovely 27-inch 5K display, with true and consistent colors, up to 600 nits of brightness, and an extremely wide viewing angle. The nano-textured glass option on the screen delivers an incredible amount of glare reduction. And connectivity is excellent too, with three USB-C ports and one Thunderbolt port.
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The BenQ PD3420Q is our top monitor pick for the Mac mini if you want an ultrawide viewing perspective. It boasts a quality 3,440 x 1,440 resolution, spread over a 34-inch 21:9 ultrawide screen, giving you a huge desktop to work on. And its 2,500:1 contrast means your images will look bright and vibrant.
The PD3420Q also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range), backed up by VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, enabling enhanced clarity in extreme highlight and shadow areas. Crucially, this monitor also has 100% sRGB, 100% Rec.709 and an impressive 98% DCI-P3 color space coverage, making it a great choice for photographers, videographers and designers alike.
Read our full BenQ PD3420Q review
There are a lot of impressive professional monitors out there, but many of them are a bit too pricey for most people. Creative pros who are only starting out, therefore, don’t have that many reasonably priced options. Luckily, Asus gives us an affordable option: the ProArt Display PA279CV comes with 100% sRGB and 100% Rec. 709 color gamut, decent brightness level of 350 nits, Delta E < 2 color accuracy, and plenty of connectivity options including a USB-C port that offers power delivery – not to mention, adds four more USB 3.1 to your Mac mini, thanks to the USB hub built-in. There aren’t many premium features here, but at that price, you’re still getting a whole lot of value here.
Read our full review: ASUS ProArt Display PA279CV
For most people, the Apple Pro Display XDR is overkill, even to some creators who would not be able to justify its $4,999/£4,999 price especially with all other impressive options out there. But, if you happen to have the money or if you need the absolute best, this is the 6K monitor of your creative workload dreams, touting an eye-blasting 1,000-nit typical brightness, extremely high contrast ratio, and full DCI-P3 color space for your video editing pleasure. That’s not to mention the beautifully smart, ultramodern design and ideal 32-inch size. If you’re looking for the best 6K monitor out there and money is no object, you won’t regret this investment.
For a 32-inch display, the BenQ DesignVue PD3220U might be a tad pricey. However, it’s just the best monitor for Mac mini users who use their mini PC for photo editing, graphic design and engineering workloads. This 4K display comes with 100% Rec.709, 100% sRGB and 95% DCI-P3 color gamut as well as different color modes for different graphical workloads – from photography and video editing to animation and illustration. On top of that, there are other features to simplify your workflow including a KVM switch, USB hub, and a hotkey puck for quick access to settings. Despite the middling brightness level and color accuracy, therefore, you’re still getting a bang for your buck.
If ergonomics is your priority over everything else, you will appreciate the LG 32UN880-B UltraFine Ergo’s impressive mount and stand, which together offers next-level flexibility unlike anything else we’ve seen. Thanks to this system, you can extend and retract, swivel, tilt, pivot, and adjust its height to your heart’s content – or at least to the position that feels most comfortable and productive to you. That’s whether you’re editing high resolution photos or writing your next novel. Of course, the 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, 350 nits of brightness, and a variety of input ports should be helpful to your creative process as well.
How we test monitors
We evaluate a monitor with particular attention given to its core image quality, including brightness, contrast, color vibrancy and accuracy. While this can - and will - be assessed by the experienced eye of our professional reviewer, some manufacturer screen specs can only be definitively judged by an 'electronic eye' - a monitor calibrator. Where possible, a calibration device will be placed on the screen to verify its advertised color space coverage, brightness output and consistency, and factory color calibration accuracy. Beyond image quality, we'll also scrutinise the monitor's display and data ports to ensure acceptable connectivity, and will give a thorough assessment of build quality, including the range of ergonomic adjustment in its stand. Only then will we determine if a screen is worthy of use by a discerning imaging or video enthusiast.
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