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The 6 Best Monitors For MacBook Pro - Winter 2022 Reviews

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Best Monitors For MacBook Pro
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Sometimes you may find that using a laptop screen like on the MacBook Pro is too small. If you want to get a monitor for more screen space, you'll want one that supports USB-C with power delivery, which allows you to connect your MacBook Pro to the display and charge it using a single cable. Also, in the past MacBook Pros worked best with monitors that had a pixel density of around 110 or 220 PPI, but we've confirmed that they can still work with higher pixel densities, so our recommendations focus on USB-C support, as well as other factors like ergonomics, brightness, and viewing angles.

Due to numerous complaints of compatibility issues and Dell's unwillingness to offer support to those affected, we've removed all Dell monitors from our list of recommendations for the time being and until the situation is resolved. At this time, we don't test for compatibility; if you run into any issues using a monitor when connected to a MacBook, please let us know in the discussions.

We've tested more than 220 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors for MacBook Pro to purchase. Also, check out our recommendations for the best monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best monitors for Mac Mini.


  1. Best 4k Monitor For MacBook Pro: Gigabyte M32U

    8.2
    Office
    Size 32"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best 4k monitor we've tested for the MacBook Pro is the Gigabyte M32U. Although designed for gamers, it has many productivity features if you want to connect your MacBook Pro, and it offers great performance for the office. The high 4k resolution helps deliver clear text, and the 32 inch screen offers a lot more screen real estate than the MacBook Pro.

    You can connect to the monitor either through its USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode or by its HDMI inputs if you have the 5th generation MacBook Pro or have an older model with an adapter. The M32U supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, but since the new MacBook Pro is limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, you can't take full advantage of the monitor. This won't make a difference for office use, as you can still achieve 4k signals, but you can't reach higher frame rates. In terms of picture quality, this monitor is a great choice for content creators because it has impressive out-of-the-box accuracy.

    Unfortunately, the most accurate mode out-of-the-box locks you out of most picture settings, so you can't adjust it to your needs if you don't like it. However, this shouldn't be a problem for most people, and it's one of the best external monitors for MacBook Pro.

    See our review

  2. Best 1440p Monitor For MacBook Pro: ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV

    8.4
    Office
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    75 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The best 1440p monitor for MacBook Pro that we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It's a great monitor with a large 27 inch, 1440p screen that delivers decent text clarity. It has great connectivity, with a single USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and power delivery up to 65W, so it can keep most MacBooks charged while you're working, with a single cable going from the monitor to your laptop. This also gives you four USB 3.0 ports on the monitor, so you don't have to worry about a bunch of dongles or adapters.

    This monitor looks great in most viewing conditions. It can easily overcome glare in a bright room thanks to its great peak brightness and good reflection handling. It has wide viewing angles and fantastic ergonomics, so you can easily share your screen with someone else. It's great for color-accurate work, as it has excellent color accuracy out of the box, an amazing SDR color gamut, and impressive gradient handling.

    Sadly, it doesn't look quite as good in a dark room, as it has low contrast, mediocre black uniformity, and no local dimming feature, but as long as you're not in a completely dark room, this isn't noticeable. Overall, it's a great monitor for most users, and it's the best monitor for MacBook Pro that we've tested.

    See our review

  3. HDR Alternative: MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    If you need a monitor that supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut, check out the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD. It's not as versatile for office use as the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, as it has worse viewing angles and worse ergonomics, but it's much better for media creators. It has an exceptional color gamut in SDR, with complete coverage of the sRGB color space and the wider Adobe RGB color space. It supports HDR, and it can display an incredibly wide color gamut. It's also excellent for gaming, with an extremely fast response time and low input lag.

    If you only use the monitor for work, go with the ASUS because it has better ergonomics, more USB ports, and is cheaper. If you need a wide color gamut, go with the MSI.

    See our review

  4. Best Ultrawide Monitor For MacBook Pro: Gigabyte M34WQ

    8.0
    Office
    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The Gigabyte M34WQ is the best ultrawide monitor for MacBook Pro that we've tested. Ultrawide monitors offer something different than the typical monitors in this recommendation because they have a 21:9 aspect ratio instead of 16:9. This provides more horizontal screen space so that you can open multiple windows side-by-side, and it has a 3440x1440 resolution that provides good text clarity.

    It has many of the same office-oriented features as the Gigabyte M32U. There's one USB-C input with DisplayPort Alt Mode, and it has a keyboard video mouse (KVM) switch that allows you to control two sources with one set of a keyboard and mouse. This means that you can connect your PC and your MacBook Pro to the monitor and control both with the same keyboard and mouse. It also has Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes in case you need to view both of those sources at once.

