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 2019. 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.
The LG 32UD99-W is the best 4k monitor for MacBook Pro that we've tested so far. It delivers good overall picture quality, with great peak brightness, wide viewing angles, great uniformity, and good reflection handling. It has a decent stand, and there shouldn't be any issues placing it in the ideal viewing position, but it isn't ideal if you need to frequently adjust the monitor for multiple users.
Like the Dell U3818DW and the Dell U4919DW, this monitor supports power delivery over the USB-C port, so you can charge your MacBook while working. It can only deliver 60W of power, though, which might not be enough to keep your computer charged while under heavy load. The USB-C cable can also act as an upstream port, allowing you to use the two built-in USB 3.0 ports to connect your other devices.
Although this monitor doesn't look quite as good in a dark room, it does perform better than most IPS monitors, so there shouldn't be any issues working late at night. Overall, this is a great monitor and an excellent choice for MacBook Pro owners.
If you want a 4k monitor with a better stand than the LG 32UD99-W, check out the Dell U3219Q instead. This monitor has the same great 32 inch, 4k screen as the LG, but the stand has a better height adjustment, and it can swivel from side-to-side. This makes it a better choice for mobile professionals that need to make frequent adjustments to the position of their display. It also features a USB-C port, with up to 90W of power delivery, more than Apple's recommended 87W for most MacBooks.
Overall, the LG 32UD99-W is a more versatile monitor and is the better choice for most people. If the ability to position the monitor to multiple viewing positions is important to you, the Dell U3219Q is a better choice, making it one of the best displays for MacBook Pro.
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.
10/21/2019: Updated the text.