The MacBook Pro has a great screen, but sometimes, it's just too small. An external monitor with USB-C makes it easier than ever to connect your MacBook Pro, as many models support USB-C power delivery, allowing you to charge your MacBook and connect the display with a single cable, so you don't have to worry about carrying an external charger or adapter. This also leaves an extra USB-C port on your Mac free for other adapters or peripherals.
We've reviewed more than 80 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best MacBook Pro monitors to purchase in 2020. See also our recommendations for the best monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, the best monitors for Mac Mini, and our best 34 inch + monitors.
The Dell U3818DW is the best monitor for MacBook Pro that we've tested so far. It has some great features that make it very easy to get the most out of your Mac, whether it's a MacBook Pro, MacBook, or Mac Mini. It has a USB-C port, which supports power delivery of up to 95W, so you can charge your Mac while you work with a single cable, leaving your other USB-C ports free for other adapters or peripherals.
This is an impressive monitor for multitasking. The impressive 3840x1600 resolution is great for multitasking, as you can comfortably work with multiple windows open at once. Unfortunately, this high resolution comes at a cost, as the USB ports on the back are limited to USB 2.0 speeds when connected with a single USB-C cable. This shouldn't be an issue for most people, though.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has a mediocre native contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity. Overall, though, this is a great monitor for most uses and a great choice for MacBook Pro users.
If you like the Dell U3818DW's wide format but want something even wider, check out the Dell U4919DW instead; it's one of the best ultrawide monitors for MacBook Pro. This massive 49 inch monitor has an impressive 5120x1440 resolution, great for multitasking. Like the other Dell, it supports power delivery over the USB-C port, great for keeping your MacBook charged while you work, and it allows you to use the monitor as a USB hub.
Unfortunately, some MacBooks can't handle this monitor's extremely high resolution and are only able to send 3840x1080. Because of these issues, the Dell U3818DW is the better choice for most people, but if you have a recent Mac and want the largest monitor possible, the Dell U4919DW is a decent alternative and one of the best monitors for MacBook Pro.
If you want a 4k monitor for use with your MacBook Pro, then the best monitor we've tested so far is the LG 32UD99-W. It displays a good picture quality and you can easily place it in any room thanks to its impressive peak brightness and good reflection handling. It has wide viewing angles, which is great if you often work with a colleague sitting next to you but the lack of swiveling might bother some people. This monitor can deliver 60W of power from its USB-C port, which is great as you can charge your MacBook Pro while performing casual work. The USB-C port also acts as a hub so you can connect other external devices to the two USB 3.0 ports available on the monitor.
However, this monitor isn't perfect. The 60W of power supplied by the USB-C port might not be sufficient to keep your computer charged if you work under heavy load, and blacks aren't deep in a dark room as with most IPS monitors, although they're better than on most of the IPS monitors we've tested.
Overall, this is an impressive monitor that pairs very well with the MacBook Pro.
If the lack of swiveling of the LG 32UD99-W is limiting to you, get the Dell U3219Q instead. The Dell isn't flicker-free and has worse black uniformity than the LG, which isn't ideal if you often work in a dark room. On the upside, the Dell is a very good 32 inch 4k monitor, with good overall picture quality and has a stand with much better ergonomic adjustments including the ability to swivel. It too has a USB-C port that delivers 90W so your MacBook Pro will charge while you work no matter its workload.
For most people, the best 4k monitor for your MacBook Pro is the LG. But if ergonomics and power delivery are a dealbreaker, then check out the Dell.
If you're looking for a simple monitor for occasional use, the LG 29UM69G-B is the best budget MacBook Pro monitor that we've tested so far. It has a smaller, 29 inch screen, and a simpler 2560x1080 resolution, so it isn't as well-suited as the LG 32UD99-W or Dell U3818DW for multitasking. That said, it's a decent monitor overall.
This monitor delivers mediocre picture quality, as it can't get very bright and has terrible black uniformity, but it has great accuracy with our pre-calibration settings and has an excellent SDR color gamut.
Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't support power delivery over USB-C, so you'll have to keep a charger handy if you plan on using the monitor for a while. Overall, although it's a basic monitor, this is the best external monitor for MacBook Pro in the budget category that we've tested so far.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best external monitors for a MacBook Pro that are currently available. 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.
01/03/2020: Made minor changes to text for clarity.
10/21/2019: Updated the text.