Apple forever messed up the computing world in November when it introduced the first line of Macs with its own Apple Silicon processors. Dubbed the M1, this processor has blown professionals and critics alike with its seamless performance and impressive benchmarks. The front runner of these new devices was the M1 Mac Mini. Now, with Apple in-house processors, the Mac Mini is one of the best computers you can get. However, a great computer needs great peripherals, which the Mac Mini immediately lacks unlike its desktop counterparts like the iMac.
But which monitor is the Mini compatible and the best choice for your Mac Mini setup? Apple used to make its own displays, but the last one ended in 2016. While Apple recently released a new line of Pro displays, they're out of the reach of most consumers (they start at $ 5,000 for the monitor only – no booth), so the best options remain other brands for now. One of our favorites is this. It has a nice 27 inch screen with a nice display. There are other monitors. So let's go over the top options to consider.
The best Mac Mini displays
LG UltraFine 5K
The LG UltraFine 5K display is also a workhorse. It has a beautiful 27-inch (5120 x 2880 resolution) screen, also the size of Apple's larger iMac, and a similar P3 color gamut with a brightness of 500 nits. The monitor comes with USB-C and Thunderbolt. The single Thunderbolt 3 port connects to the Mac Mini, and the three USB-C ports provide 5 Gbps downstream for other external devices. The monitor can also be adjusted up and down to enhance the viewing experience.
The biggest downside to this display (aside from its not quite Apple aesthetic) is the price. TheYou will get around $ 1,300 back – but remember, this is a 5K display. Plus, the newly released Apple Pro Display XDR is $ 5,000 (excluding the stand), so this seems like a better deal.
LG UltraFine 4K
Similar to its bigger brother, the LG UltraFine 5K, the UltraFine 4K offers the same great display, P3 color gamut and brightness of 500 nits. The UltraFine 4K is slightly smaller than its 5K counterpart and has a size of 24 inches with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. But it's also a lot cheaper than the 5K model. The UltraFine 4K will cost you around $ 700.
One difference between the 5K and 4K UltraFine displays (aside from size and resolution) is that thehas two Thunderbolt 3 ports (the 5K only has one) and three USB-C ports (USB 3.1 Gen 1, 5 Gbit / s) on the back. This is useful for connecting additional accessories such as an external Thunderbolt 3 drive.
Asus Designo MX279HS
This 27-inch frameless monitor is another boon for designers and, with its IPS panel with LED backlighting, offers an extra wide viewing angle of 178 degrees, which is ideal for collaborating with others or working with clients. The Full HD monitor also has virtual scaling that allows you to preview photos or a variety of documents with precise dimensions before printing, as well as a blue light filter and similar modes for longer work sessions.
The Designo MX279HS also has a brightness rating of up to 250 nits, built-in 32mm speakers for impressive audio while you work, and a variety of connections including two HDMI ports, a VGA port for older connections, and much more. Best of all, it's very affordable, which makes it a great choice for artists or others working within their budget.
LG 34WK95U-W UltraWide monitor
LG offers this 34-inch model with a 5K resolution for those who are looking for a clean design and first-class picture quality. The resolution of 5,120 x 2,160 is supported by a response time of 5 ms and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. This model includes USB-C / Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB-C ports so you don't have to worry about compatibility.
As we found out in our review, the menu options are very easy to use via the hidden joystick and allow detailed adjustments to color and image quality. The price is high, but thatMonitor really has it all.
Curved monitors are great for multimedia lovers who want to play lots of games or watch lots of movies and TVs on their computer. Now that the M1 has finally made the Mac a capable gaming solution, a curved monitor is an excellent option for your new Mac mini setup. The HP 34f is one of the best curved monitors to hit the market recently. It's cheaper than many of its competitors, but doesn't sacrifice a lot of premium features to get this price point. The monitor does not have a USB-C port, but a DisplayPort to which the Mac Mini can output via USB-C.
Productivity gurus will also enjoy the 34-inch surface, which feels smoother and more natural than two monitors side by side. Whatever you plan to use it(/ cc-placement) is a great curved monitor that doesn't break the bank.
Dell S2719DC 27 inch
You have many ways to connect Dell monitors to a Mac Mini, but the S-series IPS model is different from the crowd. It has an excellent Dell HDR and shares so much of the Mac Mini's aesthetics that it can easily be mistaken for an Apple product.
The display has integrated HDMI and USB connections as well as two USB 3.0 connections. You can use the unique security lock slot to secure the monitor. The resolution of this model is quite detailed with a size of 2560 x 1440. We especially love themSlim design – the thin bezels fit perfectly with Apple's minimalist look.
Research and buy FAQs
Does a Mac Mini need a monitor?
Yes. The Mac Mini does not come with a monitor, so you will need to purchase one separately.
Can you use a monitor with a Mac Mini?
Yes, you can connect the Mac Mini to virtually any monitor, as long as you have the right ports or adapters. The Mac Mini is really flexible and has two display outputs. One is USB-C / Thunderbolt and the other is HDMI 2.0. You can purchase adapters and accessories to convert it to DVI or VGA monitors.
Does the Mac Mini support 4K resolution?
Yes. The HDMI supports 4K at 60 Hz and the USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 port outputs up to 6K at 60 Hz.
Can the Mac Mini support two monitors?
Since the Mac Mini has two display ports, it supports two monitors. However, you cannot daisy chain to the Thunderbolt 3 connection. You are limited to one at a time. The M1 MacBooks are limited to only one external display.
Can I use a Mac Mini with my iMac monitor?
While previous Mac Mini models had some workarounds for getting a Mac Mini to work on an iMac monitor, you will have to purchase a separate display.
Can you use a MacBook as a monitor for your Mac Mini?
Not reliable. You can use Mac screen sharing or a solution like Luna Display over WiFi if you're desperate, but most workarounds are a problem to get started. If possible, you should stick to an external monitor. Even options like using Sidecar with an iPad require you to have a display first in order to set it up.
How do you connect a monitor to your Mac Mini?
Find the appropriate port on the back of the Mac mini, either USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 or HDMI 2.0. Plug in both devices (don't turn them on yet) and connect these ports with the compatible cable. Then turn on your Mini and your monitor. You can also find USB-C adapter cables that work with the Thunderbolt 3 port if you only work with DisplayPlay or other, less common connections.