The Best USB-C Monitors For Macbook Pro And Windows Laptops (2021 Reviews)


Best USB C Monitors

Having a  monitor connected to a compatible device allows you to transfer video, audio and data simultaneously, while also charging your devicewith just one cable.

However, not all monitors with a USB-C port can charge a power-hungry device such as a laptop — only those that support USB PD (Power Delivery) with proper wattage can!

So, for your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of only the best USB-C monitors that support USB PD of at least 60W.

Here’s the deal: USB type C monitors with PD differentiate by their maximum power delivery capacity. So, check your laptop’s power consumption to ensure that you’re getting a monitor that’ll be able to power it properly.

Moreover, your laptop must support USB Power Delivery, and in order to get a video signal, your laptop must support either Thunderbolt 3 or DisplayPort Alternate Mode over USB-C.

Lastly, you will also need a proper USB-C to USB-C cable that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode if the USB-C cable that was provided with your laptop or monitor doesn’t.

If that’s the case, look for USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (originally USB 3.0 SuperSpeed – 5 Gbps), USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (originally USB 3.1 – 10 Gbps) or Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps) cables depending on the bandwidth/resolution you need.

3A USB-C cables can power a device up to 60W, whereas for over 60W and up to 100W, you will need a 5A cable.

If you’re looking for a portable USB-powered monitor, you can check our best portable monitors guide.

You can also view our changelogs for this buying guide at the end of this article.

Best Budget USB-C Monitors

Initially, USB-C was only available in high-end devices. Nowadays, you can find a few affordable USB-C monitors too!

ASUS PA247CV

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Image Quality

The ASUS PA247CV is one of the cheapest USB-C monitors that’s capable of at least 65W power delivery yet it also offers professional-grade factory calibration and it’s suited for light gaming!

It features a 23.8″ IPS panel with 8-bit color depth via dithering (6-bit + 2-bit FRC), 1920×1080 resolution, 100% sRGB color gamut, a 300-nit peak brightness, a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1 and a 5ms response time speed.

Even though such specifications can be found on cheaper monitors under $150, the ASUS ProArt PA247CV has additional tricks in its sleeve apart from USB-C!

To start with, it’s factory-calibrated at Delta E < 2 for excellent color accuracy out of the box, making it suitable for professional sRGB color-critical work. You also get dedicated sRGB, Rec.709, and DCI-P3 picture presets and advanced image adjustment tools.

Additionally, the ASUS PA247CV supports AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz for tear-free gameplay if you have a compatible graphics card within the support 48-75Hz range.

75Hz also offers a small but noticeable boost in motion clarity as opposed to the standard 60Hz.

Design & Connectivity

The design of the ASUS PA247CV USB-C display is robust and versatile with full ergonomic support (130mm height adjustment, -5°/35° tilt, +/- 90° swivel, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility).

Plus, it’s got a built-in quad-USB hub (4x USB 3.0 downstream ports), USB-C 3.1 (DisplayPort 1.2 Alt Mode, 65W PD), HDMI 1.4, a headphone jack, two 2W built-in speakers, DisplayPort 1.2 and even a DisplayPort-Out port for MST daisy-chaining.

Alternatives

In case you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, ASUS recently released the 24″ 1080p IPS monitor with FreeSync up to 75Hz and USB-C (65W PD) for ~$190. However, it doesn’t have as accurate colors as the PA247CV nor an ergonomic stand, USB hub, or a dedicated DisplayPort input.

Lenovo Q27h-10

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Image Quality

Now, the Lenovo Q27h-10 is only slightly more expensive than the ASUS PA247CV, yet it offers 2560×1440 screen resolution which will provide you with a lot more screen space and details.

Lenovo’s monitor is based on an IPS panel with 75Hz, true 8-bit color depth and accurate 99% sRGB color space coverage as well as a slightly higher peak brightness of 350-nits.

