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The 6 Best Monitors For MacBook Pro - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Monitors For MacBook Pro

If you find that only using your screen on your MacBook Pro doesn't give you enough screen space, then getting a monitor is a good alternative. 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. However USB-C connections are still limited to mainly higher-end monitors, so if you want something on a budget, you can easily connect over HDMI, but you'll still need a separate cable for charging.

We test monitors' compatibility with the 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro chip using USB-C or DisplayPort connections, so our recommendations reflect those results. The results are also valid for any MacBook, including if you're looking for the best MacBook Air monitor or if your MacBook uses the M2 chip.

We've bought and tested more than 260 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best displays for MacBook Pro to purchase. Also, check out our recommendations for the best work monitors, the best monitors for photo and video editing, and the best monitors for Mac Mini.

  1. Best Monitor For MacBook Pro

    The Apple Studio Display is the best monitor for MacBook Pro that we've tested. Considering it's an Apple monitor, there are some features you can only get with a macOS device. It has exceptional accuracy before calibration thanks to its outstanding sRGB mode that you can only access with a macOS device, making it a fantastic choice for content creators as you won't have to calibrate it. It has an impressive selection of additional features, including a built-in webcam, microphone, and speakers. Its 5k resolution delivers incredibly sharp text, and the 27-inch screen makes it easier to see more of your work at once.

    It has one Thunderbolt 3 input that supports 96W of power delivery, meaning you can keep your MacBook fully charged while working. It also has three other USB-C ports to charge other devices, but you can't display images from those inputs. It has different variants, and you can choose which stand you want, either the one with the standard fixed stand, a height-adjustable stand, or one without a stand if you want to mount it. You can also choose which screen finish it has, and even the standard finish has fantastic reflection handling, meaning you won't have issues using it in a well-lit room.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor For MacBook Pro

    If you find the Apple Studio Display too expensive and you want something slightly cheaper with more screen space, then check out the LG 40WP95C-W. It isn't as bright as the Apple Studio Display and has worse reflection handling, so it's worse to use in a well-lit room, but if you work in a dim or moderately-lit room, it's still a great choice. It's a wider display than the Apple monitor as it has a 21:9 aspect ratio and a 40-inch screen, so there's plenty of space to open multiple windows at once. It has a 5120x2160 resolution, so while its pixel density isn't as high as on the Apple monitor, it still has remarkable text clarity, and you won't have issues reading fine text.

    What makes this great to use with the MacBook Pro is that it has impressive connectivity with two USB-C ports that each support Thunderbolt 4 with 96W of power delivery, which is enough to keep most MacBooks fully charged while you're working. It also has a Picture-by-Picture mode which is great if you want to connect multiple devices at once, like if you work on a Mac Mini and MacBook at the same time.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Monitor For MacBook Pro

    If you aren't a fan of ultrawide displays or you simply prefer something cheaper, check out the Dell U2723QE. With a much smaller screen than the LG 40WP95C-W, it isn't as good for multitasking, and while its 4k resolution is still lower than the 5k Apple Studio Display, you won't have issues reading fine text. It has many features, like a massive USB hub that includes three USB-C ports. One of them supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 90W of power delivery, which is enough to charge most MacBooks or at least keep the battery going on the power-hungry models. Another USB-C port is used for the KVM switch, allowing you to connect two sources with the same keyboard and mouse, which is helpful if you have another computer alongside your MacBook.

    It also has a dedicated sRGB mode that makes it excellent for content creators because the accuracy before calibration is amazing. It comes with a versatile stand that has remarkable ergonomics, making it easy to adjust to an ideal position. If you find the 27-inch screen too small and want something bigger, the Dell U3223QE is essentially a larger variant of this monitor, but colors in HDR look undersaturated.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor For MacBook Pro

    If you want something more simple and don't want to spend a ton of money on the Dell U2723QE, the Dell S2722QC is a great choice to get as a lower mid-range monitor for the MacBook Pro, and it regularly goes on sale too. It's a lower-end model than the U2723QE, so it has a smaller USB hub, but it still has one USB-C port that supports 65W of power delivery, which is enough to keep your laptop going while using it, and it has two USB-A ports if you want to charge other devices. It doesn't have any issues with recent M1 MacBook Pros, except the default scaling is 1080p when you connect your MacBook, so you need to change it to 4k to take full advantage of the display.