    Unfortunately, while it supports HDR10 and displays a wide color gamut, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR. Also, it lacks a local dimming feature and has a low contrast ratio, so it doesn't perform well in dark rooms, but it's still a good choice for well-lit rooms because it gets bright and has great reflection handling. Overall, it's one of the best monitors for MacBook Pro users.

    See our review

  5. Best Portable Monitor For MacBook Pro: Lenovo ThinkVision M14

    7.0
    Office
    Size 14"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    No VRR

    If you're looking for a portable monitor, then the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 is the best portable monitor for the MacBook Pro that we've tested. Although you won't get a large screen, the 14 inch screen is small enough to carry around, almost like you're bringing a second laptop with you, just not as heavy.

    The 1080p resolution increases the pixel density, and the text looks very sharp. It has two USB-C inputs that you can use to power the monitor and display an image from it; you can connect it to a USB-C power source, and since it has power passthrough, you can charge your MacBook Pro and display an image at the same time. The monitor comes with a kickstand that supports the screen and allows it to tilt at the same time, but other than that, the ergonomics are limited. It's also fairly well-built, so you shouldn't have to worry about damaging it in your bag.

    Sadly, the picture quality on most portable monitors isn't anything special. It doesn't support HDR, has limited Adobe RGB coverage, and has a slow response time that makes motion look blurry. Also, it doesn't get very bright, but it has decent reflection handling. If you're going to use it as a secondary display on the go, it's a great choice for the MacBook Pro.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget MacBook Pro Monitor: Gigabyte M27Q

    8.0
    Office
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    170 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The Gigabyte M27Q is the best display for MacBook Pro in the budget category that we've tested. It's great for office use or media creation, with a high-resolution 1440p, 27 inch screen that delivers good text clarity. It has decent reflection handling and great peak brightness, so visibility isn't an issue in most well-lit rooms, and it has wide viewing angles, great if you want to share your screen with someone.

    It's great for color-accurate work, as it has excellent color uniformity, outstanding accuracy out of the box, and a superb SDR color gamut, with perfect coverage of the sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces. It also has exceptional gradient handling, with very little banding in gradients. It supports HDR, and it can display a wide color gamut, but sadly, HDR adds very little due to its low contrast and relatively low peak brightness in HDR, so highlights don't pop how they should.

    Unfortunately, it uses a BGR subpixel layout, which can cause text rendering issues on some systems. Thankfully, this isn't an issue on recent versions of macOS. As long as you're on Big Sur or higher, you won't have any issues with text clarity. All in all, this is a feature-rich and versatile monitor that's easy on the wallet.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx: The Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx is a great 1440p monitor with a high refresh rate, wide color gamut, and a 65W USB-C port, but it costs more than the PA278CV. See our review
  • LG 38WN95C-W: The LG 38WN95C-W is a great ultrawide monitor with a USB-C input that supports Thunderbolt 3 and 94W of power delivery. However, it's much more expensive than the M34WQ. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is an older and cheaper version of the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV but without USB-C input. See our review
  • Gigabyte M28U: The Gigabyte M28U is a smaller version of the Gigabyte M32U with the same features, but it has worse ergonomics. See our review
  • Corsair XENEON 32QHD165: The Corsair XENEON 32QHD165 is bigger than the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, but it also over-saturates colors in the Adobe RGB and DCI P3 color spaces. See our review
  • Lepow Z1 Gamut (Black): The Lepow Z1 Gamut is cheaper than the Lenovo ThinkVision M14, but it doesn't get as bright and has worse color accuracy. See our review
  • Gigabyte G27Q: The Gigabyte G27Q is a cheaper version of the Gigabyte M27Q, but it doesn't have a USB-C input, so it's worth getting the M27Q instead. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 12, 2022: Made multiple changes based on user needs; added the Gigabyte M32U as the 'Best 4k Monitor', removed both the LG 34GP83A-B and the Acer Nitro XV340CK and replaced them with the Gigabyte M34WQ as the 'Best Ultrawide', and added the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 as the 'Best Portable Monitor'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. Dec 10, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text throughout.

  3. Nov 11, 2021: Removed the LG 49WL95C-W, as it appears to be discontinued and is very expensive at the moment, and added the Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphx as a cheaper alternative instead.

  4. Oct 15, 2021: Validated our picks and refreshed the text throughout. No changes to our actual picks.

  5. Sep 16, 2021: Verified picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best external monitors for 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, except Dell monitors. 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.

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