AMD FreeSync is supported too, allowing you to synchronize the monitor’s refresh rate with the GPU’s frame rate within the 48 – 75FPS supported range for tear-free gameplay.

Design & Connectivity

While the Lenovo Q27h-10 doesn’t have a DisplayPort-out port, it’s equipped with a plethora of connectivity options including USB-C 3.1 with DP 1.2 Alt Mode and 80W PD!

Other inputs include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, a headphone jack, dual 3W integrated speakers and two downstream USB 3.0 ports.

The monitor has the modern 4-side borderless design, but the stand is tilt-only, while the screen is not VESA mount compatible.

Alternatives

Best 4K UHD USB-C Monitors

Got a 4K-capable laptop and want to pair it with a worthy 4K monitor with USB-C? You will find the best models right here!

Philips 279P1

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Image Quality

The Philips 279P1 is the cheapest 4K monitor with USB-C PD of 65W!

It gets better: 4K Ultra HD resolution provides a stunning picture quality on this 27″ monitor; with a pixel density of 163 PPI (pixels per inch), you get plenty of screen space and incredible detail clarity.

Other panel-related specifications include a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a 350-nit peak brightness and 10-bit color depth (8-bit + 2-bit FRC, 1.07 billion colors) with a wide 122% sRGB color gamut.

The monitor is factory-calibrated at Delta E < 2 for accurate color reproduction, and it comes with an sRGB profile. Moreover, it has a light and power sensor, which decreases the monitor’s brightness when it detects that nobody is present in front of the screen.

Design & Connectivity

In addition to USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (DisplayPort 1.4 Alternate Mode, PD up to 65W), you get two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.4, a headphone jack, dual 3W built-in speakers, an Ethernet port and four USB 3.2 downstream ports (one with quick-charging).

Note that due to the limited bandwidth, the speed of the USB ports will be limited to USB 2.0 (480 Mbps) if you want to get 60Hz at 4K UHD. If you select USB 3.2 speed in the OSD menu, you will be limited to 30Hz at 4K.

Let us stress that this is the case with all 4K monitors with USB-C at this price range.

The screen of the Philips 279P1 monitor can be elevated by up to 150mm, pivoted by 90°, swiveled by +/- 180°, tilted by -5°/35° or VESA mounted via the 100x100mm pattern.

Alternatives

Other noteworthy 4K monitors with USB-C include the , the , the , the and the new . These 4K models are more popular, however, they are notably more expensive ($100+), yet they offer the same image quality as the Philips 279P1 monitor.

Although LG’s models offer HDR (High Dynamic Range) support, it’s only software-emulated. This means that they can just accept the HDR10 signal, but you won’t get a better HDR viewing experience.

Further, they also support AMD FreeSync over HDMI and DisplayPort, so if you have a compatible graphics card or an Xbox One console, you can use FreeSync to eliminate screen tearing in video games.

Note that the MX27UC doesn’t support FreeSync over HDMI, only over DisplayPort — so you won’t be able to use FreeSync with the Xbox consoles.

Prices between these three 4K USB-C monitors often fluctuate, so make sure you check them all out. For further help picking the right 4K USB-C monitor for you, feel free to leave a comment below.

Generally, the Philips 279P1 offers the best value for the money here unless you intend to use your monitor for gaming as well.

Dell U3219Q

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Image Quality

The Dell U3219Q is a 4K monitor with USB-C that ups the power delivery to 90W, making it ideal for the high-end power-hungry laptops. 4K UHD looks incredibly sharp and crisp even on the big 32″ screen of this Dell USB-C monitor.

As if that’s not enough, the display provides professional-grade factory-calibration at Delta E < 2 with 95% DCI-P3 as well as 99% sRGB and Rec.709 color space coverage.

Since the Dell U3219Q has HDR support with a wide color gamut and a 400-nit peak brightness, it has VESA’s entry-level HDR400 certification. So, HDR content will get a slight boost in peak brightness and color vibrancy, but due to the monitor’s mediocre contrast ratio and lack of local dimming, the HDR picture is still underwhelming.