    The high 4k resolution helps deliver crisp images, and the monitor has decent accuracy before calibration if you want to use it for some casual photo editing. However, it doesn't have an sRGB mode, so some colors look oversaturated. It gets bright like the U2723QE, but it has better reflection handling, so if you want to use it in a well-lit room, it's a great choice, as visibility isn't a problem.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Monitor For MacBook Pro

    While the Dell S2722QC doesn't cost much and can be found at budget-friendly prices, if you're on a tighter budget or you simply aren't a fan of 4k screens, then check out the Gigabyte M27Q. It has a lower 1440p resolution compared to the 4k screen on the Dell S2722QC, which is expected for a budget-friendly monitor. It means that text doesn't look as sharp, and because of the Gigabyte's BGR subpixel layout, there are some text clarity issues with programs that don't support it, but overall the text clarity is decent, and this won't be a big issue for most people. Besides that, it has a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with only 10W of power delivery, which isn't enough to charge your MacBook, but it at least keeps the battery going while working.

    For the most part, there aren't any issues using this monitor with a MacBook, but in certain picture modes, there are flicker issues, so you have to ensure you don't use those modes. It has a few extra features usually found on higher-end models, like its KVM switch and Picture-by-Picture and Picture-in-Picture modes, making it a great choice for productivity and providing good value for a budget monitor.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap Monitor For MacBook Pro

    If you want something cheap and don't want to spend much money, consider a cheaper entry-level model like the ASUS VG246H. It has fewer features than the Gigabyte M27Q as it doesn't have a USB hub or Picture-by-Picture modes, but that's what you have to expect for getting a cheaper model. It also has a smaller screen and lower resolution, so it isn't ideal for multitasking, but the pixel density and text clarity are decent. Despite its price, it's still well-built with an incredibly ergonomic stand, making it easy to adjust to an ideal viewing position. It also has wide viewing angles that make the image remain accurate from the sides.

    It doesn't have a USB-C port like the older models, but it still has an HDMI port you can connect your MacBook to if you have the newer MacBooks with an HDMI slot. It's limited in extra features too, but it has a flicker-free backlight that helps reduce eye strain during long usage sessions. It also has an sRGB mode that results in amazing color accuracy, which is great if you care about accurate colors and don't want to calibrate it.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell S2721QS: The Dell S2721QS is a budget-friendly monitor with a higher 4k resolution than the Gigabyte M27Q, but it doesn't have a USB-C input, so you need an adapter or connect via HDMI. If that isn't an issue, it's a great choice. See our review
  • LG 38WN95C-W: The LG 38WN95C-W is a lower-end model compared to the LG 40WP95C-W in terms of office features because it has a lower resolution and smaller USB hub, but it also costs less so if you want to save a bit of money, it's a great choice. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a great budget office monitor with better ergonomics than the Gigabyte M27Q. However, it has connection issues with MacBooks when waking up from sleep, so it's better to go for the Gigabyte. See our review
  • Gigabyte M32U: The Gigabyte M32U is a 4k monitor like the Dell U2723QE and costs a bit more with extra gaming features, but the Dell still has more office features like higher power delivery with its USB-C input, so it's worth getting over the Gigabyte. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 20, 2022: Renamed the LG 40WP95C-W as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor' from 'Best Ultrawide Monitor' to focus on its market placement and not its ultrawide format; added the LG 38WN95C-W and the Gigabyte M32U to Notable Mentions.

  2. Nov 16, 2022: Replaced the Gigabyte M34WQ with the LG 40WP95C-W because it has Thunderbolt 4 support, and added the ASUS VG246H as the 'Best Cheap Monitor' for consistency with other articles; updated the text for clarity and accuracy throughout.

  3. Oct 18, 2022: Added the Dell U2723QE as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor'; replaced the LG 32QN55T-B with the Gigabyte M27Q because it's better overall; removed the Dell C1422H in the 'Best Portable' category; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  4. Jul 13, 2022: Updated structure to reflect user needs; renamed the Apple Studio Display to 'Best Monitor', added the Dell S2722QC as the 'Best Mid-Range', and replaced the Gigabyte M27Q with the LG 32QN55T-B as the 'Best Budget' because it's cheaper. Replaced the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 with the Dell C1422H; removed the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV and the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD because they have a 1440p resolution and aren't budget monitors.

  5. May 06, 2022: Added the Apple Studio Display as the 'Best Monitor For Creators'. Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text throughout.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best external monitors for MacBook Pro and the best MacBook Air monitors 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.