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The best monitors for Mac mini in 2022

The best monitors for Mac Mini
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Investing in one of the best monitors for Mac mini is well worth it, even if you’re only using it for sending emails, making reports, and media consumption. Apple’s smallest computer is more powerful than ever with the release of the Mac Mini M1, which offers three times the processing performance and six times the graphical performance of its predecessor. You want a screen that does that justice.

The Mac mini has come a long way. Recent generations are capable of tackling intensive creative tasks and multi-tasking demands, which means that they deserve the right monitor that can deliver in terms of picture quality, resolution, and even ports. If you’re using yours for editing and graphic design, it deserves a monitor with the right colour support, contrast, and accuracy as well.

Whatever you’re using your Mac mini for, and whatever your budget, our guide to the best monitors for Mac mini will help you find an excellent display that will let you take full advantage of the power it packs in its small frame.

For more on the latest Mac Mini see our Mac mini M1 review, and for more monitors, see our guides to the best monitors for MacBook Pro and the best 4K monitors. If you have a specific use in mind, also check our guides to the best monitors for photo editing, and best monitors for video editing

The best monitors for Mac mini in 2021

Best monitors for Mac mini: LG 32UN880-B UltraFine Ergocb badge

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01. LG 32UN880-B UltraFine Ergo

The best monitor for Mac mini for creatives overall

Specifications
Size: 31.5in
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Input: 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI, 1 x USB-C
Brightness (typical): 350 cd/m2
Reasons to buy
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Gorgeous colours and great picture quality
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Versatile ergonomic stand
Reasons to avoid
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HDR nothing to write home about

Not many monitors get almost everything right, but the LG 32UN8800-B UltraFine Ergo is an exception to the rule, which is why it tops our list of the best monitors for Mac mini It’s really hard to beat its value, combining a fairly affordable price with an excellent feature set that includes USB-C connectivity, HDR10 support, 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut, 4K resolution, and 350 nits of brightness.

This 32-inch panel’s marquee feature, however, is its ergonomic C-Clamp stand and One-Click mount, which lets users tilt, swivel, pivot 90 degrees, adjust height, and even extend and retract. It’s just the kind of feature that will prove most useful to creative pros and hobbyists when they’re in the middle of their workflow.

While it’s not the cheapest out there, it’s certainly within reach for most consumers, including budget-minded ones who cannot afford to shell out more than $1,000/£1,000 on a monitor, even if it is for work. Whether you’re a content creator looking to save money or a beginner who’s only starting out, this offering from LG is a shoo-in. Along with the Mac mini, what you’ve got is a match made in economical heaven.

Best monitors for Mac mini: Asus ProArt 27 PA278CVCB endorsed

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02. ASUS ProArt PA278CV

The best Mac mini monitor for balancing budget and pro features

Specifications
Size: 27in
Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440
Input: 1 x USB-C, 2 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x HDMI
Brightness (maximum): 350 cd/m2
Reasons to buy
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Amazing colour support for the price
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Great connectivity
Reasons to avoid
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Average brightness

You wouldn’t believe the value the Asus ProArt PA278CV offers. For a monitor that’s less than $400/£400, it packs in a whole lot of features, from great colour gamuts – specifically, 100% sRGB and 100% REC 709 – to a faster than normal refresh rate of 75Hz and low blue-light tech. 

It’s also Calman Verified for accuracy out of the box (Delta E <2), has monitor daisy chaining built-in so you can use the DisplayPort to connect two screens to each other, and comes with an on-screen scaling overlay to show the actual size of paper over your work. Port-wise, it’s got HDMI and USB-C on top of the DisplayPort, which is plenty. 

While you’re not getting Ultra HD resolution, its 1440p resolution is more than enough and is, in fact, the sweet spot if you want high resolution without spending a lot of money. Overall, you’re getting a lot for what you’re paying here.

Best monitors for Mac mini: MSI Prestige PS341cb badge

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03. MSI Prestige PS341WU

The best 5K monitor for Mac mini

Specifications
Size: 34in
Resolution: 5,120 x 2,160
Input: 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI, 1 x USB-C
Brightness (typical): 450 cd/m2
Reasons to buy
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Bright, with strong colour support
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Ultrawide 4K resolution
Reasons to avoid
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Might be too big for some

If there’s one thing the MSI Prestige PS341WU proves, it’s that MSI, best known for its graming products, has done such an incredible job winning over creative pros. This ultrawide beauty isn’t just a great monitor for Mac minis; it’s one of the best displays out there, delivering a staggering  5,120 x 2,160 resolution, a 21:9 aspect ratio, and simply breathtaking picture quality.