Naturally, if you want a 4K monitor with local dimming and good HDR picture quality, you will have to invest a lot more, especially if you want a 32″ sized display.

Design & Connectivity

The design is robust and offers full ergonomic support (height, tilt, swivel, pivot and VESA mount) while connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, USB-C 3.1 (DisplayPort 1.4 Alternate Mode) and HDMI 2.0 — all of which support HDR.

Moreover, there is a USB hub consisting of a USB-B upstream port and four downstream USB 3.1 ports (two of which support fast-charging) as well as a headphone jack.

Other features include a built-in KVM switch, Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture.

Note that the Dell U3219Q is not flicker-free, so if you are sensitive to flicker, prolonged use of the monitor may cause headaches and/or eye strain.

Update: According to one of our readers, his unit of the Dell U3219Q is completely flicker-free. It’s possible that Dell fixed this issue with newer revisions of the monitor. We’ll update the article once we have official confirmation.

Alternatives

If you want a 32″ 4K IPS monitor with USB-C, the Dell U3219Q is actually the most affordable option available. You may be interested in the following more expensive models:

In case you want an even better 4K USB-C monitor, you’ll have to invest in a professional-grade display such as the with Thunderbolt 3, full-array local dimming, mini LED backlight, and DisplayHDR 1400.

Dell U4320Q

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About The Monitor

Want an even larger 4K monitor? The 43″ Dell U4320Q is just what you need! It even has a USB type C port with 90W Power Delivery!

Image Quality

4K resolution looks crisp even on 43″ sized screens! You get a pixel density of 103 PPI, so text will be sharp and you get plenty of screen real estate!

The pixel density is identical to that of a 22″ 1080p monitor. In fact, the Dell U4320Q is equivalent to four 22″ 1080p monitors in a 2×2 setup — and thanks to its rich connectivity options and Picture by Picture support, you can conveniently display four different sources on the screen simultaneously!

Moreover, the monitor is based on an IPS panel, so you get wide 178° viewing angles, accurate and consistent colors with ~96% sRGB gamut coverage, 10-bit color depth support, a 350-nit peak brightness and a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio.

Now, just like all 43″ monitors, the Dell U4320Q has a BGR subpixel layout, so text will appear somewhat fringy until you set up ClearType properly. Even then, text won’t be quite as crisp as that of an RGB sub-pixel monitor, but if you apply some scaling, the issue is almost completely gone.

Design & Connectivity

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and even offers a decent range of ergonomics, including -5°/10° tilt, +/- 40° swivel, 60mm height adjustment and VESA mount compatibility.

Lastly, connectivity options are abundant and include two HDMI 2.0 ports, two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs, USB-C (with DP 1.4 Alt Mode and 90W PD), a headphone jack, three 5 Gbps downstream USB-A ports (one at the side with fast-charging) and one USB-C downstream port (also at the side, with 15W PD).

Alternatives

Best UltraWide USB-C Monitors


UltraWide monitors 
offer extra horizontal workspace, which provides a more immersive viewing experience and increases productivity as you get more screen real estate for your spreadsheets and other applications.

LG 34WN80C

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Image Quality

The LG 34WN80C features 3440×1440 UWQHD resolution that results in a pixel density of 110 PPI, which is the perfect screen size/resolution ratio as you get plenty of screen space and details without any scaling necessary.

What’s more, this ultrawide USB-C monitor supports 10-bit color depth and has a 99% sRGB color gamut for accurate and consistent color reproduction.

Design & Connectivity

The LG 34WN80C has a subtle screen curvature, while the stand provides height and tilt adjustments as well as VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, USB-C (DP Alt Mode, 60W PD), a headphone jack and two downstream USB 3.0 ports.

