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. 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.
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 90 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 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. 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. 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. Also, the stand doesn't support the monitor well, wobbles fairly easily, and there aren't many adjustment options with it. On the upside, this monitor 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, this is a great choice.
If you're working with a limited budget and the LG 32UD99-W is too expensive, take a look at the BenQ EW3270U. You still get a 4k resolution on a 32 inch screen; however, this monitor uses a VA panel with a much better contrast ratio. It has an overall good build quality, but the main downside is its ergonomics, as there's only tilt adjustment available. Viewing angles are decent, its out-of-the-box color accuracy is good, and it supports a wide color gamut. The backlight is flicker-free to help reduce eye strain, and there's support for FreeSync variable refresh rate if you want to use the monitor for some gaming on the side.
Overall, the LG is a better monitor, but if cost is a concern, the BenQ is a good alternative as long as you're okay with its bad ergonomics.
The best ultrawide monitor for MacBook Pro that we've tested so far is the LG 34WK95U-W. It has a 21:9 aspect ratio, which is great for multitasking, and its 5k resolution keeps text sharp and legible. Like most LG monitors, it uses an IPS panel with decent viewing angles, but it has a mediocre contrast ratio and bad black uniformity, though it's typical of IPS monitors. On the bright side, it has an excellent gray uniformity, an impressive color accuracy, and it supports a wide color gamut.
With a decent peak brightness and good reflection handling, this monitor is better suited for an average or well-lit room. Motion blur is very minimal due to the monitor's fast response time, and it has an outstanding input lag for a responsive desktop experience. This monitor has a Picture-by-Picture mode, which allows you to display a signal from two sources at the same time, and it also has built-in speakers and a USB hub to charge your devices.
If you like the extra screen real estate of ultrawide monitors, go with this one.
If you find the LG 34WK95U-W still too small, consider the LG 49WL95C-W, a 49 inch super ultrawide monitor with a 32:9 aspect ratio, which is equivalent to two 27 inch 1440p monitors placed side by side. This gives you plenty of screen real estate to have multiple windows opened simultaneously, and it also has a Picture-by-Picture mode for better multitasking. Its IPS panel has great viewing angles, and the screen has a gentle curve to help you see the sides. Sadly, its contrast ratio is rather disappointing, so it's best to avoid using this monitor in a dark room. The main drawback of this monitor is its lower 1440p resolution; however, it can support a 4k resolution over HDMI, but only at a 16:9 aspect ratio.
For most people, the 34WK95U-W is a better choice and it has better performance, but if your workload requires more screen space, then go with the 49WL95C-W.
The best budget monitor for MacBook Pro that we've tested so far is the LG 29UM69G-B. This is a decent office monitor with plenty of screen real estate to open a few different windows, plus the good viewing angles means you can share your work easily with your co-workers. The colors are accurate out-of-the-box, but this monitor doesn't support a wide color gamut.
This monitor is good at handling reflections, but its peak brightness is just alright, so if you work in a bright office, it might be hard to read the screen properly. The contrast is mediocre and the black uniformity is terrible, so this monitor shouldn't be used for watching dark content in dark rooms. However, it has great gray uniformity which is helpful for content with large uniform areas, like writing in a Word document.
Overall, this is a decent budget monitor for the MacBook Pro, but should only be used in well-lit rooms.
03/16/2020: Removed Dell U3818DW, Dell U4919DW, Dell U3219Q. Added BenQ EW3270, LG 34WK95U-W, LG 49WL95C-W.
02/28/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
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.