Basically a 4K screen that's been stretched out to ultrawide, it lets content creators spread out during their intensive workflows, as it’s able to display Cinema 4K or Ultra HD video at full size while still having enough space for their vital editing tools. That might not sound like much, but it’s actually a massive time saver and a great way to keep focused on the creative process.

Of course, the 98% DCI-P3 colour support, higher than average brightness level, and HDR600 are also welcome features. As is its connectivity options and ergonomic design that lets you tilt, pivot, and swivel it, as well as adjust its height, until you find the position most conducive to a highly productive yet comfortable workday.

Sadly, due to supply chain issues, the MSI Prestige PS341WU might not be readily available in some parts of the world. But, if you think this is the monitor for you, wait a bit, and you’ll find some units on hand for purchase soon. 

Best monitors for Mac mini: Monoprice 28in CrystalPro 4K

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04. Monoprice 28in CrystalPro 4K

The best budget Mac mini screen

Specifications
USB-C: Yes, 1
Screen size: 28in
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Brightness: 250 cd/m2
Response time: 5ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: not specified
Color support: 100% AdobeSRGB
Weight: 6.3kg
Reasons to buy
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65W power delivery
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Fully articulating stand
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Very affordable
Reasons to avoid
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Brightness level not up to par with most modern monitors
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USB hub only has two USB downstream ports

Not everyone needs a kitted out monitor that comes with all the trimmings. The Monoprice 28in CrystalPro 4K might not have all the colour spaces necessary for video editing or the high HDR rating ideal for media consumption, but it doesn’t need to. This budget monitor is designed for productivity, and it’s got exactly what it needs for that. That includes an affordable price tag, great contrast, and good colour reproduction. 

Don’t take its low price to mean that you’re only getting the bare minimum here. That USB-C port comes with 65W power delivery, which lets you charge up other devices like a 13-inch MacBook Pro, while its fully articulating stand will let you pivot, swivel, tilt, adjust the height, and switch to portrait mode. There’s also a built-in USB hub as well as some HDR support here, though Monoprice isn’t very forthcoming with the rating. If you’re looking for a Mac mini monitor for your productivity needs, this one is among the best values out there.

Best monitors for Mac mini: Philips 499P9H

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05. LG 49WL95C-WE 49in Curved Ultrawide

The best curved monitor for Mac mini

Specifications
Size: 49in
Resolution: 5,120 x 1,440
Input: 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI, 1 x USB-C
Brightness (max): 350 cd/m2
Reasons to buy
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Gigantic space to work
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Great colour support
Reasons to avoid
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It's a LOT of screen
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Some stock issues currently

A small device doesn't mean you need to skimp on workspace, and the LG 49WL95C-WE has plenty of that. This curved ultrawide monitor is effectively two 2,560 x 1,440 monitors fused side-by-side into one super-screen – for those who usually run a twin-display setup, its huge size might actually save you some space, since you'll only have the footprint of one screen.

This screen provides 5k resolution for extra sharpness and details, an adjustable stand with height, tilt, and swivel controls for a perfect viewing angle and an ambient light sensor for auto-brightness and True Tone features to auto-adjust external display settings.

Best monitors for Mac mini: Dell UltraSharp UP2720Q product shot

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06. Dell UP2720Q

The best 4K monitor for Mac mini with impeccable accuracy

Specifications
Size: 27in
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
Input: 1 x Thunderbolt 3/USB-C, 2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
Brightness (max): 250 cd/m2
Reasons to buy
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Self-checking colour calibration
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Thunderbolt 3 connectivity
Reasons to avoid
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It isn't cheap

The Dell UP2720Q is for those who have discerning colour accuracy and connectivity needs and are seeking a pro-level monitor. Here, you get 100% Adobe RGB, 80% BT. 2020 and 98% DCI-P3 gamut support, but the crown jewel is the built-in colorimeter that's CalMAN ready. It checks its own screen regularly to make sure accuracy hasn't drifted, so you don't need to worry about it.

This monitor also adds Thunderbolt 3 hub support, so if you want to daisy chain or just have several high-bandwidth accessories to connect, it's ready to go. This comes on top of all of the advantages of the screen at number one, including a razor-sharp 4K display and great ergonomics. Alas, you've still only got 250 nits of brightness, but that's no issue if accuracy is your main requirement. The only other downside on this one is that it's more expensive.