Alternatives

If you can afford something a bit pricier, check out the following 3440×1440 IPS displays:

Looking for something similar but cheaper? Check out the Philips 343E2E 34″ 75Hz IPS ultrawide model with a wide color gamut and 65W PD for $320, but lower 2560×1080 resolution.

Philips 346E2CUAE

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There aren’t many gaming monitors with USB-C and power delivery; luckily, the Philips 346E2 offers everything you need for an immersive and responsive gaming experience.

Here’s why: the Philips 346E2CUAE display is based on a VA panel, so you won’t get as accurate and consistent colors as on the IPS alternatives, but you will get a higher static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 for deeper blacks.

Further, the monitor has a wide color gamut backlight, which extends the display’s color gamut to 121% sRGB for more vibrant and life-like colors. Alternatively, you can use the emulated sRGB mode.

But here’s the kicker: thanks to its 100Hz refresh rate, fast-paced games will be a lot more enjoyable and have smoother motion clarity as opposed to the standard 60Hz/75Hz displays, while AMD FreeSync (48-100Hz range) will effectively remove screen tearing and stuttering if you have a compatible GPU.

Design & Connectivity

The Philips 346E2 offers a robust design with up to 100mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility. It also has a steepscreen curvature of 1500R for added immersion!

Finally, Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, USB (DP 1.2 Alt Mode, 65W PD), a quad-USB 3.0 hub, a headphone jack and dual 5W integrated speakers.

Alternatives

ViewSonic VP3881

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Image Quality

If you want an even larger ultrawide monitor, we recommend the ViewSonic VP3881 USB-C curved monitor.

It offers a larger screen as well as a higher screen resolution of 3840×1600 (UWQHD+), which allows you to keep the ideal pixel-per-inch ratio of 110 PPI.

The ViewSonic VP3881 is from the same professional series as the ViewSonic VP2771 and has the same wide color gamut support with Delta E < 2 factory calibration, 100% sRGB/Rec.709 color space coverage, 14-bit 3D LUT and exclusive features such as CAD/CAM, Animation and Video Editing presets as well as ‘Dual Color’.

Design & Connectivity

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, USB-C (DisplayPort 1.4 Alt Mode, 60W PD), two HDMI 2.0 ports, one upstream and three downstream USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack and dual 5W integrated speakers.

The stand is fairly ergonomic with tilt, swivel, height adjustment and VESA mount compatibility, but no pivot option.

Overall, the ViewSonic VP3881 offers the best value for the money if you want a 38″ ultrawide monitor for professional/business purposes.

Alternatives

Dell and Acer also offer excellent 38″ ultrawide monitors based on the same panel, but with other features:

Best Premium USB-C Monitors

Want an even higher screen resolution display? The following monitors offer the highest resolutions over USB-C currently available, but they are also a bit more expensive.

LG 27MD5KL

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Image Quality

The LG 27MD4KL is LG’s 2019 version 5K UltraFine display sporting 5120×2880 resolution for stunning detail clarity with 217.57 pixels per inch, which becomes ‘Retina’ at just 16 inches away from the screen — the distance at which your eyes won’t be able to distinguish individual pixels.

Best of all, the monitor has a wide 99% DCI-P3 gamut for striking color quality and a high peak brightness of 500-nits while the static contrast ratio sits at 1,100:1.

Since it is limited to 60Hz and has a response time speed of 14ms without adjustable overdrive, gamers should avoid this display, especially if they enjoy fast-paced video games.

Design & Connectivity

Connectivity options include three downstream USB 3.0 type C ports and a Thunderbolt 3 port with up to 94W power delivery. Additionally, the monitor has a built-in camera, microphone and dual 5W speakers.

You can tilt and adjust the height of the screen or mount it via the 100x100mm VESA pattern. To check whether your device supports the LG UltraFine 5K display go here.

Alternatives

Alternatively, you may be interested in the 24″ version of this monitor, the with 4K UHD resolution and two Thunderbolt 3 ports (one with 85W PD, and one output for daisy-chaining) and three downstream USB-C ports.

