Although they've been around for a few years now, USB-C connectors are finally becoming widely adopted as the new standard. They're versatile, reversible, and they can deliver more power to charge up your mobile devices. Many monitors now come with one or several USB-C ports, so we've compiled our list of recommendations to help you find the best USB-C monitors for your use.
We've tested over 155 monitors, and below you'll find our picks for the best USB-C monitors available for purchase. You can also check our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best office monitors, and the best 4k monitors.
The best USB-C monitor for office use we've tested is the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q. It has a 27 inch screen that provides plenty of space for multitasking and a 4k resolution that results in exceptionally sharp images and text. It's well-built, and it has a stand that allows for all manner of adjustments so that you can place the screen at your ideal viewing position. Its IPS panel has wide viewing angles, which means that images remain accurate when viewed from the side, great for sharing your work with coworkers.
In addition to its high resolution, this monitor has an outstanding color gamut. It covers the entire sRGB color space and has great Adobe RGB coverage. However, it doesn't display dark colors well due to its low contrast ratio, and its out-of-the-box accuracy is only decent, so it might be worth calibrating if you plan on doing color work. It has exceptional gradient handling, and there are no signs of color bleed. The response time is good and the input lag is low, but unfortunately, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing when gaming.
It has a total of five USB ports. Three of them are USB 3.0 ports, and two are USB-C, one of which supports DisplayPort Alt Mode. This means that you can display an image from a compatible device and charge it simultaneously, and you can use one of the USB-C ports for charging even when the monitor is off. It has a flicker-free backlight and a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. All in all, this is a great office monitor that should please most people.
If you find the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q too small, then check out the LG 32UD99-W. It's also a 4k IPS monitor, but it has a 32 inch screen that gives even more space to have multiple windows opened side-by-side. It does result in a lower pixel density, but it's still more than sharp enough for most people. It only has one USB-C port that supports power delivery as well as DisplayPort Alt Mode. Its reflection handling is sub-par; however, it gets a fair bit brighter to combat glare. Unfortunately, its ergonomics are mediocre because it lacks swivel adjustment, and its viewing angles aren't as good, so images can look a bit washed out when viewed from the side. On the upside, it has superb gradient handling, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing.
Overall, the Dell is a better choice for most people due to its superior ergonomics and wider viewing angles. However, if you need more screen space for multitasking, the LG is a great alternative, as long as you don't mind a few compromises.
The best ultrawide USB-C monitor that we've tested is the Dell U3818DW. It's a good office monitor with a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to display an image from your laptop and charge it at the same time. It also has four USB 3.0 ports, so you can charge all of your mobile devices. This monitor has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, which is important for an ultrawide, as the image can degrade at the sides if you sit too close. It allows for a good amount of ergonomic adjustments, but it can't rotate to portrait mode due to its format.
It has excellent color accuracy out-of-the-box, which means that you don't need to pay extra to get it calibrated. It has full coverage of the sRGB color space and handles gradients exceptionally well. Its response time is rather slow, but it shouldn't be an issue for most people since it isn't meant for gaming. Also, its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and it doesn't support VRR to reduce screen tearing.
Unfortunately, it isn't well-suited for bright rooms because it has mediocre reflection handling and doesn't get bright enough to combat glare. On the upside, it comes with a pair of integrated speakers, and it has a Picture-in-Picture mode that allows you to display an image from two sources simultaneously. All in all, this is a good choice if you're looking for an ultrawide office monitor.
The best USB-C monitor for gaming that we've tested is the Gigabyte M27Q. It's a 27 inch, 1440p monitor that's packed with amazing features. It's well-built, and its simple design should fit easily into most settings. Like most IPS panels, it has wide viewing angles that make it great to share content or play co-op games. Visibility in bright rooms shouldn't be an issue because it gets very bright. However, it's not the most ideal for dark rooms due to its low contrast ratio. The stand only allows for tilt and height adjustments, so it's best to VESA-mount it if you have trouble getting a comfortable viewing position.
Gaming-wise, this monitor delivers incredibly smooth and responsive gameplay. It has exceptional response times, low input lag, and a 170Hz refresh rate. It supports FreeSync natively and is compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC as well. It has excellent DCI P3 coverage to produce a wide range of colors in HDR, and it gets decently bright to bring out some highlights, but the refresh rate is limited to 120Hz when gaming in 10-bit HDR.
One important thing to note about this monitor is that it uses a BGR subpixel layout. It doesn't affect image quality, but it can cause blurry text in some applications if you're planning on using it for work. The USB-C input supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, which lets you dock a compatible laptop and charge it with a single cable. On top of that, it has an integrated KVM switch that lets you control two devices with one set of mouse and keyboard. Overall, it's a feature-rich gaming monitor that should please most people.
The best budget USB-C monitor that we've tested is the LG 29UM69G-B. It doesn't have the thinnest bezels, and its ergonomics are quite bad, but this monitor performs surprisingly well. Its ultrawide format provides an ample amount of screen space for multitasking, and its IPS panel has good viewing angles, so the image doesn't degrade at an angle. Its price has been going up due to limited availability, but you may still find it for a budget-friendly price.
It has a decent 1080p resolution, and its 60Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 75Hz for smoother motion. It has a very fast response time and low input lag if you want to do some gaming, as well as FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to minimize screen tearing. This monitor is better suited for an averagely-lit room as it doesn't get particularly bright, but it has good reflection handling. There aren't any USB 3.0 ports on this monitor, but the USB-C port supports DisplayPort Alt mode. It lets you display an image from a compatible device and charge it simultaneously with a single cable, which is great if you want to keep a clean setup.
Unfortunately, dark room viewing isn't recommended, as it has a mediocre contrast ratio and very bad black uniformity. Luckily, it has excellent gray uniformity, as it has almost no visible dirty screen effect, and it has a great color accuracy out-of-the-box. Overall, this is a very decent USB-C monitor for its price tag, making it the best USB-C monitor in the budget category that we've tested.
Feb 19, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced BenQ EX2780Q with Gigabyte M27Q.
Dec 22, 2020: Switched the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q and the LG 32UD99-W.
Jun 25, 2020: Moved the Dell U3818DW from an alternative pick to a main pick.
Jun 04, 2020: Added the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q, removed the Razer Raptor 27, and moved the BenQ EX2780Q to Best Gaming pick.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best USB-C monitors 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 USB-C 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.