Best monitors for Mac mini: BenQ EX3501R product shot

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07. BenQ EX3501R

The best ultrawide monitor for Mac mini on a lower budget

Specifications
Size: 35in
Resolution: 3,440 x 1,440
Input: 1 x USB-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
Brightness (typical): 300 cd/m2
Reasons to buy
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Great size for multitasking
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Useful connectivity
Reasons to avoid
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Average brightness

We've featured ultrawide monitors already, but they've been quite high-end. If you want the extra working space but don't need high-end features, the answer might be the BenQ EX3501R. It has some great features of its own, including 100% sRGB coverage and a refresh rate of up 100Hz if you want to also use it as a gaming display, but the main draw here is the 21:9 aspect ratio. 

This is an expanded Quad HD display. At 35 inches, that provides a wonderful amount of extra space to work, although naturally, it's not as sharp as the 4K options here. With a bit of extra connectivity on board as well if you need it, this is a great option for those who need a lot of windows open but only want to use the one screen.

BenQ SW321C PhotoVue product shot

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08. BenQ SW321C PhotoVue

The best 32-inch monitor for Mac mini for photographers

Specifications
Screen size: 31.5in
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
Input: 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x USB-C
Brightness: 250 cd/m2
Reasons to buy
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Hardware calibrated accuracy
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Large 4K display
Reasons to avoid
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Not bright
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Connection bay is awkward to reach

This is hands down one of the best displays for photographers, and for various reasons. The 32-inch 4K screen lets you really get in and see every pixel if you need to, or simply provides a nice big and detailed canvas to view overall. For colour support, you've got 99% Adobe RGB, 95% P3, 100% sRGB all factory calibrated, with a 16-but 3D LUT helping to maintain realistic colour gradation. 

Speaking of calibration, you can adjust colour profiles on the monitor's internal image processor, without changing it in your Mac's software at all. A clever PaperSync feature that enables you to choose from different paper types, and the display will attempt to mimic what your image would look like on that material. Gimmicky perhaps, but even without it, this is simply a phenomenal screen for photographers. The low brightness is a trade-off we can live with for total accuracy. It also offers some extra connections, though they're a bit recessed for our liking.

Asus ProArt PA32UC-K product shot

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09. Asus ProArt PA32UC-K

The best video editing monitor for Mac mini

Specifications
Size: 32in
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
Input: 2 x Thunderbolt 3, 4 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
Brightness (max): 1,000 cd/m2
Reasons to buy
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1,000-nit peak brightness
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Thunderbolt 3 connectivity
Reasons to avoid
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Overkill for non-video work

For those who want to work with HDR video, the trouble with most monitors is the lack of brightness – you can't see what things would look like on a mid-range or better TV. That is not the case here. 1,000 nits of peak brightness puts this monitor up there with great TVs In fact, the use of Mini-LED means its localised dimming is actually more precise than a lot of TVs can manage for fantastic contrast, with hundreds of individual zones. 

Its 4K resolution is also ideal, so you can really watch something at full quality here. Naturally, that means great DCI-P3 colour support (95% in this case), but 99.5% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB coverage make it great for other work too. There's Thunderbolt 3 connectivity on board, which is ideal if you'll have RAIDs full of raw high-res footage. This monitor strikes a balance, offering excellent features for video pros, without entering the seriously high pricing of a Hollywood video monitor.

ASUS ProArt PA148CTV product shot

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10. Asus ProArt Display PA148CTV

The best portable monitors for creative digital nomads

Specifications
Size: 14in
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Input: 2 x USB-C, 1 x Micro HDMI
Brightness (max): 300 cd/m²
Reasons to buy
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Impressively bright and vibrant
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Touchscreen is reliable and handy
Reasons to avoid
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Only 1080p

The Mac mini’s svelte and portable nature makes the ideal travelling companion, especially if you’re going away for a long period for work or travelling full-time. Nomadic creators aren’t likely to have access to a monitor made specifically for video or photo editing, which means something like the Asus ProArt Display PA148CTV might just do the trick.

There aren’t a lot of portable monitors designed specifically for content creation out there, even less that perform as well as this. And, unsurprisingly so, as this boasts 100% sRGB and 100% Rec. 709 colour gamut, and Delta E < 2 colour accuracy, which means it’s just the ticket for editing on the go – short of a laptop, that is. It also comes with an incredibly responsive touchscreen and the ASUS Dial that works to simplify your Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Pro workflows. 

And, finally, when you’re finally back in your home studio or office, this portable monitor can moonlight as a control panel, again to make your workflow seamless and let you focus on the creative part of the process.

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Matt has been testing technology for over a decade, working in specialist Apple publications as well general technology and creative journalism. By day, you can find him covering TV, audio, smart home gear and more at T3.com, as Home Tech Editor. By night, he's probably updating or pairing or installing some new piece of technology in the quest for the perfect setup.