It has a slightly lower pixel density (183.53 PPI), but it’s still ‘Retina’ at just 19 inches away from the screen. It’s also a bit brighter with 540-nits peak brightness and has a higher contrast ratio of 1,200:1, but lower 98% DCI-P3 gamut.

The previous version of LG’s 5K UltraFine display, the , offers the same features as the 2019 model except for the slightly lower power delivery, which maxes out at 85W. So, you may want to check it out as well.

Finally, the older 4K UltraFine display, the , has a smaller 21.5″ screen as opposed to the 23.7″ display of the LG 24MD4KL.

The LG 22MD4KA also has a higher 4096×2304 resolution with a pixel density of 218.58 PPI. Further, it has a peak brightness of 500-nits, 99% DCI-P3 color gamut and a 1,100:1 contrast ratio, but only 8-bit color depth support. Finally, it has three downstream USB 2.0 type C ports and one USB-C port with 60W PD and DP Alt Mode.

LG 34WK95U

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Image Quality

The LG 34WK95U offers the highest ultrawide resolution out of all USB-C monitors on our list with 5120×2160 pixels.

What does this mean for you? You do get a lower pixel density (163 PPI) in comparison to the previous UltraFine display, but the details are still crystal-clear, plus you receive more screen space and a more immersive ultrawide viewing experience.

Moving on, the monitor covers 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut with dithered 10-bit depth and has a peak brightness of 600-nits for HDR content with VESA’s DisplayHDR 600 certification.

Design & Connectivity

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports (max 3440×1440), DisplayPort 1.4, USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (85W PD, 40 Gbps, DisplayPort 1.4 Alt Mode), a headphone jack, two 5W integrated speakers and two downstream USB 3.0 ports.

Keep in mind that to get 5120×2160 and 60Hz, your device must support DisplayPort 1.4 or Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt Mode.

The stand of the monitor provides height and tilt adjustments as well as VESA mount compatibility.

Alternatives

Best Gaming USB-C Monitors

Want to charge your laptop even while gaming? Check out the best USB-C monitors available for gamers!

LG 38WN95C

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Image Quality

If you want a big ultrawide monitor that’s great for work, gaming and has Thunderbolt 3, you’re going to love the LG 38WN95C.

This is crazy: in addition to the crystal-clear image quality provided by the 3840×1600 resolution, you get gorgeous colors thanks to the monitor’s wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut — plus excellent HDR image quality with DisplayHDR 600 certification.

As it’s the case with all IPS panel monitors, the contrast ratio is mediocre at 1,000:1, but the peak brightness of 600-nits does help deliver stunning details and highlights.

There are 12 dimming zones, which can sometimes help improve the contrast ratio, depending on the scene.

Finally, the LG 38WN95C offers a very responsive and enjoyable gaming experience thanks to its high 144Hz refresh rate and rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed.

Design & Connectivity

You can adjust the height of the screen by up to 100mm, swivel it by +/- 15°, tilt it by ~20°, or VESA mount it. Additionally, the screen also has a subtle but noticeable 2300R curvature for added immersion.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports (limited to 75Hz), two downstream USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, dual 5W integrated speakers and Thunderbolt 3 with DP Alt Mode, 40 Gbps and 94W Power Delivery. 

Alternatives

Conclusion

So, have you decided what USB-C monitor is best for you?

Overall, if you have a limited budget, the ASUS PA247CV, the Lenovo Q27h-10 and the Philips 279P1 offer everything you need for a reasonable price.

In case you want something better, we recommend the Dell U3219Q due to its excellent price/value or one of the ultrawide displays depending on your preference.

For the gamers out there, both the LG 38WN95C and the Acer XV272UX offer an amazing gaming experience, while still providing you with all the advantages and convenience of USB-C.

If you want something extravagant, one of the USB-C monitors from our premium category will certainly fulfill your needs.

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Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.