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. If you're looking for a mouse, see our recommendations for the best mice for MacBook Pro.
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.
The best 4k monitor for MacBook Pro that we've tested so far is the LG 32UD99-W. Its 32 inch screen gives you plenty of room to multitask comfortably, and its 4k resolution keeps text sharp and legible. If you work in a well-lit room, this monitor can get bright enough to overcome glare, and it has good reflection handling too. Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't do as well in dark rooms, as contrast ratio is only decent and black uniformity is mediocre, resulting in blacks that look like gray.
Response time and input lag on this monitor are both exceptionally low, providing you a smooth and responsive desktop experience, and it has a flicker-free backlight to help reduce eye strain. Multitasking is made a lot easier with its Picture-in-Picture feature, which allows you to display an image from two sources simultaneously. There's a USB 3.0 hub to let you charge your devices, and a USB-C port to plug in your MacBook Pro. This monitor also supports HDR if you want to enjoy a movie occasionally, but the monitor's peak brightness won't be able to produce bright highlights in HDR content.
Overall, if you need a large monitor with a razor-sharp resolution, go with this one.
Although the LG 32UD99-W is an all-around good monitor, its ergonomics are rather limiting. However, there's an alternative with a better stand, the Dell U3219Q. Like the LG, it has a 32 inch screen and a 4k resolution, but it has a stand that has significantly better ergonomics, allowing you to easily adjust the monitor to your optimal viewing position. Contrast ratio is decent, one of the best we've seen among IPS monitors, but black uniformity is poor, as there's noticeable clouding and backlight bleed. On the bright side, it has an impressive color accuracy out of the box if you need to do some light photo editing, and it has a Picture-in-Picture feature as well.
All in all, the LG has better overall performance, but if you want a monitor with better ergonomics and build quality, get 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.
01/31/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
01/03/2020: Made minor changes to text for clarity.
10/21/2019: Updated the text.