The MacBook Pro has a great screen, but sometimes, it's just too small. Preferably, you want a monitor 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. Additionally, macOS works best with monitors that have a pixel density close to 110 or 220 PPI. So while our recommendations have the optimal pixel density for the best performance, they don't necessarily have a USB-C port.
Due to numerous complaints of compatibility issues and Dell's unwillingness to offer support to those affected, all Dell monitors have been removed 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 below.
We've reviewed more than 110 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best MacBook Pro monitors to purchase. See also our recommendations for the best monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best monitors for Mac Mini. If you're looking for a mouse, see our recommendations for the best mice for MacBook Pro.
The best monitor for MacBook Pro that we've tested so far is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. Although it's designed to be a gaming monitor, it's still a great office monitor thanks to its wide viewing angles and 1440p resolution.
The stand has outstanding ergonomics with a very wide swivel range so that you can place this monitor however you like on the desk next to your MacBook Pro. It can get very bright, and it has decent reflection handling so that you can place it in most moderately-lit office environments without any issues. The input lag is really low, resulting in a responsive desktop experience, and it has built-in speakers.
Unfortunately, the contrast ratio is low, so blacks appear gray when viewed in the dark, and it doesn't have a USB-C input. However, it has excellent gray uniformity, so large areas of uniform color look great. Overall, this is the best external monitor for MacBook Pro that we've tested so far.
If you're looking for a monitor with a USB hub to charge your mobile devices, the LG 27GL850-B is a good alternative. The ergonomics are better on the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, but the LG has impressive coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which is great if you use your MacBook for photo editing. It also displays a wide color gamut for HDR content and it has great viewing angles. Unfortunately, it has a poor contrast ratio and bad black uniformity, so it's not a good choice for a dark room. However, it could get bright enough to combat glare in bright rooms.
The best monitor for MacBook Pro we've tested so far is the ASUS, but if you want something with USB ports, then consider the LG.
The best monitor for MacBook Pro with an ultrawide screen is the LG 34GN850-B. It has a 1440p resolution with a 21:9 aspect ratio, offering you enough space to open multiple windows at once. Although it's mainly designed to be a gaming monitor, it offers good overall performance.
It's a good office monitor as its IPS panel provides fairly wide viewing angles. It gets bright enough to combat glare, and it has decent reflection handling. This is also a very good monitor for content creators as it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing and great coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used in most HDR content. It also has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, so unless your work demands the most accurate colors possible, you won't need to pay extra to get it calibrated.
Sadly, it doesn't have a USB-C input that would optimize the user experience for a MacBook Pro owner. Still, it has two USB 3.0 ports, so you can charge your devices while working. It also has excellent gray uniformity, so solid colors across the screen, such as on a web page, look great. All in all, most people should be happy with this ultrawide monitor.
If you want an even bigger monitor, then the LG 49WL95C-W is a good alternative. It doesn't get as bright, and it doesn't have as wide of a color gamut as the LG 34GN850-B, but it has a 32:9 aspect ratio, which is the equivalent of placing two 27-inch monitors next to each other. Luckily, it has a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt mode, allowing you to charge your MacBook Pro and display an image simultaneously. It also supports Picture-by-Picture so that you can display an image from two inputs at once. Overall, it has decent picture quality as it has decent brightness, okay out-of-the-box color accuracy, and wide viewing angles. Sadly, it's not ideal for dark room usage as it has a low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity, but this is expected from an IPS panel.
The best ultrawide monitor for MacBook Pro that we've tested so far is the 34GN850-B, but if you prefer a super ultrawide monitor with extra features, then check out the 49WL95C-W.
The best budget monitor for MacBook Pro that we've tested so far is the ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD. Despite its low price, you won't be sacrificing resolution or screen real estate. It has a 27 inch screen and a 1440p resolution, and its IPS panel has excellent wide viewing angles.
This monitor has a 144Hz panel, and its input lag remains low, whether you're running at maximum refresh rate or at 60Hz. The backlight isn't flicker-free, but it flickers at such a high frequency that it shouldn't be bothersome to most people. There are integrated speakers, but connectivity options are pretty slim, and there's no USB port for charging. It has outstanding coverage of both the sRGB and Adobe RGB color space if you plan on using it for photo editing.
Sadly, it doesn't support a wide color gamut for HDR. Its build quality is decent; however, the stand has very limited adjustability, allowing only for tilt. Overall, if your budget is limited, the ViewSonic monitor is a good option for your MacBook Pro.
07/10/2020: Replaced the LG 34GK950F-B with the LG 34GN850-B.
05/29/2020: Replaced the LG 27GL83A-B with the LG 27GL850-B.
05/01/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
04/01/2020: Replaced all recommendations, as macOS works best with monitors that have a pixel density around 110 or 220 PPI.
03/16/2020: Removed Dell U3818DW, Dell U4919DW, Dell U3219Q. Added BenQ EW3270, LG 34WK95U-W, LG 49WL95C-W.
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.